During the February 24th, 2014 broadcast of Steve Deace's radio show, Iowa Republican Bob Vander Plaats attacked Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) over his silence on a federal court ruling striking down his state's same-sex marriage ban.
"If another good friend of ours, Newt Gingrich, was in his position from the state of Kentucky, I can almost guarantee what Newt's response would have been," said Vander Plaats. "It would have been, 'We need to defund that court, we need to defund that judge. The Congress still holds the power of the purse. If we have courts, if we have judges operating outside of their constitutional authority, let's pull their meal ticket away'."
Like countless other wannabe religious authoritarians in America, Vander Plaats attempted to disguise his push for discriminatory theocracy as a fight for freedom and liberty.
"He's about liberty," Vander Plaats said of Rand Paul. "And if it's about liberty, and if you have a judge usurping the will of the people of Kentucky, that runs contrary to liberty. If you believe marriage is a state rights issue and the state of Kentucky says, 'This is what marriage is to us, one man and one woman, clearly defined,' then you better stand up to that state rights issue.
"If you believe what you say you believe, that marriage is foundational and it’s between a man and a woman, which is what he says he believes, then you got to stand up for that, because that’s the law of nature, that’s the law of nature’s God, that’s the Declaration of Independence, which this whole country was founded on."
Of course, Vander Plaat's argument once again completely falls apart at the very first sentence; the part where he says "it's about liberty."
It has been said countless times before, but it warrants repeating however many times are required before it finally sinks in: This isn't about religious liberty, it's about religious persecution; about self-proclaimed Christians trying to force others to accept their very narrow definition of marriage.
Vander Plaats will always be free to have a stick up his butt about two men sharing a wedding cake, but his freedoms are not being violated every single time they do so.