In God We Trust: The Tragic Case of NJ Congressman Scott Garrett
Christian liberty sacrificed at the altar of greed, it’s a tragic tale in which corporate America defines a new arbitrary moral code.
Another fairly recent and notable example of our political system run amuck occurred when alleged ‘social extremist,’ Scott Garrett, became a surprising casualty of the LGBT-driven civil standard. Ironically, Garrett, who formerly chaired the Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee and had perpetually given Wall Street a regulatory easy pass, was thrown under the bus by those he faithfully served. The seven-term Republican incumbent ultimately lost his funding, his support, and his lock on his Fifth Congressional District re-election bid to Democratic challenger, Josh Gottheimer.
Garrett–who happens to be a staunch religious conservative–found himself caught between two masters and was devoured by a monster that he, himself, empowered. His outspoken defense of traditional marriage rendered him necessarily expendable in the eyes of the big business/wall street types that keep the campaign money flowing.
Corporations are now driving public policy and solidifying social mores while the average freedom-loving citizen is being hung out to dry. Since when did big business become the authority on social values and moral principles? Should they be driving and setting such standards? Improper use of money and power has poisoned a political system supposedly authorized by the will of the people to set public policy.
American Conservative’s Rod Dreher referenced Garrett’s precarious predicament as part of his sobering analysis on the current threats against a morally conscientious Christian citizenry:
Christians had better read the handwriting on the wall here—House and Senate Republicans have no intention of taking up legislation to defend religious liberty–It’s too risky to their campaign donations to be seen by Wall Street and Big Business as–‘social extremists.’ If you think the–Party is going to protect our right to be wrong on this issue, you are lying to yourself—Even if they wanted to get religious liberty legislation passed, they don’t have the Congressional Republicans on board—if you think voting Republican is going to protect us, you’re living in a dream world.—Christians desperately need to understand the deeper dynamics at work in the culture–a culture in which affirming–Christian beliefs about homosexuality is a disqualifying bar for holding national office.
In many ways, corporate America is putting a stake in the heart of the right sided culture warrior. In their eyes, we either fall in line or earn our fate as bigoted outcast. The civil sphere has been deemed no place for Christian principles as its true adherents are swiftly being cast out.
Why should the truly religious perpetually find themselves on the outside, and perceivably wrong side, of this new litmus? Will there be a place for us even on the fringes of society? This country was founded first and foremost on religious freedom. Political reform will only be realized when religious reforms find their true emphasis and proper place. Silence is never an option. Eventually the stones will cry out.
* Note: In a surprise and somewhat controversial twist, Garrett has been nominated by President Trump over the past week for chairmanship of the Export-Import Bank.
As reported by Politico:
Democrats on the Banking Committee have reservations about Garrett, including..Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.)…she was pleased that Trump was committing to making the bank functional. Still, she has concerns about Garrett, ‘given his past opposition to Ex-Im’s mission, not to mention his divisive rhetoric toward LGBT families.’
…Garrett later denied that he objected to gay candidates and said his problem was with support for same-sex marriage.
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