George Takei Just Declared War on Donald Trump With This Blunt Warning

Activist, former Star Trek veteran, and social media maven George Takei has a unique response to the news of Trump’s next big executive order.

On Tuesday, the White House announced that President Trump would be inviting fundamentalist Christian leaders to the Oval Office to witness the signing of an executive order focusing on “religious liberty”¬†later this week. Of course, the phrase “religious liberty” has become social conservatives’ new preferred framing for discrimination against the LGBT population, and 21 states have “religious freedom” laws on the books, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

In a nutshell, the phrase translates to businesses and churches invoking “religious liberty” as a means of refusing to sell goods or provide services to anyone suspected of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. The concept originally arose from the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, in which the chain store Hobby Lobby said that providing contraceptive coverage to its employees as part of the Affordable Care Act violated the company owners’ fundamentalist Christian religious beliefs that viewed homosexuality as a sin.

George Takei — who is gay — is responding to the news of the coming executive order by calling for his straight allies to join the LGBT community for a massive march on Washington, DC. Judging by the number of retweets, likes, and comments on the original tweets, support for such a march is strong:

It’s important to note that not once in the New Testament of the Bible did Jesus Christ ever personally speak out against homosexuality. The most-quoted Bible verse used to justify the belief that homosexuality is a sin is Leviticus 18:22, which instructs God’s followers to not commit homosexual acts.

However, that same book of the Bible says the same of eating shellfish, touching the skin of a pig (football, anyone?), and wearing clothes of mixed fibers (better get rid of that cotton-polyester blend t-shirt). In Leviticus chapter 20, God explicitly calls for the death penalty for anyone who commits a homosexual act (megachurch pastor¬†Ted Haggard is still alive though). Other parts of the Bible talking negatively about homosexuality are either from the Old Testament, or from the Apostle Paul’s various letters to Christians throughout the Roman Empire.

If George Takei and his 2.3 million followers have any say, get ready for another mass mobilization in DC.

 

Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.