Jeb Bush Courts Religious Right, Promises Christian Faith Will Influence Governing (VIDEO)

Many people have believed that Jeb Bush is one of the more desirable candidates for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Well, that idea just flew right out the window with the potential Bush #3’s speech at Liberty University’s commencement ceremony on Saturday. For one thing, the fact that he spoke at this particular university at all is very telling. This is a place that teaches creationism over science, and teaches that the Bible is the unerring word of God, end of discussion. Anyone who endorses such a message should be nowhere near any position of power in government, period (though, as we all know, sadly, many current members of Congress do just that).

Jeb Bush’s speaking there was just the tip of the iceberg, though. His speech proved that he is determined to make sure the Evangelical crowd and the rest of the religious right knows, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he is just a crazy for Christ and determined to turn America into a right-wing Christian paradise as the Ted Cruzes and Rick Santorums of the world are. How did he do that? Well, by making sure his audience understood that if they helped him get into the White House, he’d let his faith in the word of God dictate how he governs. Bush said of the subject of religion in government:

It can be a touchy subject, and I am asked sometimes whether I would ever allow my decisions in government to be influenced by my Christian faith. Whenever I hear this, I know what they want me to say. The simple and safe reply is, ‘No. Never. Of course not.’ If the game is political correctness, that’s the answer that moves you to the next round.”

Um, excuse me? Mr. Bush? Don’t you realize that the Constitution forbids the respecting of any sort of establishment of religion? If you are unfamiliar with that part of the document you will have to swear to uphold should you become president, you really should give it another once over. What you are promising the crazy GOP base is, well, frankly, unconstitutional. So, you might want to back that one up a bit. It isn’t about political correctness, it’s about the law, plain and simple. Religion has no place in government.

Considering who his audience was, it was no surprise to hear Bush take passive aggressive shots at same-sex marriage. While, unlike, say, Rick Santorum or Ted Cruz would have done, Bush didn’t mention opposition to gay marriage outright, the message was loud and clear. Bush even pointed to a Texas mayor whose lawyers subpoenaed documents of local ministers who legally opposed a non discrimination law that protected LGBT people:

“There are consequences when you don’t genuflect to the latest secular dogmas. And those dogmas can be hard to keep up with. So we find officials in a major city demanding that pastors turn over copies of their sermons.”

Well, there was no need to mention LGBTQ people- the message got out, and people understood what he was saying, just as the following tweet shows:

Not stopping there, Bush took another subtle dig, this time at those in favor of freedom for all in general, also poking at the LGBTQ community and supporters of choice for women:

“Somebody here is being small-minded and intolerant, and it sure isn’t the nuns, ministers, and laymen and women who ask only to live and practice their faith.”

Well, blatant or dog whistle, the themes and messages running through this speech should prove one thing: there is not one 2016 GOP candidate who values true freedom. They all want to take us back to a time when homosexuality was illegal and women were forbidden to do anything but cook, clean, and pop out babies. I think we already knew that, though.

The only real hope here is the fact that Jeb Bush could have just been pandering t0 the ultra religious loons in the audience at that sorry excuse for a university. Somehow, though, I doubt it.

Watch this ridiculous pandering in full below: