Today in religious freedom, NC mayoral candidate Eugene Holmes is running on the eradicate LGBT people platform. Because, you know, his conscience tells him to:
“In my administration I would do just like Mrs. Davis did in Kentucky,” Holmes said. “If you elect me, I’ll uphold the law of the state of North Carolina. I would get the D.A. to swear out a warrant on any man who says he’s gay. Sodomy is a crime, a felony in the state of North Carolina.”
“… What’s wrong with eradicating homosexuals? We should jail them, throw them all in jail!” Holmes told the Herald…”
Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Lawrence v. Texas from 2003, sodomy laws have been unenforceable. However, Davis’ defiance in the face of Obergefell v. Hodges gives him the impression that the absence of a state law legalizing LGBT relationships makes the older ban enforceable, and his conscience would require him to follow through.
Although if one wants to follow their conscience to the letter, the Bible actually calls for the death penalty.
Now, Eugene Holmes doesn’t appear to be a serious candidate, nor necessarily representative of the far right establishment. Listed on the ballot under the name “Sherlock,” Holmes says that he doesn’t really want to be mayor (“no more than I want to fly”), but his religious conscience and rejection of the “homosexual lifestyle” compel him to try. Other planks of his platform include criminalization of alcohol, divorce and immigration to the United States.
He’s also had some legal troubles, and was treated for mental health issues. Notes the Kings Mountain Herald in their source article:
In 1985, he was sentenced to 10 years for larceny of more than $200. He served about four and a half years of that sentence and was released in April 1990. Holmes maintains his innocence in the larceny case.
In 2011, Holmes said he was ordered to receive 60-days of psychiatric treatment at Broughton Hospital, a state operated health care facility. That sentence stemmed from a case that involved Holmes being accused of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and a judge’s finding that he was in need of psychological evaluation and treatment.
Holmes says that during his stay at the Morganton hospital doctors diagnosed him as suffering from “religious hallucinations.”
Nevertheless, he does certainly parrot many of the far right talking points circulating in various wingnut media outlets. The idea that Supreme Court decisions can be defied because of an absence of a law to the contrary comes from Davis’ legal team at Liberty Counsel, David Barton, Mike Huckabee and others. And the talking points aren’t limited to Davis’ conscience, as evidenced by Holmes’ economic platform (which has KMH genuinely perplexed):
“(Economic development here) doesn’t matter because Wall Street is going to blow up next week,” Holmes said, adding that Sunday, Sept. 13, was a “Blood Moon. Holmes declined to fully explain the omen except to say he knew that something drastic would be visited upon the entire world in the coming weeks…”
The blood moon panic can be traced to places like WorldNetDaily, BarbWire and others, when discussing the competing works of pastor John Hagee, and author Mark Blitz, both of whom claim to have championed the theory:
Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” is not predicting that the Tribulation will start with the beginning of a new seven-year cycle at sundown on Sunday, Sept. 13. But if it doesn’t start, then he says it likely won’t for at least another seven years.
Because underneath the religious freedom / conscience philosophy, we find the tribulation narrative, again.