On the radio Monday, State Sen. Greg Brophy said there's an "element" of "folks who just don't like Christians" in Colorado, and "they are well represented at the State Capital right now."
Citing Obama's victory, as well as the passage of a measure legalizing and taxing marijuana, Brophy said on the radio:
BROPHY: That's what leads me to say that we're kind of a Libertarian/Left state. You know, and geez, I hate to say this, but it sure seems like there is an element of an anti-Christian bent in Colorado which probably does also play into that Libertarian/Left side of things... and they're well represented at the State Capital right now.
KFKA radio's guest host Krista Kafer didn't ask Brophy to reveal his list of anti-Christian folk up at the State Capitol. So I called him to find out whom he was thinking of.
Brophy, a Republican, referred me to an opinion piece he wrote arguing that Senate Democrats were attacking hospitals for their religious convictions. They passed a bill, which did not clear the House, that would have required hospitals to post services that they elect not to provide due to religious, not medical considerations (e.g., abortion and some contraception services), but Senate Democrats rejected an amendment requiring all hospitals to list services they don't provide, Brophy wrote.
"If you remember," Brophy told me, "when I was [on the radio], I said I don't want to say this because it's kind of a harsh thing to say, but I think it's an accurate observation.
So it's based on that? Or are there other things?
"That's a very public observation that's been out there," Brophy said. "Other stuff is certainly more subtle. You never can tell for sure, Jason, what someone's thinking or what motivates them. You can only tell what they do. And when I wrote that op-ed I specifically went into what they did."
I thought it was ironic that Brophy was raising the specter of anti-Christian bigotry at the State Capitol, given his comments about gays in the same KFKA interview Monday.
Brophy said he believes civil unions are one thing, but it would go too far to require an adoption agency, for example, to award a child to a traditional couple over gay couple based on the adoption agency's alleged religious beliefs about the morality of homosexuality.
BROPHY: But isn't there a happy medium here where you can also have an adoption agency that says, "All things being equal, we would prefer to have a male-female married couple work with our adopted children -- all things being equal. I mean, I think most people believe that too, and I would hope that we could find a happy medium. I suspect that we will end up settling this question at a U.S. Supreme Court level within just a couple of years, because there are some cases that are testing this. For instance, say, if you run a bed-and-breakfast and want to cater to folks who are on, you know, bible study-based family vacations, and you refuse to rent a room to somebody who isn't married, or who is in a same-sex marriage, you can be sued for discrimination. And your- that's a direct contradiction between the civil rights protection and the religious liberty protection.
We heard a lot about religious liberty during the election, as Republicans argued that restrictions on abortion and women's health should be accepted as religious freedoms instead of as a war on women.
Brophy's comments about gays and Christian-haters leave me thinking that he's not going to back away from the election rhetoric. He didn't talk about Republicans working with each other or with Democrats, but instead about Republicans picking sides within their own party and fighting, building a movement of social conservatives prior to the next primary.
BROPHY: And there's an element, there's a leg, or an element of the Republican Party that has always been rather embarrassed by the Christian conservative component of the Republican Party. I don't know what to do with them. I mean, you know, we form our coalitions in U.S. politics before the primary and so, pick your side. And as for me, I'm going to be on the side that argues for fiscal restraint, and that argues for religious liberty and individual liberty, limited government and less spending by the government, but either people buy that argument or they don't.
If I'm a reporter, and I hear Brophy, I'd be watching to see if the Republicans' election collapse had any impact at all on him and like-minded Republicans.
It appears it's inspired him to fight even harder Colorado's "anti-Christian" bent.