The desire among many conservative Christians to criminalize sexual autonomy is not limited to just abortion or even contraception, but also includes the act of sex itself -- at least, when the act of sex occurs outside the boundaries they wish to impose. This has been clear to anyone who pays attention to what conservative Christians say amongst themselves, but mainstream media sources ignore all that.
Recently, though, conservative Christians have been more open in public with what they've long been thinking and saying to each other. Don Haase, for example, was offered by Alaska governor Sean Parnell as an appointee to a panel that nominates state judges. Then it was revealed that Don Haase believes that extra-marital sex should be a crime. The fact that he concealed his membership in and leadership of Eagle Forum Alaska, a far-right political group, only exacerbated the skepticism that he was qualified to be on that panel -- but such deception is only par for the course for people like Haase, isn't it?
One blog post on the Eagle Forum Alaska site praised efforts at criminalizing adultery in Michigan, and Paskvan asked Haase if he thought it should be a felony in Alaska.
"I don't see that that would rise to the level of a felony," Haase said.
Paskvan: "Do you believe it should be a crime?"
Haase: "Yeah, I think it's very harmful to have extramarital affairs. It's harmful to children, it's harmful to the spouse who entered a legally binding agreement to marry the person that's cheating on them."
Paskvan: "What about premarital affairs -- should that be a crime?"
Haase: "I think that would be up to the voters certainly. If it came before (the state) as a vote, I probably would vote for it ... I can see where it would be a matter for the state to be involved with because of the spread of disease and the likelihood that it would cause violence. I can see legitimate reasons to push that as a crime."
Haase then asked why those questions were relevant.
"You are injecting yourself into the judicial system and so I think it's fair inquiry," Paskvan replied. "If you have a motivation to limit who would be advanced to a judgeship ... then your beliefs and attitudes are important," Paskvan said.
Source: Anchorage Daily News
Tea Baggers insist that they want "smaller" government that interferes less with people's lives, but people like Don Haase are precisely the sort of politicians consistently supported by and voted into office by the Tea Baggers. Here he is, though, advocating an extensive expansion of government interferences into people's private lives. Somehow it's wrong for the government to regulate light bulbs based on how much energy they use, but it's OK to put people into jail because they had sex with a person who wasn't a spouse. Make sense? It does to the Christian Right