On the same day Barbara Bush died, another woman also died. Her name was Donna Red Wing. She lived in Des Moines, Iowa, and was well known.
She was not wealthy nor did she hold political office. She commanded no armies nor held any government post. Yet, the Christian Coalition called her, “The most dangerous woman in America.”
It is quite an accomplishment to be described that way. How did she do it?
She did it by being an in-your-face advocate for LGBT citizens. It is impossible to overstate the fear of the Christian Right over LGBT people. That they should have the same opportunities as everyone else is unthinkable. And, when someone effectively makes the case of what obviously should be a right, that person is labeled “dangerous.”
Today the right has renamed its prejudices, “Religious Liberty”. It is driven by the same blinding fear.
The southern wing of the religious right held a fear of black people for over a hundred years. They were certain God had put people of different races on different continents and did not want interracial marriages. Many bills appeared before Congress outlawing interracial marriage.
What group will be demonized next? Certainly, Muslims have been run up the flag as potential candidates. Whatever groups it is, there will be money and propaganda pouring in against it.
Perhaps, waiting in the wings, is someone who will be at the forefront of defending the next “evil” group. Maybe that someone will be called the “most dangerous woman in America.”