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Brownback has always been an odd duck, a fierce racist who somehow also gets to call himself a Christian because there aren't really any tests required or forms to fill out for that, and he managed to make the bill-signing ceremony for this latest bit of Organized Religion Masquerading As Law bizarre as usual:
To add another layer of shamelessness to the whole thing, Sam Brownback decided to give up the pretense that there’s a secular justification for laws like this. The AP photographer took a picture of Brownback’s notes, where he wrote “JESUS + Mary” in big letters at the top. Besides being the kind of doodle that uncomfortably implies that Jesus is a schoolgirl crushing on his own mother, the note lays bare what’s going on with this and all other anti-choice legislation across the country: It violates the First Amendment’s prohibition against the government establishing religion. At their core, anti-choice laws are about imposing on the population as a whole the belief that some religions prohibit abortion, whether they are members of that faith or not.Not sure what that's about. It might just mean that JESUS loves Mary, it might be that Brownback is dedicating that passage of the bill to JESUS and Mary, he might be engaging in that old pseudo-swear "Jesus, Joseph and Mary" but took Joseph out because, I don't know, let's say Joseph believed the earth was round and it pisses Sam Brownback off. Or maybe it's named the "JESUS and Mary law," in Kansas back rooms, and only at the signing ceremony do the rest of us poor suckers get to find that out. Still, writing Jesus at the top of your supposedly not-at-all-religious law seems an especially odd thing to do unless you're flat-out mocking the Supreme Court, which is also a possibility. In fact, it might be the most likely possibility.
Or it could be that Sam Brownback, like Justice Scalia, has decided he plain doesn't care anymore and will just be doing whatever he wants, Kansas Pope style, from here on in. There's not really any future career path available to Brownback after this, since he's never going to be president and has already been elected to all the other Important Things, so he doesn't have to worry too much about that. As far as Sam Brownback is concerned, after this it's a life of cushy speeches and painting pictures of dogs. That, or burying himself in the backyard and waiting a few million years for his body to turn to oil. Heck, a fella could probably turn a tidy little profit that way.