It takes a lot for a Tennessee county prosecutor to make national news, but Coffee County’s Craig Northcott has pulled off the trick by unleashing a take so mind-bogglingly bigoted and stupid that it cannot be contained to one state, much less one county. Nashville’s News Channel Five has the story:
A newly discovered video shows a Middle Tennessee prosecutor boasting that, if gay people in his district end up being victims of domestic violence, they should not expect him to use the state’s domestic violence laws to protect them.
The video comes from a “Bible conference,” and here’s the money quote:
“So the social engineers on the Supreme Court decided that we now have homosexual marriage. I disagree with them. What do I do with domestic assaults?” Northcott said…
“The reason that there’s enhanced punishment on domestic violence is to recognize and protect the sanctity of marriage. And I said there’s no marriage to protect. So I don’t prosecute them as domestics.”
Aside from the fact that he quite literally can’t do what he says he does, there’s the fact that Tennessee’s domestic violence laws don’t even mention marriage, and the protections extend to unmarried people of all orientations.
But this is par for the course for Northcott, who once used similar logic to argue that Muslim people shouldn’t be protected by the Constitution:
Earlier this year, in response to a Facebook post asking if it’s acceptable to stereotpe an entire group, the DA wrote that all Muslims are “evil because they profess a commitment to an evil belief system.”
He argued it’s blasphemy to claim Muslims worship the same God he does.
“There are no Constitutional rights,” the prosecutor continued. “There are only God given rights protected by the Constitution. If you don’t believe in the one true God, there is nothing to protect.”
To summarize Northcott’s beliefs:
1. Gay people don’t get domestic violence protection because he thinks gay marriage is wrong.
2. Muslim people don’t get any protection because the Constitution is only for Christians.
You can watch the video below, and if you live in Coffee County…vote for someone else. Anyone.