Radio Host: ‘Liberal Jews’ On SCOTUS Should Have Recused Themselves From Marriage Ruling (AUDIO)

A right-wing Iowa radio host says that justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsberg should have been required by Chief Justice John Roberts to recuse themselves from the marriage equality case. Why? Because they’re “liberal Jews.”

Jan Mickelson, whose show airs on Iowa station WHO, made the comments on the September 9 edition of his broadcast, according to Media MattersHe starts the segment by bringing up the notion, originally floated by the American Family Association, that Ginsberg and Kagan should not participate in the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling on marriage equality, because they had both presided over same-sex weddings. Apparently, he has been asleep for the last few weeks, as he seems to have missed the controversy which put Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis in jail. By presiding over same-sex weddings, Kagan and Ginsberg weren’t signaling their stance on the subject. They were doing what Kim Davis wouldn’t do: their job.

But after that comment, Mickelson goes completely off the rails. He says:

“In this case, they had a religious motivation for moving forward and conducting same-gender marriage: they are both liberal Jews. No, I’m not saying anything bad, this is a correct assessment of their world view.”

Mickelson goes on to prove that he knows nothing about Christianity or Judaism when he says:

“Why is it if Christians use their religion to resist same-gender marriage — ‘Well they’re the Taliban, dude’ — well then, why is it that if people with different religions do exactly the same thing, they are exempt from the same criticism?”

To start with, as Rabbi Amber Powers writes at My Jewish Learning, same-sex marriage is the subject of as much discussion among Jewish denominations as it is among Christians. In fact, Jews would have more of a basis to object to same-sex marriage, as the Bible verses that are used as “proof” that homosexuality is a sin all come from the Old Testament. Jesus never addressed the topic.

This is not the first time in recent weeks that Mickelson has said something outrageous, in what may be nothing more than repeated attempts to draw attention to himself. A month ago, he was talking about using undocumented immigrants as slave labor to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. It would be easy to dismiss Mickelson as just another among so many conservative media madmen, except that he is a “king-maker” of sorts when it comes to GOP presidential candidates. Media Matters notes that Mickelson has hosted Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, and Rand Paul on his show this week, following his comments about Kagan and Ginsberg.

Here’s the audio, via Media Matters:

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