Seems that some Pennsylvania legislators can’t help themselves when it comes to being hateful idiots. The latest in bombastic lying comes from US Representative Mike Kelly, representing all or parts of Armstrong, Butler, Crawford, Erie, Mercer, Venango and WarrenCounties (contact him here ) These are in the central western to northwestern part of the state. This would be part of the “t” that makes Pennsylvania into Pennsyltucky, all of the worst parts of the south in a state north of the Mason Dixon Line. I grew up in that area and didn’t even have a chance to talk to someone who wasn’t as white as me until I went to college. Oh and even Christians still don’t like each other up there, with Catholics and Protestants of various types still convinced that the others are sure to go to hell.
Mr. Kelly has taken it upon himself to declare that women getting health care is akin to the death and destruction at Pearl Harbor and at the WTC on 9/11. Yep, both sneak attack where people drowned, were machine gunned, were burned to death, who chose to jump from hundreds of feet up not to burn to death, were no worse than me getting the Pill because I choose to control my own health care and Rep. Kelly not getting his way. Here are his words verbatim:
“I know in your mind you can think of times when America was attacked. One is December 7th, that’s Pearl Harbor day. The other is September 11th, and that’s the day of the terrorist attack. I want you to remember August the 1st, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates.” – Rep. Mike Kelly, press conference August 1, 2012
It’s a pity that Mr. Kelly would denigrate such suffering and sorrow by claiming that since he doesn’t get the chance to force his religion on me, he can claim that the world is ending just as badly for him. What a puerile, cowardly twit. Hawaii’s Senator Inouye has issued a good statement denouncing such pathetic words.
Mr. Kelly, no one who doesn’t want contraception has to have it. Religious entities don’t have to provide it at all. And employers who want to deny it to their employees and aren’t religious institutions? Well, dear Mr. Kelly, should they be allowed to refuse their employees from getting blood transfusions when in a car accident if they don’t believe in those like Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christian Scientists? Should they be able to say “No immunizations for children” if they delusionally believe the lies the anti-vaxxers tell? Should they say that there should be no cancer coverage at all if they believe that prayer alone should be used? Can a Scientologist refuse psychotherapy or medicine that controls manic depression to someone suffering from that too? I’m guessing not. You’re the same as Rep. Valarie Hodges, the Louisiana state rep who was too willfully ignorant and lazy to know that the bill she voted for to allow religious schools to get state funding would also allow other religions to do the same. Oh my goodness, my religion isn’t the only one?
You see, Mr. Kelly, ignorant theocrats like you (who do suck on the public teat for some very good health insurance) want to pretend that your beliefs are something special. They aren’t. You can’t show your beliefs to be any more sacrosanct or true than the next religion. You can’t even show that other Christians who are just as good as you, but disagree on what this god “really wants” e.g. those who support a woman’s right to have the health care she wants, are less correct than you with your own version of a god that hates women and their freedom to control their own lives. Funny how you don’t give a damn about “religious freedom” for anyone but yourself. You want to convince yourself that you are so very “right” and some supernatural thing is on your “side”. What a special strong man you are, Mr. Kelly, having an invisible friend who is “better” than everyone elses!
Well, no. You’re just one more person who wants to control those whom he is afraid of. You are so pitiful that you think that since you can’t have your way, that the United States is NOT built on your narrow ignorant version of one religion, you should be just as honored as those who suffered and died because other people thought that no one should enjoy the rights and freedoms we enjoy in the United States.
No, Mr. Kelly, you and those like you are no better than the Japanese imperialists that attacked wanting everything under their or Nazi Germany’s rule. You and those like you are no better than the other theocrats who took over those planes on 9/11 who want to control everyone with their religion. Those desperate to impose their religion on others, be it worshipping an Emperor, a mad man, or a god, are so very very alike and this is why the United States was founded with true religious freedom, not your wish: “freedom only for me”.