At least one Catholic bishop has decided simply whipping the Republican leadership into a frenzy over birth control coverage isn’t enough. Walker Nickless, the Bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City is warning whoever will listen that the contraception mandate in health care reform is literally a plot by the Devil that required “violent opposition.”
The comment came on a webcast hosted by the conservative Family Research Council.
The interview was first flagged by Right Wing Watch with the video on their website. In the webcast the Bishop continued “[T]he power of evil, the devil, is certainly looking everywhere where the power of evil can make a difference.” “And that’s why we’ve got to stand up and violently oppose this,” he added, “we cannot let darkness overshadow us.”
I will give Nickless the benefit of the doubt here and suggest that he’s merely employing a rhetorical flourish than calling for actual violent uprising in opposition to women’s health. But even so, this is yet another example of conservatives using violent rhetoric and suggestions of violence as the solution to women seeking access to affordable health care services.
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