Congressman Darrell Issa’s so-called hearings on religious freedom concluded with little input from women and the first panel filled solely with men. Our own Jessica Pielko offered up a good recap of yesterday’s sham hearing.
Congressman Issa had to tout the righteousness of the hearing on Twitter afterwards by citing Martin Luther King Jr. In successive tweets, he featured the photo illustration above with the hashtag #thinkfree.
“What is happening today is exactly what Martin Luther King Jr. warned us against here:”
“We heard from religious leaders whose positions might not be popular, like MLK’s position was not so long ago”
“But that is why we have the first amendment: to protect the rights of those in the #minority…like #MLK”
The Congressman would like to claim the hearing aimed to protect religious freedom and not a fight to curb access to women’s health. Dr. King fought many battles in his life: Civil Rights, economic injustice and ending the Vietnam War to name just a few. Trying to deny access to contraceptives was not among them.
In fact, Planned Parenthood honored the Civil Right’s leader with the first ever Margaret Sanger award in Human Rights in May of 1966. His wife, Coretta Scott, accepted the award while delivering his remarks:
“There is no human circumstance more tragic than the persisting existence of a harmful condition for which a remedy is readily available. Unlike plagues of the dark ages or contemporary diseases we do not yet understand, the modern plague of overpopulation is soluble by means we have discovered and with resources we possess.”
Rev. King also voiced support for birth control on CBS’s Face the Nation in 1965. Yet, Congressman Issa continued to claim religious freedom.
Congressman Issa and fellow Republicans can try to steal Dr. King’s legacy but they do so based upon lies and misinformation.