The 5 Most Offensive Things Said at the Values Voter Summit

Friday, some of the most right wing politicians and activists in the country got together to celebrate God, the USA and the need to be sure that the country is run according to Biblical principals. Yes, it was the 2013 Values Voters Summit, a time for Christian conservatives to gather and discuss their electoral priorities, which usually involve abolishing abortion and birth control, blocking same sex marriage and ensuring that religious liberty is protected at all costs.

Unsurprisingly, this year, just as in years past, numerous speakers had a lot to say about the role of women in this world of “traditional” values that they envision. Here are five of the most offensive things they said:

1. Birth control is an abortion

Sen. Ted Cruz (R – Texas) has been dubbed the architect of the current government shutdown, at least on the senate side. Sen. Cruz handily won the Values Voters straw poll, but his shining moment was during his summit speech, where he declared that taking hormonal birth control was like having mini-abortions. Studies have shown repeatedly that hormonal birth control is not an abortifacient, despite the declarations by anti-sex Republicans, but admitting that not only would defeat their talking point for trying to end the birth control mandate, but would inhibit their eventual desire to go back to a time when birth control wasn’t legal at all.

2. Birth control will kill you

Sen. Cruz’s war against the pill is a subtle one compared to that of Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and major anti-choice activist. Ms. King invoked her uncle repeatedly in her speech, even right before she stated:

My friends, I have daughters and granddaughters. They need free poison birth control and life destroying abortions like they need holes in their heads.

Considering the fate of her own uncle, which she had already mentioned earlier in her speech, perhaps she should have chosen a different phrase. Dr. King, incidentally, was a big fan of birth control, himself.

3. Sandra Fluke was sort of slutty

This gem came from Gary Bauer, failed GOP presidential candidate of 2000, who is still cranky that Sandra Fluke received so much attention for discussing why birth control is important, why it’s too expensive and why it’s in the country’s best interest to provide it without a co-pay. Still smarting over her speech (and that it may have led to Democrats doing well in the 2012 elections), Bauer stated:

I still remember when presidents made personal phone calls to astronauts to tell them how proud they were of them, but, of course, the space program’s in the trash can, thrown there by Barack Obama. I remember when presidents used to call heroic policemen or soldiers or someone that had gone to the point of laying down or putting their life on the line for somebody else. Now we live in an era where a president praises a promiscuous co-ed because she thinks you ought to buy her birth control pills. That, my friends, is the definition of civilizational decline.

4. Lila Rose is a lot like Malala Yousafzai

One is a young girl nearly murdered for her activism trying to allow girls and women access to education. The other sneaks into abortion clinics with a camera to see if she can get clinic workers to say things on video that she can splice and edit to claim that they are breaking the law and try to get all Planned Parenthood clinics closed and end access to affordable birth control. I don’t see the resemblance, but apparently Lila Rose thinks she’s a lot like Malala.

5. Women need “re-education”

Does it seem like I’m getting sort of worked up over this abortion and birth control hating? Well, yeah, but that’s just because I’m in need of “re-education” — or so claims Fox News personality Dr. Ben Carson.

Via Raw Story:

“You know, there are those of us in this society who have told women that there’s a war on them because that cute little baby inside of them, they may want to get rid of it and there are people that are keeping you from doing that,” Carson continued. “And women say, ‘No, no, they’re not doing that to me! No!’ And they get all riled up.”

He added there was obviously not a “war on women” because men give up their seats to pregnant women.

“There is no war on them, the war is on their babies,” Carson insisted. “Babies that cannot defend themselves. Over the past few decades, we have destroyed 55 million of them. And we have the nerve to call other societies of the past heathen.”

“What we need to do is re-educate the women to understand that they are the defenders of these babies.”

Photo Credit: Screenshot from RWW Blog via YouTube

233 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 months ago

thanks for the article.

Cletus W.
Cletus W.2 years ago

Ellen G. says:
"Must be I am not "educated" enough to have had a more enlightened than thou liberal professor brainwashing me right out of my own values."

That thing that feels like brainwashing to you?....that's called an education. The obvious 'discomfort' that you seem to feel towards enlightenment, and that you confuse with brainwashing, is your languid brain cowering from the activity required of it to learn and analyse facts, as opposed to the inactivity it lazily enjoys when you spoon-feed it whatever tripe happends that day to align with your malignant view of the world.

Those so-called 'values' you so blindly cling to?....those are the fairytales that your rightwing media lords hammer into your hollow head, like nails, daily.

It is funny how your compromised brain has enough vestigial sense to relate knowledge and enlightenment with "liberalism". In today's world, with "conservatism" re-aligned with empty uber-partisan TeaParty nonsense, that relationship is dead-on.

And stop talking aimlessly about the Constitution. You wouldn't recognize the Constitution if it shat on your empty head.

David B.
.2 years ago

Arild W....
"I wonder how they come up with such BS?????"

Well, when they have supporters like Ellen G., who obviously can't think clearly, is it any surprise?

Robert H.
Robert Hamm2 years ago

Yeah Ellen Heaven forbed you get an education or anything HASHAHAHAAHAAHAAH

This idea that universities are leftist brainwashing camps is hilarious. Do you know most of your Fox News Pundits graduated from those same schools??? Idiots

Arild Warud
Arild Warud2 years ago

I wonder how they come up with such BS?????

Ellen Gaston
Ellen Gaston2 years ago

I'm sorry. I don't need "brainwashing" to conclude that our Constitution is more of a priority than the left's number one priority, abortions. That and birth control is all the left seems to care about. And gay marriage. All fine and good, but abortions are like your religion. You may consider our Constitution a suggestion. I do not. Must be I am not "educated" enough to have had a more enlightened than thou liberal professor brainwashing me right out of my own values.

Ellen Gaston
Ellen Gaston2 years ago

The only thing offensive was the low-class hecklers and this hyperbolic democratic activist article.

Mauvette Joesephine
Catherine Fisher2 years ago

When they say "women need re-education"
they probably mean make women brainwashed and stupid.

Mauvette Joesephine
Catherine Fisher2 years ago

Birth control is not abortion and will not kill you...

Duh!

Mauvette Joesephine
Catherine Fisher2 years ago

Abortion is very rightly controvertial and many very good people argue for and against it. But sadly some who support it don't care for the unborn child but merely want to humble women.

However there's no doubt in my mind that birth control should be fully supported.