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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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