Time To “Pistol Whip” The Nuns Says Conservative Radio Host

The group of Catholic nuns who have gone on a nine-state bus tour to protest the Paul Ryan (R-WI) budget plan should be “pistol whipped” according to one conservative radio host.

There’s a bus full of nuns headed towards Washington to lobby against the Ryan plan, radio host Jan Mickelson told Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) last week. Do you guys, do you have any power to pull the nuns on the bus over and pistol whip them?

They say he is evil, they say he is fake Catholic, he added. They’re the ones that threw the first punch.

The nuns launched the tour after the Vatican challenged their focus on social justice work over advancing the priorities of the conservative Catholic bishops, including advocating against gay marriage and abortion. The purpose of the tour is to draw attention to the devastating effects further cuts to the social safety net would bring to millions of families nationwide. Republicans have made it clear they plan to either eradicate or privatize programs like Medicare and Social Security.

The reaction from the right to the nuns and their tour perfectly encapsulates the rage and hate of the Republican party right now. Not only are these women speaking up and against the policies of their male bosses and legislators, they are doing so in a fashion that refuses to wallow in the muck with the likes of Mickelson and the other detractors. To make matters worse, these women are challenging these men on matters of important domestic policy with far greater credibility due to the fact that they work with those affected. Pure and simple this is selfless advocacy at its greatest and that’s while the right is so bothered by it.

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Aleatha Carr
Aleatha Carr6 years ago

It's time to stop the rhetoric of violence.

Roller Cam
Roller Cam6 years ago

Why are these liberal nuns going to Washington, DC when their stated detractors are sitting inside the Vatican? And they're supposedly touring nine states protesting against Wisconsin Governor Paul Ryan?

This poorly written article is short on facts and long on slant. Not good. Talk about trying to blur the line between church and state! It's hypocrisy, plain and simple.

Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

Who is this idiot? I hope the nuns get hold of him tie him down and whip the ignorance out of him.

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y6 years ago

Shock jocks like Mickelson and Limbaugh are going to whip their party right out of an election if they're not careful. It's outrageous comments like this that have thoughtful conservatives such as Frum and Buckley worried.

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan6 years ago


Nicole Bergeron
Nicole Bergeron6 years ago

@LD B.: What I am saying is that if you push the nuns enough by condemning them for doing their jobs then they will push back. Their tour has already made the news, imagine if they left (either by force or by will). It didn't make the news way back when because EVERYONE saw the Church as good, and decent and anything that went wrong that involved nuns was the fault of the nuns, but now, not only are there many people who KNOW the Church isn't good and decent, but we have more new sources, and we know that it is not the nuns at fault.

I don't like the Church and I have never been fond of nuns (personal reasons) but these nuns are actually standing up to the Church and if they leave do you think people will let this issue go? No, it will make their statement even more pronounced. They can leave the Church and still be nuns (nun is a woman who has taken vows committing her life to her religion.[1] She may be a woman who decided to dedicate her life to serve the other living beings or to be an ascetic who voluntarily chooses to leave mainstream society and live her life in prayer and contemplation (doesn't have to be Catholic as it is an excepted term for MANY religions)). And though the Church may not see it as a big blow at first, the rest of the world will.

Donna B.
Donna B6 years ago

You go sisters! Ignore The Haters.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

Beware talk show host....the mob may soon be yelling out, "Crucify!" Pistol whip the nuns? Have you ever attended a class taught by one?

James E.
James E6 years ago

When the argument is weak, resort to violence....

Pamylle G.
Pamylle G6 years ago

If "not getting any" is what's motivating these nuns to have compassion for the poor & those who are discriminated against, then perhaps the person who asserts this should go without "IT", since she has a deficit...