If you want to see religious evil today, please don’t restrict yourself to africa or the middle east. The US has lots to spare with the current republican onslaught against women and against the social systems that have allowed the US to see our seniors and our least privileged live good lives. The programs they propose and want to do away with will remove rights from women and kick seniors on the street. These folks support life through birth, but if you don’t have the money to buy milk for your baby? Too bad. They want to reduce funding for popular programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Want to be screened for cervical cancer but don’t have insurance? Out of luck. They want Planned Parenthood to be de-funded. What to replace Planned Parenthood and WIC? Religion-based health centers (Jewish? sorry. Muslim? No soup for you! Atheist? Go fuck yourself. Only good christians may apply.) will provide health services, but only if you do not practice birth control, are not in a same-sex relationship, or want information on abortions.
The Planned Parenthood thing really rankles me. Here’s one of the leading voices from the elephant party, John Kyl on the floor of the US Senate during the 2012 budget debate:
“Everybody goes to clinics, to hospitals, to doctors, and so on. Some people go to Planned Parenthood. But you don’t have to go to Planned Parenthood to get your cholesterol or your blood pressure checked. If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.”
Politifact checked the “90%” figure and determined that abortion services account for more like 3% and gave this statement a “False” rating. ABC News reported later, and I love the commentary, as brief as it is, “He later clarified that the statistic, which is inaccurate, was “not intended to be a factual statement.” Not intended to be factual. Written into the senate records for posterity. used as a point for support of his position. A lie. On the senate floor. John Kyl should be removed from office. It’s a good thing that he has already announced his retirement.
I would love to recite all of the stupid things this congressman has said over the years like being confused about why insurance companies include special services for female issues when he never has to use them. He’s no Dan Quayle, but he can be quote mined for nefarious ends.
So where does this lead us? I would tie all of this back to good ol’ Christian values. Folks have to take care of themselves like folks did in the bible (don’t pay attention to the loaves and fishes story or the “curing the lepers” story) and don’t get an abortion, cause if Mary had one, we never would have had Jeebus.
You want smaller government? Get them to stop legislating our bedrooms and stay out of women’s uteruses (uteri?). That would be a good start.