Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Fail Quote: Rep. Kelly compares contraception mandate to 9/11

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Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA)
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA)

So, this is a thing that was said in Congress recently:

"I know in your mind you can think of the times America was attacked," said Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), a freshman.

"One is December 7 — that is Pearl Harbor Day. Another was September 11 — that was the day of the terrorist attack.

"I want you to remember August 1, 2012 — the attack on our religious freedom. That is a date that will live in infamy, along with those other dates."

Oh, my dear sweet vapors! What a terribly grave injustice whatever Rep. Kelly is worried about must be! What is it? Are Christians being frogmarched into reeducation camps? Are homophobes having electrodes strapped to their balls to cure them of hateful thoughts? What terrible event, I beseech, is underway?

Starting Wednesday, most employers will have to cover contraception in their health plans without a co-pay.

Republicans have denounced the policy as an attack on the religious freedom of people who object to birth control or consider some forms equal to abortion.

… Oh. Right, Obama’s evil ’cause he wants women to stop nearly bankrupting themselves to maintain reproductive control over their bodies. And he did it in a way that would allow women to obtain their insurance from elsewhere than religious employers, thus relieving them of any obligation to provide coverage for medical services that get their undies in a twist. Now I remember.

Yeah, I can definitely see how that’s comparable to acts of war and terrorism that leave thousands dead, that.

(via ThinkProgress)