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Friday, March 2, 2012

Bringing a Knife to a Gun Fight

Rush Limbaugh calls a law student a prostitute because she testified at a hearing in favor of requiring insurances to cover family planning.

"What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute."

Republican Representative Tim Murphy falls all over himself when Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius explains that the administration's current contraception ruling upholds religious freedom by exempting houses of worship, religious nonprofits and religious hospitals. The onus will fall on the insurances, instead.

After cutting her off and shouting like a fool, he comes back with this.

"You're setting up a rule that not even Jesus and his Apostles could adhere to."

Actually, I'm pretty sure they could. These two men look like idiots, and they bring down their cause.

The arguments being put forth by the Republicans and the Church are abhorrent and ugly. I was undecided on this issue until I heard those fighting for the rollback of the legislation--the words that were supposed to turn me toward the Church turned me away instead. That's not the kind of ally you want, Church. You want to bring people to your side of the argument. The Democrats and women's rights groups don't even have to speak in this debate, as far as I'm concerned. You've made their point for them.

"So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis," says Limbaugh, "here's the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch."

Allowing someone contraception at an affordable price is not "paying them to have sex," Mr. Limbaugh. And referring to a woman who wishes to have control over her own body as a "slut," gains you no points anywhere. Many women working for the Church are married (I was), and are having sex with their husbands (guilty). You want them to post sex videos online because they used birth control? Hyperbole or not, that's disgusting. And isn't there something in the Bible about not coveting one's neighbor's wife or something? But that's irrelevant, isn't it? You'd just be watching so that you could call them whores. It wouldn't turn you on at all. Either way, you're gross.

Sandra Fluke stood up for herself, saying this type of misogynistic language is "evidently still acceptable (and) that's just very problematic."

It is. Why should women have a say about their bodies when men like Rush have their religion they have to protect. After all, we're all just sluts and prostitutes. Surely Jesus wouldn't treat women like people who had any rights. Oh wait.

Meanwhile, Rep. Tim Murphy is embarrassing and infuriating. This exchange speaks for itself, really.

Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: "There also is no abortifacient drug that is part of the FDA approved contraception. What the rule for preventive care…"

Rep. Tim Murphy: "Ma’am that is not true…Is the morning after pill or something like that an abortifacient drug? Yes or no."

Kathleen Sebelius: "It is a contraceptive drug."

Rep. Tim Murphy: "Yes or no?"

Kathleen Sebelius:" It's not an abortifacient drug… It does not interfere with a pregnancy. If the morning pill were taken, and a female were pregnant, the pregnancy is not interrupted. That’s the definition."

Rep. Tim Murphy: "Ma’am that is your interpretation, and I appreciate that’s your interpretation."

Okay, so you didn't like that the answer to your yes or no question was no. I get that. It must be frustrating not to know what words mean. But that doesn't make the definition of an abortifacient drug Sebelius's interpretation. It's a definition. And it's backed by doctors, which Sebelius points out.

Kathleen Sebelius: "That’s what the scientists and doctors…"

Rep. Tim Murphy: "We’re not talking about scientists. Ma’m we’re not talking about scientists here, we’re talking about religious belief. Ma’am, I’m asking you about a religious belief. In a religious belief, that is a violation of a religious belief."

Actually, you were just talking about scientists. Their work is important when you differentiate between interpretation-based opinion and fact, which is what Sebelius was trying to do. On the other hand, what you changed the subject to, Murphy, religious belief...well, what is that other than interpretation? So, in one breath you break down Sebelius's argument, saying it's interpretation, then in the next, you trash her argument because she's talking facts and you're talking interpretation. You have to choose one method and stick to it, sir. Or at least wait thirty seconds before the twist. Give the listeners a chance to forget what you've just said.

Not one to let a good trick go, you do the exact same thing just two minutes later.

Rep. Tim Murphy: "Who's going to pay for it? Who pays for it? There's no such thing as a free service. The reduction of the number pregnancies compensates for the cost of contraception."

Kathleen Sebelius: "Providing contraception as a critical preventive health for women and for their children reduces costs."

Rep. Tim Murphy: "Not having babies born is a critical benefit."

Kathleen Sebelius: "Family planning is a critical benefit"

Rep. Tim Murphy: "You said avoiding pregnancy."

Okay, you asked her how this measure would viably pay for itself and she told you. Not having babies is not a bad thing. Not everyone wants or needs 10 kids. So, yes, to some women, not having babies is a critical benefit. Family planning is a critical benefit.

And avoiding pregnancy is family planning. You are planning for your family. Again with these pesky definitions, with words meaning things. Of course, you would already know that if you were listening to our Health and Humanitarian Services Secretary.

Religion, Republicans, with these guys on your side, you're pretty much bringing a knife to a gun fight. And stabbing yourself with it.

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  1. I want to punch people in the face right now. So much rage.

  2. Tim Murphy stated" you said avoiding pregnancy," not "you said aborting babies" as is stated above. Please take note.

  3. Thank you! It was at the end of the video, and I couldn't hear correctly. I will edit right now!

  4. This article was pointed out to me by a friend, and I can only say that it is an expertly-written dissection of the abhorrent rhetoric of the extreme right in this discussion. Very well done!



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