Sometimes when I’m having trouble falling asleep, I lie in bed and flip through the television channels. Reading doesn’t work for me because I become engrossed in whatever I’m reading and end up staying awake much later than I should.
Since I find most television relatively boring, I usually start to doze off after about half an hour of channel surfing. During this short time period, I inevitably come across Bill O’Reilly yakking about something or another. He seems to spend a lot of time bashing Planned Parenthood, from what I’ve seen.
Last time I stumbled across his show, he was saying that PP should have its Federal funding pulled because he doesn’t like some of the ads they run on their own websites. Apparently O’Reilly is offended by discussion of genital warts. Honestly, he seems offended to the point of hostility by any discussion relating to sex, although he seems quite… sensitive about the topic of erectile dysfunction:
[…] McCain has said he wants to push for a Bush Administration proposal to allow faith-based organizations to make employment decisions based on religion even when using federal funding.
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On the one hand, Christian Conservatives want to deny Federal funding to organizations like Planned Parenthood or have the government forbid them to perform perfectly legal procedures if they receive Federal funding, simply because said procedures violate their religious principles. In other words, because they don’t like what Planned Parenthood does.
On the other hand, Christian Conservatives want the government to allow faith-based organizations to violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of l964 by practicing religious discrimination, even when said organizations also receive Federal funding. You know, because they like what these folks do.
We all pay Federal taxes, so we all contribute to anything that is Federally funded. That’s precisely why these wingnuts don’t want places like Planned Parenthood to receive any Federal funding – they don’t want their tax dollars being used to support something that violates their principles. But they’re perfectly fine with using my tax dollars to support something that violates my principles.
Talk about wanting to eat your cake and have it. Good grief! It seems “inconsistency” is the watchword of the modern American right.
These people want to rule the world with their Bibles. And they don’t even have the good sense to know they ought to be ashamed of that.