A So-Called Legislator Who Should Live In Infamy If There's Any Justice, Which There May Not Be, But Still

Abby Zimet

Wednesday marked the start of the health care mandate requiring private insurers to cover contraceptive services and other women's preventative health care without a co-pay, which prompted former car salesman and now Pennsylvania's freshman GOP Rep. Mike Kelly to call the event "the day religious freedom died in America" and compare it to Pearl Harbor and 9/11, because, really, if you disagree with allowing women to make their own decisions about when or whether to have a baby then isn't that just like a war that kills thousands? WHO are these idiot wingnuts and what are they doing in my so-called government?

"I know in your mind you can think of times when America was attacked. One is December 7th, that's Pearl Harbor day. The other is September 11th, and that's the day of the terrorist attack. I want you to remember August the 1st, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates."

Fact: Access to birth control is voluntary. Churches and other houses of worship are exempt from coverage requirements. The Obama administration worked out a compromise with religiously-affiliated employers so they wouldn't have to pay directly for contraception in their insurance plans.

When called out on his inane comparison, Kelly didn't even have the good sense that God evidently forgot to give him to back off. Instead, his so-called communications director Julia Thornton doubled down.

"The HHS mandate is an undeniable and unprecedented attack on Americans’ First Amendment rights. Our freedoms and way of life have been under attack before, from both internal and external threats. If we fail to defend our constitutional rights, we risk losing the freedoms that so many brave men and women have given their lives to defend throughout the course of our nation’s history. We will not turn a blind eye to the HHS mandate’s attack on our religious freedom and we will work to stop this unconstitutional mandate from taking away our God-given and constitutionally protected freedoms."

Man oh man oh man oh man. Sorry: We're reduced to sputtering.

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