Wingnut Radio Host Likens Contraception Mandate to Islamic Terrorism

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 15:45 EDT
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The ongoing birth control controversy has caused religious conservatives to take leave of their senses.  Honestly.  This is just bananas:

Conservative radio host Matt Barber say that the federal government’s requirement that all health insurance cover contraception for women is comparable to Muslim terrorists forcing you to “kill your family.”

During a Monday segment on Liberty Counsel’s Faith and Freedom radio program, Barber hailed Catholic bishops for taking on President Barack Obama and “his anti-Christian persecution.”


“They are saying, ‘President Obama, no, we will not comply with this unconstitutional, immoral mandate,’” Barber explained. “And, again, in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., they’re vowing civil disobedience and I say, good for them.”

“The administration is not forcing you to just to violate your conscience,” co-host Shawn Akers agreed. “It’s forcing your to violate the laws of nature and nature’s God. It’s forcing you to participate, either explicitly or implicitly, in the taking of human life. This is really something that’s right out of science fiction novels.”

“This is much more than just a violation of conscience,” Barber replied. “What’s analogous to this is we know that one of the tactics of Muslim terrorists is that they will go into a village – we have seen it in the Sudan and elsewhere – they will take individuals, they will hold a gun or a machete to them and say, ‘See that family member of yours, that uncle, that individual, you must kill them or I am going to kill the rest of your family.’”

“This mandate does that,” he continued. “It says to the Catholic bishop, it says to the individual Christian, ‘You have no choice, you must embrace our post-modern, secularist worldview that says that life is meaningless and the unborn child has no value and you must become complicit in abortion homicide, you must fund, underwrite that slaughter of innocent human beings or you will be penalized under the full weight of government.’”

“That is no different than the Muslim terrorist going into the village, holding the gun to your head and saying, “Kill your family member or you will suffer the full weight of our tyranny.’ This is all tyranny; this president is engaging in tyranny.”


What in THEE hell is he talking about? The contraception mandate simply requires that health insurance plans provide free contraceptive services. That’s it! It has nothing to do with abortion.


Moreover, the contraception mandate requires that health insurers provide contraception free of charge in the health insurance plans they offer. In other words, if I’m buying into a health insurance plan provided by my employer, I should have access to full preventive care, including contraception. Contrary to what the wingnuts and Fox News are trying to convince folks, this isn’t about women demanding free contraception from the government. This isn’t about women demanding to become slaves to the government. This isn’t about sluts wanting free birth control. It’s about women’s right to have access to contraception in a health insurance plan they are paying for.

If it’s too difficult a concept for you to grasp, just replace the word “contraception” with “heart medicine,” or even better, “Viagra.” It’s really that simple.

I’m going to need for people to stop being crazy and to stop lying. Just stop it.

ABL aka Angry Black Lady aka Imani Gandy is a recovering attorney with a burning love of fire and perfectly-constructed sentences. The “anger” portion of her moniker stems not from her displeasure at the hellscape that American politics has become, but rather is a symptom of the pituitary tumor which has been indefinitely detained in her brain since 2006. When she’s not pointing out that people are wrong on the Internet – or writing for Balloon Juice, The Grio, The Team Uterati Wiki Project, or RH Reality Check -- she likes long sits on the beach. Also, she thinks gravity is a real downer. You can follow her on Twitter at @AngryBlackLady.
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