Not intended to be a factual statement

Two things that stand out here in terms of religion, the excuse that religion doesn’t cause any harm and the age old religious belief that the ends justify the means. Opposition to abortion is largely based on religious grounds (and when it’s not, it’s pure emotional objection to it which religion also exploits), and we see time and time again that when the religious want their way, they’ll do anything because the ends justify the means. The idea of a US Senator stating a statistic in the Senate to make a point and then afterwards claim that statistic was “not intended to be a factual statement” is one of the most amazing displays (and admission) of the ends justify the means. Both clips above do better than I can to address Sen Kyl, but I just wanted to add the unmentioned religious role here. the so-called harmless belief can lead a Senator to lie to satisfy religious ends, regardless of who it may hurt. But hey, Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion related services can be handled at Walgreens, right?

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6 Responses to “Not intended to be a factual statement”

  1. Why do my eyes keep reading Senator Kyl and Senator K-Y (as in jelly)? Are he and
    ex-Senator Santorum (as is frothy mix of lube (K-Y?) and feces) related?

  2. I don't know anything about this guy, so I don't know if he's crazy or not but Santorum is nuts. I think the most recent bit of crazy from him is his pointing to the revenue deficit for Social Security. There are at least a third fewer people paying into it now and for the foreseeable future than the number of people collecting, so what's the solution? Well he said that there wouldn't have been so few people if… (wait for it)….. there hadn't been abortions. Yup, he went there.

    Last night's Daily Show was pretty good, addressing Ryan's tax plan.

  3. I believe the public counter would be that they'd be sucking taxpayer services. The slightly less public counter would be to say they're mostly criminals. The 'look around first to make sure it's clear' response would be that they're not white. Nothing's better than white babies, except for perhaps non-white babies adopted by white people. That's the "Real" American sentiment. You betcha.

  4. Honestly, I've never met a secular person who was completely opposed to abortion. Some have concerns about late-term, but other than that, I've never heard a complete rejection of it as "immoral" by anyone other than the religious. My anecdote – but compare it to your own past experiences.

  5. I've encountered the "Juno" reaction, being freaked out by the pictures of fingers and toes. In other words, irrational, emotional responses.

  6. Nothing's better than white babies, except for perhaps non-white babies adopted by white people. That's the "Real" American sentiment. You betcha.

    Sssshhhhh! No one is supposed to talk about that. If no one talks about it, then it isn't real. It's the inverse of god-talk. If lots of people talk about gods, then they are real.

    Capisce?

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