Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Today's Happy Hopping Moron: Bob Marshall

Republican Virginia State Delegate and sometimes Senate candidate Bob Marshall tossed his hat in the ring for the award at a press conference against state funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization that helps many people in many ways including providing cancer screening. It's not his first entry, but what clinched the title was his statement that,
The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall, a Republican.
“In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.”
We'll set aside the idiocy of pretending that abortion is all of what Planned Parenthood is about when it's really just a tiny fraction of the work they do. There's a more glaring idiocy in Bob's statement. All of those parents whose children have any sort of handicap -- whether it be ADHD, dyslexia, or whatever -- might want to have a word with Bob. To suggest that any child (handicap or no) is a punishment goes well beyond insensitive or tone deaf and into the realm of abysmally stupid, especially for a politician who might like to get votes from the large number of parents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives of children with some kind of handicap or another. And that makes Bob Marshall today's Happy Hopping Moron.

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