Promiscuous Women Should Be Punished with HIV+ Babies

SchultheisRepublican Colorado State Senators are really working hard to outstrip Utah State Senator Chris Buttars on the mind-boggling ignorant bigotry.

Colorado State Senator Dave Schultheis had some choice words about a bill that would require HIV testing for pregnant women. Obviously, he is against this bill.

The Colorado Independent reports:

Schultheis said he planned to vote against a bill to require HIV tests for pregnant women because the disease “stems from sexual promiscuity” and he didn’t think the Legislature should “remove the negative consequences that take place from poor behavior and unacceptable behavior.”

Listen to some of his words here.

He went on to say: “What I’m hoping is that, yes, that person may have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby and when they grow up, but the mother will begin to feel guilt as a result of that. The family will see the negative consequences of that promiscuity and it may make a number of people over the coming years begin to realize that there are negative consequences and maybe they should adjust their behavior.”

This is a state senator who believes that expectant mothers should not be tested for an incurable disease that could effect their child for life, because it is his opinion that HIV is contracted through “promiscuity” and therefore an HIV+ baby is the proper punishment for such a woman.

Let’s leave aside Schultheis’ obviously problematic belief that HIV is the result of promiscuity. Let’s think about the baby here. Schultheis is a Republican with warped beliefs about sex, so I’d say it’s a good bet that he is familiar with the “Culture of Life” bullshit and the anti-abortion movement. Purportedly, people who are fans of these movements care about the baybeez. Per usual, when it comes down to protecting children or shaming sluts, it appears that Schultheis would rather see babies born with HIV than allow a slut to get away with her slutty ways without being punished with a terminally ill child. An inspiring ideology, really.

But Wait! That’s not all that’s going down in Colorado! Oh no, it gets better (or worse, depending on your perspective.)
RenfroeRepublican Colorado State Senator Scott Renfroe kicked off this festival of awesome on February 23 by comparing the “sin” of being a gay person to the sin of murder. Because they’re both in the ten commandments, right?

Here’s what he had to say after extensive quoting of the Bible:

After quoting Scripture to call homosexual behavior a “detestable act,” the Greeley Republican said it would be “an abomination according to Scripture” for the Legislature to “(take) sins and (make) them to be legally OK.”

He continued: “I’m not saying (homosexuality) is the only sin that is out there. Obviously we have sin — we have murder, we have, we have all sorts of sin, we have adultery, and we don’t make laws making those legal, and we would never think to make murder legal.”

“But all sin is equal, that sin is equal to any other in the Bible,” he adds (listen to audio clip).

Wonderfully, other Christians, horrified at Renfroe’s Christianity-justified bigotry, spoke out:

“As a Christian, I am profoundly saddened by the hate speech uttered by Sen. Renfroe in the name of God,” the Rev. Richard Craft, interim pastor at Family of Christ Presbyterian Church of Greeley, said in a statement.

The Greeley Republican’s “inflammatory remarks reinforce the kind of hostile climate that can put real people in harm’s way,” Alliance officials wrote, noting that Angie Zapata was violently beaten to death with a fire extinguisher in Renfroe’s hometown last year because she was transgender.

“Such speech is not simply an expression of neutral opinion; it emboldens attitudes of exclusion and even violence against our neighbors, whom we are called upon to love,” Craft said. “And, it feeds the growing idea that Christianity is a religion of hate.”

Quoting the Old Testament on the Senate floor, Renfroe said gays “have committed a detestable act and they shall surely be put to death,” and then went on to compare homosexuality with murder — both sins, he said, that the state has no business making “legally OK.”

Colorado, time to clean your house!

Thanks to Feministing for the heads up.

5 thoughts on “Promiscuous Women Should Be Punished with HIV+ Babies

  1. A statement from Mr. Schultheis’ website: “All life is precious, from conception to natural death….”

    Seems pretty clear that your conclusion about his motivations is accurate.

  2. BUTTARS!!!!

    That man is a fucking GOLDMINE. Some days his blindingly bright hatred and arrogance are the best reason to get out of bed. It almost makes me want to move to Colorado so I can hate him up close.
    Thank you for so thoroughly catologuing his escapades.. S

  3. Good detective work, Rob.

    @Scornado: Buttars is the asswipe from Utah. Schultheis and Renfroe are the dicks from Colorado. Let’s keep our bigots straight. :)

    “It almost makes me want to move to Colorado so I can hate him up close.”

    Didn’t you get enough of that when you lived in the Midwest? OMG What if Brownback becomes governor of Kansas??? Every time I visit I’ll have the honor of hating him up close. Puke.

  4. I thought the role of representational government was to alleviate human suffering, not to insure it. Can you say Theocracy? What happened to the seperation of church and state? Isn’t this just an example of westernized sharia law?
    I think freedom from this type of legislative activism is part of the Kansas Bill of Rights sub section 7 titled Religious Liberty: and I quote “§ 7. Religious liberty. The right to worship God according to the dictates of conscience shall never be infringed; nor shall any person be compelled to attend or support any form of worship; nor shall any control of or interference with the rights of conscience be permitted, nor any preference be given by law to any religious establishment or mode of worship. No religious test or property qualification shall be required for any office of public trust, nor for any vote at any elections, nor shall any person be incompetent to testify on account of religious belief.” end quote.

    and as far as who will succeed Sebeilus: from the Kansas Constitution: and I quote again: “§ 11: Vacancies in executive offices. When the office of governor is vacant, the lieutenant governor shall become governor. In the event of the disability of the governor, the lieutenant governor shall assume the powers and duties of governor until the disability is removed. The legislature shall provide by law for the succession to the office of governor should the offices of governor and lieutenant governor be vacant, and for the assumption of the powers and duties of governor during the disability of the governor, should the office of lieutenant governor be vacant or the lieutenant governor be disabled. When the office of secretary of state or attorney general is vacant, the governor shall fill the vacancy by appointment for the remainder of the term. If the secretary of state or attorney general is disabled, the governor shall name a person to assume the powers and duties of the office until the disability is removed. The procedure for determining disability and the removal thereof shall be provided by law.”

    So the Lt. Gov. is mark Parkinson:

    no idea of his political affiliation.

  5. @bubbabutt:

    Thanks for all the research! Mark Parkinson is a reformed Republican, i.e. he converted to Dem. Which it seems like a lot of moderate Kansan Repubs do, because the party there is so extreme on the theocracy thing.

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