Republican 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.)
Republican 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.