GOP Leaders in House Hate Gays and Lesbians More Than They Support U.S. Troops

Several Republican leaders in the House announced their intention today to vote against the latest Defense Authorization Bill, because it includes a provision to include gays and lesbians as a protected group under existing hate crimes law:

Boehner, speaking at his weekly press conference Thursday, said the inclusion of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in the defense bill was “an abuse of power” by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sought to punish offenders for what they thought — and not what they did.

He accused the speaker of pursuing her social agenda “on the backs” of the troops.

GOP Whip Eric Cantor is also a no, saying that the legislation constitutes classifying a new group of “thought crimes.”

Pelosi adviser Jennifer Crider shot back: “They are total hypocrites when it comes to their support of our troops — or lack thereof.”

This comes just one day after Republicans overwhelmingly refused to support an amendment authored by Sen. Al Franken that denies federal funds to contractors who require rape victims to submit to arbitration rather than allow them to take their case to court:

The amendment was offered after Jamie Leigh Jones, an employee of Kellogg, Brown & Root (formerly a subsidiary of Halliburton) was sexually assaulted by her co-workers in Iraq and then locked in a shipping crate when she tried to report the rape. Her return to the United States was facilitated by U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Tex., but upon her return, she learned that the fine print of her employment contract banned her from taking the case to court.

On the Senate floor, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., called it “a political attack directed at Halliburton.”

Franken rebutted, “This amendment does not single out a single contractor. This amendment would defund any contractor that refuses to give a victim of rape their day in court.”

The amendment was supported by a number of Minnesota organizations including Advocates for Human Rights, Breaking Free, Casa de Esperanza, Mid Minnesota Legal Assistance, the Minnesota Coalition against Sexual Assault, the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, the Minnesota National Organization for Women, Minnesota Women Lawyers and the Sexual Violence Center.

Faiz Shakir reported yesterday that 30 Republican senators voted against the amendment. And kos, in a blistering piece, points out that, of the 10 Republicans who did vote with Franken, four were women, and the rest came from non-Southern states:

Of the six Republican males who voted for the amendment, all of them represented states outside the deep South — Bennett (UT), Hatch (UT), Grassley (IA), LeMieux (FL), Lugar (IN), and Voinovich (OH). The other 30 men, including luminaries like David Vitter, John Ensign, and John McCain, didn’t think the amendment warranted passage.

This is interesting. According to Republicans, a fake pimp and ho, reported to the police, was apparently so beyond the pale that they’ve worked to strip ACORN of all federal funding. But denying employees actual redress from gang rapes is no big deal?

Will the GOP soon introduce a new Constitution Amendment that reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting the ability of corporations to gang rape their employees”? Is support for corporate gang rape already in the GOP platform, or does it need to be added at their next meeting? Is there a huge corporate gang rape lobby that is funneling millions into GOP pockets, or did they vote this way out of personal conviction?

As predictably regressive as the modern GOP has become, it’s shocking to see that they still have the ability to shock.

Indeed.

4 Responses to “GOP Leaders in House Hate Gays and Lesbians More Than They Support U.S. Troops”

  1. BlueDogDemocrat says:

    Kathy, Kathy, Kathy .. we don’t hate Gays, Blacks or anyone else besides naive Progressives. Conservative minded people don’t see the need to classify people and crimes by Race, Gender, Sexual Preference, etc. like you do. The Constitution provides “equal protection” whereas all these Hate Crimes create exceptions and extra punnishment to specific groups of people.

    These laws create a whole new mess for the legal system to deal with when plenty of punishment is available under current law. Again, its Progressives who choose to classify people … its Progressives who refuse to be ‘color blind’. Why must people like you misrepresent Conservative views?

    I find it hard to believe that an employment contract prevents anyone from filing rape charges in a US Court. The basis for this whole Ammendment seems flawed. I can’t imagine a Judge denying her standing in court on rape charges because of an employment contract with KBR. That’s so silly, you are so silly !! Getting raped has nothing to do with the Company you work for.

    On principle we oppose special laws, so-called “hate crime” laws when the current Legal System has plenty of punnishment for any type of crime.

    Comparing this situation to ACORN is absurd. ACORN perpetually lives off taxpayer money, they are demonstrated to be corrupt!! Do you support ACORN’s advice in support of underage prostitution?? Bringing 13 year old girls in for prostitution?? It seems Progressives support 13 year olds being raped by ACORN and Roman Polanski …

  2. BlueDogDemocrat says:

    ACORN, Polanski, Mitterand all rape supporters, all Progressives who continue to get support from your side … I guess its ok to rape young “boys” as long as its in Thailand …

    http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE5975CO20091008

  3. Kathy, its your side that derides the Military and lies about it. Check out this speech if your feeble mind can handle it:

    “The Axis of Idiots”
    From the Podium:
    J. D. Pendry, Retired Sergeant Major , USMC

    FROM THE PODIUM

    This retired USMC Sgt. Major has his Stuff together.

    Jimmy Carter, you are the father of the Islamic Nazi movement. You threw the Shah under the bus, welcomed the Ayatollah home, and then lacked the spine to confront the terrorists when they took our embassy and our people hostage. You’re the “runner-in-chief.”

    Bill Clinton, you played ring around the Lewinsky while the terrorists were at war with us. You got us into a fight with them in Somalia and then you ran from it. Your weak-willed responses to the USS Cole and the First Trade Center Bombing and Our Embassy Bombings emboldened the killers. Each time you failed to respond adequately, they grew bolder, until 9/11/2001.

    John Kerry, dishonesty is your most prominent attribute. You lied about American Soldiers in Vietnam… Your military service, like your life, is more
    fiction than fact. You’ve accused our military of terrorizing women and children in Iraq. You called Iraq the wrong war, wrong place, wrong time, and the same words you used to describe Vietnam. You’re a fake! You want to run from Iraq and abandon the Iraqis to murderers just as you did to the Vietnamese. Iraq, like Vietnam, is another war that you were for, before you were against it.

    John Murtha, you said our military was broken. You said we can’t win militarily in Iraq. You accused United States Marines of cold-blooded murder without proof and said we should redeploy to Okinawa. Okinawa, John? And the Democrats call you their military expert! Are you sure you didn’t suffer a traumatic brain injury while you were off building your war hero resume? You’re a sad, pitiable, corrupt, and washed up old fool. You’re not a Marine, sir.. You wouldn’t amount to a good pimple on a real Marine’s ass. You’re a phony and a disgrace. Run away, John.

    Dick Durbin, you accused our Soldiers at Guantanamo of being Nazis, tenders of Soviet style gulags and as bad as the regime of Pol Pot, who murdered two million of his own people after your party abandoned Southeast Asia to the Communists. Now you want to abandon the Iraqis to the same fate. History was not a good teacher for you, was it? Lord help us! See Dick run.

    Nancy Pelosi,Harry Reid, Carl Levine,Barbara Boxer,Diane Feinstein, Russ Feingold, Pat Leahy,Barack Obama,Chuck Schumer, the Hollywood Leftist morons, et al, ad nauseam: Every time you stand in front of television cameras and broadcast to the Islamic Nazis that we went to war because our President lied, that the war is wrong and our Soldiers are torturers, that we should leave Iraq, you give the Islamic butchers – the same ones that tortured and mutilated American Soldiers – cause to think that we’ll run away again, and all they have to do is hang on a little longer. It is inevitable that we, the infidels, will have to defeat the Islamic jihads. Better to do it now on their turf, than later on ours after they have gained both strength and momentum.

    American news media, the New York Times particularly: Each time you publish stories about national defense secrets and our intelligence gathering methods, you become one united with the sub-human pieces of camel dung that torture and mutilate the bodies of American Soldiers. You can’t strike up the courage to publish cartoons, but you can help Al Qaeda destroy my country. Actually, you are more dangerous to us than Al Qaeda is. Think about that each time you face Mecca to admire your Pulitzer.

    You are America’s ‘AXIS OF IDIOTS.’ Your Collective Stupidity will destroy us.. Self-serving politics and terrorist-abetting news scoops are more important to you than our national security or the lives of innocent civilians and Soldiers. It bothers you that defending ourselves gets in the way of your elitist sport of politics and your ignorant editorializing. There is as much blood on your hands as is on the hands of murdering terrorists. Don’t ever doubt that. Your frolics will only serve to extend this war as they extended Vietnam. If you want our Soldiers home as you claim, knock off the crap and try supporting your country ahead of supporting your silly political aims and aiding our enemies.

    Yes, I’m questioning your patriotism. Your loyalty ends with self. I’m also questioning why you’re stealing air that decent Americans could be breathing. You don’t deserve the protection of our men and women in uniform. You need to run away from this war, this country. Leave the war to the people who have the will to see it through and the country to people who are willing to defend it.

    Our country has two enemies: Those who want to destroy us from the outside and those who attempt it from within.

    Semper Fi,
    J. D. Pendry – Sergeant Major, USMC, Retired

  4. My opinion says:

    I just don’t get it. Why do libs always say we on the other side always want to starve children, keep minorities down, keep those homeless, keep healthcare for all etc etc. What is it about you folks that make you say these things? I would expect that Libs and GOP want pretty much the same things for all. The difference is in how we get there not that the GOP is agianst it. Your argument is silly on its face. Every one of you Libs have friends and family that are GOP. Do they think and act as you try to paint the GOP as a whole? Are you so bankrupt of ideas that you have to resort to this approach? I think not. Libs as well as GOP have great ideas, why don’t we talk them through. It seems the left is all for talking to folks that are bent on killing us why not talk within our own country?

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