Virginia Religious Taliban Lawmaker Can Run, But He Can’t Hide

February 24, 2010

(ChattahBox)—When politicians are chastised for making offensive remarks, they often claim their statements were taken out of context by the media, or that they used a poor choice of words and really didn’t mean what they said, really. And that is the tactic Republican and religious extremist, Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall used when he was criticized for saying, God punishes women who have abortions by giving them disabled children. Marshall, who first made his odious statements last week, while attending a press conference to support the de-funding of Planned Parenthood in Virginia, first claimed that his words were taken out of context, but when presented with his quoted remarks, he acknowledged that they were accurate. Then Marshall issued a press release, apologizing for “any misimpression my poorly chosen words may have created.”

But a religious theocrat like Marshall can’t hide his true face for long, because there is a nifty little invention of the 21st century, called YouTube, and his statements were as clear as day. And he later told a producer of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show that he stood by his statements and even dug in deeper, by referring to Exodus Chapter 13 of the Bible to prove his claims, which states, “The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me whether man or animal.”

Will Bob Marshall suffer any political fallout from his offensive remarks? No, probably not. Despite the bad press and a call from some quarters for him to resign, it’s likely he will survive, because his views are largely shared by fellow religious zealot, Gov. Bob McDonnell, a devotee of the controversial televangelist Pat Robertson. In fact, the extreme right-wing McDonnell who hoodwinked gullible Virginia Independent voters into believing he was a moderate Republican, is quickly remaking Virginia into a socially conservative backwater. Just days after taking the oath of office, he signed an executive order making it legal for state employers to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Now, he is attacking the reproductive rights of women in his state, by making good on his campaign promise to de-fund Planned Parenthood, based on his anti-abortion beliefs.

So, Virginians can expect many more fringe right-wing state lawmakers, like Bob Marshall to come out in the light of day in the new welcoming climate of bigotry, hate and religious extremism created by Gov. McDonnell.

And here are the exact word spoken by Bob Marshall, that he first believed, then didn’t, and then did again:

“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. 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.”

As pointed out by Right Wing Watch, Marshall has a long history of making offensive comments that he later claims were a misimpression:

“He said this about abortion in the case of rape: “[T]he woman becomes a sin-bearer of the crime, because the right of a child predominates over the embarrassment of the woman.”‘

“And he said this about contraception: “[W]e have no business passing this garbage out and making these co-eds chemical Love Canals for these frat house playboys in Virginia.”‘

The religious Taliban is alive and well in America. And if the 2010 mid-term elections fall to right-wing Republicans, extremists like Bob Marshall will come into power and try to remake America into a medieval religious nation. Just take a good look at what is happening now in Virgina. Do you want right-wing religious extremists like Bob Marshall controlling your life?

Watch Bob Marshall say that handicapped children are a punishment from God, because of abortion:


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