I get scared easily.
I’m glad I’m not in Delaware where Christine O’Donnell, their Repubilcan Senate primary winner, once said some very stupid shit about God and health problems.
Her latest gem was revealed by Talking Points Memo, who quoted her in a C-SPAN interview back in 1997. Apparently money spent on fighting AIDS was wasted because encouraging condom use is pointless, and those who are infected with HIV totally bring it on themselves.
“A lot of the money that we’re spending goes to things that we know will not prevent AIDS, but indeed will continue to spread the disease. A lot of our money goes to distribute condoms in high schools, and a lot of our money goes to distribute material that is literally pornographic.”
She also went so far as to claim cancer was “an act of God.”
If Sarah Palin was already rooting for her back in 2008, she must be cut from the same cloth, and this has bothered me enough to find more things she’s quoted as saying. Will the U.S. (and the world) have a Palin clone in the next election? I sure as hell hope not.
Salon has a great article with videos and all kinds of funny. It’s just too bad she’s attempting to be serious. She used to be part of “an ultra-conservative Christian group called SALT (Savior’s Alliance for Lifting the Truth) and as a spokeswoman for the Concerned Women of America and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute” so was big into abstinence in schools and shit that shouldn’t have concerned her unless she was in school or trying to control the sexual urges of her own children. Like that stopped her, of course.
TPMuckraker provides information about her college days:
She was a junior, she said in another profile published in 2006, when a friend “asked me if I knew how an abortion was performed … She showed me the medical journals, and it was frightening.”
“There’s only truth and not truth,” she said. “You’re either very good or evil. I went back to my dorm and asked myself what I was.”
O’Donnell decided then to drop her acting ambitions (she was a theater major). She became an evangelical Christian, a departure from her relatively lax Catholic upbringing. She joined the College Republicans and campaigned for the Bush-Quayle ticket.
That was the beginning of O’Donnell as crusader. Her biggest crusade has become preaching abstinence until marriage to young women.
“Not only because I think I’m right,” she said in 2004. “I know what it’s like to live a life without principle.”
Back to Salon: SALT believed masturbation was just the same as adultery, cheating on your spouse with yourself, apparently. Who knew? A double sin if he or she likes watching…
She’s a creationist who seriously believes proof of that outweighs proof of evolution.
She wondered if co-ed dorms would lead to orgy rooms. College West had been co-ed when I was there and I don’t know of any of that happening. Of course, I wasn’t getting any sex anyway.. not because I took a vow of abstinence, though. I just couldn’t get laid.
She also wrote some interesting stuff about the role of female figures in Lord of the Rings, although I don’t know why Salon includes that as an example of her weirdness. I think she makes some fair points, given what they’ve quoted of it. The whole article is worth a read.
But back to what’s wrong with her. The Economist notes that her beliefs (discounting creationist screed) come straight out of Catholic teachings.
While Ms O’Donnell’s views on evolution do not flow from her Catholicism, it seems that her views on masturbation and lying do. Now, Joe Biden, a former Delaware Senator, also adheres to the Roman Catholic faith, but nobody titters discussing his moral convictions, and he evidently had no problems getting elected to the Senate in Delaware. Could it be that Catholic doctrine is a risible barrier to office only if one is willing, as Ms O’Donnell clearly is, frankly to defend it in public without a hint of embarrassment?
Lying is always a sin, apparently. She’s quoted from Politically Incorrect as stating,
A lie, whether it be a lie or an exaggeration, is disrespect to whoever you’re exaggerating or lying to, because it’s not respecting reality.
I wonder if anyone thought to ask her about how the Catholic church gets around all the lies of omission required to avoid telling the world just how far flung sex abuse by priests is. Dismal news out of Belgium – there isn’t one Catholic church there safe to put kids in, if you get down to it. (H/T Bligbi)
Well anyway. I think that’s enough. She’s sounding like someone too many people will put their faith in, even if she does come across as a nutball to the rest.