The other day we noted that it was seemingly impossible for any Religious Right figure to be deemed so radical that Republican members of Congress would decline to appear at events with them, highlighting the fact that the American Family Association’s militantly anti-gay Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy, Bryan Fischer, was being featured in a Family Research Council hosted health care webcast along with Rep. Tom Price, (R-GA), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).
The event aired earlier this week and, as it turned out, Fischer wasn’t even the most radical person involved as that honor went to Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall:
Last month, Marshall made news by declaring during an anti-Planned Parenthood press conference that disabled children are God’s punishment for abortion and then asserting that he had never said anything of the sort.
I didn’t bother grabbing any of the video of Fischer or Marshall because, frankly, they didn’t say anything particularly interesting, with both insisting that health care reform is unconstitutional.
But what was interesting was the fact that Fischer and Marshall were featured together in the webcast and their appearance was sandwiched in between Rep. Mike Pence and Sen. David Vitter.
In short, today’s conservative movement consists of right-wing leaders who think gays should be treated like criminals and that God punishes women who’ve had abortions with disabled children … and high-profile Republican members of Congress.