To hear right-wingers tell it, they’re the brave heroes who stand up and patiently let liberals, atheists, and non-believers spin enough rope to hang themselves. Countless pixels have been spilled in FWD:FWD:FWD:FWD:BRAVE CHRISTIAN STANDS UP TO ATHIEST PROFESOR! [sic] emails which supposedly prove it.
Of course, that’s not how these confrontations go in real life. In real life, many right-wingers are extremely thin-skinned. They’re so opposed to hearing other people’s views — especially when it proves them wrong — that they’re willing to cut off ten-year-old children, like a Florida House committee did during a hearing against more of that wonderful “Religious Freedom©®™” BS we keep hearing about.
Gay couples usually strike me as being better parents than most straight couples. After all, I’ve not heard many gay parents quoting Michael Pearl to justify beating their child with quarter-inch plumbing line. This alone puts them in a different category.
The Florida House, probably because this is Florida we’re talking about, doesn’t feel that way. And they want to give the private adoption agencies “Religious Freedom©®™” so they can discriminate against gay couples.
10-year-old Nathaniel Gill was there to testify against the legislation. Gill told his story about being placed in foster care with his brother, and then the two of them finding a home with two dads.
It’s a happy ending. It’s a shame that the Republicans never let him get there.
While Nathaniel was doing his best to read from the paper, the Republican committee chair, Charles McBurney, cut the 10-year-old off, informing him that while he was “doing great,” his minute to speak was over.
I understand procedural decorum, and I can respect a time limit. At the same time, I work with children. I’ve subbed for elementary classes. I know how kids read, and how they talk, neither of which they usually do as fast as adults. They don’t have the words on hand or the experience to string them together. Keeping the one minute limit for an adult is fine; for a child it needs to be longer.
It seems to me that the Republicans are doing everything in their power to dissuade the next generation from getting involved in government.
And that makes sense. After all, once you learn that government can work efficiently for the gun lobby, you start to ask why it doesn’t work efficiently for the people. Then you start looking at the people who proclaim government can’t work as being part of the problem, not the solution — and that path is the path of Republican obsolescence.
That’s a beautiful phrase, “Republican obsolescence.”
You can see the video of his testimony here:
And the full-length speech here, in it’s blistering three minute entirety; so excruciatingly long that McBurney had to cut him off for procedural reasons.