Bauer: B-B-B-But…Muslims!

Christian right superstar Gary Bauer is capitalizing on the shooting of a 14-year old Pakistani girl by the Taliban for daring to speak out in favor of allowing girls to get an education by attacking liberal women in the United States. In an email to his followers, he wrote:

For over a year, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, radical feminists and their media allies have promoted the idea that there is a conservative “war on women.” We have seen poor “victims” like Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke whine about how expensive her birth control pills are and how mean Republicans don’t want to pay for them.

I wonder what Fluke thinks about Malala Yousafzai. She is a 14 year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by an Islamic “warrior” who walked onto her school bus yesterday in the city of Mingora. The Taliban quickly claimed “credit” for the shooting.

Malala did not make a movie critical of Mohammed or try to convert to Christianity. She simply said publicly that girls should be able to go to school. For that she clings to life today in a Pakistani hospital.

I predict there will be no Islamic mobs in the streets protesting the distortions of their faith. I predict Sandra Fluke will not take time out from her crusade for free birth control to condemn radical Islam. I predict Planned Parenthood will continue its multi-million-dollar ad campaign accusing conservatives of wanting to take away its right to destroy innocent unborn children.

Women all over the Islamic world face brutal persecution, but the American left hates us and hurls its bile at conservatives.

And I predict that your ignorant followers won’t notice the giant logical fallacy you’re serving to them. Yes, the Taliban is even worse than most conservative Christians in America. And therefore what? The fact that others want to oppress them more than you do magically makes your attempts at oppression disappear? Sorry, it doesn’t work that way.

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  • tbp1

    Not to mention that he continues to lie about Sandra Fluke’s testimony.

    For the millionth time, she wasn’t asking for the government, or anyone else, to pay for her birth control. She was saying that the student health insurance, which students are required to buy, with their own money, from a Georgetown University selected provider, ought to cover reproductive health care, since it’s an absolutely standard part of health care for women. In the particular case she testified about, it wasn’t even about birth control meds being used for birth control, but for other reasons. Moreover, she was testifying about a friend’s situation, not her own.

    It’s OK, I suppose, to disagree with Ms. Fluke, but really shouldn’t they disagree with what she actually said, and not some Rush Limbaugh-inspired imaginary version of what she said?

    (I know, that’s asking way too much of conservatives, especially religious conservatives, but I keep hoping.)

  • tbp1

    I can’t find a link to Bauer’s original comments. All references seem to trace back to Right Wing Watch, which, unusually for them, doesn’t provide a link. Does anyone have a link to the source?

  • Reginald Selkirk

    I predict there will be no Islamic mobs in the streets protesting the distortions of their faith.

    Wrong again.

  • Chiroptera

    …like Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke whine about how expensive her birth control pills are…

    As was pointed out above, Sandra Fluke was pointing out how another student’s medication, needed for a medical condition that wasn’t “preventing pregnancy,” wasn’t covered by her mandatory health insurance.

    …and how mean Republicans don’t want to pay for them.

    Well, distorting another person’s testimony, like you just did here, is kind of mean. And trying to use slut-shaming, like you’re doing now (although not as blatantly as Limbaugh did), to silence the opposition and rally the rabid, frothing base is definitely mean.

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    Very standard justification: “They are worse than we are, so you cannot complain about how bad we are.”

    PZ skewers this trope.

  • Moggie

    “Dear Muslima…”

  • Abby Normal

    Things are either one thing or another, either good or bad. Therefore, if something is not as bad as the worst example of its kind then it’s not really bad. If it’s not bad, it must be good. So Obama is Hitler, gay rights advocates are terrorists, and liberals are possessed of demons. Conversely, the founding fathers were prophets, owning a gun is heroic, and waterboarding is just a useful interrogation technique.

  • dingojack

    What would the Australian PM would say to Mr Bauer:

    Oh I know.

    Dingo

  • thalwen

    How is this supposed to negate the “war on women?” If anything it just shows that misogyny and gender-based violence is a major problem world-wide and that the biggest perpetrators are fundamentalists like the Taliban.

    Doesn’t this implicate groups like Bauer’s, as most of the Christian fundies tend to be against laws that safeguard women’s right to an education and laws that protect women from gender-based violence (like their opposition to VAWA re-authorisation). It’s groups like Bauer’s that whine the most about girls doing well in school and oppose equal pay for equal work.

    It seems like the only major difference is that the Taliban uses violence, while the Christian right uses legislation but both have the same end goal.

  • Chiroptera

    And another thing,

    the reason we keep opposing the “not-so-bad” Christianists in the US is because if we didn’t, they would become just as bad as the Taliban.

    We are keeping them from sliding down the slope further into “unredeemably evil” territory.

    And they don’t even thank us.

  • http://cheapsignals.blogspot.com Gretchen

    I predict Sandra Fluke will not take time out from her crusade for free birth control to condemn radical Islam.

    Nor, I expect, did the people still cleaning and rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina take time out from their efforts to comment that the Japanese tsunami was really, really bad.

    What a bunch of hypocrites.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1017276335 Strewth

    Chiroptera @10 – I love you so, so much.

  • http://anexerciseinfutility.blogspot.com tommykey

    Gary Bauer belches “I wonder what Fluke thinks about Malala Yousafzai.”

    Here is Sandra Fluke on Twitter regarding Malala Yousafzai:

    Heartbreaking 2 hear #Malala shot in #Pakistan. Praying such a powerful young voice 4 girls’ educ won’t be silenced.

    You know Gary, it’s really not that hard to find this out rather than condemning the imaginary Sandra Fluke that only exists in the heads of wingnuts like you.

  • http://anexerciseinfutility.blogspot.com tommykey

    I can’t find a link to Bauer’s original comments. All references seem to trace back to Right Wing Watch, which, unusually for them, doesn’t provide a link. Does anyone have a link to the source?

    There’s no link because RWW is quoting from an e-mail Bauer sent.

  • dugglebogey

    Holy shit has anyone been more reviled and ridiculed for demanding that her prescription insurance (gasp!) cover a goddamn prescription that millions of women take? Even though your silly and stupid religion kinda but doesn’t really forbid it?

    Again, saying that some people can’t take birth control or some gay people can’t get married because YOUR religion forbids it is the same thing as you saying I can’t eat a doughnut because YOU are fat!

    Some people REALLY need to go fuck themselves, hard.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    I wonder what Fluke thinks about Malala Yousafzai. She is a 14 year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by an Islamic “warrior” who walked onto her school bus yesterday in the city of Mingora.

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that she disapproves. Unless Mr. Bauer has evidence to the contrary, this bit of innuendo is absurd.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    “And I predict that your ignorant followers won’t notice the giant logical fallacy you’re serving to them.”

    This must be the 10,000th time we’ve seen this tactic. Use some atrocity caused by conservative Muslims in another country to condemn liberals in America. It’s so stupid on so many levels that, almost by definition, you have to be delutional to buy into it.

  • iangould

    The Chinese government regularly jails, tortures and executes people for their relgous beliefs – primarily but not excusively Tibetan Buddhists and Falun Gong members.

    american secularists do nothign of the sort. Therefore, why is Gary being so hypocritical as to complain about the enforcement of church-state separation?

    Shouldn’t he be grateful that he isn’t being hung by his wrists until both shoulders dislocate while being flogged with a length of electrical cord?

  • iangould

    Re contraception, let’s note that even the Catholic church permits the use of hormonal contraception (“the pill”) for treatment of various medical conditions.

  • Chiroptera

    She is a 14 year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by an Islamic “warrior” who walked onto her school bus yesterday in the city of Mingora.

    You know, if the only way to make yourself look not-so-bad is by comparing yourself to murderuous terrorists, then I really think you need to rethink your core beliefs.

  • baal

    The point is likely lost on Mr. Bauer but a good many of us see him and his as the American equivalent? Religious fundamentalists have the same look and feel regardless of which religion it is (geee a property of being humans who think a certain way). The difference is that the Taliban is largely unlimited by their government and social unlike here in the US (where we somewhat constrain the worst aspects of the fundamentalists).