[Ark. state] Sen. Jason Rapert filed legislation that would require a test to detect a fetal heartbeat before an abortion is performed. If one is detected, a woman could not have an abortion, except in cases of rape, incest and if a mother’s life is in danger.
… By leaving just two weeks for most women to find out they’re pregnant and get an abortion, laws like these are essentially out-right bans.
Sen. Jason Rapert: “We’re going to take this country back for the Lord. We’re going to try to take this country back for conservatism. And we’re not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!”
The first item is about a devout Christian and socially conservative Republican working to save the lives of the unborn by passing tough new laws criminalizing abortion after six weeks.
The second item is about a Koch-funded tea-party activist whipping up crowds with a xenophobic rant against “minorities” and anyone who isn’t a straight, white, Christian and therefore not a legitimate member of “this country,” which belongs to “the Lord” and to the Lord’s chosen children, the aforementioned straight, white Christians.
That’s the obvious connection and the obvious relationship between these two stories: They’re both about Arkansas state Sen. Jason Rapert.
But do these stories have anything else in common? How else are these stories related? Are they contradictions? Or are they complements?
It could be that the values Rapert expresses in the second item contradict the values he expresses in the first. That one of these stories shows Rapert following a false god, while the other shows him following the One True God of real, true Christianity.
Or it could be that the values Rapert expresses in the first item reinforce the values he expresses in the second, and that Rapert’s behavior in the second item is perfectly consistent with his behavior in the first.