Larry Pittman: Legislator and Religious Fanatic.

And just think.  He’s in a position of power.  All you do is vote.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Back in May, Planned Parenthood of North Carolina was facing elimination of state funding at the hands of the GOP.  Since there are laws prohibiting state money to pay for abortion services, these cuts wouldn’t do anything to keep any precious snowflakes from being murdered.  Instead, it would affect the services that born, living, breathing women regularly access at low cost … like cancer screenings, yearly exams, STD tests, and so forth.

As we’ve all known from the start, this isn’t about saving lives; it’s about controlling the sexual activity of low- and middle income women.  However, because their funding was cut on the state level, they were able to apply for (and subsequently received) federal money under Title X that amounted to more than what had been cut … so they’re in a good position now.

Before all of this played out, Planned Parenthood had sent email to the N.C. House of Representatives Health and Human Services Appropriations committee back in May, asking them not to stop their funding:

“Planned Parenthood is an essential community provider in North Carolina,” the email from Planned Parenthood said. “Each year, at nine health centers across the state, they provide over 18,000 tests for sexually transmitted infections, over 11,000 life-saving breast and cervical cancer screenings, and contraceptive services to more than 61,000 women.”

One legislator, Larry Pittman (R) of House District 82, decided to respond in a way to make his opinions of the organization and the services they provide crystal clear:

Pittman’s emailed reply charges that Planned Parenthood “deals out nothing but deception, death, personal devastation, and moral degradation. Never will I agree to give that bloody, indecent, immoral organization one penny. I will not be satisfied until it is outlawed.”

In other words, he didn’t give a rip about health screenings or the people this would harm.  There was a chance to “take a stand” on abortion, as useless as it would be.  He also charged that they are …

“a murderous organization … getting wealthy on murder for hire”

Hi, I think STI and cancer screenings for women are immoral and wrong.

Sounds like someone wanted to be a pastor when he grew up.  All full of fire and brimstone, but light on anything that could help support his claims.  (Hey, I’m right!)  While we’re talking of groups that supposedly dole out deception, he might want to take a look at the network of crisis pregnancy centers, who regularly lie to women who come through the door about the risk factors for birth control and abortion in order to keep them from going elsewhere.  Then, by the time it’s too late, these women have no choice but to carry to term.

But of course, I suppose the defense is that it’s OK to lie to someone if you think they’re going to do something that you think the god you believe in wouldn’t want you to do … regardless of whether they buy into your beliefs themselves?

As for “death”, look up the difference between risk factors for abortions (especially when they’re done early like those evil liberals – and members of the medical community – want) versus pregnancy.  Not very pretty.  “Personal devastation” and “moral degradation” are really just things he pulled out of his ass, so I’ll let that go.  When called out for being “unprofessional” and asked for further comment on his screed, Pittman had this to add:

“My sources tell me that 75 percent of [Planned Parenthood’s] income comes through abortions,” Pittman told the Independent Tribune in an email. “To say that they would try to reduce the incidence of abortion is like saying a baker would go around trying to get people to stop eating bread.”

Your sources are full of shit, Larry.  First of all, according to their 2008 activities report, abortion services only count for about 37% of their income, if you only take their health center revenue into consideration.  If you look at all sources of their funding, the number goes down to about 13%.  I’m sure it was just an honest mistake, since I know you wouldn’t want to “deal out” any “deception” or anything.  Besides, you’re still better than John “not intended to be a factual statement” Kyl, whose continued existence in the halls of Congress remains a mystery to me.

“As for being ‘unprofessional,’ professionalism can be a good thing,” Pittman said. “However, it can be overemphasized, and often is, by those who are offended by someone who stands up and pulls the mask off of the evil around us. This is spiritual warfare. Professionalism is a secondary concern to opposing and exposing evil.”

Again, it shouldn’t surprise me that he uses this language, which is the typical lingo of an evangelical legislator whose only job it is to make sure the bible is still alive and well in the law books of 21st century America.

Let’s look at some of the other things he’s said, shall we?

“We need to make the death penalty a real deterrent again by actually carrying it out. Every appeal that can be made should have to be made at one time, not in a serial manner,” Pittman wrote in the email. “If murderers (and I would include abortionists, rapists, and kidnappers, as well) are actually executed, it will at least have the deterrent effect upon them. For my money, we should go back to public hangings, which would be more of a deterrent to others, as well.”

Wow.  That sounds an awful lot like the kind of stuff that’s done in places like the tribal regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  He’s certainly not the first person I’ve heard talking about the establishment of corporal punishment that sinks to the order of what could only be called “Christian Sharia Law” in this country either.  I just wish people like him would admit that’s what it is and stop lying to themselves.  Asked to explain his seemingly un-Christian like solution to the problem of criminals and providers of legal abortion services, he had this to say:

“I was filled with anger, disgust, and frustration, as well as a profound sense of grief for the family of the young woman he killed,” Pittman said of Hembree. “I felt a need to ‘vent’ some of these feelings and intended to do so to him alone. In the process, I got a bit carried away and overstated my case. I am sure I am not the only one who has ever done that.”

No, but for a supposed Christian, pastor, and spiritual warrior, the fact that you said this at all – and only apologized for hitting “Reply All” – shows the entire nation your desire for revenge and your true feelings about doling out deadly punishment to those who don’t follow your religious code … even if they are law abiding citizens.

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