Some of her more egregious statements:
O’Donnell led a campaign against masturbation, claiming it is a form of adultery. In a 90s era discussion on MTV, O’Donnell said, “The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. So you can’t masturbate without lust.” [Huffington Post, 9/2/10]
Let me begin. Lust is a product of the mind, not the heart. Bronze age writers had no idea what the brain actually did so they figured they’d use the heart. It’s a thought crime in the eyes of Christians.
But she ties it up with:
O’Donnell claimed abstinence-only education has been an ‘incredible success.’ “Overwhelmingly, programs that teach abstinence only have an incredible success rate because you’re not giving them a confused message.” [Hannity & Colmes, 6/6/00]
A confused message? So why do areas that teach abstinence only sex education have the highest rates of teen pregnancy and the highest STD transmission rates?
These are just two of many in the Think Progress expose on O’Donnell that is linked at the beginning of the article.
Now on to the screeds against homosexuality:
O’Donnell excused gay bashing as ‘kids being kids.’ Asked about disparaging comments children had made about a gay peer, O’Donnell dismissed it, saying, “It’s kids being kids, that’s it.” [Hannity & Colmes, 7/19/00]
Yeah but they learned it somewhere. Either from family or their church, they learned it. It’s not ingrained in kids. So O’Donnell has some explaining to do here.
Not surprisingly, the rest of what O’Donnell says about gay people are the old standards, or about why we get offended when she calls us deviants. She’s technically correct but politically stupid. I hope she’s called out on this crap during the campaign.
Another hot button for me is the attacks on science. If I see one more YouTube video about irreducible complexity I might just become apoplectic.
O’Donnell believes there is ‘just as much, if not more, evidence’ supporting creationism than evolution. “Now too many people are blindly accepting evolution as fact. But when you get down to the hard evidence, it’s merely a theory. … Well, creationism, in essence, is believing that the world began as the Bible in Genesis says, that God created the Earth in six days, six 24-hour periods. And there is just as much, if not more, evidence supporting that.” [New York Magazine, 9/15/10]
Where shall I begin. Merely a theory??? So gravity is merely a theory too yet it holds our feet the earth.
As far as the Genesis view of things, we know that it took MUCH longer than that for all the various matter to coalesce into the rocky form of earth in the early days. And from Stephen Hawking, we now know that the laws of the physical world made the forming of the sun, stars and planets, and yes there are now HUNDREDS of detected planets orbiting other stars, but it made their formation inevitable. Or do people like O’Donnell know nothing about nuclear physics and critical masses, etc. ?
My favorite under the heading of “On Modern Culture”
O’Donnell thinks ‘The Sopranos’ are a model family. “The thing that attracts people to “The Sopranos” is the family element. It shows that America still has a longing for that traditional upbringing.” [Hardball, 6/20/03]
Um, ok I too saw some elements of my family in the show but it was more comedic to me than something to take away as a life lesson. The Soprano’s were a very dysfunctional family if there ever was one. If that is the model for O’Donnell’s version of family then we are in for a delightful show.
The whole thing reads not as extremely Christian fundamentalist, but as right wing, whack job, insane Christian fundamentalist. How could I forget that it is intellectual laziness of the highest order at work in a person like O’Donnell. She should NEVER hold elected office.