Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, February 16th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 26 Comments

The Democrats must have a serious electoral problem with actual Christians for Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly to go this bat-crap:

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., religious leaders testifying in Congress today that they were engaged in “shameful” acts of “political demagoguery” unworthy of their religious offices.  

“I believe that today’s hearing is a sham,” Connolly told a panel of one priest, three pastors, and a Jewish rabbi during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing today. “Here you are being asked to testify about your rights being trampled on — an overstatement if there ever was one — while you’re on a panel, and your participation on the panel makes you complicit in of course the trampling of freedom, because we were denied, on this side of the aisle, any witness who might have a differing point of view. And I think that’s shameful.” 

Continuing his monologue, Connolly made a harsh rebuke of the religious leaders. “I say to you, as a member of this committee who actually shared the concerns you say you have last week, that I think this is a shameful exercise,” he said. “And I am very sad you have chosen to participate and be used the way you’re being used. Just as you were in the previous questioning, as if people are going to jail over this. Shame! Everybody knows that’s not true.” The church leaders had agreed, before Connolly spoke, that they would prefer to go to jail rather than violate their consciences by providing contraception and abortifacients to women. 

Denouncing Republicans for trying to hurt President Obama politically, Connolly faulted the assembled ministers for “overstating [the religious freedom issues in the mandate] and making charges that are just outlandish and frankly beyond the pale.” Such testimony “serves no purpose other than political demagoguery in an election year,” he said. “And men and women of the cloth, it seems to me, ought to run not walk away from that line.”


February 16, 2012

Gerry was quite the demagogue when he was coming up in Fairfax County. Now on a much bigger stage he’s a much bigger demagogue.

February 16, 2012

A fine example of our polarized political situation…and yet another instance of why I can’t see voting for Democrats for the foreseeable future.

February 16, 2012

I want some of his drugs! They are so much better (obviously) than mine. That way I can live in a happy little world all of my own, where everybody agrees with me.

No, then I’d be a Democrat.

February 16, 2012

Insulting a rabbi, Gerry? Now, if you’d just stuck to kicking Catholic bishops, no-one would blink an eye. Even having a go at a Lutheran might not be too bad.

But telling a Jewish religious leader that he’s participating in a farce about going to prison? Ooh – bad idea. Might make people think about the last time Jews were being sent off to certain secure places for reasons of social benefit and necessity.

FW Ken
February 16, 2012

I’m reminded of a line from The West Wing in which CJ refers the president’s health problems to a congressional hearing, given the fact that no one has any respect for these hearings, recognizing them for the political theater that they are.

The inimical Mollie takes on the hearings over at GetReligion, focusing, as always, on the media framing of the story:


February 16, 2012

As Gerry is my representative in Congress I am soooo embarrassed. Not like he cares because I didn’t vote for him before so he is not losing a vote with this hysteria. However, I may remind him of these insulting words when he rediscovers his Catholicism right before the next election. Loves to put on the good Catholic boy act before folks have to vote. Heaven knows he doesn’t darken the door of a church any other time.

Smurf Breath
February 16, 2012

“The Democrats must have a serious electoral problem with actual Christians”

heh. maybe not before, but because of their stupid impatience and contempt, they have created one out of thin air. For that let us be grateful.

Elaine S.
February 16, 2012

Well, Chris, it looks like you Show Me Staters at least have a candidate you can be proud of! This post at The American Catholic includes a commercial by Sarah Steelman, GOP candidate for the Senate seat now held by Claire McCaskill, attacking McCaskill on the HHS mandate issue:


I must also agree with Smurf Breath that the HHS mandate is a perfect example of a solution that demanded a problem be created for it.

February 16, 2012

I’m just happy to see that other Christians and Jews are speaking up as well. I think they thought if they targeted mainly Catholics they could get away with it. Instead this is turning into a battle royale.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
February 16, 2012

I would whole-heartedly agree that every single one of those “congressional hearings” is a sham. This one is no different. They are merely kangaroo courts to which any and all can be called regardless of guilt or innocence so they can be haranged but pompous bureaucrats.

But then, how many other shows like this has this ass endorsed?

Grandpa Dino
February 16, 2012

“Denouncing Republicans for trying to hurt President Obama politically”

I’m glad the democrats never did that with Dubya!

February 16, 2012

Well, well, well, people of conviction (other than the politically correct conviction, of course) are to be disdained by Democrats. Dog bites man. But this does recall events of the 1930’s by a better orator than this democrato-goguo-prick. Alas, one can hope that people of conviction can do better this time than in that time. Mount successful opposition, I mean. Other wise, resistance will be very costly as it was then, and obscured by media collaborationists.

February 16, 2012

The most frustrating thing about this whole debate is the lack of understanding of the concept of freedom as a principle. It’s all, “Well, Catholic lay people use contraceptives, so we’re giving them what they want.”

The idea that the state is telling religions how to live their beliefs is so totalitarian, it defies description. If we re-elect Obama, we’re showing we’re pretty much done as a free society and we’ve surrendered all power to the state.

The Little Myrmidon
February 16, 2012

“But telling a Jewish religious leader that he’s participating in a farce about going to prison? Ooh – bad idea. Might make people think about the last time Jews were being sent off to certain secure places for reasons of social benefit and necessity.”

Yes. Surprisingly, one of my most outspoken liberal friends on FB has been completely silent on this issue, perhaps because she’s Jewish. I can only hope that antics such as Gerry Connolly’s might drive a wedge between Jews and the Democrat Party.

February 17, 2012

Is Connolly Gunner Joe redux?

[…] Hattip to Chris Johnson at Midwest Conservative Journal.  Johnson is a non-Catholic who has taken u… […]

Allen Lewis
February 17, 2012

I see that the Congressman has no trouble indulging in “political demagoguery during an election year.”

What a loser! But he probably is from a district whose population has been swelled by all the new bureaucrats whose jobs were created by BHO – all Hail His Oneness!


Allen Lewis
February 17, 2012

This entire flap graphically demonstrates the disconnect between the Media Statists – who will go to jail rather than reveal a source – and those who understand the the First Amendment was about more than Freedom of Speech or Freedom of the Press.

Quite frnkly the Media is one of the main reasons this country is floundering and foundering!

February 17, 2012

Since Barry is on a streak of Presidential Dictums, he may cure the “re-election” problem the way it has been done in a number of countries. Barry can issue an Executive Order making all opposition criminal, arrest the lot, try them quickly for some supposed felony of opposition, and then they cannot vote. Or maybe he will issue an Executive Order declaring himself President for Life and another EO appointing all seats of the House and Senate by one of his czars.

February 17, 2012

I presently live in Gerry Connolly’s district, although I can assure everyone here that I didn’t vote for him in 2008 or 2010. And I have to agree with gppp’s remark concerning Connolly’s demagoguery.

Thanks to redistricting, however, it looks like I’ll wind up in the neighboring district of Rep. Jim Moran. Put another way, I’ll be going from bad to worse.

February 17, 2012

Hope I am wrong but am not optimistic that the majority of folks in this country get it. Most conversations at the pub, that I on occasion visit, when discussing this stuff seems to be “who shives a git” . Most of those attendees at these mandatory formations are well educated. Sad. Well, our Lord did ask “Will I find faith when I return?”

David Fischler
February 17, 2012

Wow, that’s at least four of your regular commenters (including me) who live in not only in northern Virginia, but in one congressional district. If you ever move to NOVA, you’ve got a start on your own mafia. 🙂

Ditto to all the remarks by my fellow denizens of GC’s district, by the way.

February 18, 2012

Should go as an his epitaph on his tombstone, because when the “Liber Scriptus Proferetur”, the because the Anglel will reading out from the book of accounts, at his Day of Judgement.

But then Pride always has preceded the Fall.

Dale Matson
February 18, 2012

Are these comments by Gerry Connolly something akin to a football player faking an injury because his team is losing, has the ball and is out of time outs?

February 18, 2012

Nah. Just on the principle of Democrats that only the politically correct religious are allowed to speak when requested to do so and in the manner prescribed, otherwise, shut up! Cf: Pelosi and this git.

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