Bill Maher Starts a Conversation


Somebody realizes that the GOP’s "Culture War" – from opposition to birth control to opposition to fact-based sex education to opposition to gay rights to opposition to Plan B to opposition to abortion – are NOT about "morality". Their actions and choices make it clear that their real problem and the basis for their policy plans are just them being upset that they’re not being praised for being the town scolds who think that children are God’s punishment for sex they don’t approve of. I have yet to see a Republican who claims to be "pro-life" come out in favor of measures that prevent unwanted pregnancy which would be the obvious stance for somebody who cares about minimizing abortion.

Oh, and to be "fair and balanced", note also that it’s not just the right that desperately wants to see people hurt by sex they disapprove of. You’ll notice there’s been no big public outcry on the left or right for making the HPV vaccine mandatory for boys even now that we’ve seen how it causes throat cancer in men. Apparently while the left has grown up enough to say that female sexuality is none of their business, male sexuality is still something they feel free to cluck their tongues and wag their fingers about. (Even before Michael Douglas’ throat cancer made HPV in men a topic of conversation, making the vaccine universally required in adolescence made great public health sense since even without the direct disease result it removes a disease vector)

Thanks to Bill Maher for getting the conversation started. Now lets keep it going until we see some meaningful action.

Bill Maher’s last New Rule for the June 28, 2013 episode of Real Time

For those who don’t like video, a transcript of Maher’s New Rule can be found at The Daily Kos.


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