Betsy Z. Russell

Christian Faith and Character in Idaho (One for You More for Me Makes for Equality Remix)

Great Seal of the State of Idaho“Hindu is a false faith with false gods. I think it’s great that Hindu people can practice their religion but since we’re the Senate, we’re setting an example of what we, Idaho, believe.”

Idaho State Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll (R-Cottonwood)

In one of those questions about the difference between words and actions, the Republican character once again emerges as a spirit of supremacism and hatred in Idaho.Three state senators, all Republicans, boycotted the chamber floor on Tuesday morning to protest the presence of a Hindu guest chaplain because he offends their Christian identity. Kimberlee Kruesi and Betsy Z. Russell bring the detail:

Three lawmakers refused to attend the Idaho Senate’s daily invocation after objecting to the offering of a Hindu prayer.Rajan Zed, guest chaplain, gave a lengthy prayer in both English and Sanskrit on Tuesday that focused on selflessness and peace. Senators from both sides of the aisle shook his hand and thanked him for coming.“Fulfill all your duties, action is better than inaction,” Zed said. “Even to maintain your body, you are obligated to act. Selfish action imprisons the world. Act selflessly, without any throughout of personal profit.”However three lawmakers, all Republican, only came back onto the floor once the prayer was over: Sens. Steve Vick of Dalton Garden, Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood and Lori Den Hartog of Meridian.

It is about what you would expect; the only real redemption in this sad occasion is that it lays plain a spectre looming over conservative politics that for some reason many people pretend is exceptionally subtle or not even there at all.

Nuxoll says she declined to attend because she believes the United States is a Christian nation.“Hindu is a false faith with false gods,” she said. “I think it’s great that Hindu people can practice their religion but since we’re the Senate, we’re setting an example of what we, Idaho, believe.”Nuxoll added that she wished the Senate had conducted a Christian prayer along with the Hindu invocation.Vick had announced his objections the day before, saying that he would ask his colleagues to join him.Den Hartog said it would’ve been disingenuous to her Christian faith to attend.“It was a personal decision, I didn’t want to announce it prior to the event,” Den Hartog said.

Unfortunately, the morbid comedy of supremacism and cowardice doesn’t stop there. Mr. Vick’s objections, according to Russell,Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, says he’ll walk out if a Hindu prayer opens the Idaho Senate on Tuesday morning.”They have a caste system,” Vick said. “They worship cows.”

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Idaho Style

Detail of FLCL episode 3, 'Marquis de Carabas'.

Please, no.

No more. Please.

A North Idaho lawmaker drew national attention Monday when he received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.

Dr. Julie Madsen, who was testifying in opposition to anti-abortion legislation that Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, supports, said no, explaining, “When you swallow a pill, it would not end up in the vagina.”

“Fascinating. That certainly makes sense, doctor,” Barbieri told Madsen, amid hoots of laughter from the crowd. The exchange came during a three-hour hearing on HB 154, which would add restrictions to medication-induced abortions in Idaho, specifically aimed at preventing them from occurring via telemedicine in what opponents dubbed “web cam abortions.”

But Barbieri said later that his question was rhetorical, and he knew the answer.

(Russell)

Please, Rep. Barbieri, and Republicans everywhere from sea to shining sea, and beyond, as such, er, you know, I mean, whatever, you know, never mind.

Just … stop.

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Image note: “Ukelele no good” ― Detail of frame from FLCL, episode 3, “Marquis de Carabas”, because, you know, now why was it, again?

Russell, Betsy Z. “Idaho rep’s question on abortion bill draws national attention”. The Spokesman-Review. 23 February 2015.