Pennsylvania Political Follies, Part Two

In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decisions that expanded gay rights, an openly gay member of the Pennsylvania state legislature took advantage of the time the legislature sets aside for members to speak about any subject they wish to sing the court’s praises.

He was shouted down by some of his fellow legislators.  One of the shouter-downers, Representative Daryl Metcalfe, later told the public radio station in Philadelphia that

I did not believe that as a member of that body that I should allow someone to make comments such as he was preparing to make that ultimately were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God’s law.

Isn’t it nice that a public official uses his office to serve as a spokesman for his religion rather than a representative of his constituents?  And isn’t it nice that Metcalfe, about whom The Curmudgeon has written in the past, understands neither the separation between church and state nor the first amendment right to freedom of speech?  And isn’t it nice that Metcalfe and his friends chose to demonstrate that lack of understanding during an official session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly?

Pennsylvania politics:  never enlightening but always entertaining.

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