A few days ago I wrote about Stephen Young, the chair of the Allegan County Tea Party. Allegan County is the home base for former State House Rep. (I love saying that) Cindy Gamrat and Young has been Gamrat’s staunchest and most vocal supporter. Young was so outraged at Gamrat being thrown out of the legislature that he went on a Facebook diatribe comparing Gamrat and Todd Courser being driven out to the terrorist attacks that brought down the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and, in a reference to the wild conspiracy theories suggesting the U.S. government was involved in the attack, suggested that they were removed due to a Republican conspiracy against them:
On 9/11 2015, the terrorist network in Lansing Michigan (sometimes called the Republican Party leadership), has taken…
Posted by Allegan County TEA Party on Friday, September 11, 2015
When interviewed by WOOD-TV, Young doubled down and suggested that Michigan Republicans are “far worse” than the Islamic extremist terrorists who attacked the U.S.A in 2001 because they “fund abortions.”
This afternoon, Young tripled down on his statements and he did it right here on Eclectablog:
When one considers the betrayal of the Republican Party leadership over many years, there is a difference between the terrorism of that leadership and the terrorism of 9/11/01.
The Republican Party leadership chose 9/11/15 to once again terrorize We the People of Allegan County by removing our elected State Rep.
Only a few thousand died on 9/11/01.
The Republicans have been willfully paying for the murder of millions of children
in the womb for over 40 years.
We blame one event on a few terrorists from other countries.
These deaths are at the hands of Republican leadership who say they are pro-life, but pay to have the children killed.
These deaths are made by Americans (so-called) upon American children.
Buying the death of another is on an equal level as killing that one yourself.
In comparison, the Republican leadership in this state is far worse than a few
radical religionists from the Middle East.
There are no heroes in Lansing.
Certainly not Gamrat and Courser, but the truth remains that it was not their wrong doing that got them out of Lansing, but that they attempted to stand against the terrorism of the Republican Party leadership in many areas
The removal of abortion funding is what Republicans can do and have refused to do for 40+ years.
The Republican Party leadership needs to apologize for funding the murder and
dismemberment of millions of children.
There has been no insult to the folks involved in 9:11 as victims or those who
sacrificed on that day.
Psa 119:165, Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
The terrorist are those that sell baby parts and those who provide funding for that terror.
That is the Republican Party leadership.
Just a couple of comments here aside from the obvious “what the actual f—?”
First, while I have no great love for the Republicans in Michigan or anywhere else, for that matter, the government is prohibited by law from funding abortions. Period. This is a fact no matter what misguided, ill-informed people like Stephen Young say about it. It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat, a Republican, an independent, or hold any other political ideology, the law of the land is no government funding of abortions. So, despite our shared distaste for Republicans, Stephen Young doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.
Second, this was posted on the Allegan County Tea Party Facebook page. When did the tea party start dabbling in religious ideology? Tea partiers love to claim that they aren’t into social issues, they are about smaller government, lower taxes, and fewer regulations. Young himself calls himself a “Constitutionalist”, claiming that that is what separates him from “conservative Republicans.” So what is a religious argument – a completely inaccurate and cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs religious argument, I might add – doing on the Facebook page of the Allegan County Tea Party?
I’ll tell you what it’s doing there. Despite claims by tea party adherents everywhere, the tea party movement isn’t a leaderless group. It’s driven by a handfull of extreme ideologues wishing to impose their version of Christianity on the rest of us. When people use the phrase “American Taliban” for these type of extremists, it’s spot on. They are every bit as driven by their religion as the Taliban and, if we didn’t have rules and laws and law enforcement keeping them in check, they’d fashion our local, state, and federal governments into theocracies similar to those you see in some of the most repressive theocracies across the globe.
Make no mistake, the tea party movement isn’t just about government. It’s as much about social issues as anything else and Stephen Young is the poster child for that. And most of them time they are on the side of sexism, racism, xenophobia, and bigotry. It would be nice if, just for once, one of them would be honest about it.