The lawmakers are Senators Dave Schultheis (R-Colorado Springs) and Scott Renfroe (R-Greeley), and their remarks about sexual misconduct attracted criticism not only from Democrats, as expected, but from apostate liberal Republican sellouts who are wolves in sheep's clothing. Here are the remarks and subsequent clarifications issued by each lawmaker:
SEN. DAVE SCHULTHEIS, R-Colorado Springs, on Wednesday (Feb 25) voted against Senate Bill 179, which requires pregnant women to undergo HIV testing to ensure steps can be taken to reduce transferring the disease to the baby if the mother is infected.
* What he said during the debate: "This stems from sexual promiscuity for the most part and I just can't go there. We do things continually to remove the consequences of poor behavior, unacceptable behavior, quite frankly. I'm not convinced that part of the role of government should be to protect individuals from the negative consequences of their actions."
* What he said afterward: "What I'm hoping is that yes, that person may have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby and when they grow up, but the mother will begin to feel guilt as a result of that. The family will see the negative consequences of that promiscuity and it may make a number of people over the coming years ... begin to realize that there are negative consequences and maybe they should adjust their behavior. We can't keep people from being raped. We can't keep people from shooting each other. We can't keep people from jumping off bridges. People drink and drive, and they crash and kill people. Poor behavior has its consequences."
SEN. SCOTT RENFROE, R-Greeley, on Monday (Feb 23) opposed Senate Bill 88, which extends health care benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian state employees.
* What he said during the debate: "Leviticus 18:22 says, 'You shall not lie with a man as one lies with a female. It is an abomination.' Leviticus 20:13 says, 'If there is a man who lies with a male as though to lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act, and they shall surely be put to death. ... ' We are taking sins and making them to be legally OK, and that is wrong. ... And I'm not saying that this is the only sin that's out there. Obviously, we have sin, we have murder, we have all sorts of sin. We have adultery ... and we would never think to make murder legal."
* What he said Wednesday: "I don't mean to be hateful. I don't think I'm hateful. People have accused me of that. I'm just voicing my opinions on what I believe and trying to speak what I think is the truth. Our First Amendment allows freedom of speech and I should be allowed to say what I want on any issue. I wasn't probably eloquent enough in saying that all people sin and there are many different sins and they are all the same in the eyes of God. But to make laws to make sins legal is where I think it crosses the line, and we shouldn't go there. That's the destruction of our society."
Predictably, one Democrat chimped out. The back-to-back comments were too much for openly-gay Sen. Jennifer Veiga (D-Denver). "Where is the Republican leadership on all this?" she asked. Meanwhile, another Democrat, Sen. Lois Tochtrop (D-Thornton), who sponsored SB179, offered a more measured response, pointing out that not everyone who is HIV-positive got the virus through sexual contact. Tochtrop also explained that the risk of transferring the virus from mother to baby during pregnancy or delivery can be reduced from 25 percent to 2 percent with medication and preventive care.
Some Republicans criticized their colleagues, fearing the comments may hurt their party's image. Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry (R-Grand Junction) responded he is not going to muzzle his caucus, although he has reminded his colleagues "we should never lose sight of the humanity of people on the other side of an issue." But he acknowldeged that people are entitled to their opinions, and doesn't consider it his job to censor his caucus. He added that he thought Democrats were trying to "gin up the outrage machine" and said their hands aren't clean when it comes to questionable comments.
But Rep. Marsha Looper (R-Calhan) was not quite so charitable. "What are they doing over there?" Looper asked, referring to the Senate. "I find their comments inappropriate and offensive, and I question their motives."
Former Gov. Bill Owens said he was puzzled over Schultheis' "no" vote. "It's extremely inconsistent for any person who is pro-life to oppose this effort to potentially save the life of a child," he said. Owens further stated that the GOP tried to run a similar bill in the 1990s but was thwarted by the AIDS lobby, which feared profiling. He said he is thrilled it might become law.
But while people are speaking out against Schultheis and Renfroe, they've not been subject to the vitriolic witch-hunting experienced by Chris Buttars in Utah. There have been no calls for the resignation of these two lawmakers, nor is anyone proposing to remove them from any committees. So most Coloradans seem a bit more level-headed.
Dave Schultheis and Scott Renfroe are true culture warriors, standing firmly in defense of those traditional American values which catapulted this nation to unprecedented power and prosperity. One of the reasons why our economy is tanking right now is metaphysical; because God finds America's behavior increasingly offensive, He's withdrawn the curtain of divine protection traditionally provided, and we get to experience natural forces more fully. A nation which glorifies sodomy and infanticide, and promotes economic policies making the rich richer at the expense of the middle class cannot expect the blessings of heaven to continue unabated.
It's also sad to see the Rocky Mountain News shutting down after 150 years.