CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Several days before Sept. 11, 2001, one of the worst examples of human bad behavior was unfolding in Northern Ireland. Men, supposed adults, were having a great time chasing little Catholic girls down the street.
These brave guys and stalwarts of the Protestant faith were bullying grade school children, not high school girls. I am sure that after they sent those little uniformed girls flying into their schoolyard, the taller ones went down to the pub and entertained each other with how well they terrified the short ones. Onward Christian soldiers!
Then Sept. 11 exploded. Our attentions had to move in a million different directions, but differences in religion and the treatment of women are still being thrashed out even to this very minute.
Today, Republican males want to dictate to all women, not just Republican women, about birth control. Most of these same Republican men do not want to spend a dime for children from the moment of birth. Logic would argue these men would support the use of birth control. But logic is totally absent from their arguments.
A man who would be president, Rick Santorum, believes that rates of teen pregnancies will miraculously go down if teens are denied birth control. Yes, you read that correctly: denied birth control.
A man who makes millions making fun of women, Rush Limbaugh, twisted logic on its head when he abused a young law student. A young law student, Sandra Fluke, exercised her First Amendment rights and explained that women at her Catholic college could not get birth control through the student health plan.
Rush distorted her argument. Fluke wanted members of Congress to realize that Catholic school officials dictated that birth control would not be included in the student health plan. Keep in mind that through their student fees, students pay into health programs.
But Rush, the logic-twister, took her point and came up with this: she wanted to be paid to have sex. Of course, reasonable people know that was not her argument. But Rush the unreasonable has been taking shots at women from the first day he went on the air as a "conservative commentator."
Maybe that's where he got the idea he should get hooked on drugs, too. You know the thinking: I'm a multi-million dollar entertainer. Don't all multi-million dollar entertainers use drugs? Rush certainly did. When he was arrested, prosecutors said he loved Oxycontin, Lorcat, Norco and hydrocodone.
When he was first arrested, Rush was also accused of sending his maid out to buy his pills. Does this mean that he was prostituting himself by paying someone to bring home his beloved pills?
His drug arrest came after his 1995 TV rant that "Too many whites are getting away with drug use." I know. The doctor-shopping charges were dropped, and Rush never went to jail. He promised to go to rehab.