In case House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) anti-contraception hearing wasn’t quite offensive enough yesterday, the Republican congressman added insult to injury last night by equating his opposition to birth control to Dr. Martin Luther King’s fight for civil rights. (via Alex Seitz-Wald)
In what universe does this comparison make sense? Issa invited a series of religious leaders to tell him what he wanted to hear about access to contraception, which the committee chairman realizes is at odds with mainstream public attitudes. But Issa feels better about his position because Dr. King’s civil rights struggle wasn’t always popular, either?
By that reasoning, anyone who takes an unpopular position on anything can feel justified drawing a parallel between themselves and MLK.
If, however, Issa was trying to imply that King would agree with Republicans on birth control, let’s also note that this is wrong, too.