Democrat lawmaker Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia) was asked to lead the House committee in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. She refused.
Her reasoning? The words ‘under God’ were inserted into the Pledge, making it a prayer in her eyes – and she doesn’t pray in public.
Of course, this is Philadelphia, where the liberals are willing to compare a Mitt Romney t-shirt to a KKK sheet, but are unwilling to utter the phrase ‘under God’ in public.
Politicians are often criticized for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time that’s taken the wrong way. But state Representative Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia) is being criticized for what she refused to say.
The drama unfolded at what was billed as a non-controversial House State Government Committee meeting Wednesday morning. Republican Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) asked Josephs to lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance; a rather routine request that became anything but when Josephs refused.
“Based on my First Amendment rights and based on the fact that I really think it’s a prayer. I don’t pray in public,” she said as lawmakers were standing to recite the Pledge.
After an awkward moment, Metcalfe quickly called on another member to lead the group.
Afterward, Josephs was unapologetic. She said she was about 14 years old when Congress inserted the words ‘under God’ into the Pledge. She insists that makes it a prayer.
“How many years ago was 1954? I have not said the Pledge of Allegiance since and I will not say it into the future unless they take those words out and make it less of a prayer,” Josephs said.
Metcalfe concedes it is Josephs’ right to not say the Pledge. He just thinks it’s wrong.
Metcalf later added, “I’m glad she’s retiring.”
No, that would be Alan Grayson…
What Democrats like this don’t understand is that women are fighting for not only their rights – but the right of an unborn child, the right to life. Democrats meanwhile continue their War on Children…
From Weasel Zippers:
Pennsylvania State Rep. Babette Josephs, D-Philadelphia, picked up the political hand grenade that is the state’s ultrasound bill today when she wondered aloud at a Capitol rally if Republican women who had co-sponsored the bill are “men with breasts.”
Josephs’ remarks came in a speech about what she perceived as a series of Republican-led attacks on a woman’s right to have an abortion, in the guise of a new law tightening regulations on clinics that perform abortions; the bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before an abortion; and a proposal to bar health care exchanges from providing insurance coverage for abortions.
During her remarks, she blasted women lawmakers who co-sponsored the ultrasound bill, asking rhetorically, “What are they? Women, or are they men with breasts?” according to supporters of the bill who watched the rally.
Josephs stood by her words after the rally, arguing that the women lawmakers on the bill – sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp of Warren County — are acting like women only in the sense “that they will do what the men tell them.”
“They must believe that they are not capable of making their own health care choices, but they are capable of voting on bills that control all of our behavior,” Josephs continued. “I don’t understand it. . .
“I don’t believe they’re really women. . . . I believe they’re men with breasts.”