April 25, 2011 1:02 pm ET - by Walid Zafar
Speaking before a group of conservative women last week, Rep. Allen West (R-FL), the firebrand freshman lawmaker known mostly for his hateful (and often illogical) rhetoric, accused Planned Parenthood and other women's groups not aligned with his brand of conservatism of making the country weaker, growing the debt, and, "neutering American men."
WEST: The women in our campaign printed up t-shirts that said "Women for West." That's what we need to do — we need you to come in and lock shields to strengthen up the men that will go into the fight for you — to let these other women know, on the other side, these Planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women who have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness, to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient. That's what we need you to do. Because if we don't, then the debt will continue to grow.
The comments came during a discussion of Spartan history, the Battle of Thermopylae, and even the story of The Last Samurai. In both cases, West argued, the men who faced their enemies were raised by strong women.
"Our Judeo-Christian heritage is at stake. That's part of it," West added. "This is not just an ideological battle, a huge ideological chasm, about the relationship of government to the individual, to society, and to our business sector. It really is a spiritual confrontation about the soul of these United States of America."
It's not entirely clear what sort of "spiritual confrontation" Planned Parenthood is involved in, but West's criticism of the group is a bit bizarre. Planned Parenthood's work is family planning — which includes offering STD testing and treatment, contraception, cancer screening and prevention, and various other women's health services, including abortion (which accounts for just 3% of the organization's work). Planned Parenthood isn't really responsible for grooming men to be modern Spartan soldiers eager to fight whatever battle Allen West thinks is important in the world.
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