Sure, I don’t understand why tens of millions of Americans vote for Republicans, but what I really don’t understand is how they get any support from millions of women voters. Whether it’s opposing legislation which would require that women receive equal pay for doing the same job as a man, or their constant attacks on women’s health rights, can any woman really think of a piece of legislation the Republican party has supported that was aimed at helping women?
Then there are comments like those made by South Carolina Senate Candidate Det Bowers, who once said that women are usually to blame when a marriage ends in divorce. Not only that, he claims that it’s “abominable idolatry” for women to love their children more than their husbands.
Bowers, who is a pastor, said during a sermon:
“And yet, I find that in about 95 percent of broken marriages, though the husband’s the one that ran out on his wife, the wife loves her children more than she does her husband. That is an abominable idolatry.
Do you hear me ladies? It is an abominable idolatry to love your children more than you love your husband, and it will ruin your marriage. And yet you blame it on him because he ran off with some other woman! He did run off with some other woman, and you packed his bags. All of his emotional bags, you packed for him. Is that true in every case? No, but it’s true in the vast preponderance of them.
You just ran him off. You paid more attention to your children than you did to him. ‘Oh, he doesn’t need me?’ He needs you more than they do. He chose you, they didn’t. An abominable idolatry.”
Yes, that’s a male Republican Senate candidate saying that women are often the reason why men cheat because they love their children more than they do their husbands, and that women should love their husbands more than their children because he chose them, whereas their children didn’t.
Normally I would present some kind of elaborate summary pointing out the absolute ignorance of comments like these, but they’re so ignorant that I’ll just let them speak for themselves.
And while Bowers might be someone who lies on the more radically right side of the Republican party, his comments cannot simply be dismissed as “fringe” when the GOP continues to try to push this country toward some form of theocratic rule.
A rule where beliefs like those of Det Bowers would create law, even if they completely contradict our Constitution.