In 1991, upper New York state’s very liberal Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter was one of the seven House members who marched on the Senate to protest its treatment of Anita Hill, a law professor who unsuccessfully tried to kill the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas – by accusing him of sexual harassment.
Rep. Slaughter, former chair of the powerful House Rules Committee, has been an outspoken critic of Republican policies, describing them as a “culture of corruption,” users of “strong-arm tactics” and “win-at-all-costs mentality” to move legislation.
By contrast, she has identified former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as “the best politician I have ever seen.”
Now there is more news of Mrs. Slaughter, who was a featured speaker at a “Stand Up for Women’s Health” rally at Washington’s National Mall.
“In ’94, people were elected simply to come here to kill the National Endowment for the Arts,” declared Mrs. Slaughter, who then added: “Now they’re here to kill women!”
She also likened Republican efforts to prohibit federal funding of abortion (except in cases of rape, incest or where the life of the mother is endangered) to actions taken by the Nazis.
“You are allowed to have an abortion if you’ve been raped, or if it’s a matter of incest,” she told this rally sponsored by the National Organization for Women, NARAL and Planned Parenthood.
And she went on to add:
“However, you have to keep a receipt. Did you know that? It’s sort of like an old German Nazi movie: ‘Show me your papers!’”
Rep. Slaughter also told this rally:
“This is probably one of the worst times we’ve seen because of numbers of people elected to Congress. I went through this as co-chair of the arts caucus.”
This Slaughter statement was headlined on the Internet as: “Rep. Louise Slaughter: GOP Freshmen Come to Washington ‘to Kill Women.’”
Note regarding last week’s column:
Among a number of very gratefully received emails, which very kindly commended my column, “Doubting Thomas and the Resurrection,” were two that very politely disagreed with my contention that St. Thomas the Apostle was martyred by Hindu archers in Sumatra:
1) Dr. Mike Story, a missionary and teacher in south India, emailed: “The citizens of St. Thomas Mount in Madras (nowadays called ‘Chennai’) would no doubt be upset to think that the saint whose martyrdom is celebrated in their church, which was built where he was done to death by Hindu spear [sic], apparently died thousands of miles away in Sumatra, which is a Muslim land.”
But Thomas was martyred centuries before the birth of Muhammad, founder of Islam.
2) Srini Vardarajan of Reston, Va., also contends that St. Thomas was martyred in India at St. Thomas, Mt. Aud: “Actually he was stabbed in the back with spears, by upper-caste Hindus while praying.”
That report appears dubious to me, for it suggests murder-at-prayer – rather than an execution, which, unlike murder, is designed to be a legal punishment.
As for the location of St. Thomas’ martyrdom being in India rather than Sumatra, there have been church historical claims of both locations. I believe that if St. Thomas went as far from the Holy Land as India, it is probable that his missionary zeal led him ever further, to Sumatra, where he was put to death by arrows from archers rather than being stabbed by spears.