A couple of days ago, Congressman Trent Franks told blogger Mike Stark that, "African-Americans were better off under slavery" because of the abortion rate in today's African-American community. Keep in mind that Franks is also lying about that 50% figure. Here's that full video:
On Friday night's show, Rachel Maddow took on Congressman Trent Franks for those remarks, as well as Franks' homestate legislatures, who are nearly 50% birthers, for voting to force President Obama to produce his birth certificate."
Rep. Trent Frank: (R-AZ) In this country, we had slavery for God knows how long. And now we look back on it and we say "How brave were they? What was the matter with them? You know, I can’t believe, you know, four million slaves. This is incredible." And we’re right, we’re right. We should look back on that with criticism. It is a crushing mark on America’s soul. And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted. Far more of the African American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by the policies of slavery. And I think, What does it take to get us to wake up?
You can read more about Franks' unbelievably ignorant comments at Think Progress, TPM, Daily Kos, AmericaBlog & Media Matters.
Trent's comments are almost as dumb as Virgina's Bob Marshall, who believes disabled children are 'God's punishment' for abortions (via Crooks & Liars):
When a group of religious-right poobahs unveiled their effort in Virginia last week to attack Planned Parenthood and its funding, one of them -- a Republican legislator named Bob Marshal, as Josh at RightWingWatch reported -- declared that God punished women who've had abortions by giving them disabled children later:
“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall, a Republican.
“In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.”