Troy Newman: Outlaw, Brave Hero

One of the more amusing habits of wingnuts is their tendency to declare themselves to be brave heroes standing up to tyranny (and simultaneously, of course, victims of the most awful persecution). Troy Newman, head of the fanatical anti-choice Operation Rescue, climbs up on the pedestal and recites his credentials:

Today I’ve become an outlaw, a dissenter, an enemy of the state. Without my consent, the U.S. Congress passed a law that forces my conscience and conviction into an inescapable corner. I do not want to be in this position. I did not ask for it. I have not even taken a single action that would put me on the wrong side of the law – yet, somehow, here I am suddenly “breaking” it.

You can almost see him painting his face blue and doing an impersonation of Mel Gibson doing an impersonation of a Scotsman. Oh, and you don’t need health insurance if you just rely on Gawd Almighty:

Eighteen years ago, I left my full-time job with an aerospace firm in San Diego to become a full-time ordained minister. When I left my employment, I also left my health insurance. Since my new position as a minister scarcely paid the bills, my family relied on God’s provision to cover all of our health-care needs, as well as everything else in our lives. Again and again, God showed Himself faithful, and I slowly learned over the next two decades to put all of my trust in Him.

When my children were born, the money to pay the doctors was delivered, too. When someone was sick, or needed stiches, or a broken bone set, or a minor surgery, God would provide the means necessary to cover the medical costs incurred.

I think we’ve found the Republican alternative health care reform plan, and it’s identical to their alternative plan for everything: Just pray!

Left unchecked, this new health-care law is fully capable of leading the United States into becoming a police state. That may sound crazy to some – like I should be wearing a tinfoil hat or something – but I’m a student of history, and it doesn’t take long to see the scope of past civilizations that have been seduced into surrendering first their rights and then their lives, all under the offer of some so-called protection.

I’ve read the health-care law; it isn’t going to protect, save, or help any of us.

Really? The 30 million people who will be getting health insurance that they didn’t have before, none of them will be helped? The millions of people who can now get health insurance that they were denied before due to preexisting conditions, none of them will be helped? Is that your final answer?

This is not the case of a rebel searching for a cause. This cause found me when Congress decided our constitutional rights and our preborn children were expendable. I wasn’t a criminal yesterday, or for the past 18 years, but somehow today I find myself on the other side of the law. So be it. I’ve seen all the chest thumping coming from Washington, and I’ve heard all about “red lines” and “no negotiations,” but I’m just a simple man with a simple plan.

I’m not buying a health-care policy that will fund abortion, and I’m certainly not paying any penalty for freely choosing to do so. At some point, they may lock me up. Before that, I’ll probably get some threatening letters and a few visits from the health-care cops. At the end of the day, however, my answer will be the same:

He claims to have read the health care law. If he had, he would know that it does not include any penalties for not buying health insurance, not even minor civil ones. Certainly no jail time. So he’s either lying when he says he’s read the bill or he’s lying when he says he may be locked up. But lies are what it takes to justify his brave hero status, so lies are what he has to offer.

Comments

  1. raven says

    Today I’ve become an outlaw, a dissenter, an enemy of the state.

    For good reason.

    Operation Rescue, Troy Newman, and Randal Terry are known supporters and sponsors of xian terrorism. They are killers and supporters of killers.

    They and their allies have murdered 8 MD’s, wounded a few hundred other people, and bombed and firebombed dozens of family planning clinics.

  2. Skip White says

    I can hear Bad Religion’s song “Operation Rescue” in my head. Dammit, now I have to find my copy of Against the Grain.

  3. dingojack says

    “I think we’ve found the Republican alternative health care reform plan, and it’s identical to their alternative plan for everything: Just pray! fleece the rubes“.

    Fixed for accuracy (in this case). God didn’t pay a cent for his family’s healthcare; his parishioners did.

    Dingo

  4. Synfandel says

    How did Reverend Newman’s God “provide the means necessary to cover the medical costs incurred”? Did he have St. Peter knock on the door and hand him an envelope full of cash labelled “From God”?

    Or was it something more subtle, such as, for example, moving legislators to implement a health insurance plan that provides government assistance to those who can’t otherwise afford health insurance?

  5. DaveL says

    That reminds me of an old joke:

    A young woman comes home from college to introduce her new fiance to her parents. After dinner her father takes the young man aside. “So what do you do for a living?” asks the father. “I’m studying theology” replies the prospective groom.

    “So how are you going to make money?”

    “I will study, and God will provide.”

    “How do you plan to be able to support a family?”

    “I will study, and God will provide.”

    After the young couple leaves, the mother asks the father his opinion of the young man. “Well, there’s good news and bad news,” he says, “the bad news is that he has no job and no plan for getting a job.”

    “What’s the good news?” asks his wife.

    “He thinks I’m God!”

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  7. Doug Little says

    Without my consent, the U.S. Congress passed a law that forces my conscience and conviction into an inescapable corner. I do not want to be in this position. I did not ask for it. I have not even taken a single action that would put me on the wrong side of the law – yet, somehow, here I am suddenly “breaking” it.

    Can we start kicking people out of our civilization that don’t understand how it works?

  8. John Pieret says

    If he had, he would know that it does not include any penalties for not buying health insurance, not even minor civil ones. Certainly no jail time.

    Well, not buying insurance will raise his taxes (by a small amount at first) and if he is planning not to pay that he could get penalties and (eventually) jail time (he can ask Kent Hovind).

  9. Nentuaby says

    He claims to have read the health care law. If he had, he would know that it does not include any penalties for not buying health insurance, not even minor civil ones.

    Say whaaat now? Yes, there certainly is a penalty for not buying health insurance. By the time it’s fully in effect in 2016, that will be $695 per uninsured person or 2.5% of household income, whichever is greater.[1] It’s plain as day. Is this some kind of hairsplitting semantic argument that plainly punitive taxes aren’t “penalties” or something?

    [1] https://www.aetna.com/health-reform-connection/questions-answers/individual-mandate.html

  10. raven says

    Randall Terry of Operation Rescue:

    ”When I, or people like me, are running the country, you’d better flee, because we will find you, we will try you, and we’ll execute you. I mean every word of it. I will make it part of my mission to see to it that they are tried and executed.

    Operation Rescues supporters have assassinated more than a few people. They are killers.

    Terry Operation Rescue:

    ”I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good…
    Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called on by God to conquer this country. We don’t want equal time. We don’t want pluralism.
    —The News Sentinel, (Fort Wayne, Indiana), August 16, 1993.[9]

    “”What this is coming down to is who runs the country. It’s us against them. It’s the good guys versus the bad guys. It’s the God-fearing people against the pagans, and some of the pagans are going to church.

    It is the good people against the bad people. That is why I’m an ex-xian Pagan.

    They really do believe hate is good. It’s the basis of their perversion of xianity.

  11. cptdoom says

    For the record he has until March to sign up so he’s not a criminal just yet – he’s sort of like someone buying liquor a week before Prohibition started.

  12. says

    I wonder if any of those whackjob assholes would like it if somebody put their address on one of their “target” lists and shot them or one of their family while they were washing dishes or watching “The 700 Club”. Hey, I’m JUST asking a question, here!

  13. says

    Modusoperandi@6:

    Of course, this isn’t really about the kind of insurance Terry could buy. It’s about the fact that slutty sluts can buy insurance that covers abortion instead of being branded with a scarlet letter like it says in the bible.

  14. iainr says

    “I wasn’t a criminal yesterday, or for the past 18 years”

    What is 47 year old Mr Newman confessing to spending the preceding 29 years doing?

  15. exdrone says

    The prison infirmary may be the next means for god to provide for all of his health-care needs without insurance.

  16. cry4turtles says

    I imagine that if GOPers would get their way and shut down the ACA, eventually things such as emergency room refusals may occur, and those who rely on the fleecing won’t have time to gather the sheep; hence, clergy may be turned away just like them po people. How ironic.

  17. grumpyoldfart says

    I’ll bet he has never once told anyone how God provides the cash when he needs it – because he wants to keep it all mysterious and miraculous and he knows the mundane truth would never impress anyone. Here’s how a hypothetical preacher might run the scam:

    He will latch onto his wealthier parishioners and continuously remind them that he can’t think where he’s going to get the money to pay his bills. Eventually the parishioners (if pushed hard enough) will take the hint and write out a special “for pastor’s personal use only” check that gets him off the hook.

    I think the standard prayer after the delivery of each check is, “Hallelujah, praise the Lord, and thank God for sending these gullible ratbags into my church.”

  18. Pierce R. Butler says

    I have not even taken a single action that would put me on the wrong side of the law …

    His own organization’s web site describes his arrest.

    … my family relied on God’s provision to cover all of our health-care needs…

    Except for Newman’s ex-wife, who relied on a court order to get him to pay long-overdue child support.

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