Healthcare votes an "affront to God"?

Glenn Beck, Michele Bachmann and Steve King all slam Dems for timing of votes

Published March 18, 2010 10:10PM (EDT)

Seems like for some people, there's no issue so small that it can't be used against Democrats and their healthcare reform bill. Among those people, of course, are Glenn Beck and Reps. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Steve King, R-Iowa.

Their latest complaint? The way that a couple important votes have happened to run up against religious holidays. The Senate voted on its version of the legislation on the day before Christmas last year, and now it looks like the House will vote this Sunday. As Beck and King pointed out Thursday, this Sunday happens to fall during Lent. They weren't happy about that.

"They intend to vote on the Sabbath, during Lent, to take away the liberty that we have right from God," King said during an appearance on Beck's radio show. That led to this little rant from Beck:

Thank you for pointing this out. I thought of this the other day because I've been saying, "faith, hope and charity." Faith has been perverted, and our hope -- they're trying to sell this hope that we'll have faith in the government, that they'll be charitable.

And I thought, "They are going to vote for this damn thing on a Sunday, which is the Sabbath, during Lent." You couldn't have said it better. Here is a group of people that have so perverted our faith and our hope and our charity that -- this is an affront to God. And I honestly, I don’t think anybody is like, “Yes, and now what we’ll do is we’ll vote on the Sabbath.” But I think it’s absolutely appropriate that these people are trying to put the nail in the coffin on our country on a Sunday -- something our founders would have never, ever, ever done out of respect for God.

(Hat-tip to Think Progress.)

Separately, talking to conservative blogger Matt Lewis, Bachmann addressed the Senate's vote last year, saying, "If you look at Scott Brown’s race for instance, he was down by about thirty points before Christmas. Harry Reid pushed this vote to Christmas Eve, and you can tie the polling to the polling for the demise of Martha Coakley and for the rise of Scott Brown ... to the vote on Christmas Eve .... It seemed like something that was sacrilegious for Harry Reid to do."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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