I usually don’t talk about political shit here, but I’m making an exception today. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming of babies, running and beer tomorrow!
I was going to write my own scathing editorial about Indiana’s RFRA and Governor Mike Pence, but The Indianapolis Star, the Indianapolis City Council and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, NCAA president Mark Emmert, GenCon, George Takei, Wilco, Nick Offerman, SNL, Funny or Die, and the CEOs of some of Indiana’s largest employers all beat me to it, and they probably said it better than I could anyway.
Instead I thought we could take a stroll down memory lane and look at some of the other horrible things Indiana has done!
January 2011. Local TV news reporter holds homeless talent competition. We even made The Daily Show for this one.
April 2011. Indiana tries (and ultimately fails) to defund Planned Parenthood. (Remember this one, it’ll become relevant again in 2015.)
October 2012. Indiana’s Richard Mourdock explains how ‘rape is something God intended.’
July 2013. After the Boy Scouts of America officially lift their ban on gay youth, an Indy church ends their sponsorship of a local scout troop.
March 2015. Indiana Governor Mike Pence signs the RFRA while hiding in the crawl space under his office.
The very next day. Indiana Governor Mike Pence announces an AIDS epidemic in rural Indiana. (In an area, it should be noted, that has not had an HIV testing center since 2011, when five of the state’s Planned Parenthood facilities were forced to close because of cuts to public health funding due in large part to that 2011 state war on Planned Parenthood.)
Oh, and you can’t buy alcohol on Sundays.
What are some of the stupidest worst things YOUR state and/or country has done? Arizona and Florida, we want to hear from you!