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Feb 17, 2012 1 Comment ›› The Assassin

Excerpted from
Beltway Confidential:

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., told religious leaders testifying in Congress today that they were engaged in “shameful” acts of “political demagoguery” unworthy of their religious offices.

“I believe that today’s hearing is a sham,” Connolly told a panel of one priest, three pastors, and a Jewish rabbi during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing today. “Here you are being asked to testify about your rights being trampled on — an overstatement if there ever was one — while you’re on a panel, and your participation on the panel makes you complicit in of course the trampling of freedom, because we were denied, on this side of the aisle, any witness who might have a differing point of view. And I think that’s shameful.”

Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., noted at the beginning of the hearing that he had approved one of the two witnesses called by Democrats to testify. The Democrats, Issa explained, chose not to have that witness testify, asking instead that he allow a young woman who attends Georgetown University to testify about the importance of the contraception mandate to her health care.

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