December 26, 2009

Idiot of the Week: Sen. Tom Coburn

Tom_Coburn.jpgIt may be the day after Christmas, but it is still Saturday. And that means that it is time for another edition of the Idiot of the Week series here at Atheist Revolution.

Some choices for idiot of the week are easier than others. Some weeks there are so many possibilities that it makes my head spin. But I have to say that this one was about as easy as they get.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) deserves recognition this week for making the following statement on the floor of the Senate while discussing health care reform:
What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can’t make the vote tonight. That’s what they ought to pray.
Personally, I do not believe that Coburn was calling on Americans to pray for the death of Sen. Byrd or anyone else. That is not why he deserves this award. No, Coburn has earned this award simply by calling for prayer on the floor of the Senate as if it was in any way relevant to the debate over health care reform. As a government official, Sen. Coburn has no business advocating prayer (or any other religious practice) for any reason.

As a postscript to this brief post, do yourself a favor and watch this video of a seriously disturbed teabagger calling in to CSPAN because he thought that his prayers for Sen. Byrd's death (evidently, he thought that this was what Sen. Coburn wanted) had killed Sen. Inhofe instead!

H/T to Pam's House Blend for this one.