Marketplace   Menu Guide   Complete Pages      
butler eagle
Site last updated: Monday, February 20, 2017
Published: May 9, 2014 print this article Print save this article Save email this article Email ENLARGE TEXT increase font decrease font

Theocratic bully

The circus is currently performing in and around Pennsylvania, but those who like bizarre acts with a ringmaster can always visit Harrisburg to sit in on a session of the General Assembly. A freak show is never far away.
The latest occurred when self-appointed potentate and moral arbiter, Butler County’s own state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, ruled Philadelphia Democratic member Michael O’Brien out of order for attempting to speak at Metcalfe’s ideology-motivated impeachment hearing against Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Metcalfe ordered security to remove the offending member, asserting that he had the authority to do so from House Speaker Sam Smith — whose silence in the matter is deafening. Instead of standing by during the ugly spectacle of a member being forcibly removed from the Chamber, all of the Democrats walked out, Rep. O’Brien appropriately telling Metcalfe that he can have his “kangaroo court.”
Metcalfe recently refused to allow an openly gay member to speak, anticipating that he would argue in favor of gay marriage, which is something antithetical to Metcalfe’s purported deep Christian sensibilities.
Who is more deserving of impeachment: an Attorney General who has acted with the admiration and respect of reasonable people; or a fanatical legislative “leader” who seeks to impose a theocracy as he shouts down anyone who is not in sync with his dogma?

Controls go here



Oren Spiegler
Upper Saint Clair
Back
 
Comments
 
MORE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR HEADLINES
arrow Lawmakers living large
arrow Show consequence
arrow Best wishes
arrow More than we paid for
 
MOST READ ARTICLES
arrow Man arrested after staggering on road
arrow Couple drove under influence with infant passenger
arrow Resident continues to provide service with a smile
arrow Suspected burglar charged with stealing nearly $600 in cigarettes from Franklin Township store