The Republican Party's hopes for winning back the Senate now rest on a candidate with a sketchy employment history who has dissembled about her education, defaulted on her student loan and her mortgage, sued a former employer for mental anguish, led a campaign against the evils of masturbation and questioned whether it would have been OK to lie to prevent Nazis from killing Jews during World War II.
From Aristotle's Muse
To provide perspective into O'Donnell's mindset and values, I have conveniently assembled a list of quotations including context and sources.
O’Donnell led a campaign against masturbation, claiming it is a form of adultery. In a 90s era discussion on MTV, O’Donnell said,
- “The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. So you can’t masturbate without lust.” [Huffington Post, 9/2/10]
Asked by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, “You’re going to stop the whole country from having sex?” O’Donnell replied,
- “Yes.” [Scarborough Country, 11/13/03]
O’Donnell believes that handing out condoms at schools is like legalizing drunk driving. Arguing that abstinence is the only acceptable option, O’Donnell if said of condoms at school,
- “Go ahead and have a condom. That’s like saying, don’t drive drunk but if you do, make sure you wear your seat belt. It’s going to kill.” [Hannity & Colmes, 6/6/00]
O’Donnell believes distributing condoms to teenagers ‘reduc[es]them to the level of a dog.’
- “We’re doing a great disservice to our young people because the only protection is abstinence, as condoms have been proven fallible. … The federal government should not be telling young people to use condoms. … It’s also an insult to teenagers, reducing them to the level of a dog that can’t control its hormones.” [Washington Times, 12/1/95]
O’Donnell argued that distributing condoms is ‘just going to further the spread of AIDS.’
- “About President Bush’s stand against condoms, condoms will not protect you from AIDS. So to just throw a bunch of condoms over to Africa and say, here, we’re helping you with AIDS, is just going to further the spread of AIDS over there.” [Donahue, 8/27/02]
O’Donnell believes contraception is ‘anti-human.’
- “And to me, it’s a very anti-human way to go about this. And what I mean about anti-human is even if the population is increasing, so what? So what? People aren’t bad. When did humans become a bad thing? Why is it that we have to, you know, stop people from getting pregnant?” [The O'Reilly Factor, 1/6/06]
O’Donnell thinks condoms ‘will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.’
- “Even not from a moral perspective, if you take it just purely from a health perspective, condoms will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. There’s a 20 percent failure rate that it will protect from pregnancy.” [Hannity & Colmes, 12/17/99]
O’Donnell claimed abstinence-only education has been an ‘incredible success.’
- “Overwhelmingly, programs that teach abstinence only have an incredible success rate because you’re not giving them a confused message.” [Hannity & Colmes, 6/6/00]
O’Donnell believes gays suffer from an ‘identity disorder.’ In a 2006 profiled of O’Donnell in the Wilmington News Journal, she explained,
- “People are created in God’s image. Homosexuality is an identity adopted through societal factors. It’s an identity disorder.” [Washington Post, 9/20/10]
O’Donnell believes gays are ‘attacking the very center of what is America.’
- “This same group that is — is fighting against Paramount are the ones who claim to be devoted guardians of the First Amendment. Yet they are fighting for government-sponsored censorship of anybody who disagrees with them. They’re — they’re attacking the very center of what is America, freedom to have different views.” [Hannity & Colmes, 6/26/00]
O’Donnell warned about mice with ‘fully functioning human brains.’
- “Now we’re using this to start cloning humans. … They are — they are doing that here in the United States. American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains." [O'Reilly Factor, 10/16/07]
O’Donnell believes there is ‘just as much, if not more, evidence’ supporting creationism than evolution.
- “Now too many people are blindly accepting evolution as fact. But when you get down to the hard evidence, it’s merely a theory. … Well, creationism, in essence, is believing that the world began as the Bible in Genesis says, that God created the Earth in six days, six 24-hour periods. And there is just as much, if not more, evidence supporting that.” [New York Magazine, 9/15/10]
O’Donnell wonders why monkey aren’t ’still evolving into humans.’
- “You know what, evolution is a myth.” Host Bill Maher responded, “Evolution is a myth?!? Have you ever looked at a monkey!” To which, O’Donnell said, “Well then, why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?” [Politically Incorrect, 10/15/98]
O’Donnell used to ‘dabble[ ] into witchcraft.’ On Politically Incorrect in 1999, O’Donnell said,
- “I dabbled into witchcraft — I never joined a coven. … I hung around people who were doing these things. I’m not making this stuff up. One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar, and I didn’t know it.” [Politically Incorrect, 10/29/99]
Asked to explain her witchcraft comment, O’Donnell downplayed its significance.
- “There’s been no witchcraft since. … How many of you didn’t hang out with questionable folks in high school?” [ThinkProgress, 9/19/10]
O’Donnell blamed school shootings on the lack of prayer in schools.
- “We took the bible and prayer out of public schools, and now we’re having weekly shootings practically.” [New Statesman, 9/15/10]
O’Donnell warned that the ACLU is trying to ‘institute a communist country.’
- “In the guise of so-called freedom of separation of church and state, they’re trying to institute a communist country and that sounds radical but that’s the truth. I mean why aren’t they trying to take out, you know, thou shall not kill? That’s a religious concept. That’s a commandment. Why are they not taking that our of our legal system.” [Savage Nation, 5/24/03]
O’Donnell found the Middle East’s censorship ‘refreshing.’
- “I’ll tell you, I just came back from the Middle East, and it was refreshing. With all that is going on, it was refreshing not to be constantly bombarded with smut all the time.” [MSNBC, 3/23/04]
O’Donnell feared that bloggers are ‘dangerous.’
- “What makes bloggers good makes them dangerous. They don’t have to answer to anybody. They can give a local story attention, but they also can publish rumors with no accountability.” [Wilmington News-Journal, 1/7/07]
Oh, bloggers are dangerous alright. Dangerous to Christine O'Donnell's chances of winning a senate seat.