A GOP freshman congressman’s claim that President Barack Obama’s contraceptive mandate was akin to the attack on Pearl Harbor has been slammed — by a senator who witnessed the Japanese onslaught.
Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii said Rep. Mike Kelly’s comments were “misguided.”
"I witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor and had the privilege of serving in the United States Army during World War II," Inouye, 87, who will celebrate 50 years as a senator in January, said in a statement.
"It is complete nonsense to suggest that a matter discussed, debated, and approved by the Congress and the President is akin to a surprise attack that killed nearly 2,500 people and launched our nation into the second World War.”
Kelly, who represents a district in Pennsylvania’s extreme northwest, had also likened the mandate, which came into effect on Wednesday, to the 9/11 attacks.
Kelly’s office responded to Inouye’s attack. "The HHS mandate is an undeniable and unprecedented attack on Americans’ First Amendment rights,” his spokesman said.
“Our freedoms and way of life have been under attack before, from both internal and external threats. If we fail to defend our constitutional rights, we risk losing the freedoms that so many brave men and women have given their lives to defend throughout the course of our nation’s history.
"We will not turn a blind eye to the HHS mandate’s attack on our religious freedom and we will work to stop this unconstitutional mandate from taking away our God-given and constitutionally protected freedoms."
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