Monday, May 23, 2011

Sophomore Threatened with Rape for Criticisms of Michele Bachmann

Because this is what you get for pointing out factual errors and distortions where Tea Party believers can see you.

Sophomore Threatened with Rape for Criticisms of Michele Bachmann

Amy Myers is a pretty, 16-year-old Cherry Hill High School East sophomore and aspiring veterinarian. She is a critic of Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann. She is also concerned for her personal safety.

She wrote a letter to Bachmann dated April 29. Together with her father, she posted it to CNN’s iReport on May 6. It didn’t take long for news outlets to pick up the story. In it, she criticized the Tea Party caucus leader: She challenged Bachmann to a constitutional debate.

“I have found quite a few of your statements regarding the Constitution of the United States, the quality of public school education and general U.S. civics matters to be factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted.”

In fact, many liberals and progressives have questioned the educational background of women like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. How do you get through school not knowing the things they don’t know? Where do the weird and bizarre notions they hold originate? Perhaps it is not so much our educational system as some people (Palin, Bachmann, O’Donnell, Angle, et al) not paying attention in class.

Myers also addressed Bachmann’s obligations and responsibilities as a woman:

“As one of a handful of women in Congress, you hold a distinct privilege and responsibility to better represent your gender nationally. The statements you make help to serve an injustice to not only the position of Congresswoman, but women everywhere.”

The reaction to Myers’ letter has been nothing short of terrifying.

“A lot of them are calling me a whore,” Myers said of anonymous. Amy and her father said the comments from conservative websites alarmed them most. Some commenters threatened to publish her home address. Others threatened violence. Some threatened rape.

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