Last Thursday, video surfaced of Pennsylvania Democratic State Representative Brian Sims harassing an elderly pro-life woman outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic. The lady was merely praying for the lives of unborn babies and handing out information cards to any passerby who might want one, an action perfectly acceptable within the confines of free speech and the First Amendment. If you’ve been following the story — or know anything about Sims — then you know this isn’t the first time he’s engaged in such pathetic and disgusting behavior. In recent weeks, he’s also accosted a group of teenage girls who were praying peacefully outside of an abortion clinic, and even went so far as to offer 100 dollars to whoever was willing to come forward and identify them.
It may surprise you to learn that, despite what we’ve seen in these clips and despite his behavior, Brian Sims is not some mentally-disturbed drug addict screaming at random people on street corners or a psychotic bum too drunk on convenience store liquor to understand what he’s doing. He’s actually an elected state official and a college-educated lawmaker. But, watch the footage for yourself and you’ll clearly see that Brian Sims is also a nefarious bully and an immature coward who has no business whatsoever engaging in public discourse, much less holding public office.
In the first video, the former college football defensive tackle turned state legislator approaches the old woman and mocks her gender, race, and age: “An old white lady telling people what to do with their bodies. Shame on you. Shame.”
Never mind that Sims is a 40-year-old adult man with a postgraduate degree who apparently spends his spare time heckling senior citizens and old ladies and picking on little girls, yet doesn’t seem to be embarrassed by or ashamed of his own absurd and utterly childish behavior. Indeed, the irony is rich here.
Anyway, he then goes on to berate the old lady for another eight minutes or so. Here’s a brief sample: “How many children have you clothed today? How about how many children have you put shoes on their feet today? … Instead you’re out here shaming people for something they have a constitutional right to do. Who would have thought than an old white lady would be out in front of a Planned Parenthood telling people what is right for their bodies?”
Sims has naturally been hailed as a courageous hero by many on the progressive Left for confronting pro-life ideology and for railing against the supposed contradictions in Christianity, the latter of which you can hear him do in the video. Let’s temporarily ignore the fact that he didn’t even seem certain whether he should condemn Christianity as a religion or criticize this particular woman as a bad adherent to Christianity. (Obviously the man is clueless about a great many things.)
Now, in a sane world, any rational human being — on the Left or the Right, conservative or liberal — would view Sims’ behavior as nothing short of morally reprehensible. At the very least, he acted like an arrogant and unhinged jerk, and his behavior is worthy of condemnation in the strongest terms possible. So, why has the leftwing media remained silent (CNN and MSNBC didn’t even touch the story) and why are progressives applauding him? Well, for starters, Sims happens to be gay, which places him in a protected class and exalts him to a plane where he cannot be criticized for anything at all. Moreover, not only are his actions protected from criticism, they are automatically deemed acceptable and even legitimate because of his progressive sexual orientation and leftist political ideologies. As far as liberals are concerned, he can’t be denounced and, not only that, he must be right in acting how he did. After all, he's one of their own.
The unborn child in the clinic who’s about to be injected with poison, stabbed, and ripped apart with forceps is of no consequence or concern to the Left when pitted against a self-centered 40-year-old gay man screaming in the face of an elderly Christian woman whose only desire is to pray for the life of said child.
I think that in this story, it’s perfectly clear who’s the courageous hero. And it’s certainly not Brian Sims.