Brian Tyler Cohen has been producing political commentary on YouTube for the past couple of years. Generally, his traditional format has been to start with a video clip of some event, whether a speech in the House or Senate or an incident in the field, then comment on that event or incident. Such videos will usually see him in a neatly tailored suit and tie and likely reading his script from a teleprompter.
Then there are those rare times when Brian is speaking both off the cuff and out of uniform, and the following is one of those occasions. With the advent of the Supreme Court of the United States considering the Mississippi abortion law and the possible implications that case may have for Roe v Wade, I suspect his own concern for the continued integrity of that decision and more importantly, for women’s rights and access to abortion, are in the foreground of his mind. That said, Mr. Cohen just recorded an utterly on-point rant regarding not just that case, but the environment in which it is set. He also addresses the religious undertones which essentially constitute the entire opposition to Roe and why they should be disregarded.
And somehow, he delivers the whole package in 54 seconds! Here it is:
And in case you can’t pull up the video in your area, here is a transcript:
Okay, here is something I have been meaning to say, now that right-wing theocrats are poised to officially gut Roe and a woman’s access to a safe and legal abortion in the United States. And that is that this is not some pro-life versus pro-choice argument. If you’re pro-life, fine. If your religion frowns upon abortion, that’s okay. Don’t get one. But part of living in a free country is the freedom to practice any religion or no religion. Meaning that while you might follow dictates on who can or can’t get abortions, the next person might not. This country and its laws aren’t your church; your church is your church. That distinction is so important that the separation of church and state is right there in the very first clause of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, the Establishment Clause. So look, you can think that abortion is morally reprehensible. You can despise it with every fiber of your being, and that’s your prerogative. But if you want to crow about how we live in a free country, then you have to recognize that it’s not only free on the issues that are convenient for you.
-- Brian Tyler Cohen