Moral Confusion

By February 5, 2009General

From The Washingon Times, reporting on Wednesday’s hearing before the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Commercial and Administrative Law , “Midnight Rulemaking: Shedding Some Light.”

WASHINGTON — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Wednesday said he thinks hog farmers are a greater threat to Americans than Osama bin Laden.

Mr. Kennedy, son of the the slain New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is an environmental law attorney who was testifying before a House Judiciary subcomittee when Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, asked him if a quotation attributed to him in 2002 about hog farmers representing a greater threat than the leader of al Qaeda was accurate.

“I don’t know if that [quotation] is accurate, but I believe it and I support it,” said Mr. Kennedy, who has been involved in a vigorous legal effort against the meat industry for some years, arguing that manure and other products associated with large livestock producers emit toxic wastes that threaten the environment.

It’s astonishing that a platform is still given to this man whose world view is so corrupted and confused as to compare farmers to terrorists who murder Americans in the cruelest, most depraved manner possible. His extremism certainly destroys the credibility of the boilerplate anticorporate rhetoric in his prepared testimony.

(Hat tip: Walter Olson, Overlawyered.)

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