Meet Rep. Larry Lockman: Maine Republican Asks Why Women Should Be Able To Get Abortions But Men Not Be Able To Rape Them

Lockman2012Republicans and rape comments appear to have an almost cyclic regularity with election periods. If you recall, the Republicans were in a strong position last elections when candidates started making bizarre and at times creepy comments — alienating voters and tipping the balance in the Senate.
Now, Republican Maine state Representative Lawrence Lockman appears to have lined up early in the rape theme line (as early as 1995) in addition to extreme statements regarding abortion and homosexuality is under fire for comments he’s made in the media regarding rape, abortion, and homosexuality.

An activist uncovered a press statement in 1995 in which Lockman reportedly says “If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.” What is most remarkable about this statement — other than the statement itself — is that I find it virtually incomprehensible beyond treating rape as a casual analogy. Moreover, it is reported that this was in an actual press statement not some comment at a bar or unguarded email. He likewise said in a letter to Bangor News that “Clearly the practice of sodomy is learned behavior, and those addicted to this form of biologically-insane sex are at high risk for all manner of serious medical problems.”

He is also accused of once suggesting that the HIV virus can be spread through mosquitoes and bed sheets. He opposed HIV infected students attending school by saying “It’s peculiar that the government is telling health care workers that surfaces contaminated with bodily fluids should be thoroughly disinfected, but at the same time they are telling us that toilet seats have some magical property that they are able to resist viruses.” Lockman also reportedly asserted that liberals made AIDS epidemic worse by assuring “the public that the practice of sodomy is a legitimate alternative lifestyle, rather than a perverted and depraved crime against humanity.” He once warned that there could be a quota system on the way to require gays and lesbians in every workplace: “You can bet the rent money they will demand that employers set up goals and timetables to achieve 10 percent homosexual representation in the workforce and in government contracts.”

Lockman responded to the criticism by saying “I have always been passionate about my beliefs, and years ago I said things that I regret. I hold no animosity toward anyone by virtue of their gender or sexual orientation.” As long, presumably, that they do not use the toilets or engage in homosexual relations.

In his official bio, it states that

Lockman studied liberal arts at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia and Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California. He is a 1967 graduate of Philmont Christian Academy in Jenkintown, Pa.

He works as a Territory Manager in eastern and central Maine for National Write Your Congressman (nwyc.com), a non-partisan legislative research organization with members in all 50 states.

From 1992 to 2010, Lockman worked as a Territory Manager in eastern Maine for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and qualified numerous times for NFIB’s prestigious President’s Club, as well as the biennial Small Business Summit in Washington, DC. Prior to his tenure at NFIB, Lockman was employed for 16 years at Diamond Occidental’s lumber mill in Passadumkeag.

However, he does say that he “regrets” the bit about rape.

121 thoughts on “Meet Rep. Larry Lockman: Maine Republican Asks Why Women Should Be Able To Get Abortions But Men Not Be Able To Rape Them”

  1. mespo727272

    Hey, I just found this Republican candidate questionnaire:

    So you want to run for political office as a Republican. Can you can answer “yes” to the following questions:

    Are you to the right, politically speaking, of Attila the Hun?
    Are women placed on this Earth to work and reproduce only?
    Did the Creator of the Universe deem our party the savior of mankind?
    Is Rush Limbaugh the Creator of the Universe?
    Do white males do a better job of running things than all those icky alternatives?
    Are you batsh*t crazy?

    Larry Lockman! Come on down!!!
    ==========================
    Sounds like George Will is getting ready to enter politics too.

    He is beginning to get thrown out more often:

    The change has been under consideration for several months, but a column published June 5, in which Mr. Will suggested that sexual assault victims on college campuses enjoy a privileged status, made the decision easier. The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it.

    (George Will Rape Comments).

  2. Hey, I just found this Republican candidate questionnaire:

    So you want to run for political office as a Republican. Can you can answer “yes” to the following questions:

    Are you to the right, politically speaking, of Attila the Hun?
    Are women placed on this Earth to work and reproduce only?
    Did the Creator of the Universe deem our party the savior of mankind?
    Is Rush Limbaugh the Creator of the Universe?
    Do white males do a better job of running things than all those icky alternatives?
    Are you batsh*t crazy?

    Larry Lockman! Come on down!!!

  3. Everyone is unique to some ends. I hope we can get past all of this governmental subdivision of minorities and get back to blindly considering qualifications and the famous “content of character” note. I am self-employed–is there still a checkbox for racial/ethnic status or gender?? Maybe these should go away as unfair instruments of pre qualification. I guess there is a consideration for some lines of employment, and the 2/3 upper body strength of females, but I would imagine on a case by case basis that holds no water either. So can you do the job or can’t you??? Speak up!

  4. Dredd – major religions are not misogynistic. That would require that they hate women. They are just male-dominated.

  5. Annie

    Rafflaw I can agree with you that most major religons are misogynistic.
    ================
    Their buildings are misogyn parlors.

  6. Bush II on flatulence:

    “I think it was in the Rose Garden where I issued this brilliant statement: If I had a magic wand —but the president doesn’t have a magic wand. You just can’t say, ‘low gas.’ “—Washington D.C., July 15, 2008

    1. Dredd – Obama on truthiness:

      If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. — a whole bunch of times.

  7. jim and Paul, I wanted to understand left handedness because I had a southpaw daughter and coached southpaws in baseball. I also taught southpaws and they are different in how they learn. They hear speech and perceive images differently. http://www.anythinglefthanded.com.uk is a great resource. They compile all the research out there.

  8. Nick, Don’t blame geometry, since it was a game invented most likely by some right handed oppressive jerk. Maybe to make things fair, if the a team has a left handed catcher, the opposing team should have to run the bases in the opposite direction. Interesting that you mention adaptability since I always thought that being left handed gave me an evolutionary advantage since I can do many things equally with both hands and most right handers can’t

    1. Jim22 – back in the day, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, you went to school with the same kids and you were always seated alphabetically. I sat across from a kid (a friend) who was left-handed. I was so intrigued by the way he was writing that I copied his hand style so that I wrote right-handed, like a left-hander. Still do. 🙂

  9. You heard it here first! I didn’t know there was a simmering threat from the likes of southpaws. There will surely be more infringement on our rights to help deal with this possible civilization-ending threat. And my own son is a southpaw. He’ll either have to re-coordinate or leave. Never met one I liked. Ever have to try to return serve against a good southpaw slice serve in the ad court??? It’s about time the government get involved.

  10. jim, The nuns would have gotten your mind right!! I like southpaws, they are more adaptable. My daughter was a slick fielding first baseman. The outfield is dominant hand neutral. However, only 1st base is favorable in the infield. Southpaws are even @ a disadvantage as catcher. However, it’s not bias, it’s geometry.

  11. Nick, do you realize how hard it was to be in elementary school and to have to be the kid who used the scissors with the other color coated handles?

  12. jim, My daughter, like yourself, is a southpaw in a northpaw world. I think you southpaws need legislation, lawsuits, parades, rallies, and most importantly, support groups. There you can whine about the horrors of being a victim.

  13. Nick, I’m left handed living in a right handed world. Where’s me handout? Left or right.

  14. Saucy, When my daughter, who is not LGBT, turned 18 she decided to start testing our rules. One being no face piercings. Well she came home with her lip pierced on day. I told her I guess she was ready to move out since she felt she was old enough to make the decision to go against our rules. She had a choice, take the piercing out or move out. She chose the piercing. Her choice still amazes me.

  15. Fat people and short men are some of the most discriminated groups in our culture. They have NO special protections. When you pick who is a protected class you create more divisions and animosity in a culture, not less.

  16. Abraham Lincoln : “It is better to stay silent and let people think you are an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt”.

    1. frankm –

      Abraham Lincoln : “It is better to stay silent and let people think you are an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt”.

      This from the guy in the movie I just wanted to wap on the side of the head to shut up. This was a man famous for not keeping his mouth shut.

  17. Speaking of discrimination and rights. There are some gems here spoken by one who knows.

  18. Rafflaw I can agree with you that most major religons are misogynistic.

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