Hypocrite of the month: State Sen. Sylvia Allen on morality

By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings

It can be tough to single out a solitary Arizona legislator whose hypocrisy is greater than that of his/her colleagues, but the infamous Sen. Sylvia Allen served this one up like a BP fastball.

She’s infamous for things like pronouncing that mining uranium on the Navajo reservation and elsewhere in Arizona is OK because the Earth is 6000 years old and is doing just fine and for opining that American society doesn’t do enough to benefit the wealthy.

Recently, she added to her dubious legend by running a bill to help her son-in-law out of trouble of his own making (he was working as a detention officer at the Navajo County jail and was accused engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior by multiple female inmates).

Which is all bad enough, but with the likes of Allen, “enough” never is.

As can be seen in the video here, at Tuesday’s meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee, she offered her idea that the lege consider (and presumably pass) a bill to mandate church attendance for everybody, in the interest of combating what she perceives as America’s moral decline.

As someone who tries to use her elected position to benefit a family member yet uses that the platform afforded to her by that elected position to bemoan everybody else’s moral decline, she easily earns distinction as the lege’s biggest hypocrite.

Very easily.


While Sen. Allen, later in her remarks, concedes that such a bill is unlikely to come before the lege, this lege has never let the letter or spirit of the US Constitution get in the way of something that it wants to do, so don’t be surprised to see this crop up in some form next year.

With that in mind, some preparatory ordination might be in order.

Introducing the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. 🙂

Note: the full meeting video is available on the lege’s website here.  Look for the video of Senate Appropriation, dated 3/24/2015.  Her spouting off starts at approximately at the 1:26:18 mark.



6 thoughts on “Hypocrite of the month: State Sen. Sylvia Allen on morality”

  1. I love the part where she talked about getting back to the 50’s. That’d be cool: Republicans supported labor unions and we had a 90% top marginal tax rate. I could get behind that!

    Also in the 50’s it would be highly unlikely that Sylvia would be a state senator.

  2. And Doug M of the Phoenix newspaper said Farley is being mean to Sylvia. It is very funny to me how right wing lunatics can spew the most outlandish and hateful nonsense and everyone else is just supposed to take it and not challenge the nonsense because the lunatics might be offended.

  3. Now, you leave Sylvia alone!! When Richard Mack, the former Graham County sheriff, who wants to take over Navajo County and turn it into a “constitutional” paradise, fell ill and didn’t have any insurance because he refused to buy it, and had to start a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for his medical bills, I’m sure Sylvia contributed. After all, she is Mack’s big buddy and has endorsed the idea of rebuffing all federal laws, or at least the ones she disagrees with, when Navajo County gets taken over by patriots, who believe that the county sheriff is the highest level of government official authorized by the Constitution. And you can bet THOSE people will not demonstrate any “moral decay.”

  4. Did she say Christian church attendance or did she mean all other types of churches too?

    • She did say attend church on Sunday, so I guess Jews, Muslims, Christians who adhere to Saturday sabbath, and anyone who is going to religious gathering on another day of the week is probably excluded.

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