You Can't Make This Stuff Up

Florida congressman won't back down on Texas is "crazy" comment; cites dildo ban as proof

Dildo ban is proof Texas is "crazy," Florida congressman asserts

In the "you can't make this stuff up" department, a Florida congressman who called Texas  a "crazy state" during a recent congressional hearing on the Affordable Care Act is now citing an old Texas law restricting dildos to prove his case, the Huffington Post reports.

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) told CNN, that, "One of their cities has a law that says that women can only have six dildos, and the certain size of things. And if that ain't crazy I don't know what is."

Texas did have a law restricting the sale of sex toys, but it was struck down by a federal appeals court in 2008. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who was the state's attorney general at the time, went to court in an attempt to uphold the dildo ban, according to Lone Star Q. Abbott argued that the state had “morality based” reasons for the law, including “discouraging prurient interests in autonomous sex and the pursuit of sexual gratification unrelated to procreation.”

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, a Republican who represents an area that includes most of Denton County north of Dallas, was furious and demanded an apology from Hastings. It's not surprising that The Daily Show's Jon Stewart weighed in, concluding, "We're run by children." (A portion of Stewart's rant is shown here, the full segment is on The Daily Show website at the 4:35 mark).

Jon Stewart Texas is Crazy segment
A verbal fight in Congress over whether Texas is crazy has The Daily Show's Jon Stewart speechless. Courtesy photo