Leftists refuse to deliberate in good faith — instead they belittle and bully. In the City of Brotherly Love, such antics were on display as state Rep. Brian Sims, a Democrat, seemed to enjoy berating a group of peaceful, pro-life women, including three teenage girls quietly praying in front of a Planned Parenthood.

Sims recorded the two incidents and then gloated about it on Twitter, saying, “Bring it, Bible Bullies! You are bigots, sexists and misogynists and I see right through your fake morals and your broken values.”

Sims confronted them on Holy Thursday, no less. Sims, who professes without provocation that he is just one among millions of lapsed Catholics — as if it’s some kind of badge of honor — goes into attack mode against women praying during the holiest week in Christendom.

For someone who is an attorney and an elected official trying to defame people for something that they have a constitutional right to do — praying quietly in front of the nation’s largest abortion mill where the most innocent among us are snuffed out — is well beyond reproach.

In the first video, Sims calls the women “a bunch of pseudo-Christian protesters” and says “there’s nothing Christian about” opposing abortion. Sims then offers $100 to anyone who could identify the girls.

After Sims “doxed,” — which in our tech-laden world means outed the girls publicly for possible reprisal — their dad established a fund for the Pro-Life Union of Pennsylvania that so far has raised over $100,000. Last week more than 1,000 pro-lifers held a rally at that same Planned Parenthood that included Abby Johnson, who the popular film “Unplanned” revolves around.

Johnson was the youngest clinic director in the history of Planned Parenthood, when a life-changing experience turned her into a pro-lifer. Johnson asked the crowd to pray for Sims, saying the real reason he wasn’t there is because “it is cowardly to defend death,” but “courageous to defend life.”

In the second video, Sims bullies “an old white lady” praying the rosary, while trying to avoid being photographed as Sims announces, “If you know who this woman is and if you can give me her address, we’ll protest in front of her home. Let’s protest out in front of her house.” Sims then criticized the woman for her Catholic faith in a diatribe that lasts more than seven minutes.

It was agonizing to view.

When you refuse to submit and deify the leftist creed, you must be outed and harassed until you submit. A civil conversation, or simply “agreeing to disagree,” has no place in their zero-sum universe.

Philadelphia Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput decried Sims for interfering with their rights saying, “There is much bitter irony that he claims to be a champion for the rights of all women, yet he trampled on the rights of others and disgracefully shamed them in public.”

Sims’ initial claim to fame arrived when he was as a member of the Bloomsburg University football team and proclaimed his homosexuality to his teammates during his senior year, becoming the first openly gay college football captain in NCAA history. Adding to his gay resume in another first was when Sims was elected to the General Assembly becoming Pennsylvania’s first openly gay representative.

Sims uses the political “gay crutch,” believing that by benefit of membership in such a minority group provides him license to condemn, and in so doing his behavior is justified. Identity politics have done plenty of damage and continues to do so throughout the country and Sims is its byproduct.

Sims must undermine, harangue and exploit those he loathes in order to facilitate his own self-worth. Sims may not be stupid, or even crazy, but he is a useful idiot. Like bullies, useful idiots abound in every segment of society and suffer from not only poor self-esteem, but from complications of incertitude. Throughout history, every barbaric regime has been, and continues to be, propped up on the backs of people like Sims.

Our over-the-top political discourse and the amplification of outrage provided by social media has become the platform for indignant leftists like Sims. Too often, politics are the defining aspect of one’s identity, filling the void left by the retreat of Christianity.

Provided Sims possessed any sense of decorum and an ounce of character, he would apologize and resign.

He won’t.

Instead, Sims hides.

Maresca, a local freelance writer, composes “Talking Points” for each Sunday edition.

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