|Gays and their evil head-burning gay rays!|
In today’s special double edition of your beloved (or so I fantasize it is) quasi-daily FAIL Quote feature, we have two moronic Republican congressmen offering the sort of anti-gay remarks you’d expect to hear from … well, moronic Republican congressmen. (Or Republicans in general, these days.) First, here’s what Prom King of Wingnut High, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has to say about all those gays whining about being discriminated against:
[Iowa state Senator Jerry Behn] said, "Let me ask you a question. Am I heterosexual or homosexual?" And [the gay rights activists] looked him up and down - and actually they should have known - but they said "We don't know." And he said "Exactly my point. If you don't project it, if you don't advertise it, how would anyone know to discriminate against you?" And that's at the basis of this.
If people wear their sexuality on their sleeve, then they want to bring litigation against someone that they would point their finger at and say "you discriminate," it is an entrapment that is legalized by the ENDA Act, it appears to, and its a violation of the individual rights of employers to, at their own discretion, decide who they want to hire and who they want to fire. We don't need more federal mandates. And we surely don't need a political statement, and that's what this is, too. This is the homosexual activist lobby taking it out on the rest of society. They are demanding affirmation for their lifestyle. That's at the bottom of this.
First of all, you can’t determine someone’s sexuality by their general outward appearance. Homosexuals don’t give off a magical gay glow or attract pink butterflies, nor do they wear clothes or make-up or anything of the sort that could reveal their proclivity towards the same sex. If Sen. Jerry Behn really did say something that fucking stupid, then he’s a stereotypically ignorant bigot, as is King for parroting such a dumbass argument. Second, gays aren’t trying to force others to accept their lifestyle, no matter how many times idiots who use phrases like “homosexual activist lobby” claim they are. All they want is not to be discriminated against based on their innate sexuality. How is something so incredibly simple and obvious so difficult to grasp, even for the sort of endlessly dishonest whores that populate the modern far-Right?
Our second nugget of bigoted ignorance comes from Rep. Louie “Hate Crimes Bill will protect bestiality, necrophilia and pedophilia!” Gohmert (R-Texas), who, as expected, doesn’t appear to understand hate crimes legislation very well:
The Miss USA pageant caused a stir this week by releasing promotional photographs of contestants wearing lingerie. Last night on Fox News, host Sean Hannity brought up the controversy during a roundtable discussion featuring Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX). During the segment, Gohmert suggested the pictures were evidence that people are "willing to give up liberty" in times of "economic chaos." Moments later, Gohmert inexplicably commented, "If a guy would dress like that, he's covered under the hate crimes act. He's protected."
Except that, hate crimes laws work by ensuring that those who attack others based solely on their status as a minority, be it their sexuality or ethnicity (or anything else), will receive due punishment. Which is nothing like the bizarre idiocy that Gohmert spouted. (I’d also include a passing mention of Hannity’s own oddball comments about how models dressing in lingerie is somehow correlated to them being “willing to give up liberty”. Whatever the heck that even means.)