Dear Sean Hannity,
We get it. You are a homophobe. Throughout your career, which has been active in the public broadcasting industry since 1989, you have never once skipped a beat in making outlandish homophobic statements. You join the ranks of many other anti-gay narcissists who’s inflated sense-of-self makes them believe that their uninformed, bigoted opinions hold merit in the discussion of gay rights. While you are incorrect about this, I do feel a responsibility to address certain comments you have made, as I believe it is important for statements that are broadcasted publicly to be checked for accuracy.
Most recently, you have attacked liberals, accusing them of… Well, I’m not exactly sure what you are accusing them of this time… Let’s just take a look at your statements:
“This is my problem with liberals. Here’s where my fear goes. You guys want to tell parents what they can and cannot do — for example, is it going to become illegal if a parent teaches the politically [in]correct view that being gay is not normal”
“My problem here is, do parents have the right to instill their values in their children? My problem is we send these kids off to school. Maybe they’re taught that God is dead, or maybe they’re taught that it’s okay to have sex. Maybe they’re taught values that contradict what the parents are teaching, whatever it happens to be — you know Heather has two mommies, daddies, roommates — that’s the government circumventing parental values.”
“Look, some people disagree on the gay lifestyle because of religious views. If they teach their kids, is the government going to come in one day and say, ‘That’s wrong, that’s immoral’?
Let me first answer your questions. No, it is not going to become illegal for a parent to teach their child that being gay is abnormal. It will, however, be incorrect, and so long as you want parents to be feeding their children misinformation and falsehood, rest assured you have the law on your side.
Also, yes – parents have the right to instill their values in their children. No matter how hateful, ignorant, or bigoted their views, parents will always reserve this right. It seems to me that your concern is more about the fact that “god,” or religion, is not being taught in public schools. At least not enough to reinforce the homophobia you are adamant be instilled in your children. While public education isn’t perfect, it does seem to be a decent model for what adult life will be like – having to interact with different people from all walks of life, including different races, religions, genders, political ideologies, and sexual orientations. If you wish to shelter your children from this beautiful diversity, you always have the option of a private religious school or home school.
It seems to me that you have the wrong idea of liberals. And homosexuals. And parents. And education, in general.
In addition to these comments, let us not forget why you were fired from your very first broadcasting job as a conservative radio personality at UC Santa Barbara. It is because of the outrage sparked by your interview with anti-gay activist Gene Antonio. Gene had written a book called “The AIDS Cover-up? The Real and Alarming Facts About AIDS.” This book was subsequently discredited, as it made outrageous claims with absolutely no scientific support. You gloated that his book offered the full truth about AIDS, even the things “the homosexuals don’t want you to hear.”
Antonio and yourself spent the entire interview basking in the glow of homophobia, and both of you made statements that are not only completely hateful, but also entirely false. You agreed with Antonio when he bantered that “the immune suppression which we have seen in the homosexual population is a direct result of not only other diseases such as hepatitis and the parasitism, but of rectal sodomy.” You likened gay sex to “playing in a sewer.” You both agreed that “homosexuals are filled with hatred and bigotry and anti-sexual heterophobia.” The two of you insisted that HIV/AIDS is actually a “gay disease,” and lambasted the LGBT community for insisting that it isn’t. You even went so far as to blatantly accuse gay men of “literally defecating in one another’s mouth.” Sean, it isn’t the gay community that has a constant stream of shit coming from their mouths, I promise you.
So, despite your disdain for “liberal” parents who teach their children that homosexuality is not abnormal, we are not actually telling you how to raise your children in any way. If you wish to bring your children up in a religious household that hates gays, that is your right and we do not wish to infringe upon it. What we do have a problem with is your erroneous claims, your hate speech, and your total disregard for scientific fact. You might hate the world for not teaching your children to hate gays and insisting upon religious folklore in the classroom, but the rest of the world simply wants our children to learn facts. As a person of influence in the public broadcasting industry, you should be ashamed of yourself for encouraging these ignorant false beliefs.
Bob McDonnell, the republican governor of Virginia, and his wife Maureen, were indicted on federal corruption charges in January 2014 and are currently standing trial. These charges were brought forth following a federal investigation which purported that McDonnell and his wife may have accepted over $165,000 in gifts from political donor Jonnie Williams, Sr, in exchange for political favors. While McDonnell has been quoted as saying he will fight these “false allegations,” he did, in fact, repay more than $120,000 to Williams in 2013 and apologized for bringing “embarrassment” to the state.
What is truly fascinating, however, is the embarrassment McDonnell is still bringing. A key defense in his corruption trial is feigning ignorance, and placing much of the responsibility on his wife, claiming he had no idea where such lavish gifts were coming from. On trial, however, it has been noted that McDonnell was well aware of where most of the cash was coming from, along with his numerous gulf trips, vacations, and sport-car rentals. To add to his embarrassing tactics, another central piece of his defense is that the governor’s marriage was so dysfunctional, there was no way they could have conspired together. He called the marriage “broken down” and stated they were “barely on speaking terms.” The prosecutor was quick to point out, however, that the former first couple was able to go on 18 vacations together in just 22 months.
In the wake of self-professed marital dysfunction, I think it is important to take a look at Bob McDonnell’s track record. In his controversial 1989 Regent University thesis, entitled The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of The Decade, McDonnell advocated “covenant marriage,” blasted feminists and working women as “detrimental to the family,” and surmised that “government policy should favor married couples over ‘cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators.” When the thesis went viral in 2009, McDonnell detached from it stating “Virginians will judge me on my 18-year record as a legislator and attorney general and the specific plans I have laid out for our future — not on a decades-old academic paper I wrote as a student during the Reagan era and haven’t thought about in years.” What is interesting to note, however, is that throughout his tenure in public office, McDonnell has pursued at least ten of the policy goals outlined in his thesis, including abortion restrictions, covenant marriage, school vouchers, and tax policies that favor heterosexual marriages.
Governor McDonnell earned the monikers “Governor Vagina” and “Governor Ultrasound” for his fervent support of trans-vaginal ultrasound requirements for women considering abortion. Following public protest, however, the governor chose to instead favor slightly less invasive abdominal ultrasounds, granting exemptions in the case of incest and rape, so long as it was reported to police. That same year, McDonnell vetoed HB 399, which sought to improve neonatal care by fast-tracking implementation of newborn screening for life-threatening congenital heart malformations. So, yes, the man who has pushed legislation to limit grounds for divorce, and has essentially made every move to restrict marital and reproductive rights for couples, is blaming his corruption scandal on marital dysfunction. But oh, wait… It gets even better.
McDonnell has a strong track record of homophobia (which I’m sure you could have guessed, at this point). In fact, one of his very first acts as governor was to rescind an order enacted by his democratic predecessor, which prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation. He criticized a 1965 Supreme Court decision which legalized the use of contraceptives, stating “man’s basic nature is inclined towards evil, and when the exercise of liberty takes the shape of pornography, drug abuse, or homosexuality, the government must restrain, punish, and deter.” Yet now that his marriage is in “shambles,” McDonnell has testified that he is currently staying with a priest at a local rectory, Rev. Wayne Ball of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. What is interesting about Rev. Ball is that he was arrested in 2002 for “frequenting a bawdy place.” The priest, along with his male counterpart, pled guilty to a misdemeanor sex offense. The charges were dropped after both men completed 80 hours of community service. Rev. Ball was assigned to a different church.
So, basically, it’s hard to even digest the amount of corruption and controversy that surrounds this trial, and each day it just seems to become more hypocritical – and more hilarious. To be fair, however, I think the closing words should be granted to Rev. Wayne Ball, who blamed his gay sex scandal on a “bout of depression” and has defended McDonnell to the bitter end: “Is there any person at all who would want to stand up in public and tell the whole truth about their life?”
Last month, in an interview with conservative radio show “Faith and Liberty,” Michele Bachmann had some interesting insight into the LGBT agenda. While making it known that the conservative “message is to spread goodness and joy and wholeness and healing, and we do that through a loving God,” she accused gays of wanting to “abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually.” I, personally, was unaware that marriage equality movement supported abolishing age of consent laws? Perhaps this is because that is entirely absurd. Alas, the Bachmann family is no stranger to making controversial statements concerning the LGBT community. Let’s take a look at some of the greatest hits.
March 2014: Gay Bullies
In response to Arizona’s pro-discrimination bill, Bachmann lamented the presence of the LGBT community. “The thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere. Well, not with the Constitution you don’t.”
July 2011: Gay Reparative Therapy
In the wake of scandal surrounding the Bachmann family’s private practice and Medicaid payments, a separate scandal emerged when therapists within their clinic were caught on camera engaging in “gay reparative therapy.”
November 2011: Gay people can get married. Just to members of the same sex
While campaigning in Iowa, Bachmann addressed audience questions with an interesting assertion – that gay people can get married so long as it is to a person of the opposite sex. This video might be my favorite, due to it’s awkwardness. What should be concerning, however, is that there are some people in the audience applauding Bachmann’s idiotic responses.
November 2005: “The Truth About the Homosexual Agenda”
Marcus Bachmann delivered a presentation called “The Truth About the Homosexual Agenda” at the Minnesota Pastors’ Summit. To conclude, he brought up three LGBT citizens who claimed they were “cured” of homosexuality. As per usual, Bachmann later detached from the notion that he supports gay reparative therapy, stating ““If someone is interested in talking to us about their homosexuality, we are open to talking about that, but if someone comes in a homosexual and they want to stay homosexual, I don’t have a problem with that.”
2004: Homosexuals are “barbarians who need to be educated and disciplined”
In stark contrast to his statement that he “doesn’t have a problem” with homosexuals who want to “stay” homosexual, Marcus Bachmann had the following to say: “Barbarians need to be educated, they need to be disciplined, and just because someone feels it or thinks it, doesn’t mean we need to go down that road”
November 2004: Something about the Lion King?
At the November 2004 EdWatch National Education Conference, Bachmann said the “normalization” of homosexuality would lead to “desensitization”: “Very effective way to do this with a bunch of second graders, is take a picture of “The Lion King,” for instance, and a teacher might say, “Do you know that the music for this movie was written by a gay man?” The message is: I’m better at what I do, because I’m gay.”
2004: National Education Leadership lecture
On Homosexuality: “It leads to the personal enslavement of individuals. Because if you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. Personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement. And that’s why this is so dangerous…”
You have a teacher talking about his gayness. (The elementary school student) goes home then and says “Mom! What’s gayness? We had a teacher talking about this today.” The mother says “Well, that’s when a man likes other men, and they don’t like girls.” The boy’s eight. He’s thinking, “Hmm. I don’t like girls. I like boys. Maybe I’m gay.” And you think, “Oh, that’s, that’s way out there. The kid isn’t gonna think that.” Are you kidding? That happens all the time. You don’t think that this is intentional, the message that’s being given to these kids?
2004: Melissa Etheridge and Breast Cancer
The conservative education group, EdWatch, quoted Bachmann pontificating about Melissa Etheridge: “Unfortunately she is now suffering from breast cancer, so keep her in your prayers. This may be an opportunity for her now to be open to some spiritual things, now that she is suffering with that physical disease. She is a lesbian.” I wonder how Bachmann feels now that Etheridge is a breast cancer survivor, yet still a lesbian? In the same speech, she alleges that “almost all, if not all, individuals who have gone into the lifestyle have been abused at one time in their life, either by a male or by a female.”
So, we all know Michelle Bachmann is a quack. It is both laughable and unsettling that she was actually considered by some to be a viable presidential candidate. Yet, I can already hear the comments on Reddit: “Why are we still talking about her!?” We are still talking about her because it is being reported that she may seek the presidency again in 2016. I feel it is important to call out these outrageous statements and the people that make them. I also find it fascinating, much like extra-terrestrials or the Chronicles of Narnia. Only these are real life politicians, elected into office. Scary.