Republican … naturally … Paul Broun has been a fixture in Georgia politics for seven years now, and is one of the biggest rightwingnuttiest, asshatted, dicks out there, even in Georgia. He says biology is all “lies straight from the pit of hell” and believes President Obama has created a secret national police force to push a Marxist dictatorship.
Like I said, he’s a dick. But now that dick is leaving his job as US Congressman and running for US Senate and Jody Hice, the man hoping to take his place, makes Broun look positively lovely.
In a 2012 book, It’s Now or Never: A Call to Reclaim America, “pastor” and talk show host, Hice says that The Gays have a secret plot to recruit and sodomize children; he also states that supporters of abortion rights are worse than Hitler and sings that old GOIP standby about gay relationships being like bestiality and incest. Oh, and he says Muslims be stripped of their First Amendment rights because, you know, all Muslims were in on 9/11.
Hice claims homosexuality causes shorter life spans and depression, and insists same-sex couples cannot raise healthy children; you know, like his parents raised him. But I will give him a wee bit of credit, because he actually offers an answer to that age-old question, “How will same-sex marriage affect traditional marriage?”
He says it’s like asking the question, "'How does a trashy neighborhood affect you?”
Well, let’s get this queer, Hice, The Gays have been known to buy into those so-called trashy neighborhoods and gentrify them, making them better places for all, so, maybe you’re saying we can do the same for marriage? You know, raise the value of it?
And of course he ponders the question of love, calling it a “shallow and insufficient basis for marriage” and saying we can love all sorts of things, cars and dogs and kids, but we cannot marry them simply because we love them.
Yeah, he rang the “if we allow gays to marry then people will marry dogs” crazy bell.
But the biggest problem I have with Hice, and it’s not his anti-LGBT ideas, or anti-Muslim foolishness, or anti-Obama GOP goose-stepping rhetoric, it’s the fact that in his own book he quoted at length from a 1987 column by Michael Swift, a gay writer, to suggest that gay people prey on children:
“We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all male clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together. Your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us.”
Oh dear, this makes The Gays sound awful, except …
Hice omitted first sentence of Swift's column, which noted that the entire essay was satirical.
Seriously, Georgia? This is your chance to rid the state of Paul Broun and one of your choices is Jody Hice? I mean, you can be anti-gay; I don’t care because in the long run, or more likely, the short run, you’ll be on the wrong side of history. And you can demonize an entire religion based on the actions of a few, but then where’s your outrage at the Catholic Church over their handling of pedophiles; or the Methodist church for the actions of Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City?
But, when you “write” a book and take parts of another piece of writing by someone else and edit out the part where the writer clearly says this is a piece of satire, and you publish it as your homophobic gospel, well, I just can’t with stupid.
And you shouldn’t either Georgia.