A brave Republican Congressman vowed to use the "power of humiliation" against the gays and their advocates who "love functioning in the dark." Somebody has to do it! If not he, who? If not now, when?
The Congressman is Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), who earlier this month blamed gun violence on "welfare moms" and considers homosexuality a "choice issue." (I mean, who wouldn't choose to be part of a group that's subjected to bashing, shaming, and general discrimination?) And at a recent town hall, he took a question from a woman named Sally, who appears to be Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern (R), who can boast of an impressive homophobic record herself and has said that "gays are an even bigger threat than terrorism." I mean, she has a point. Just compare 9/11 and the recent Jodie Foster attack.
Anyway, Sally is horrified by a program that provides LGBT people with substance abuse treatment. Who wouldn't be? I don't know which is worse: choosing to be gay, choosing to be addicted to substances, or choosing to help people who need help. It's a triumvirate of evil. Here is the exchange, in which Sally accuses the Substances and Mental Health Services Administration of "pushing the homosexual agenda" and "indoctrinating our citizens."
SALLY: I want to know if you're aware of the Substances and Mental Health Services Administration that has a book called the Provider's Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Individuals.
SALLY: They are going around the nation, they just did this here in Oklahoma, December 7th, and having conferences that are educational.... About 2 percent of the conference is dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues. 98 percent is doing indoctrination or pushing the homosexual agenda. This is what our president is doing. He has a federal agency doing it. Our state, the Oklahoma Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department, put this conference on and is indoctrinating our citizens who are totally against this. Is there any way you can look into this?
LANKFORD: Oh yes, sure. You know I can absolutely get a chance to take a look at it. We'll start the process, try to see what we can do to identify it. Some of those things you have the power of humiliation where you can raise it and put in sunlight. They love functioning in the dark. You put some sunlight on it, that does help. But, we'll see. I'm glad to take that on.
Fingers crossed that Lankford will humiliate the shit out of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which helps LGBT people with problems ranging from substance abuse to bullying. I mean, as the every
one homophobe knows, LGBT students don't need protection from bullying, anyway. The gays are already treated equally. They are, in fact, incredibly powerful. Too powerful to need any rights or protections.