With the Republicans and their Christian Right allies dominating the media, all three branches of government and much of the interior of the country, it seems as if they can’t stop preaching about how much they cherish “family values” and “moral clarity.” Sometimes, however, their actions speak louder than their words.
Tennessee State Senator Jeff Miller, sponsor of a constitutional amendment aimed at “solemnizing the relationship of one man and one woman,” was accused of cheating on his wife of 15 years when she filed for divorce on Feb. 25, 2005.
Oklahoma Minister Caught “Pastoring” Rev. Lonnie Latham was arrested Jan. 3, 2006 in Oklahoma City for asking a plainclothes policeman to accompany him to his hotel room to receive oral sex.
Latham told a local television station that he was in the area “pastoring” to police. Latham has spoken out against same-sex marriage and in support of a Southern Baptist Convention directive urging its 42,000 churches to befriend gays and lesbians to convince them they can become heterosexuals.
Spokane Mayor Recalled
Spokane Mayor Jim West was swept out of office in a Dec. 6 recall election following revelations in a local newspaper that West had offered jobs and perks to young men he had met in a gay internet chat room.
West had previously served as a Boy Scout leader, a deputy sheriff and a member of the Washington state legislature before being elected mayor in 2003. During his 23-year political career, West attempted to ban gay men and lesbians from schools and daycare centers, to fire gay state employees, to deny City Hall benefits to domestic partners and to stifle AIDS-prevention education.
Protecting Women’s Health
In a scathing expose, the former wife of Dr.W. David Hager, a senior federal adviser on women’s health issues, alleged that her husband had repeatedly sodomized her without her consent between 1995 and their divorce in 2002.
“I probably wouldn’t have objected so much, or felt it was so abusive if he had just wanted normal [vaginal] sex all the time,” Linda Davis told The Nation(5/30/05).
“But it was the painful, invasive, totally non-consensual nature of the [anal] sex that was so horrible.”
Hager, a darling of the Religious Right and an outspoken opponent of emergency contraceptives, abortion and premarital sex, was appointed by President Bush in 2002 to the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs in the Food and Drug Administration. He stepped down from his position in June 2005.
That Mule Sure Was Purdy
Leading anti-abortion webmaster Neal Horsley runs a website that offers detailed information on doctors who provide abortions. In a May 5 interview on Fox News radio, Horsley boasted of having sex with animals as a young man. “When you grow up on farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule…You experiment with anything that moves when you are growing up sexually… If it’s warm and it’s damp and it vibrates you might in fact have sex with it.” In a subsequent appearance on Fox, Horsley explained that his mule-man relations had been “consensual.”