Monday, November 16, 2015

227.2 - Clown Award: Rep. Louie Gohmert

Clown Award: Rep. Louie Gohmert

Now for one of our regular features, the Clown Award, given for meritorious stupidity.

Again this week we have a repeat amuser or if you prefer offender. In this case, it is the man who has got to be the stupidest person in Congress, Texas - where else - Congressman Louie Gohmert, the man who puts the Gomer in Gohmert.

He recently gave a speech to students at Liberty University, an ostensibly Christian school founded by Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Virginia. In the course of this, he continued his increasingly-lonely crusade against same-sex marriage, which he once compared to bestiality.

He cited the Bible - of course - but then took what he called a "totally secular approach" which should convince even those who don't believe in God that homosexuality is "unnatural." He proposed an "experiment" because, he said, "Congress is good about having studies."
How about if we take four heterosexual couples and put them on an island where they have everything they need to live and exist, and we take four couples of just men and put them on an island where they have all they need to survive, and then let's take four couples of just women and put them on an island. And then lets come back in 100 years and see which one nature favors.
Rep. Louie "Gomer" Gohmert
I would spend a minute explaining why this isn't even a valid experiment (Hint: the conditions on the islands have more than one variable), but that would mean taking seriously for even that time a man who has claimed that opponents same-sex marriage face the same level of persecution as Jews in Nazi Germany, put forth a "Terror Babies" idea where terrorists are coming to the US to have their children born here so they will be citizens who can be raised to commit acts of terror decades later, and supported a pipeline through Alaska because if that flow of warm oil through the pipeline ever stopped, it would be harmful to the sex lives of caribou.

Instead, I'll note that in quoting the Bible on marriage, he mentioned that Jesus said "what God has joined together let no one separate." Now when someone can show me all the times Gohmert condemned and railed against all his conservative colleagues who have had affairs, gotten divorced, or both on the grounds that they were defying God's law, then it might be possible, just possible, to see his drooling antipathy to same-sex marriage as an outgrowth of his extremist fundamentalist convictions rather then out of plain old bigoty against homosexuals, with the Bible the excuse, not the reason.

I do not expect that to happen. Which is why Louie "the Gomer" Gohmert, the stupidest person in Congress, will always remain a clown.

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