Meet Rep. Maggart
This morning I got up at six to make my son breakfast. He’s going through a hot cereal phase. Then I wrote a letter to a lesbian couple I know in Michigan whose son was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Their beautiful young son is desperately ill and suffering terribly through chemo, and my friends are absolutely distraught. It’s too awful. I ache for them.
Then when I got to work today I opened my computer and read this:
Rep. Debra Maggart, R-Hendersonville, said she still believes homosexual couples should not be allowed to adopt children. In fact, in addition to e-mail correspondence with a master’s student at Vanderbilt publicized recently, in which she said as much, she has also said homosexual couples may molest the children they adopt.
“We also have seen evidence that homosexual couples prey on young males and have, in some instances, adopted them in order to have unfretted access to subject them to a life of molestation and sexual abuse,” she said.
Maggart is a state rep in Kentucky, where an anti-gay adoption bill is moving through the legislature.
I don’t even know what to say—no, wait. I do know what to say. It’s just that I feel demeaned saying it:
If I wanted to molest little boys, Rep. Maggart, there are easier ways. It would be a lot simpler to, say, fly to Thailand once or twice a year than to jump through all the hoops of adopting—a child whose sex I couldn’t even select! Flying to Thailand once or twice a year would not only be cheaper, it would also spare me from having to get up at six in the morning and make hot cereal. And I wouldn’t have to pay for my son’s education or clothe him or buy him skateboards or sit up all night with him when he’s got some routine childhood illness and I wouldn’t have to worry myself sick about him getting seriously ill, like my friend’s son.
Maggart says she’s seen “evidenceā€¯ that gay couples adopt boys in order to molest them. I’d like to see her evidence. According the FBI, people who molest children are overwhelmingly straight or straight-identified, and most are biologically related to the children they abuse. I suspect Maggart’s evidence doesn’t exist—but you know what? It doesn’t much matter to Maggart or to the people she represents that she’s talking out her ass. We’re living in the Age of Irrationality, and actual evidence—of global warming, of evolution, of the fitness of gay people to parent (here’s the latest study)—doesn’t much matter anymore. Facts don’t matter anymore, only beliefs. If someone believes something, that’s all the evidence they need. It’s their truth—and what can you do? One of the pillars of Irrational America is that it’s taboo to question someone’s beliefs, particularly if they touch on religion.
I don’t know where I’m going with this—except maybe Canada—so I’ll stop. But in conclusion let me say that I have seen evidence that Rep. Debra Maggart’s doesn’t pay her traffic tickets, picks her nose in her office, watches child porn, and drinks the urine of virgins in order to maintain her youthful appearance, and that’s why I don’t believe she’s fit to represent the good people of Kentucky.
Of course I’m not serious. In fact, I made that last part up—Maggart is perfect for Kentucky.