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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Meet Rep. Maggart

Posted by on March 29 at 11:27 AM

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.

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The source of her "evidence" is Focus on the Family? Man, if ever there were a paragon of unbiased thinking and rigorous scientific research, that is it, Representative Maggot.

Thanks Dan. Someone needs to say this. My thoughts are with your friend's child.

Be sure to check out the photo gallery on her website debramaggart dot com. Freak deaky for sure. She looks like a cross between Mary Kay Latourneau and a Bubble-Headed-Bleach-Blonde newscaster.

Be there for your friends. I lost a young family member to leukemia a few years ago. It's one of the toughest things I've had to face in my 40 years.

It's so frightening, so maddening, so sickening that there is such irrational hatred out there. I am so sorry, Dan, for your friend and for you, and I am so thankful that you have the strength to continue fighting and speaking out against these abuses.

In related news, Rep. Maggart is proposing legislation to outlaw the Boy Scouts, the Roman Catholic Church, and gym classes, since all are proven bastions of pedophile predators.

Did she actually say "unfretted" access? Not only is the woman a homophobic ignorant bigot, but she's apparently illiterate as well. I believe the word she was after there was "unfettered."

I was brought up by my mother and her girlfriend, back in the pre-Stonewall dark ages, back when they could have lost their jobs, their house, and certainly custody of me just for being who they were born. All their friends were women who lived in couples. I never saw anything inappropriate for a child's eyes, and was never harmed in any way - until my mother decided life in the closet was too hard, and married the first man who asked her. A drunken, child-molesting, violent asshole. I'll give you three guesses whether I was better off being reared by a homosexual couple or a nice "normal" straight couple.

People need to stop talking out their asses about subjects upon which they are entirely ignorant.

I am a social worker and the population I work with are sex offenders (young adults) in corrections. I have been working in this field for over 10 years. All of my clients with a few exceptions have identifed themseleves as straight. I also would like to see where this idoit got her numbers to back him this claim.

I'm looking forward to DJ, after a couple of hot-cereal-fueled decades, being a grown-up who can talk about what it is like to have such a thoughtful and outspoken father. Him, and the rest of the generation of kids currently being raised by GLBT parents. This debate will go away in time, not because of research, but because of all of the adult children of queer parents telling the biggots who will surely still infest our country to go fuck themselves.

hey now. leave kentucky alone. we're not all idiots.

much of kentucky is backwards- but there's a lot more to it than you initially think. it is really easy to slam people for being not as smart or progressive as you and not think about why they are that way. i'm not defending who we vote into any way....but to say she's perfect for kentucky is a little short sighted. she's perfect for tennessee.

Representative Maggot. That's funny. What a knob. Lord knows HER kids are going to turn out to be Kentucky shitflies just like her.

you know, her cell phone number is (615) 207-5424. i plan to give her a call or 50 around 3 am tonight.

that photo of her daughter with Cheney is super-creepy.

And speaking of perfect, that rant was pretty damn close. Totally agreed, Dan.

The funny thing with all these jokes about Rep Maggart being perfect for Kentucky and then with the Kentuckian chiming in that she is perfect for Tennessee instead is that Ms Maggart is actually a member of Tennessee's House of Representatives.

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