WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) is facing heat from a gay rights group for reportedly making homophobic comments during a recent speech before hundreds of realtors.
From the Huffington Post:
In the speech, delivered Jan. 23 during the Alabama Association of Realtors' board of directors meeting, Rogers allegedly made derogatory comments about gay people and criticized the atmosphere in Washington, D.C.
"You allegedly joked about how nice it was to be called 'Honey' and 'Sweetie' by a woman at an Alabama restaurant rather than a D.C. men's room," Ben Cooper, chair of Equality Alabama, wrote in a Jan. 28 letter to Rogers. "And you went on to mock our nation's capitol as a 'cross between Detroit and San Francisco' -- an obvious reference to Detroit's racial makeup and San Francisco's vibrant gay culture."
"Comments like these are racist, homophobic, and hurtful, and they will not be tolerated," added Cooper.
Michael Hansen, Equality Alabama's communications director, told The Huffington Post his group heard about the remarks from several AAR members who attended Rogers' speech. One member was so offended that he and his colleagues walked out. Another member confronted the congressman after the event, Hansen said, to which Rogers reportedly replied, "Bring it on."
Mike Rogers scored the Tea Party gaffe trifecta : offend blacks, LGBT, and poor people all in the same paragraph. In true Tea Party form, when confronted with his offensiveness, he gets all ready to fist fight rather than make an attempt at being an adult.
This is typical for this slowly dying off demographic. They celebrate when they should be ashamed. They got so desensitized to demonizing people not in their small church circle that they can't see the beam in their own eye when they point out the speck in someone else's.
This is also why when regular people outside of those who can directly benefit himself continue to get the short end of the stick on every vote from these representatives (a terrible misnomer, as they represent no persons outside of their own financial well being).
The Confederacy has not properly died off yet, and Rogers possibly fantasizes being the second coming of Jefferson Davis.
It seems with each passing day, the Tea Party tries to double down on their offensiveness, as a default. They don't understand that their views are discredited, so they repeat them, as if they were new, even though the stench of decay wafts from their ideas.
There is no redemption possible for those people. They have to be contained, neutralized, and disallowed from the public commons. They don't understand what "pariah" status is. They think it's an honorific title, that is the level of stupid involved here.
This is why we need to disabuse the idea that there is a "balance" --- stupid is not as valid as knowledge, and should not be given validity.