As heard this evening on NPR’s “All Things Considered” news program. And I quote:
“…Here is the real problem. It has been known for many years that Congressman Foley was a homosexual. Homosexuals tend to be preoccupied with sex. The idea that he should have been continued, or should have continued as Chairman of the House Committe for Missing and Exploited Children given their knowledge of that, is just outrageous…” ~Paul Weyrich, author of the Arlington Group letter calling for the immediate resignation of Dennis Hastert
Ok, first off, fine, I’ll admit that it looks a bit weird to have a gay man in that (pardon the pun) position. Fine. You discover that he’s gay, you get him a different job. Case closed. The fact that they didn’t do this is their problem… well, one of many, many problems…
Second – and nothing personal, gentlemen – show me a man who is NOT preoccupied with sex and I’ll show you either a corpse or a eunuch.
Third – granted my search was necessarily brief – I can find no objective (read: not paid for by a conservative or religious group) study showing that gay men are more or less preoccupied with sex than the average heterosexual male. Anyone got something more for me there?
And finally, the thing that really gets me about this is that people don’t make the leap of logic. They hear “Homosexuals tend to be preoccupied with sex.” and they don’t think for themselves and realize that sexuality is a HUGE part of being human, particularly for men, and that a GREAT NUMBER of people both homo- and heterosexual are preoccupied with sex.
You know, I listen to NPR a lot, and I hear a lot, and most of it doesn’t get a reaction from me, but for some reason hearing Weyrich say this tonight really, really set me off.
Oh, if you’re interested, here’s the page with the audio stream of the interview.