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‘Family Values’ score card

Jan/Feb 2018


By Frank Pizzoli

Last issue of Central Voice I asked, Is there an American Taliban?

This issue I ask, Why do so many anti-gay, religious right-wing, Republican Family Values politicians torture themselves by staying in the closet?

Recently, Ohio state legislator Wes Goodman (R) resigned after admitting he was busted having sex with a man in his office, Bil Browning reported in LGBT Nation. The married conservative Ohio state lawmaker was known for his anti-LGBTQ stances.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R) said he met with Goodman after learning of the allegations and the now-former representative admitted to having consensual sex with the man in his office. Goodman resigned after the meeting citing “inappropriate conduct.” No charges of sexual harassment will be brought since the sex was consensual and the man was not a staffer or legislator.

“We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life. That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service,” Goodman said. He also asked “for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends.”

I’m not sure he deserves privacy. Nor does he deserve to be hounded. He should be treated as ‘news’ given his anti-gay policies which he doesn’t himself follow.

The point is legislator Goodman: Now you know what it’s like to have someone invade your private life as if who you love or bang matters. It doesn’t, although no one should do it in the workplace, especially when that workplace is paid for by taxpayer dollars. Especially when some of those taxpayer dollars come from the very citizens you worked so ardently to oppress. How’s it feel?

On Twitter, Goodman described himself as “Christian. American. Conservative. Republican.” You forgot Weasel, Mr. Goodman.

These forced out of the closet events are not new.

In 2015, parent Jennifer Kish came forward with accusations against the anti-gay Michigan pastor who was outed for his efforts to hook-up with men on Grindr. The mother claimed the pastor told her gay son he was going to hell, leaving him despondent and suicidal.

Kish was angered over the revelation Matthew Makela, former pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Midland, Mich., might be gay. She wasn’t angered because of his sexual orientation, but because of how he treated her son while they were parishioners at his church, reported WNEM-TV at the time.

Kish says her then 17-year-old son Tyler suffered from serious depression and was considering suicide because he was told by Makela he was going to hell because he is gay.

She claims Makela said that if her son was going to hell for being gay, he might as well go to hell for committing suicide.

Makela, a married father of five, resigned as pastor of St. John’s just one day before the website Queerty posted screenshots and text messages of sexually explicit conversations between the pastor and other men on the gay hook-up app Grindr.

Queerty says it outed Makela because of his record of disparaging the LGBT community, decrying same-sex marriage and for stating that the “transgender movement is going to assist opportunistic sickos in preying upon children and others.”

Maekla sounds like Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore who is blaming his political troubles on “the gay” rather than his own pining for underage females. I wonder if Maekla starts meetings with a prayer?

Former Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, The Washington Post reports, recently reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors after investigators uncovered a secret life they say involved child pornography and a rendezvous with a 17-year-old boy he met on Craigslist’s personal ads.

Shortey, a Republican who resigned last spring amid allegations that he had solicited sex from the teen, plead guilty to a child sex trafficking charge, his attorney, Ed Blau, said. Prosecutors dropped three child pornography charges as part of his plea deal.

“After looking at all the evidence and case law and statues and everything else, we just felt that this would give him the best opportunity to come out with the best outcome possible,” Blau told The Washington Post. “It would’ve been an extraordinarily difficult case to win a trial.”

It’s also an extraordinarily difficult case to stomach. He served as a county-level campaign coordinator for President Trump. He was known as a ‘family values’ kind of guy.

I’m not a Christian but I sincerely offer you a quote from your Bible, John 8:23: Look in your mirror, be honest “and the truth will set you free”.