It seems the GOP is intent on making a mockery of every committee Congress has to offer. Since Republicans took control of both chambers, they’ve gone out of their way to place ignorant a-holes at the head of committees that deal with some of the most important issues our country faces.
As if it weren’t ridiculous enough to have Sen. Ted Cruz, a science denier, at the head of the Committee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, Republicans also thought it would be a good idea to have a hateful bigot at the head of a subcommittee on human rights.
US Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey announced this week that gay rights “can’t be construed as human rights”:
I am a strong believer in traditional marriage and I do not construe homosexual rights as human rights.
It’s probably safe to say that the congressman doesn’t consider homosexuals human beings at all.
Smith’s comments were made while addressing the subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations. His idiocy came just after a report that 12 Nigerians were arrested for holding a same-sex wedding.
Smith is taking quite a bit of heat from activist groups all across the country. Co-Chair of the New Jersey Democratic LGBT Caucus Chris Hillmann said:
It’s simple: LGBT rights are human rights. It’s shocking that Smith — or anyone in his position — would make such close-minded comments to the contrary.
For a person in his position to dehumanize such a large segment of our society and to suggest that members of the LGBT community are creating hurdles for U.S. diplomats is appalling on so many levels.
Representative Smith should apologize for trying to pit some people’s human rights against those of others.
Hillmann is absolutely correct. “Human rights” cover the entire spectrum of the rights of – get ready for it Congressman – human beings.
In typical GOP fashion human beings are now considered white heterosexual men who earn more than 175% of the poverty level. Oh, and fetuses, regardless of their race, religion or sexual orientation (which they can choose later.)
The good news for Democrats is that the next two years will be full of this kind of lunacy, making it glaringly apparent to people who don’t fly the Gadsden and/or confederate flag over their trailer homes just what re-electing these buffoons will do to our future.