Bigot of the Week Award: May 3, the Broken U.S. Congress

3 May
Bigot of the Week

Bigot of the Week

The entire U.S. Congress managed to earn this week’s BWA as they ignored the plight of millions of Americans and adjusted the federal budget for their own convenience. As the idiotic budget sequester continues to pinch government agencies, many people are suffering. Clinics have reduced hours, education programs are being cut, and seniors in some locations are losing meals on wheels due to the across-the-board cuts that should never have happened.

Republicans in the House and Senate have been whining for weeks about the sequester, blaming the President for actually following a law that they passed. This week, however, things got really ugly. Because of the blindly even cuts, the FAA has had to reduce air traffic control. This has resulted in some flight delays, with a ripple effect that has inconvenienced many travellers. Frequent fliers — like lobbyists, the wealthy, bankers, and members of Congress — are particularly inconvenienced. So this week the Senate unanimously approved a bill to change funding for the FAA; the House overwhelmingly approved the bill, with 92 Democrats jumping on board.

President Obama called Congress out for their hypocrisy. He declined to veto the bill given its probability of passing again and wasting legislative time, but insisted that lawmakers fix the whole problem, not just a small piece that makes them sad. What a pathetic display of classism and callous disregard. Apparently America continues to become the land of the Rich and Privileged. Adding this to the gun control failure makes me itch for the next election.

Dishonorable mention goes to two very different men this week. First up is ESPN commentator Chris Broussard. Responding to NBA player Jason Collins’ coming out interview, Broussard injected his narrow KKKristian values into the story.

If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says you know them by their fruits. It says that, you know, that’s a sin. If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, whatever it maybe, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.

I just loved Chris Broussard  when he was on Saturday Night Live as the Church Lady!

Professional conspiracy hack Alex Jones joins the bigot parade as well. Known for his anti-Muslim rantings and bizarre theories, Jones showed an even uglier side. Arguing — for no apparent reason — against what he calls “fake rights” for transgender Americans, he uttered this gem.

I don’t want my daughters growing up in a country where some transvestite comes walking into the thing [bathroom] hopped out of their brain on drugs vomiting and crapping all over the place.

I don’t want any children growing up in a world where Alex Jones has any say in it whatsoever.  What kind of monster is Jones?

2 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: May 3, the Broken U.S. Congress”

  1. Jay May 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Broussard took some pains to also condemn heterosexual sex that is outside of marriage, but this was highly disingenuous of him. Did he earlier make a point to publicly condemn heterosexual players who openly live in “defiance” of Broussard’s interpretation of “God’s will”? No, he only felt the compulsion to express his extremist and theocratic views when a gay player outed himself. His subsequent attempt to play the “I have gay friend(s)” card, to show what an great and non-bigoted guy he is (HA!), just further highlights the depths of his hypocrisy.

    Also, some have defended ESPN’s decision to air Broussard’s views with the canard that its journalistic fair play to air both sides of a given controversy. What a bunch of baloney. Broussard wasn’t weighing in on marriage equality, which is still (just barely), a legitimate area of public debate. Broussard’s attack was on the very fact of being gay itself–anything other sorrowful lifelong celibacy would render a gay person hopelessly incapable of being a Christian at all, according to Broussard’s initial comments.

    Those are such extremist views that ESPN had zero obligation to air them.


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