In case you missed it last week, you should take a few minutes to check out some of the “highlights” of Texas congressman Louis Gohmert’s recent speech on the floor of the U.S House of Representatives. In it, the poor fellow neatly sums up much of the fear and ignorance that underlie laws like HB2. This is from the good people at People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch:
“Earlier today, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, put a new spin on his “gay island” story, arguing on the House floor that the push for LGBT rights is wrong because we would never choose to send gay couples or gay animals into space to start a new colony like in the Matt Damon movie “The Martian.”
He said that if lawmakers had to decide ‘whether humanity would go forward or not’ in case of an imminent asteroid collision by putting people in a ‘space ship that can go, as Matt Damon did in the movie, plant a colony somewhere, we can have humans survive this terrible disaster about to befall, if you could decide what 40 people you put on the spacecraft that would save humanity, how many of those would be same-sex couples? You’re wanting to save humankind for posterity, basically a modern-day Noah, you have that ability to be a modern day Noah, you can preserve life. How many same-sex couples would you take from the animal kingdom and from humans to put on a spacecraft to perpetuate humanity and the wildlife kingdom?’
But due to the attacks on ‘natural order’ and religious freedom, Gohmert said, ‘we don’t have much longer to go.’
Gohmert also cited the work of Jonathan Cahn, a far-right End Times preacher who believes God is punishing America (and France) due to gay marriage with events such as the 9/11 attacks, to assert that the end is near.
He also claimed that transgender people are disordered and ‘perverse’ individuals who need help.”