As if there wasn't enough debate surrounding the TSA during pat-downs and body scans, now an elected official in Virginia is adding to the uproar with a homophobic interpretation of the controversy.
Eugene Delgaudio, an elected official on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, is claiming that the pat-downs and body scans are not only sexual in nature, they're part of the "Homosexual Agenda." He's also upset that the TSA has a non-discrimination hiring policy, as you can see from the excerpt from one of his emails below:
It's the federal employee's version of the Gay Bill of Special Rights ... That means the next TSA official that gives you an "enhanced pat down" could be a practicing homosexual secretly getting pleasure from your submission.
Wow, this email certainly is persuasive. In fact, it's got me thinking about other professions that are sexually arousing in which practicing homosexuals are allowed to be employed. Like gay doctors -- yikes! Who else is scared?
To suggest that TSA employees are getting off by pat-downs is entirely ridiculous. I'd be tempted to laugh at Delgaudio's absurdity were it not for the fact that this type of speech is also hateful and discriminatory and, sadly, what some Americans tend to believe.
Moreover, the fact that an elected official is behind these lies makes it all the more disturbing -- which brings up an interesting point about Delgaudio. In addition to being on the Board of Supervisors, he's also privately employed as the President of Public Advocate, the conservative, non-profit organization for which he wrote the above email.
Now, some Loudon County residents are complaining that his public and private jobs demonstrate a conflict of interest. But the law says he can hold both -- so maybe the next time around they'll have to refrain from electing someone so willing to publish such blatantly discriminatory and disgusting opinions.
Are you offended by Delgaudio's statement?
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