There really is no word in the English language that can truly encapsulate just how hypocritical the religious right truly is. Former Speaker of the House and anti-LGBT “family values” warrior Dennis Hastert was just sentenced to fifteen months in prison over the paying of hush money to cover up his serial child molestation. Former House Majority leader Tom DeLay and 41 other Republicans had the nerve to write letters to the judge, standing up for his “character” and somehow using his piety to excuse his monstrous crimes.
So I know his heart and have seen it up close and personal. We all have our flaws, but Dennis Hastert has very few. He is a good man that loves the lord. He gets his integrity and values from Him. He doesn’t deserve what he is going through. I ask that you consider the man that is before you and give him leniency where you can.
It is absolutely infuriating to see the religious right demonize LGBT Americans with these discriminatory bathroom bills and the absurd narrative that paints transgender Americans as predators who will assault children in bathrooms – which has no basis in reality or fact – and then turn right around to defend a man who actually molested multiple children. Hastert even admitted his crimes in court, but still somehow he “doesn’t deserve” what he’s going through because he “loves the Lord” so damn much.
Fortunately, the judge didn’t agree with that absurd logic. “If there’s a public shaming of the defendant because of the conduct he’s engaged in, so be it” said Thomas M. Durkin as he handed down his sentence. It’s clear that the Republican Party’s attempts to present themselves as our nation’s moral compass are entirely baseless, as they have now cast their lot in with a child molester instead of siding with the victims.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.