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Louie Gohmert opposes nomination of openly gay serviceman for Secretary of the Army because sexual abuse exists

It's not that the Texas Republican will do anything to curtail LGBTQ rights -- no, actually, he will


Scott Eric Kaufman
September 24, 2015 8:35PM (UTC)

Texas Representative Louie Gohmert appeared on the Family Research Council President Tony Perkins' "Washington Watch" on Wednesday and denounced President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of the Army -- Eric Fanning -- because he believes having an openly gay serviceman in that position would signal to the Muslim world that the United States condones child sex abuse.

Of course, Gohmert's implied insistence that all gay men are secretly child sex abusers has no basis in fact, but that didn't stop the representative from telling Perkins that the Senate should stare down Obama and tell him "we're not going to confirm your nominee, especially this guy."

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He claimed that his objection, while being a position he generally holds, was actually tied to a New York Times report that alleged that United States functionaries told some servicemen and women in Afghanistan to ignore cases of sexual abuse among Afghan allies.

"What do you think they will think," he asked, "when they hear that not only did we tolerate what was being done to their boys by people under our authority but we turn around and approve a Secretary of the Army that they as moderate Muslims believe is just an atrocious thing? They're going to think that that is quite consistent with us approving of what was going on between the older men in authority and these boys?"

Listen to the entire interview below via Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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