Watch as Dan Savage blasts Christian conservatives for their "projection," wanting to make LGBT people the bad people who will harm their children, when in fact it's more often than not someone already in the home.
There's so much that has been said and so much more that should be said about the Josh Duggar scandal. Friday night, Dan Savage talked about it on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes," and did what Dan Savage does best: identifying and calling out the hypocrisy of the Christian right, in a clear and sharp manner.
Savage, who segment begins about four minutes in, noted that Michelle Duggar, the "19 Kids and Counting" mom, had helped repeal an LGBT nondiscrimination law in Arkansas. She "argued that this law presented a danger to little girls, particularly, because it would allow trans women to use restrooms, and it was in the best interest of children to repeal this LGBT civil rights law," Savage explained.
"Just the hypocrisy of Michelle Duggar out there demagoguing and demonizing LGBT people while at the same time having covered up and protected her son who had actually molested at least five little girls that we know of is just staggering. It's galling."
MSNBC host Chris Hayes made the excellent point that the Duggars should never have even made the choice to be on TV.
"This horrible thing has happened in your family with your kids," Hayes noted, speaking about the Duggars. "Horrible obviously to the kids who have been victims, also horrible to the 14-year old kid who has done this," Hayes said, "and to choose to put yourself out as a national television product knowing that your family i keeping this secret and the weight that is bearing down on your family. As a parent, it just gobsmacks me. It gobsmacks me to do this to your kids."
Savage also pounded the religious right for their "projection," wanting to make LGBT people the bad people who will harm their children. Making "same-sex couples who wish to marry the threat," he said, "absolves" straight people, straight couples, churches, from "responsibility of what they're doing to marriage."
Religious conservatives, Savage added, "want to point a finger at non-family. They want to point a finger at people that they define as the enemies of family or not from or having families of their own: LGBT people, particularly trans people increasingly, with these anti-trans bathroom bills. And that is what the Duggars have dug in on, is attacking trans people and opposing this LGBT civil rights bill in Fayetteville where they were out there arguing that the threat to little girls in Fayetteville were transwomen when they knew, when they were covering for someone who had demonstrated, that he, at least at that age, was a threat to little girls himself."
One last note, particularly to MSNBC viewers. Chris Hayes heads an excellent show that suffers from poor ratings. MSNBC reportedly will be making major changes to its entire lineup. If you like Hayes, you might want to let MSNBC know, as I did last night when I watched his show:
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