Saturday, May 03, 2014

Politics, Religion and Anal Sex

Yes, dear readers, we have finally arrived at something that enables these three disparate ideas to intersect.  Isn't this modern age FUN?!

Earlier this week, South Dakota State Representative Reverend Steve Hickey (R-You Really Surprised?) sent a strongly worded, nay graphic, letter to the local newspaper.  As you might infer from the titles, this guy runs a church as well as helps run the state he lives in, and he has strong opinions. 

So, when the prospect of a legal challenge to South Dakota's ban on same-sex marriage loomed, State Rep. Rev. Hickey took pen in hand and wrote (among other things) the following (boldface is my doing):

"Certainly there are board-certified doctors in our state who will attest to what seems self-evident to so many: gay sex is not good for the body or mind.  Pardon a crude comparison but regarding men with men, we are talking about a one-way alley meant only for the garbage truck to go down. Frankly, I’d question the judgment of doctor who says it’s all fine."

The local paper refused to print the letter, citing its length and family-unfriendly content, but Hickey also posted it on his Facebook page, where such limitations do not obtain.

And - pardon the phrase - the shitstorm started.

Hickey claims that his church has been getting death threats directed at him, along with trolling letters asking for advice on anal sex and threats about raping Hickey, I guess to show him that it doesn't feel all that bad.

If I were inclined to take my pen in hand, I'd send him something like this:

"I find it interesting that you are a priest, or a leader of a church/religious organization, and yet you are an elected political representative.  I quote Matthew 6:24 - 'No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.'
If you find that you cannot relinquish either of your offices, I put it to you that you need to revoke your religious organization's tax exemptions, so that you can play the political game with a clear conscience.  You may not believe it, but one day you will be faced with the compromise of your religious beliefs in favor of political gain."

See?  Nothing about the third thing, but I'd tell him this about that:  "If it hurts, you're doing it wrong."

Judging from pictures of him, however, I think Mr. Hickey's had a bad experience at some time in his past.