August 08, 2007

Young Rape-public-can

Is today National Republican Coming Out Day? You'd think... but this is something worse. Bob Allen may have been a cowardly, sniveling, racist, closeted maggot, but now comes word of a cowardly, sniveling, closeted gay rapist. Seriously, I couldn't make this stuff up.

Glenn Murphy Jr., chairman of the Clark County, Indiana Republican Party, president of the Young Republican National Federation, and considered to have been a rising star in the party, credited with getting 23 Republican officials elected in a region that had none prior to his taking the helm, is resigning his post. Why?

...Clark County Sheriff’s Department on Friday began investigating Murphy for alleged criminal deviate conduct — potentially a class B felony — after speaking with a 22-year-old man who claimed that on July 31, Murphy performed an unwanted sex act on him while the man slept in a relative’s Jeffersonville home...

In 1998, a 21-year-old male filed a similar report with Clarksville police claiming Murphy attempted to perform a sex act on him while he was sleeping. Charges were never filed in that case...

Wilder said that Murphy met with the alleged victim and the alleged victim’s sister after the incident occurred. Wilder said that conversation was taped without Murphy’s knowledge. The attorney said he has already listened to the tape and that Murphy contends throughout it his belief that the sex act of which he has been accused was consensual.

According to a pair of police reports, the alleged victim and his sister claim Murphy contacted them several times after the alleged incident occurred to inquire as to whether they were going to file a report with police...

— (Source)

To be clear on this, Murphy hasn't been charged with any crime yet and is being investigated for something called "criminal deviate conduct" which, while not as bad as rape, is still a class-B felony. Nonetheless, performing an unwanted sexual act upon an unconscious individual is what most sane people would consider rape — and this isn't even the first time for Murphy.

Honestly, what is it about conservatives and homosexuality? Why can't they just admit to themselves their own nature and be real and honest about it instead of sneaking around to solicit strangers in public bathrooms and sexually assaulting the unconscious? Look, let's clear this up, Repubs... it's fine to be gay. No problem. You can be absolutely 100% openly gay and still be fiscally conservative. You can be gay and be a good parent. It's just not that big of a deal.

You know what you can't be, though? You can't be a liar, you can't be a coward, and you can't run around denying that gay people deserve exactly the same rights and privileges that heterosexual people get in this country. You can't go around spouting religious nonsense that gay people have to be deprogrammed and "turned straight" like they were in some kind of cult (just what the hell is "leaving homosexuality"?). All of this is just nonsense and you know it because there are proportionately as many gay conservative Republicans as there are gay liberal Democrats, Socialists, Communists and Libertarians.

See, if you were just honest about it instead of being a bunch of cowards pretending to be something you aren't in order to benefit from people's ignorance, we could actually make some progress in this society of ours. It's called transparency and, even though the current administration is as afraid of it as you are of facing up to your natural sexuality, it's a good thing. Honesty in politics is good for America. You can't be honest with America, though, until you start being honest with yourselves.

So hey, closeted gay Republicans, how about this; instead of sneaking around and paying for anonymous sex, try something new. Admit to yourself and to the world what you are and then find somebody you love. Settle down and build an honest and open relationship with each other. Heck, you might even try getting married to one another if your party will ever pull its head out of its own ass (and everybody else's, I guess) and let you. Once you've got your own life sorted out, then you can get into politics and worry about helping others sort theirs out, too. Who knows... you might even change your minds about a few other things you currently espouse once you're all snug and happy in an accepting, caring relationship.

It's OK. The rest of us can wait. We'll all be better off for it.

Good luck getting it right, and let's all hope that the new honesty, the real American Republican glasnost that results, screens people like Glenn Murphy and Bob Allen right out of the political process in the future.

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