In an extraordinary recent interview (click to listen to MP3) with the radical right-wing group Concerned Women for America regarding HB2921, Delegate Dick "Baby Pesticides" Black insults his colleagues in the Virginia Senate, claiming that they are "aligned with various elements of vice and so forth."
Thanks to the Majority Report Radio blog for the great lead on this interview. Read below the jump for details on this remarkable interview and suggestions for follow-up items on this bill.
Delegate Black also spends time in the interview repeating the discredited claims of one of his star witnesses, pseudo-sociologist Paul Cameron. Black said, "The fact [sic] is, in children that have a homosexual parent, approximately 29% of children are molested by that parent. That contrasts with .6 percent of normal parents....a 50 to 1 increase in risk for molestation." No reputable scientific study backs up these claims. Black continues by saying, "No structure is more unstable than a homosexual relationship."
Although Delegate Black would prefer to have Virginia children languish without adoptive parents in group homes or in foster care in order to score political points with radical groups like CWA, he makes the outrageous statement that it is the bill's opponents who are pursuing a political agenda. (Hmmm...the radical agenda that children should be placed in stable homes with responsible, loving adoptive parents who pass extensive background checks? How radical.)
One of the most stunningly twisted quotes from the interview was Black saying that the main issue is "whether we should favor the best interest of the child, or whether the children should be used as rewards for certain sex activists".
It's a strikingly paranoid and disturbed view of the social service system in the Commonwealth - as if social workers are running a black market of children who are given to "sex activists". Like Black's insulting "vice" comment about his colleagues in the Senate, this comment exposes a disrespect for and distrust of the work of government officials that is utterly unbecoming of a member of the House.
In a follow up audio interview, CWA's Bob Knight describes his experience in yesterday's hearing, presenting a remarkably distorted picture of the hearing, claiming that the hearing was a "real circus" and that the bill's supporters were subject to unfair questioning while the committee allowed "homosexuals complete free reign". It's quite an extraordinary exercise in manufactured victimhood.
These interviews are worth listening to just to get a sense of the mentality of people who claim that the "decks were stacked" against them in a "liberal" Virginia Senate. Knight claims that "Dick Black did not get the kind of air coverage that the homosexual activists got" and complained that Senators questioned the credibility of Black's witnesses. He specifically complains about the diligent work of Senators Saslaw, Howell, and Puller.
What is most stunning in this example of manufactured victimhood is the repeated claims by Knight that Senators dismissed concerns about the best interests of Virginia children and that it was opponents, not the authors of the bill, who were promoting a radical political agenda. Luckily, however, the Virginia Senate demonstrated that it can see through the pseudo-science put forward by anti-gay bigots and extremist groups and focus on what is best for Virginia's children, too many of whom would be hurt by placing arbitrary restrictions on otherwise suitable adoptive parents who pass the Commonwealth's extensive background checks.
Suggested action items:
1. Please consider taking a minute to thank the members of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee for their work yesterday, especially given that their colleague in the House considers them "aligned with...elements of vice."
2. If you live in Delegate Black's district, you might want to let him know what you think about this interview...particularly his "facts" about gays and lesbians and his view of the work of social services in the Commonwealth.
3. Please take a moment to write a letter to the editor to express your views on the killing of this bill or on Delegate Black's outrageous statements.
4. If you've got more money than time, please consider supporting those who are working to defeat Delegate Black, including David Poisson, a Democrat running against Black in November, and Virginia Family Values PAC.