The Cowardly Lion of Missouri

A recent story on The Raw Story is about Missouri Republican Representative Zachary Wyatt coming out as a gay man and opposing House Bill 2051 which would effectively prohibit public schools from discussing sexual orientation.  A so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill.  Whether or not it would, in fact, ban the very word itself is irrelevant.  Censorship of language to any extent in an educational environment amounts to censorship of knowledge, since we must use language to transmit and share it.  If you can’t use a word, you can’t discuss what the word means in any meaningful way.

But many others have already talked about this idiocy at length.  What I want to talk about here is the hypocrisy and cowardice of Wyatt himself.  And I understand those are harsh words, but I mean every one of them.

During his tenure in the Missouri House, Wyatt “voted for restrictions on abortions, voter ID, drug testing welfare recipients and requirements that presidential candidates prove their citizenship.”

And now, he says he’s leaving politics to study marine biology in Hawaii.

“I will [be] leaving my political life behind for sunscreen, Mai Tais and the sun,” Wyatt told his colleagues on Wednesday.

I can only guess his motivation to do this is to further document homosexuality in dolphins in order to cleanse his conscience.

And he’ll need a lot of cleansing because before now, he has spent a lot time as a closeted hypocrite actively working against the rights of other marginalized Americans.  He claims his opposition to the “Don’t Say Gay” bill is his belief that it will prevent gay students who are being bullied from getting the help they need.

Well, Representative Wyatt, the help they need doesn’t go away just because you’ve lost your stomach for the fight.

It took a lot of courage for you to open up in public.  I’ll give you that.  But if you had any real integrity, you wouldn’t abandon your principles for sunscreen, Mai Tais and the sun.  You’d stay behind and do the truly hard work of fixing the disaster you helped create.

So, deep down inside you’re still a coward.

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