It happens with more regularity than a Metamuciled colon - the ones who chant the loudest against LGBT protections and equality, are found to be hypocrites.
And hypocrite is nice term for it. But we'll get to that in a minute.
In recent days we have seen a very vocal, anti-gay, man-of-God be found out to also be a serial cuddler looking for love on Grindr - the website for men looking for men.
Meet the Reverend Matthew Makela - married, father of five.
Matthew, in his position of authority at St John's Lutheran Church and School in Midland, Michigan, railed against, advised others, and condemned those who fall anywhere on the LGBT spectrum. But then, that's easy to do when you have the convenient cover of a wife and five kids.
One of his brilliant Tweets:
"The utmost seriousness." Hmmm, I have to imagine your wife is questioning your seriousness now that you have been found to be soliciting men and describing yourself to them as "bicurious" and as a guy who "loves to make out naked."
Personally, I have zero problem, issue, or oogy factor at play when it comes to someone's sexuality, gender identity, or place on the spectrum. People are people. We are complex organisms and who am I to tell another person who they are?
What I do have a HUGE problem with is hypocrisy. Because when you counsel a 17 year old boy, who is coming to terms with his sexual self, that he would be "going to hell" and that the “sin of being gay is no different than the sin of committing suicide”? Then you go on social media and harass him and tell his mother she should not support her son?
ALL THE WHILE YOU ARE GARGLING RANDOM MEN'S BALLS???
Sorry, asshole, but you are just another in a long line of hypocritical, dangerous, repugnant sacks of shit who should hang their heads in shame. Only after publicly apologizing to your family, your church, and any person you hurt with your words of condemnation.
And it is a long line.
Which grew longer today when Josh Duggar - yes, he of 19 Kids & Counting fame; yes, he of the hate group Family Research Council; yes, he who publicly condemns homosexuality, all LGBT people, and believes they fall into the same category as pedophiles - was publicly outed as having molested five little girls in the past.
Let that sink in, marinate a bit. You may even want to pour yourself some Jesus Juice to get through this.
Five young girls - four of which are his younger sisters. Another believed to be a cousin.
This happened when he was 14 years old, in 2002 and 2003 - 14 years old. Far old enough to know better.
So what happened when mom and dad found out? When their daughters began detailing how he would fondle their breasts and genitals at night? Did these upstanding, righteous warriors for the lord take action? Do the right thing?
Why involve the police in such silly things as FELONIES?
Smack on the hand. Until it happened again and another daughter spoke up. Police then?
No, silly, they sent little letchy Joshy away to what they first said was a “program [that] consisted of hard physical work and counseling. James said that [redacted, Josh] was in the program from March 17, 2003 until July 17, 2003.” A Christian program, no less.
Oh, but wait - when push came to shove and the police were finally involved in 2006, Michelle admitted that it wasn't actually a program or counseling at all, but that he was sent to stay with a family friend who was remodeling a building. Josh worked for him.
When Josh came back home he apologized to the girls because that makes things like being molested all better. He also got God to forgive him - as do all these miscreants when they find their asses in hot water.
So that makes it all better, right?
I don't care if you worship dandelions, toadstools, unicorns, Allah, or the Christian God - here in the REAL WORLD, where we have laws and punishments, your invisible friends cannot forgive you and it's *poof* all better.
"Yes, judge, I know I was caught holding a bloody knife shoved to the hilt in my ex-husband's spleen, but I apologized to the air, and me and the Big G are cool now. He said so. I swear. So, I'll be on my way. Ciao."
Sadly, when Josh's proclivities and perversions were brought to light by an anonymous tip to the Oprah Show and then police, the statute of limitations had run out so he could not be prosecuted.
(Cute sidenote: When JimBob actually took Josh to a police officer (only after finding him sneaking out of yet another sister's bedroom) - close family friend Arkansas State Trooper Joseph Hutchens, he received a "stern talking to." Oh, and that trooper? He is now serving a 60 year prison sentence for possession and distribution of child porn.)
So he went on with his life. His family went on pumping out kids and garnering face time and an audience on television, and he managed to parlay that holier-than-thou image they have into a sweet job as head loudmouth for the FRC. From what I have seen that job consists mainly of warning the public of the dangers gay people pose to children, and posing as often as possible with every Republican presidential hopeful.
Since the story broke, Josh has resigned.
I guess even a hate group has standards?
Hypocrisy. These people are just drenched in it. They point their fingers, chastise, condemn, threaten, and deign to think they should have some say over how other people live and love, all the while they are indulging in what they publicly excoriate; or in Josh's case - actually BEING a pedophile, a pervert, a deviant.
Yes, the Reverend is no longer reverending, and he has an emotional mess of his own making over which to preside. I do not envy him that. He has hurt his family, his parishioners, and so many others by simply refusing to be who he was born to be. He chose religious doctrine and brainwashing over his core being - and this is the result. A hell of his own making through which he has dragged others.
The Duggars have begun the media parade to "God" their way out of this mess, a mess of their own making. Yes, the faithful will rally behind them, we'll hear endless variations of "brought us closer to God," "God forgave him," and "we are all sinners," and they will fervently pray their gravy train does not dry up.
Three words for them (if there is a god): Honey Boo Boo.
TV networks tend to get a little skittish when child molesters are revealed to be roaming around their program line-up.
Hypocrisy. It is the lifeblood of the loudest, it seems. But when the walls of their glass houses begin to shatter, I must admit, the schadenfreude is a thing of beauty.
To the priests, ministers, politicians, et al, who openly castigate others while living a life in the shadows? Come out of the dark. A life lived openly and honestly is a life. Look around - acceptance is growing, everywhere. You won't be alone, and you will be happier. There is nothing wrong with you. Being anything other than hetero is not a crime, not a sin, not horrific, deviant, or criminal. Except in the books your choose to believe. It's actually pretty amazing - when you let go of rhetoric, manmade tenets, dusty words on a continually rewritten page, and fear - and realize that how others live their lives has no bearing on yours? WOW. Open your mind, open your heart, live your life with love, acceptance, honesty. It's pretty sweet.
But should you choose to continue to hurt those who are just like you, but who are brave enough to live out loud? Well, you deserve every shard of glass that cuts you to the bone when your secrets are revealed and your sparkly house shatters.
And as for Josh? You are a criminal. A criminal who got lucky that your stupid parents shielded your molesting ass instead of protecting their daughters. You can argue that it was a long time ago, that you've changed, that you're a good person - but no - you jump at every opportunity to hurt others, so wear your scarlet A - ASSHOLE.
You ALL deserve every bit of the shitstorm coming your way. We have spent years listening to you drone on about how right you are, what sinners we are.
It seems that you Duggars have enough on the homefront that you need to deal with, so STFU and stay out of everyone else's lives because while I would welcome a million LGBT humans into my home - you have raised what you love to call others: a criminal, deviant, pedophile, sinner. Josh is not welcome.
P.S. God called. He said to stop hiding in His robes.