The Wit and Wisdom of Sylvia Allen

When I started my blog back in 2003, one of the first state legislators I hammered was Gerald Allen of Alabama, who proposed a law to ban all books by or about gay people from all state libraries. Now Sylvia Allen of Arizona is stepping into the spotlight. And as Right Wing Watch reports, she has a history of dumb and extreme ideas. Here she is claiming that the world is only 6000 years old:

And she thinks that same-sex marriage is going to destroy Social Security:

Over 1,049 federal laws in many categories, including Social Security, welfare, veterans, taxation, etc are based on the man-woman marriage relationship. Society has set up our laws to protect the children and to provide in the case of a spouse dying. All of that would change if same sex marriage gets its foot hold and demands are then placed upon government and businesses for benefits. Our already overburdened Social Security system could not survive.

She also tried to intervene in a criminal investigation aimed at her son-in-law, who was accused of trading for sexual favors with female inmates at the prison where he was a guard…

Last year, then-Navajo County Supervisor Allen tried to interfere with an internal investigation into her son-in-law’s conduct with female inmates in the Navajo County jail.

This year, Allen has moved on to the state Senate where she sponsored a bill aimed at ensuring that others don’t have to endure what she sees as a witch hunt against her son-in-law…

“She was interfering in the investigation,” Navajo County Sheriff K.C. Clark told me this week. “At one point, I had to go to the county attorney and say if she gets in my way, I’m going to book her for interfering in the criminal investigation.”

Allen’s son-in-law, Timothy Hunt, was working as a detention officer in Navajo County jail in April 2014, when a former inmate alerted authorities to possible questionable conduct with female inmates while working nights, according to county records…

Several weeks later, the independent investigator sustained four of the five allegations against Hunt, finding that “the preponderance of evidence” suggests among other things that he provided cigarettes to an inmate after she performed a sex act on him in a shower.

So add abuse of power to her list of problems.

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  • StevoR

    So .. When does she announce she’s joining the Republican Klown car and running to be POTUS? 😉

  • StevoR

    Gerald Allen & Sylvia Allen – relations?

  • scienceavenger

    Society has set up our laws to protect the children and to provide in the case of a spouse dying. All of that would change if same sex marriage gets its foot hold and demands are then placed upon government and businesses for benefits.

    But same sex couples could only get benefits if they too have children needing protection and providing. No children, no children’s benefits. So either Sylvia Allen doesn’t understand how insurance benefits work, or she thinks children of same sex couples are not deserving of the same protections and provisions other children are entitled to.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ scienceavenger : Probably both!

  • karmacat

    I wonder if her son-in-law goes to church every Sunday.

  • doublereed

    I guess by “pro-family values” they mean “pro-sexual abuse.”

  • matty1

    There would be a slight increase in the number of families eligible for benefits that are linked to marriage. Apparently she thinks the cost of paying for this would bankrupt everybody so it is better those children suffer.

  • John Pieret

    And, of course, she was the bright light you mentioned last week who suggested there should be mandatory church attendance.

  • Chiroptera

    Over 1,049 federal laws in many categories, including Social Security, welfare, veterans, taxation, etc are based on the man-woman marriage relationship.

    Judge Vaughn Walker discussed this in his ruling when he declared California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

    In the contemporary US, very, very few laws and regulations regarding marriage make a distinction between the male husband and the female wife. He pointed out that 200 years ago, the courts declaring a ban on same sex marriage would have been problematic since the rights and obligations of marriage were very gender specific — it would take a lot of legislation to deal with the possibility of a marriage involving couples of the same sex. But all that legislation has occurred in the meantime; allowing same sex marriage involves almost zero disruption as far as the state is concerned.

    In fact, the main sources of disruption are caused by bigoted county clerks and florists not wanting to do their jobs rather than anything intrinsic to extending the rights, privileges, and obligations of marriage to same sex couples.

  • colnago80

    Laugh it up, this moron got elected to the Arizona State Legislature.

  • dingojack

    This would kinda make Slyvie’s little head assplode…

    :) Dingo

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    BTW The Australia government simply went through and changed gender specific laws to non-specific ones. No fuss, no muss. Guess it’s just exceptionally difficult…

  • StevoR

    @10. colnago80 : True – but do you really think she go any further than that?

    (I sure hope and also don’t think she will.)

  • grumpyoldfart

    It would be funny if she was just a silly old lady talking nonsense, but she’s a politician elected by the American people to look after their interests! Who is the silliest?

  • Trebuchet

    Gerald Allen & Sylvia Allen – relations?

    Don’t forget Allen West!

  • D. C. Sessions

    Ms. Allen represents Snowflake, a town named for its two founding members: Snow, and Flake [1]. It’s in a pretty remote part of Arizona and the Mormon families there have been kinda insular for the past century or so. Chances are she actually does represent her district.

    [1] Yes, that Flake family.

  • busterggi

    In short she represents the idiots who elected her.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    I’ve always been amused by the argument that marriage equality would place some sort of burden on benefits that wouldn’t otherwise be burdened if those same people married someone of the opposite sex.

  • http://www.rodlamkey.net reverendrodney

    Allen’s son-in-law… presumably that means he is married to her daughter. Then why, if he was seeking sexual favors from jail inmates, hasn’t her daughter divorced that low life? Or is adultery accepted as part of “family values”? Considering Newt Gingrich et al it must be.

  • briandavis

    Her son-in-law was just trying to give female inmates an option to turning to lesbianism. They were the actions of a caring, Christian, patriot!

  • lorn

    Well, what do you know, another intellectual/ moral/ legal leper preaching down to the rest of society and claiming righteousness.

    It is a sad mark of my lack of optimism and hope that this doesn’t phase me in the least. Just another self-righteous idiot in a long line of idiots who are running things.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    I’m sure Allen believes her son in laws accusers are a bunch of liars. Or that they seduced the poor lad, but he’s confessed his sins to the Lord and has been redeemed as a result.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    More proof that you can’t spell “crazy” without R-AZ…

  • Kermit Sansoo

    Of course gays shouldn’t be allowed to see social security benefits. I mean, it’s not like they pay their share of social security taxes, amirite?