Rios: Of Course the Train Crashed, the Engineer Was Gay!

Sandy Rios of the American Family Association predictably jumped all over the news that the engineer of the train that crashed in Philadelphia was gay, claiming that this was a crucial bit of information that might explain why it crashed, while claiming that she wasn’t really saying that at all.

“Now I am not saying, I am not inferring to those of you that are gay rights activists and like to monitor this show, I’m not inferring that this accident happened because he was gay, but I do think it’s an interesting part of the story and you can bet it would be edited out,” Rios said. She then suggested that the engineer could have possibly been “going through some confusion that has to do with the very core of who they are,” and mentioned the story of an airline pilot who “put his entire plane at risk because he had an emotional, angry outburst to something that happened,” which she says was related to hormone therapy he was receiving.

Rios added: “I don’t know, but I think it is something to be discussed and I think it’s a factor and I doubt you will hear it anywhere else.”

“I’m not saying it was aliens…but it was aliens.” See, you don’t get to say that you’re not saying what you’re just about to say. That ranks up there with “I’m not a racist, but…” and “I don’t mean to be rude.” Disclaimers of this type are worthless when you go on to contradict that disclaimer in the very next sentence. Yes you are saying that it happened because he was gay. And you’re saying that because you’re a fucking bigot.

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  • karmacat

    There is an investigation now about whether or not a rock was thrown at the train. Perhaps it was Sandy Rios “stoning” a gay man. Not that I’m saying it was her, but inquiring minds want to know where she was at the time of the accident….

  • Michael Heath

    Sandy Rios’ argument is the equivalent of speculating that a conservative Christian engineer who crashed a train did so for religious reasons.

    We could empirically measure the number of casualties due to being gay vs. being devoutly religious. I wonder how those results would turn-out?

    If there was an enormous difference for a particular job, would Sandy Rios argue we should prohibit the group with the most offenses from having that job?

    I doubt it. Instead perhaps the reasoning here is that Rios is an ignorant hateful bigot, and her religion enabled and even helped develop this sort of defective evil thinking.

  • Ysidro

    “I’m not saying” is what actually moved me away from conservative thought. And it was about not saying gay people caused something else (Hurricane Katrina this time. Because homosexuality equals weather powers.)

    I guess bigots are smart enough to know they SHOULDN’T say something, but do not have enough self control not to say it.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Try to deny it all you want, Ed, but this is the critical piece of the puzzle that others are leaving out simply because they’re terrified of the gaystapo and its supporters. If gay train engineers won’t obey God’s Word, Natural Law and Traditional Boundaries, do you really think they’ll obey speed limits?

  • cptdoom

    There is an investigation now about whether or not a rock was thrown at the train. Perhaps it was Sandy Rios “stoning” a gay man.

    No, no. You see some disgruntled youths were throwing rocks at trains because they were raised without a moral compass due to the acceptance if homosexuality in our society.

  • John Pieret

    Now I am not saying

    Lie.

    I don’t know

    Truth … about pretty much everything!

  • caseloweraz

    RIOS: I’m not inferring that this accident happened because he was gay, but I do think it’s an interesting part of the story and you can bet it would be edited out so,” Rios said. FTFY

    Reminds me of that explosion aboard the USS Iowa.

  • marcus

    cptdoom @ 5

    No, no. You see some disgruntled youths were throwing rocks at trains because they were raised without a moral compass due to the acceptance if homosexuality in our society.

    You’re suspiciously good at this.

  • dingojack

    caseloweraz – ‘Remember the Maine!’

    (Now I’m not saying the Maine’s engineer was gay, or that his gayness (or not) had anything to do with the Cubans blowing the Maine up* – but I’m just saying – that engineer was in the navy…)

    @@ Dingo

    —————-

    * First the Maine, then Obama ‘normalises relations with Cuba and Raul Castro visits that commie-pinko-Pope — then this crash!!!

    Coincidence? You decide

    (I’m too busy just asking questions)

  • Al Dente

    dingojack @9

    The sexual orientation of the Maine’s engineer is a moot point. Since the Maine probably had a magazine explosion, the orientation of the Maine’s gunnery officer becomes crucial to the argument.

  • brinderwalt

    Perhaps I’m being uncharitable, but I don’t think she’s saying it was because he was gay. Read this again:

     

    She then suggested that the engineer could have possibly been “going through some confusion that has to do with the very core of who they are”

     

    So the train didn’t crash because he was gay. The train crashed because homophobic bigots like Sandy Rios made him uncomfortable with being gay. Rios is trying to warn us that homophobic bigots cause train crashes. It’s a cry for help, people!

  • dingojack

    Al Dente – Really? Ya think?!? [/sarcasm]

    @@

    Dingo

  • dingojack

    I wonder if Rios ‘just asks questions’ about the sexuality of the train driver? Or the controllers, or the line managers, or ….

    Why is the sexuality of the engineer so crucial to the accident?*

    Dingo

    ———

    * It wouldn’t be that he’s known to be gay, would it Sandy?

    He caused the crash ’cause he’s gay, and because he was gay the crash was caused. Nope, not a trace of post hoc ergo propter hoc there! @@

  • colnago80

    Re dingojack @ #13

    I believe that the engineer was the train driver.

  • NYC atheist

    In the US the person operating the train engine is called the engineer. There is no position called ‘driver’ because you don’t drive a train, you run it.

  • dingojack

    Really? Hmpf. You Americans are weird. Pretty much everywhere else (that I’ve heard of) has trains that are driven, by a driver.

    Dingo

  • NYC atheist

    I’ve heard that, but I’ve never been father from home than Canada and Mexico.

    And yes. Yes we are.

  • dingojack

    In that case, ignore my comment about the Engineer.

    Dingo

  • davek23

    Well, I hate to agree with a semi-literate bigot like Rios, but what he says is in fact the truth:

    I’m not inferring that this accident happened because he was gay

    See? That’s completely true. He genuinely wasn’t inferring that the accident happened because the engineer was gay.

     

    He was _implying_ it.

  • dingojack

    Well both actually. She inferred it from the few facts she cherry=picked, then implied to her listeners.

    Dingo

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    It’s a good thing no hetero has ever wrecked a train.

  • dingojack

    You mean to tell me that — Casey Jones was a homo*?

    😉 Dingo

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    * ‘A trip to the Promised Land’, eh Casey? I bet!