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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