David Barton must wake up every morning having the DTs from withdrawal, having gone a whole eight hours without telling a lie as he slept. Frantic to get his fix and feed his addiction to dishonesty, he immediately begins plotting that day’s radio shows. What shall I lie about today, he wonders. I know, I’ll make a whole bunch of shit up about how the military is now allowing pedophiles to serve openly because that’s a sexual orientation!
Absurdly stating that the government now recognizes and protects 82 different “gender identities,” including pedophilia and bestiality, Barton claimed that child molesters are now free to openly serve in the military.
“There’s 82 official gender identities now and they all have equal status and protection here,” Barton said, “so we’re talking pedophiles. If you’re a military member and you have an inclination for young children, you can’t be kicked out of the military for that anymore because that is your gender identity. If you are into having sex with animals, bestiality, that is one of the 82 gender identities, you cannot be kicked out for your lack of judgment and your very perverse taste on that.”
He’s not the first one to tell this lie, it’s been circulating around the right wing fever swamps ever since the lifting of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The argument goes like this:1. The military says they won’t discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation anymore.
2. I found a list that has nothing to do with the military that purports to include every possible sexual orientation, and that list includes pedophilia.
3. Therefore the military will now protect pedophiles and allow them to serve.
I highly doubt that Barton is unaware that he’s full of shit on this, I just don’t think he cares. He has a narrative to sell and this lie makes that narrative more convincing. And he knows damn well that everyone who listens to him and believes him has been thoroughly immunized against all criticisms against him. No matter how blatant the lie, no matter how accurate the criticism, he knows that all he has to do is claim that his critics are godless atheists and his followers will put just filter out all the evidence of his lies.
He’s not stupid. He must be able to recognize that even if some psychologists might consider pedophilia a sexual orientation, that does not mean that the government is going to suddenly stop arresting people for raping children. It doesn’t matter one bit whether pedophilia is innate or learned (or both), we are not going to allow them to destroy lives and harm others who are not capable of consent. But again, he doesn’t care. Lying for Jesus totally doesn’t count as a lie.