If you thought that the leaders of the right-wing were nuts, wait until you hear their followers.
During the Family Research Council’s Washington Watch radio program, host Craig James took a call from a listener who identified himself as “Tom.” Now, the FRC is vehemently anti-gay and suffers from acute Sharia-envy; they’re the type of organization whose followers will not reflect the epitome of tolerance — or stability, for that matter.
And caller “Tom” did not disappoint.
See, living in “Tom’s” world means that the Pentagon has been secretly using “gay bombs” on America, leading to a rise in the number of openly gay people in the country. And he knows this is true, because Google says so.
And it’s not just Google, either: Wikipedia has an article on the so-called “halitosis” bomb. Named so because I know the first thing I think of when someone mentions sex is bad breath. You can read the introduction here:
The “halitosis bomb” and “gay bomb” are informal names for two theoretical non-lethal chemical weapons that a United States Air Force research laboratory speculated about producing; the theories involve discharging female sex pheromones over enemy forces in order to make them sexually attracted to each other.
In 1994 the Wright Laboratory in Ohio, a predecessor to today’s United States Air Force Research Laboratory, produced a three-page proposal on a variety of possible nonlethal chemical weapons, which was later obtained by the Sunshine Project through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Fine Internet folk: Your tax dollars, at work. For their efforts, Wright Laboratory won the 2007 Ig Nobel Prize.
I wonder how women soldiers were expected to react to those “female sex pheromones.” I wonder if Wright Labs even asked that question.
“Tom” asked host Craig James if “some of those techniques” were used on America: “My question is, and I wonder, did some of those techniques get used on the American people? Just a thought.”
To his credit, James noted that the question “sounds kind of out in left field.” Sadly, rather than purse this craziness further, he instead retreated into typical right-wing talking points:
I think we’ve moved away from God’s word and the Bible. Bottom line. We’re talking about co-habitation, we’re talking about homosexuality. My goal in life is when I meet my maker, he says ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.’
I try to honor the Lord. And I believe this country was founded on those principles and men and women raising kids in a home as best they could. There was the Bible as the backbone. And I don’t know about any spray or anything else taking place, other than people getting away from the word of God.
That’s a canned response: Heard it a thousand times before, and we’ll probably hear it a million times more.
The “halitosis bomb” was original, though; I’ll give “Tom” props for that.
You can listen to the recording below:
[h/t and cover picture RS]