Religious Right: We're Concerned About Gay TSA Agents
November 16, 2010 11:00 AM (PT) Topics: Workplace DiscriminationIf there's any government institution in the doghouse this week, it's got to be the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which is getting all sorts of flak for new screening procedures at airports that many passengers say are nothing short of "virtual foreplay" or "sexual assault." Passenger outrage at the new TSA screenings have even launched a new line of T-shirts with the words "You touch my junk and I'll have you arrested" plastered on the front.
But if you ask Peter LaBarbera with the radical religious right group Americans For Truth About (AFTAH), it's not new TSA screening procedures that should have passengers upset. It's the fact that some TSA agents might be gay or lesbian that should have passengers clamoring for refunds on their plane tickets.
LaBarbera, who has dedicated his career to trying to cure homosexuality, said that the TSA should do all that it can to filter out gays and lesbians from positions with the TSA. Sure, that's discrimination. But for LaBarbera, it's all for national security reasons.
"The reality is, most traveling men would not want Barney Frank to pat them down at the airport security checkpoint," LaBarbera said. "Neither would it be fair to assign Ellen DeGeneres to pat down female travelers."
Huh...all of a sudden I'm thinking of a new reality television show, Celebrity TSA Agents. After all, Bristol Palin will need something to do after Dancing With the Stars ends...
LaBarbera goes on to say that the TSA, by letting gay or lesbian TSA agents search people of the same gender, is fostering discrimination. You know, against all those religious people who are forced by the TSA to undergo pat downs from the homosexuals.
"To allow homosexual agents to conduct same-gender pat-downs is tantamount to a new form of discrimination that must be recognized and prevented," LaBarbera ended.
Well, you know how it is with these fringe groups. If it's not yoga that will lead to the destruction of the world, it's gay TSA agents.
Meanwhile, if you actually have a legitimate beef with the new TSA screening procedures, feel free to send the TSA some choice words, letting them know that just because a passenger buys an airline ticket, doesn't mean that they give up their rights to privacy.