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Raiding the Closet

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04-Mar-2011 | It seems that the closet isn't just for homosexuals who fear societal and familial disapproval anymore. It's also for hypocritical pedophiles who don't want to lose their soap boxes and megaphones. According to a February 28th article, Grant Storms was taken into custody after two women reported seeing him masturbating in his van looking in the direction of a playground filled with children.

Storms was taken into custody after two women reported seeing him masturbating in his van, which was parked near the childrens carousel and playground.

The first woman told deputies she was taking her children to the playground and parked next to the van at about noon. As she was walking around her own vehicle, she noticed the van windows were down and the occupant was "looking at the playground area that contained children playing...," the report said. The woman noted that he was masturbating and quickly ushered her children out of her car. Storms is reported to still have had his zipper down, and his hands in his pants when police arrived.

While not a pleasant story, there is nothing particularly remarkable about it until you begin to add in the details. You see, Grant Storms is the Reverend Grant Storms, best known perhaps for his bullhorn rants against the sins of homosexuality (often equating it with pedophilia). Storms is well known to many New Orleanians as the Christian fundamentalist who condemns the "sinful" participants at an annual gay pride celebration in New Orleans' French Quarter. He was caught masturbating in the parking lot near the carousel of a park while "looking at the playground area that contained children playing, with his zipper down..." He was arrested on the charge of obscenity.

[FACT: Pedophiles are narcissistic predators who are attracted to children, not gender. Statistically the vast majority of pedophiles are straight white men. See our report debunking the myth: Click here]

According to the article, Storms is also a "self-styled 'Christian patriot'" and host of "The Reformer Radio Show" on WSHO. His rants refer to homosexuals as "satanic" and "demonic."

I bring this story to attention not because it is particularly unique or especially surprising. The news of recent years is littered with the stories of those who condemn the behavior of others as "deviant" while they lurk in the shadows committing acts contradictory to their public protestations.

Here's a mere handful of perpetrators in the shame parade of hypocrites, in no particular order:

  1. Mark Foley, one time chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children who sent suggestive emails to Congressional teenage page boys for a period of over 10 years.

  2. George Alan Rekers, who founded the anti-gay Family Research Council with James Dobson and Amandi Nicholi Jr., was caught returning from a vacation to Europe in April with a young man he'd hired on a popular escorting site, the Miami New Times reports.
  3. Bishop Eddie Long of the mega church Newbirth Missionary Baptist Church in Gainesville Georgia who, true to form, preaches against the sin of homosexuality. His ministry even includes programs to "cure" homosexuals of their affliction and encouragement of his parishioners to support anti-gay legislation. However as reported by The New York Times a law suit filed by one of Long's parishoners, a 20-year-old man named Maurice Robinson, "Defendant Long has a pattern and practice of singling out a select group of young male church members and using his authority as bishop over them to ultimately bring them to a point of engaging in a sexual relationship," and plying them with gifts such as cars and vacations.

  4. Mark Souder whose website declares "The family plays a fundamental role in our society.... I am committed to preserving traditional marriage, the union of one man and one woman... I am committed to fighting the assault on American values" but who couldn't have believed in a marriage with only one woman that much since he had an affair with one of his staffers and subsequently resigned.
  5. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.): Another Anti-Gay, Anti-Woman Republican Busted in Sex Scandal

  6. Indiana State Rep. Phillip Hinkle Email exchanges between Hinkle and Kameryn Gibson show the anti-gay politician offering to pay a young man $80 plus this statement in an email allegedly sent by the lawmaker: “Final for the record, for a really good time, you could get another 50, 60 bucks. That sound good?” There are at least two other anti-gay Republican closet cases in the Indiana legislature and a few Democrats as well. Eventually they’ll also be exposed as the hypocrites they are."

  7. Senator John Ensign: US senator John Ensign on Thursday faced possible criminal prosecution in connection to a sex-and-corruption scandal that led the Republican ex-lawmaker to resign on May 3. Ensign – who is married – has been under fire since it was revealed in late 2009 that he had an affair with Cynthia Hampton, the wife of his close adviser Doug Hampton.
  8. Senator David Vitter (R-La) Vitter has identified himself as a political conservative throughout his political career. His legislative agenda includes positions ranging from pro-life, to pro-gun rights, to abstinence-only education, while legislating against gambling, supporting a Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, and denying federal funding for abortion providers... His hypocrisy includes using the services of the "D.C. Madam." His phone number was found in list of clients, discovered by Larry Flynt.
  9. Dominique Strauss-Kahn the leader of the International Monetary Fund was pulled from an airplane moments before he was to fly to Paris by police in connection with a sexual assault.

  10. Sentator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) Chairman of the Special Committee on Aging, and the ranking member of the Committee on Veterans' Affair. Accused of of cocaine use and sex with male teenage congressional pages. On June 11, 2007, Craig was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on suspicion of lewd conduct. After the conviction came to light, the Idaho Statesman published a story on August 28, 2007, about three other known allegations involving Craig's sexual conduct.

  11. State Sen. Roy Ashburn (R-Calif.) was pulled over and arrested for drunk driving. Ashburn -- a fierce opponent of gay rights -- was driving drunk after leaving a gay nightclub; when the officer stopped the state-issued vehicle, there was an unidentified man in the passenger seat of the car.
  12. Robert A. McKee, a former Maryland House Delegate, former chaplain, and former Little League president, who sponsored a host of “child protection” bills, was sentenced to 37 months in prison today, after pleading guilty in September to child-porn charges.
  13. B. Brian Blair — who spoke out publicly in favor of Florida’s anti-gay Amendment 2, and against The Day of Silence — was busted for child abuse after allegedly punching out his sons, ages 17 and 12

  14. Greg Nies Republican; Lititz, Pennsylvania, Borough Council member (1994-2001); two-time loser for mayor; mayoral candidate, 2009; husband, father; youth group leader, Lititz United Methodist Church; Santa Claus “at Lititz Springs Park during the Christmas season”… caught after a nearly two-year sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl entrusted to his care?

  15. Mike Duvall, Rabidly Anti-Gay "Family Values" Republican Caught With Pants Down. Duvall is a rabid homophobe, who, among other things, received a perfect rating from the Capitol Resource Institute

  16. Bradley Gellert: Good Christian Man Chokes Crap Out of Wife While Wearing "I Heart My Marriage" T-Shirt [as seen in mug shot]

  17. Officer Richard Fiorito, an anti-gay Chicago cop, has 21 federal suits filed against him, with 10-20 more expected within weeks. Fiorito continues to work as an officer, make arrests and testify under oath. He said that if he's called to testify in these cases, he will assert his 5th Amendment rights.

  18. Rep. Eric Massa (N.Y.), A retired Naval commander and former freshman House member, Massa was forced to resign in disgrace in March 2010 after allegations that he groped multiple male staffers who worked in his House office.

  19. Ralph Reed (R) erved as president of the Georgia Republican Party since 2001. Reed was Executive Director of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC) 1983-1985, founded Students for America in 1984, and was Executive Director of the Christian Coalition 1989-1997. The former whiz kid of the Christian Coalition couldn't rally his base under the shadow of Jack Abramoff.
  20. Newt Gingrich (R) was a neoconservative politician who is best known as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. As a co-author of the notorious 1994 Contract With America, Gingrich was in the forefront of the Republican Party's success in the 1994 Congressional elections, and was subsequently elected Speaker. During Gingrich's term as Speaker, eighty-four ethics charges were filed against him.
  21. Tim Phillips (R) has links to Abramoff that go back to the 1980s. So do many, many Republicans in office and in the think tanks, front groups, lobby shops and back rooms of Washington. When this scandal broke over five years ago it threatened the entire structure of money trading, influence peddling and corruption that had taken over the Legislative process. Credible reports had 60 Members of Congress and the Senate with exposure to the scandal—and many, many more staffers. The scandal also threatened to expose the Right-wing influence machine. Ralph Reed, Grover Norquist, The Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, The Washington Times and more elements of the Conservative power structure faced real trouble
  22. Pastor Grant E. Storms, who achieved his notoriety by ranting against gays, as he voyeuristically stalked men with his video-camera hoping to catch them making love in the bushes. Why is it no surprise then that Rev. Grant E. Storms was arrested, on February 28th. 2011, for "Indecent Exposure" and "Publicly Masturbating While Watching Children" innocently enjoying their public playground.

  23. And dozens more ...

Heterosexism is a system of attitudes, bias, and presumption that everyone is heterosexual or that opposite-sex attractions and relationships are the only norm and therefore superior.

Homophobia is a range of negative attitudes and feelings towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and in some cases transgender and intersex people (or people who are perceived to be). Characteristics of homophobia include antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, and irrational fear

Pedophiles are narcissistic predators who are attracted to children, not gender. Statistically nearly all pedophiles are straight white men, and often married.

Bigot, a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group with hatred and intolerance

For all their public alarmism against "deviant" behavior (i.e. two people who happen to be of the same gender marrying and creating a loving family), these hypocrites are the ones who end up getting busted engaged in behavior that is in fact deviant and often criminal (i.e. fetishistic sexual acts, coercion of the under-aged, use of illicit drugs, forsaking of marriage vows etc.).

Perhaps this crowing over the downfalls, or "errors in judgment" as these men would have it, wouldn't be as necessary if they would accept that regulating people's private lives, for example who they can love and marry, who they can dance and celebrate with, is none of their business. Why is it that people like Pastor Storms who stray so far from the very real strength that faith and patriotism can hold are the people who stretch it so thin in an effort to hide what they are really up to? Of course it's going to rip down the center exposing him for the fool, and, as it turns out, criminal that he most likely is.

I sincerely hope something is done to keep 'Mr. Happypants' far, far away from small children. However, equally as important, I hope something will be done to keep him away from the bully pulpit, microphone, and bullhorn as well.

[FACT: Pedophiles are narcissistic predators who are attracted to children, not gender. Statistically the vast majority of pedophiles are straight white men. See our report debunking the myth: Click here]

Source, plus citations added by the We Are Traverse City Research Group


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