Director Kirby Dick and activist/journalist Michael Rogers appeared on "The View" today to discuss the documentary Outrage, about closeted gay politicians who vote against pro-LGBT issues.

Rogers–who has a 100% accuracy rate with his political gay-dar and inside sources–outted Larry Craig nine months before he tapped his toe in the Minneapolis airport men’s room. He explains the why of outting politicans:

The basis of this country is that the people who make the laws have to live under them…[I]n the case of Larry Craig, he voted consistently to discharge lesbian and gay members from the military. If he can do that as a veteran of the military, that’s not living under the laws you want to legislate. That’s called tyranny [applause] where the people who set the rules don’t have to follow them. That’s just unacceptable. The film shows the difference. It shows the exact cases of how are people being hypocrites.

Director Kirby Dick says goal of the film is expose hypocrisy, and Joy Behar called it a very good film. Elisabeth Hasselbeck thinks

In some ways, it is a form of bullying people to have them match their personal lives with what they think is best for the country and I think that is going down a dangerous path. We would have a very different legal system if that were the case across the board.

But if lawmakers are hypocrites they should be busted for it. As Kirby Dick points out,

closeted politicians…vote anti-gay and in the process harm the lives of millions of American gay and lesbian citizens

along with impacting the lives of LGBTQ allies who watch as their fellow citizens, their friends and family members, face discrimination and hate.

Hasselbeck is completely confused and/or off-base. Politicans are lawmakers, and should live under the laws they  make. And are polticians bullied when many, many of them vote the way their religions tell them to and campaign on their faiths’ values? What if they "stray" from those personal religious values when voting on policy that is for the good of the nation–will their churches lambaste them?

One’s religion, or lack thereof, is definitely an aspect of one’s personal life, and there are certainly a vast number of politicians who want to make their personal, fundamentalist religious views part of our country’s laws and enforce their rigid belief system on the rest of us who don’t share their theocratic dream. We have separation of Church and State and imposing laws based on (one faulty translation of) the Bible is, to quote Hasselbeck,

 going down a dangerous path

Though I don’t think that’s quite what she had in mind when she was trying to make her point…

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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