Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Georgia Gargoyle

Bobby Franklin is a tad conservative the way Bill Gates is a tad well off.

The Republican state representative from Georgia has authored bills that define abortion as murder, require state transactions be conducted in gold or silver, and abolish driver's licenses.

Franklin believes that Christianity is the only correct religion, and that America has adopted all 10 planks of "The Communist Manifesto."

The word "wingnut" was invented for him.

On the subject of allowing gays in the military, Franklin told The Marietta Daily Journal that the Bible says homosexuality is "a capital offense."

"You want someone with unrepentant criminal behavior? And it's not just that, neither should adulterers, neither should thieves, neither should a lot of things. The church is full of sinners, but we're told in 1st Corinthians it rattled off the homosexual, the adulterer, the thief, the liar, and such were some of you, but you've been washed, you've been justified and so forth. It's not what you were. You're not punishing a thought. But do you want an unrepentant drug dealer in the military? Same thing."

The only thing that's clear in that muddle is Franklin equated gays with drug dealers. I confess, I have been known to hand out aspirin.

The issue here is not gays or dealers in the service. The pressing question is why Cobb County voters have sent Franklin to represent them since 1996. If he truly reflects their values, I need aspirin.