Sean Cole and Khadeijah Moore
Sean Cole and Khadeijah Moore

The sheer stupidity of this story has smothered my snark-crank. Some things are just so vile and idiotic that they leave no room for sarcasm.

29-year-old Sean Cole of Alabama had a brilliant idea. Concerned that his 11-year-old autistic son might be gay, Cole had his girlfriend, Khadeijah Moore (20 at the time), rape and abuse the child to “straighten him out.” How, as a nation, are we producing ignorant morons of this caliber? A unique form of stupidity is required to believe that a child’s sexual orientation can be changed, let alone by raping him.

Yet perhaps it is not such a stretch. People like quack-doctor Michelle Cretella are actively promoting conversion therapy. So is pseudo-intellectual Ryan T. Anderson. In religious right circles, that dim bulb is considered to be a scholar of some sort. Furthermore, the anti-LGBT venom that spews like vomit from numerous hate groups (while claiming to love LGBT people) is based on the false premise that sexual orientation and gender identity are free choices.

Consider Dr. Scott Yenor, a well regarded professor of political science at Boise State University. In a now widely distributed diatribe, Yenor has essentially claimed that gender dysphoria is part of an agenda being promoted by an army of LGBT activists. In the same treatise, Yenor argues that parents have a right to disallow the transition of children suffering with the condition. That is child abuse and it is being advocated in service to the superstitions of Yenor’s faith.

If religious dogma can make a medical doctor and two people sporting PhDs spectacularly stupid, then should we really be that amazed that Sean Cole thinks that he can sexually assault the homosexuality out of his son? Is it really that far from exorcisms, snake handling and foot washing?

Sean Cole is an Alabaman. How much of Roy Moore’s crap has he listened to? Moore is not required. There is no shortage of LGBT animus in Alabama.

Mr. Cole and Ms. Moore have been held in jail for more than a year. They now face sentences of up to life in prison. It seems unlikely that they will spend some of their time in custody in self-reflection. Chances are that the criminal justice system has produced two more people who will be self-styled victims. Sentencing is scheduled for May 24.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.