Just last week, we brought to you a tale of macabre courtesy of Colorado state representative (and former military chaplain) Gordon Klingenschmitt, who terrorized the world with his giddily gruesome views that gay Boy Scouts leaders will be “hung around his neck… drowned in the depths of the sea.”
“If your boy is in one of these organizations,” he urged, “you need to get him out of there. Because what they’re going to do is promote homosexual men to mentoring and camping with your boys in the woods. And it will lead to child abuse… The children are in danger. It’s not about the sexual pleasure of the adults.”
Which is why it’s deeply perplexing, if not deeply surprising, that Right Wing Watch has now revealed Klingenschmitt recently featured a certain David Dorty on his video ministry Pray In Jesus’ Name News on July 16; an El Paso politician who has been twice convicted of sexual child abuse, once by a person in a position of trust.
It seems the difference is that Dorty and his posse assure that he’s been “reformed” with a little help from his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Klingenschmitt, who called Dorty a “new friend” during the segment, is now beginning to backtrack as this story makes the rounds. The Gazette reports that he’s now insisting he wasn’t aware of Dorty’s prior convictions at all.
“Last month we met Mr. Dorty for the first time at the Western Conservative Summit and interviewed him on our show,” he told the paper, “but of course he did not tell us about his past.” He said if provided with evidence of Dorty’s convictions — which put the man behind bars for nearly 14 years — he’ll remove the segment from his news archives.
Well, since Klingenschmitt clearly doesn’t know the subtle nuances of navigating Google, we’ve done a bit of legwork for him and tracked down Dorty’s Registered Sex Offender page.
“What it says to me is that Klingenschmitt’s hypocrisy knows no bounds,” said Amy Runyon-Harms, executive director of Progress New Colorado. “And I also find it stunning that the Republican leadership within his party hasn’t yet reprimanded him.”