Saturday, August 25, 2012

Yet Another Republican Sex Offender


 
Added to a relatively old list of Republican Sex Offenders (http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x1709387), put together long before the Mark Foley, David Vitter or Larry Craig scandals, is the name of hypocritical, anti-gay, moralizing, self-proclaimed Reverend Grant Storms.  The Louisiana Times-Picayune reported on this hypocrit on their website nola.com under the headline:

Rev. Grant Storms, critic of Southern Decadence, convicted of obscenity for public masturbation




"The Rev. Grant Storms, the former "Christian patriot" pastor whose marches against homosexuality at New Orleans' Southern Decadence festival briefly put him in the national spotlight, was convicted of obscenity Wednesday, for exposing himself while masturbating at Lafreniere Park last year.

 "Storms received national media attention in 2003, for his leading his small congregation through the French Quarter during the annual gay festival, Southern Decadence, admonishing homosexuals and calling the city of New Orleans a 'prostitute' for allowing the event that generates tourism dollars. A Bourbon Street merchants association at one point went to court to get a restraining order barring Storms and his followers from using bullhorns. National news media converged on New Orleans in 2003 to cover his protests.

"LaDart also ordered Storms to be evaluated, apparently psychologically. The judge noted that in Storms' confession, he admitted that Feb. 25, 2011, the day he was arrested, was the third time that week that he masturbated in Lafreniere Park.

"In his confession, Storms told Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Sgt. Kevin Balser he had taken a break from his grass cutting business to sip a beer in the park, where he said he became "horny." He said he put his hands into his underwear, but he never exposed himself.

"'Why do you go to the park and do this, as far as masturbating?' Balser asked Storms hours after the arrest.
"'I don't know,' Storms responded. 'I guess a thrill.'
"'So it's a thrill-slash-fantasy for you?' Balser asked.
"'Yes,' Storms said.

"The incident immediately raised speculation that Storms was a pedophile, because he masturbated with children nearby. Assistant District Attorney Seth Shute shot those allegations down outright Wednesday, saying in opening statements that detectives found no evidence of child pornography on his computer or cell phone, and there was 'never a shred of evidence (showing) that Mr. Storms was masturbating to children.'"



Just a coincidence?

The difference between Conservative and Liberal "sex offenders" is vast, with the additional element of irony - the Republican Party claims to be the party of "family values," and identifies itself with sexual mores associated more with the values of the Victorian era than the 21st century.

As stated so often here, the positions of morality and Christian values are merely a smokescreen to attract the intellectually challenged sheeplets to vote Republican.  The true values of the Republican Party are about Money and Power for the exclusive enjoyment of the upper classes.  When the sheeplets discover that it is the Progressive movement that possesses values associated with the Christian beliefs - charity, compassion, and inclusiveness - and that they are being taken for a ride by the Conservative leadership and its propagandists, then the Conservative criminal conspiracy will be no more.

But is it too late?

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"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."

Ralph Waldo Emerson"

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