It’s always a wonder to me how, even though becoming a college professor is predicated upon getting an education, occasionally an anti-gay wingnut squeaks by. A professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is in trouble for sending an anti-gay e-mail to a student, because he’s not only an anti-gay wingnut, he also apparently is lacking in the social skills and judgment departments, as well:
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire plans to take administrative action against a professor who sent an antigay e-mail imploring a student not to host a campus gay and lesbian film festival.
According to the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Tom Hilton, the chairman of the university’s information systems department, sent the e-mail to senior Crystal Kazik in late September urging her to reconsider the Eau Queer Film Festival, which she helped organize.
“I decry attempts to legitimize [homosexuals'] addictions and compulsions. These, our fellow humans, deserve our best efforts to help them recover their lives. We only hurt them further when we choose to pretend that these walking wounded are OK the way they are, that their present injuries are the best they can hope for in life,” he said in the e-mail, which he also sent to a women’s studies department staff member.
One would think that, on a college campus, this guy might have been exposed to the fact that his mythology about gay people being “walking wounded” would have been debunked by now by the harsh light of reality, but never underestimate the self-delusion of the American Wingnut specimen. They will tell themselves anything to protect themselves from having to confront the stark differences between their worldview and the grown-up, three dimensional world.
Sidenote: Can we discuss the fact that all male anti-gay wingnuts look strikingly similar to each other? They all have this look of blissful ignorance iced with abject fear. It’s weird.