Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Moron of the Day Award

Goes to Rhea County, Tennessee:

Rhea County commissioners unanimously voted to ask state lawmakers to introduce legislation amending Tennessee’s criminal code so the county can charge homosexuals with crimes against nature.

“We need to keep them out of here,” said Commissioner J.C. Fugate, who introduced the motion.

County Attorney Gary Fritts also was asked by Fugate to find the best way to enact a local law banning homosexuals from living in Rhea County.

And irony of ironies, these same people celebrate the trial that made a laughingstock of them:

Rhea County, about 30 miles north of Chattanooga, is among the most conservative in Tennessee. It holds an annual festival commemorating the 1925 trial that convicted John T. Scopes on charges of teaching evolution…

Brilliant. Perhaps they should pass a law preventing sub-literate bigots from living in that county. Or at the very least, prevent them from being elected to public office, for crying out loud.


  1. #1 Bill Ware
    March 19, 2004

    The vote was recinded in a hastily called meeting after an outpouring of outrage by Rhea County citizens.

  2. #2 Ed Brayton
    March 19, 2004

    Well I guess that’s something. But your county commission voted unanimously to try to ban homosexuals from the county. How about a resolution throwing JC Fugate out of Rhea County? That would hopefully raise the average IQ there.

  3. #3 Bill Ware
    March 19, 2004

    Other commissioners thought they were voting to ban gay marriage. At least that’s what they said later.

  4. #4 Flatlander100
    March 19, 2004

    On Mr. Ware’s post:
    Let me see if I have this right. The county commisioners’ defense is that they didn’t know what it was they were voting on when they voted on it. And this, they think, the public will find reassuring? Good lord…..

  5. #5 Bill Ware
    March 20, 2004

    It’s a lame excuse, I know, but someone forgot to bring along the Twinkies.

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