Dispatches from the Creation Wars

This is Fucking Insane

I thought about finding some nicer, more eloquent way to say this, but I can’t. Sometimes the most blunt way of saying something is the right way to say it. This is fucking insane. A charity in Branson, Missouri gave a double amputee Iraq war vet a house that was built to be handicapped accessible – and then took the house away because he was arrested for marijuana possession.

In January, just two days after the couple had returned from their honeymoon, the charity took back its gift after learning that Scott West had been arrested on marijuana charges in 2007 and pleaded guilty in December to a felony of possession with intent to distribute. Last week, a judge placed West on five years probation.

West acknowledges that he deserved to be punished. Despite his guilty plea, he insists he never sold marijuana. He believes the charity, Massachusetts-based Homes for Our Troops, overreacted. “It was something to help me,” West said of the donated house. “It wasn’t like a privilege to be taken from me.”

Homes for Our Troops founder John Gonsalves did not respond to several requests for an interview. The nonprofit organization has built more than three dozen homes nationwide since it was established in 2004. It has about two dozen more homes under construction.

A spokeswoman for the charity said it was grateful for West’s service and sacrifice. She described the decision to drop West from the program as the most painful Gonsalves has had to make.

“It hurts him; it haunts him,” spokeswoman Vicki Thomas said.

My heart bleeds for how hurt the guy is. Really it does. If it hurts you so much, then change it. Or maybe have an extra martini or two to salve your hurt feelings while you congratulate yourself on being so much better than someone who smokes pot, you hypocritical, judgmental dickhead.