The world is laughing at Texas legislator Bill Zedler, the creationist who wants to protect intelligent design researchers, and whose latest initiative is an attempt to license strippers (see Texas Creationism: More about Bill Zedler).
The press is covering the news, but their coverage seems laden with snickers. For example, at the website of ABC television station KVUE in Austin, Texas we read: Proposed bill would require licenses for Texas strippers, which says:
State Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) said the idea is to try and prevent younger women from getting into the industry in the first place. He said it can serve as gateway to other problems, like drugs and prostitution.
A gateway! Here’s more
“At church, my friend’s daughter was attracted to it by the big money of stripping … this isn’t a single case, it’s a pattern,” said Zedler.
It’s a pattern? Based on one girl at his church? One more excerpt:
A license would have to be displayed the entire time a dancer worked a shift.
Presumably, that will block the gateway. But it’s just too easy to joke about this. Instead, we will suggest something useful for Zedler to do with his spare time — of which he seems to have far too much. How about protecting the people of Texas from a genuine danger?
We’re thinking, of course, about toilet cameras, which (as far as we know) are a favorite tool of creationists. See Creationist Suspected of Bathroom Voyeurism, which discusses the unfortunate case of David McConaghie, who — until very recently — was a high-ranking party official of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (the DUP). He was arrested in connection with the discovery of a toilet camera found in the loo of DUP member David Simpson’s constituency office.
McConaghie was also the media officer for the Caleb Foundation, an ultra-creationist lobbying organization that appears to be the ideological brains behind the Democratic Unionist Party. However, it’s reported that he “has voluntarily stepped down from the Caleb Foundation.”
We don’t know, of course, whether McConaghie is guilty. He might not be convicted. The press has been silent lately, so the resolution of this messy business may never be known. Nevertheless, he’s a creationist, so anything is possible.
Hey, if you’re interested in the guy, you can listen to a couple of his sermons here: Sermons by David McConaghie. You may learn something because of his, ah … unique point of view.
But the issue goes far beyond David McConaghie. You may recall that a couple of years ago we posted Ronda Storms and Naked School Boys, about Rapturous Ronda’s desire to spy on what goes on in boys’ locker rooms. She even inspired us to write Ronda Storms, Voyeurism, & the Garden of Eden.
Our point is that Zedler, if he really wants to do something beneficial, can introduce a bill to outlaw toilet cameras and to provide, shall we say, stiff penalties for such behavior. In our humble opinion, that would be far more beneficial than requiring naked ladies to wear a license.
But what if Zedler refuses to act on our suggestion? We know what we’ll think — that he’s eager to regulate harmless gentlemen’s entertainment, but he refuses to outlaw creationist perversion. You, dear reader, may draw your own conclusions.
So how about it, Zedler? Are you determined to harass strippers, while leaving bathroom voyeurs unrestrained?
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