Idiots Wonder!: “Did The Amtrak Train Crash Because The Engineer Was Gay?”

It’s an American tradition. Any time a horrible disaster occurs, wait five whole minutes and someone will be blaming it on either gay people or women having abortions or women taking birth control or not allowing prayer in school, or something else along those lines that has literally nothing at all to do with said terrible disaster.

Well! As you may have heard, an Amtrak train went off the rails Tuesday, killing at least 7 people and injuring over 200. The engineer, Brandon Bostian, survived with injuries. He also happens to be a gay man.

As a normal human person, surely, your first reaction to this was horror and sadness. It would probably not occur to you that it should matter that the engineer was gay. Because really, that is not a thing for most people. But! If you were a terrible person, like Chuck C. Johnson or the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios, you might think “Yes, it’s sad. But how do I make this work for me and my agenda?”

Let’s start with good ole Chucky, our favorite anthropomorphic pile of human waste, shall we?

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At first, Chuck C. Johnson was absolutely certain that the engineer was going to be a black person, who caused the train to derail because of…blackness. Because Chuck C. Johnson is pretty sure that if you are a black person you can just drive any old train you want without any training. So he spent a bunch of time trying to make plans to “dox” the engineer in order to prove that he or she was black.

Then, when he found out that the engineer was, in fact, a white guy who happened to be gay, Chuckie was totally sure that him being gay had something to do with it. Because, he reasoned, gay people love meth.

He went on about this for quite some time, before turning the topic to how awesome he is and journalisming and how Africa was better when white people were in charge of it.

Then, today, Sandy Rios of the American Family Association suggested that Bostian being gay was somehow a “factor” in the crash.

Via RightWingWatch:

“Now I am not saying, I am not inferring to those of you that are gay rights activists and like to monitor this show, I’m not inferring that this accident happened because he was gay, but I do think it’s an interesting part of the story and you can bet it would be edited out,” Rios said. She then suggested that the engineer could have possibly been “going through some confusion that has to do with the very core of who they are,” and mentioned the story of an airline pilot who “put his entire plane at risk because he had an emotional, angry outburst to something that happened,” which she says was related to hormone therapy he was receiving.

Rios added: “I don’t know, but I think it is something to be discussed and I think it’s a factor and I doubt you will hear it anywhere else.”

No! You probably won’t hear that in too many places! While I’m sure there are a lot of factors that go into a train derailment, I cannot even begin to fathom how one’s sexual preference might be one of them. Does she think he was having anal sex at the time of the crash? Or that he just got way too into lip synching to “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” to pay attention to what was going on? What could that factor possibly be?

In conclusion–I’m just gonna say that these people are both terrible, and totally out of their minds. There are a lot of things I dislike in the world, but I don’t go blaming train derailments on them. Unfortunately, given the climate of this country and the vast amount of people who are clearly right out of their minds, I don’t think Chuckie and Sandy will be alone in their speculations for long.