Rep. Walsh Gets ‘Pro-Family’ Award, Despite Owing $100K in Child Support

Right wing nuts approve of deadbeat dad

Today’s story of outstanding right wing cognitive dissonance comes to us from the extreme anti-gay throwback group called the “Family Research Council,” where they’ve given their “True Blue” award for “defending faith, family, and freedom” to Republican Rep. Joe Walsh — who owes more than $100,000 in child support.

“We thank Cong. Walsh who has voted consistently to defend faith, family and freedom,” said FRCA President Tony Perkins. “Cong. Walsh and other ‘True Blue Members’ have voted to repeal Obamacare, de-fund Planned Parenthood, end government funding for abortion within the health care law, uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, and continue support for school choice. I applaud their commitment to uphold the institutions of marriage and family.”

“I am proud and honored to be recognized by the Family Research Council as the only member from Illinois with a 100 percent pro-family voting record,” Walsh said in a news release. “Defending American values have always been one of my top priorities, and this reward reaffirms my dedication to that fight.”

To the bigots of the Family Research Council, it makes perfect sense to lavish praise on a deadbeat dad, because their definition of “family” isn’t what most people think of when they hear the word; they’re talking about a Christian fundamentalist extended family, an explicitly political construct. Anyone who promotes anti-gay, anti-science, and deeply misogynistic views is “pro-family” to the FRC, even if they abuse and turn their backs on their own children.

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