Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A cynical grifter begs the question: Is it the bigotry or stupidity that is most obnoxious?

Eugene Delgaudio, a former member of the Loudoun County, Virginia Board of Supervisors, is an odious anti-LGBT grifter and cynic.
via YouTube
Monday, hate group leader Eugene Delgaudio Public Advocate of the U.S. issued a press release titled: Supreme Court Responds to Christian Plea for Relief from Anti-Christian Attacks. The same matter bears a different headline on the organization's website: Supreme Court Responds To Our 2 Appeals For Relief from Transgender Harrassment [sic]. Neither headline is factually accurate.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear these two cases (and one other) because of diversity among the circuits. Several federal appeals courts have ruled that LGBT discrimination is sexual discrimination prohibited by Title VII. Others disagree. Delgaudio and his organization are irrelevant in these matters.

Communications from Eugene Delgaudio are unhinged, hyperbolic and mendacious. In spite of the irrationality of his appeals and their factual depravity, his organization took in $1.6 million in 2017. Donations to the org are not tax deductible. Delgaudio grabbed about 10% of the gross as an independent contractor (receiving no salary).
I will get back to the press release but first let's look at finances a bit further.
The organization claims to have expended $469,301 on postage. If that is accurate and if they are getting the lowest nonprofit bulk rate they are paying about $.18 per piece (there are numerous unknown variables). That would mean that they are mailing out over 2.5 million pieces per year.

Delgaudio paid out about $530,000 to two tiny companies — a printer and a software firm. Neither company has a website. The software company, by the way, also appears to be a gun rights organization. Delgaudio also claimed $229,547 in internet expense. Seriously?

I cannot know for sure but I suspect that the sanctimonious Christian has a benefit far exceeding the management fee that he received in the amount of $167,433. The numbers do not make sense. I will leave it at that. I doubt that I can trigger an audit but I can try. He has been skirting federal law for years. He has a track record of apparent dishonesty.
The press release
Anything from Delgaudio is an exercise in sophistry.
Public Advocate heartily thanks the U.S. Supreme Court for taking up the issue of the wrongful expansion of Title VII rights via the reinterpretation of "discrimination on the basis of sex" to include sexual activity.
The presumptive protected class has nothing to do with “sexual activity.” It might shock the schmuck but LGBT people do exist and they are not LGBT by virtue of their behavior. This is a well understood concept.
This clause in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 was clearly intended to prevent discrimination on the basis of biological sex or gender -- i.e. being a Man or a Woman.

It was never intended to address sexual behavior -- such as homosexuality, pedophilia, bestiality. Nor was it intended to address the practice of pretending to change one's gender/sex -- i.e. transsexuality/transgenderism.
That is incorrect and irrelevant. Title VII is included in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The 1965 measure pertains to voting rights. Title VII has since addressed issues such as sexual harassment and gender stereotyping; issues that were never apparent 55 years ago. As Justice Scalia explained, writing for the majority in Oncale v. Sundowner, a sexual harassment matter:
…statutory prohibitions often go beyond the principal evil to cover reasonably comparable evils, and it is ultimately the provisions of our laws rather than the principal concerns of our legislators by which we are governed.
That is not to say that the Court might not reach a different conclusion but, as of today, the precedence is that the original intent of the bill is less relevant than the odiousness of discrimination.

Lumping together sexual orientation with pedophilia and bestiality is typical of this particularly unhinged bigot. Delgaudio makes these hyperbolic statements in order for people to send in money. The rhetoric is moronic on its face and begs the question of the intellect and education of the people who respond positively.

Transgender people do not “pretend to change [their] gender/sex.” Not that it matters to this idiot but sex remains the same. To relieve the symptoms of gender dysphoria, transgender people affirm their gender which is a separate construct. Were that not the case there would be no such thing as gender incongruity. Ergo, there would be no transgender people. This is clearly understood in the medical literature. Delgaudio doesn't care. He is appealing to the lowest common denominator.
The Homosexual Lobby and their allies have pushed a false narrative across the country that all such perverse behavior is already enshrined in the Civil Rights Act due to the flexible grammatical nature of the word "sex."
Mr. Delgaudio would do well to read that passage from Justice Scalia (above). I am assuming a level of literacy that might not exist. As a matter of just common sense this has nothing to do with behavior. Delgaudio knows what appeals to the idiots who send him money.
ON THE MATTER OF HARRIS FUNERAL HOMES

In Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC, the funeral home is fighting for their right to terminate the employment of employees who choose to identify and present themselves at work as the wrong gender.

Furthermore, the owner of the business is a strong Christian whose faith holds that "transgenderism" is immoral -- he believes that endorsing such behavior in his business would be a violation of his faith.
Actually, it is the right gender but Delgaudio is incapable of understanding the concept. Moreover, gender identity is not a choice and being transgender is the only means of mitigating the distress caused by the incongruity. The second paragraph expresses the usual BS that service or employment constitutes approval.

In this case employment constitutes an agreement by someone to provide certain services under the direction of the employer and to receive an understood rate of compensation for those services. If the employer believes that being transgender is immoral then he should not be transgender. It is no different than if an orthodox Jewish employer fired a Christian employee for noncompliance with Jewish law unrelated to workplace performance.
Clearly the First Amendment protects the right of Christian business owners to employ workers whom they feel morally comfortable with. Furthermore, "transgender" is clearly not a protected category under Title VII and thus this law cannot be used to punish Harris Funeral.
The First Amendment protects belief and worship. In no way does it apply to employment practices. Obviously, what Delgaudio claims is “clearly” inapplicable is not appreciated as such by jurists of considerable standing.
ON THE MATTER OF ALTITUDE EXPRESS v. ZARDA

In Altitude Express v. Zarda, a terminated employee sought revenge on his employer by claiming he was only fired over his homosexual behavior. Regardless of whether this is true or not, Title VII, rightfully understood, in no way protects the practitioners of homosexuality from being terminated from work over such practices.
No behavior was at issue. Zarda, a skydiving instructor, was terminated for being gay. We can reasonably assume that at no time did he have gay sex on the way down. Revenge does not apply. The issue is apt compensation in the same manner as someone being fired because of race or religion. Zarda is dead from a skydiving accident. His estate is litigating the matter.
Delgaudio concluded: Public Advocate of the United States filed an Amicus brief in support of Harris Funeral Homes and in support of Altitude Express. In fact, ours was the only brief filed in defense of Altitude Express.
Oy the grammar. I am certain that the briefs were very compelling. I have no idea how the Court will come down on these cases. Kennedy having been replaced by Kavanaugh creates considerable anxiety for me. We will have some clues after oral arguments about a year from now.

As for Eugene Delgaudio, he is just a greedy cynic and grifter. At this point he probably believes his own bullshit but his appeals are to people who don't know what they don't know. It is not just because they are religious conservatives. It is the lack of critical thinking and curiosity that makes them prey for this kind of con artist. The only reason that Delgaudio survived a criminal grand jury over his fundraising was that they were time barred by the statute of limitations.

It is easy for Delgaudio to write this crap. He doesn't have to check facts or even run it through a spell checker. It is mostly repugnant boilerplate. Furthermore, he doesn't have to worry that his audience will question his honesty. He has seemingly gotten away with deceit and duplicity for many years.

In the final analysis Eugene Delgaudio has no respect for the intelligence of his audience.

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