Last week, we reported that Colorado state representative (and former military chaplain) Gordon Klingenschmitt speculated that gay Boy Scouts leaders would be “hung around his neck… drowned in the depths of the sea.”
“If your boy is in one of these organizations,” he urged, “you need to get him out of there. Because what they’re going to do is promote homosexual men to mentoring and camping with your boys in the woods. And it will lead to child abuse… The children are in danger. It’s not about the sexual pleasure of the adults.”
Now, Right Wing Watch has revealed that Klingenschmitt recently featured a guest named David Dorty on his video ministry Pray In Jesus’ Name News on July 16.
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Dorty is an El Paso politician who’s been twice convicted of sexual child abuse, once by a person in a position of trust.
Klingenschmitt, who called Dorty a “new friend” during the segment, recently told The Gazette that he wasn’t aware of Dorty’s prior convictions at all.
“Last month we met Mr. Dorty for the first time at the Western Conservative Summit and interviewed him on our show,” he told the paper, “but of course he did not tell us about his past.”
He said if provided with evidence of Dorty’s convictions — which put the man behind bars for nearly 14 years — he’ll remove the segment from his news archives.
Dwight David Dorty’s Registered Sex Offender page is available to anyone with an Internet connection.
“What it says to me is that Klingenschmitt’s hypocrisy knows no bounds,” said Amy Runyon-Harms, executive director of Progress New Colorado. “And I also find it stunning that the Republican leadership within his party hasn’t yet reprimanded him.”