Sunday, November 06, 2011

Local Republican Connections to Anti-Gay Extremists

Click image to enlarge.

On Thursday I wrote about a nasty flyer that was being circulated by unknown parties attacking Senator Ralph Northam and claiming he was advancing the "Homosexual/Gay lifestyle." The flyer went on to lay out incredibly nasty lies about LGBT individuals. While I'm not aware that the flyer has been directly tracked back to the campaign staff of Northam's challenger, Ben Loyola, there are some disturbing connections that appear to underscore just how anti-gay many within the local Virginia GOP party structure have become. Tidewater Campaign Solutions, a/k/a TCS Consulting ("TCS"), is working for Ben Loyola's campaign. TCS also worked for far right 2nd District Congressman Scott Rigell's campaign. As noted before, Rigell was personally endorsed by Lou Sheldon, the founder of Traditional Values Coalition - a Southern Poverty Law Center registered anti-gay hate group. Even after Sheldon's hate group ties came out, Rigell never disavowed Sheldon's endorsement.

As the above screen shot reveals, TCS also worked for Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition - an organization that promotes an decidedly far right Christian extremist agenda. Interestingly enough, after the anti-Northam flyer became an issue, TCS scrubbed references to Faith and Freedom Coalition from it's website. A mere coincidence that the reference vanished that very day? And is it any surprise that the Faith and Freedom Coalition has endorsed Loyola?

The other interesting "coincidence" is that they anti-gay vitriol in the flyers seems to directly track some of the foul anti-gay propaganda on Traditional Values Coalition's website. Here's a sampling:

Exposed: Homosexual Child Molesters
Date: June 16, 2011
Homosexuals claim that “heterosexuals” molest most children but statistics show that homosexuals molest at far higher rates than do hetero... READ ARTICLE

Exposed: NAMBLA And Homosexual Activism
Date: June 16, 2011
Pedophiles And Homosexual Activists Push For Total Sexual Liberation In August, 2003, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the state of ... READ ARTICLE

Exposed: The Myth That Psychiatry Has Proven That Homosexual Behavior Is Normal
Date: June 16, 2011
In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed homosexuality as a mental disorder from the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders (DSM-II). This decision was a significant vict... READ ARTICLE

You get the drift. Yet miraculously - just like the TCS reference to the Faith and Freedom Coalition - when one clicks on the "Read Article" link,, the reports are no longer available. Yet another coincidence?

A number of local Republicans refuse to open their eyes as to what is happening to a once respectable political party that actually supported the U.S. Constitution and believed in the separation of church and state. As Andrew Sullivan has argued a number of times, the GOP is now a sectarian party. Those who continue to vote for GOP candidates, like it or not, are supporting those who want to subvert freedom of religion. They can cite supposed support for limited government, etc., by they are supporting those who want a Christian theocracy.

No comments: