Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Anti-Gay Bigots Writing the 2016 GOP Platform

If one wants to encounter some of the most extreme homophobes and religious extremists in America, look no farther than the GOP platform committee where individuals like Tony Perkins, head of the hate group Family Research Council, are busy drafting the most anti-LGBT platform in the Republican Party's history.   Also on the committee is discredited crackpot "historian" David Barton whose mythical version of American history utterly ignores the Founders' desire for a secular civil government.  The drafters as a group are so extreme that its akin to having the Spanish Inquisition draft policies toward the Moors that once ruled a significant portion of Spain.    The Daily Beast offers a glimpse of some of these frightening lunatics.  Here are highlights:
The committee writing the [GOP] platform on which he’s [Donald Trump]supposed to run is filled with anti-gay bigots. 
The committee, which is currently meeting in Cleveland, is charged with crafting an overarching document that describes the general principles of the party. Until mid-week, they will be voting on America’s tax policies and the party’s orientation toward LGBT issues—but there are legitimate questions about their previous words and deeds.
 For example, Cynthia Dunbar of Virginia once compared the gay rights movement to efforts “in pre-Holocaust Germany,
as far as propaganda and presentation and swaying the whole mindset of a nation.”
Hardy Billington, of Missouri, took out anad in a local paper saying that homosexuality is killing people at “two to three times the rate of smoking.”
The committee also features members such as Mary Forrester, of North Carolina, who wrote an op-ed in 2008 that alleged that the “homosexual agenda is seeking to change the course of Western Civilization” and that “most societies that condoned homosexual behavior did not survive past one generation.”
And David Barton, a committee member from Texas, believes that God is preventing the medical profession from finding a cure for HIV/AIDS, and claimed that gay people die “decades earlier” than others and have more than 500 partners apiece in their lifetimes.
Barton told The Daily Beast that these statements did not represent his views, and this was “an example of something taken out of context and mischaracterized. I’m an advocate for faith-based conservative values, which include love, grace, and truth, focusing on traditional family values.”
The Daily Beast reached out to all the delegates in this article for comment, but many did not immediately respond.
 And this is just the tip of the iceberg.  As for Tony Perkins, do a search of his name on this blog if you want many examples of his anti-LGBT animus and the never ending lies he tells about us. Plus, he's a racist with white supremacist ties for good measure.  These people sadly are the face of today's Republican Party. 

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