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If you live in IL-13, please vote for her in November!! 

H/T: Anna Brand at

TN-04 GOP Primary winner may not be decided for days. Recount is certain, and possibly could change who the winner is.

Fox News contributor Erick Erickson endorsed a congressional candidate’s assertion that “the homosexual movement” is “destroying America.” 

On July 22, Georgia Republican Jody Hice won the Republican primary to succeed Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) in the state’s 10th congressional district. In the wake of Hice’s victory, BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kacynski highlighted 11 examples of Hice’s history of inflammatory commentary on LGBT issues.

Erickson, who has endorsed Hice, responded to Kaczynski’s post by tweeting that “most every conservatives [sic]” would agree with items “1, 5, 9, and maybe 10”:

The passages Erickson endorsed included Hice’s claim that “the homosexual movement is … destroying America by aggressively seeking to destroy traditional families, religion, and marriages for the purpose of removing all societal moral boundaries”:

The item Erickson thought most conservatives would “maybe” agree with concerned Hice’s suggestion that gay people can change their sexual orientation:

Erickson himself has made clear that he endorses harmful and discredited efforts to change gay people’s identities, having written on June 20 that gay people must “overcome” the “struggle” of homosexuality.

At Fox, Erickson stands out as one of the network’s most rabidly anti-LGBT commentators. He has previously written that gay people are on the “road to hell” and warned businesses that serve gay couples that they are “aiding and abetting” sin.

Moreover, Erickson is a prominent supporter of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a right-wing legal group working internationally to help criminalize homosexuality.

H/T: Luke Brinker at Equality Matters


This is Jody Hice

This is Jody Hice
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On Tuesday, Jody Hice, a pastor and talk radio host, secured a win in a Republican primary to replace Rep. Paul Broun, who is retiring after a failed bid for Senate in Georgia.

The win by Hice all but guarantees he will be the next congressman from Georgia’s 10th District, which overwhelming voted for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in 2012.

Hice is popular with some of the grassroots Republican kingmakers, such as conservative Redstate contributor and Fox News co-founder Erick Erickson who tweeted Tuesday night, “JODY HICE WINS!!!! AWESOME.”

But Hice also represents a anti-gay viewpoint based on pseudo-science and outdated myths about gay Americans. The view is very present in his 2012 book, It’s Now or Never: A Call to Reclaim America.

At Mother Jones, Tim Murphy has already pointed out some of the more provocative passages.

In one section of his book, Hice extensively quotes a 1987 column by gay writer Michael Swift, which suggests gay people want to sodomize children.

The column is satirical.

1. Take for instance this passage from his book claiming “the homosexual movement is also destroying America by aggressively seeking to destroy traditional families, religion and marriages for the purpose of removing all societal moral boundaries.”

Take for instance this passage from his book claiming "the homosexual movement is also destroying America by aggressively seeking to destroy traditional families, religion and marriages for the purpose of removing all societal moral boundaries."
Jody Hice Book

2. In the subsequent paragraph, Hice says gay Americans will die sooner than straight Americans and have higher suicide rates as a result of their sexual orientation.

In the subsequent paragraph, Hice says gay Americans will die sooner than straight Americans and have higher suicide rates as a result of their sexual orientation.
Jody Hice Book

3. Later, Hice dismisses the seriousness of gay bullying:

Later, Hice dismisses the seriousness of gay bullying:
Jody Hice

4. Hice is also quick to claim children are being recruited to be gay and indoctrinated “under the buzzword, ‘tolerance.’”

Hice is also quick to claim children are being recruited to be gay and indoctrinated "under the buzzword, 'tolerance.'"
Jody Hice Book

5. Hice claims “the homosexual movement wants to eliminate free speech.”

Hice claims "the homosexual movement wants to eliminate free speech."
Jody Hice Book

6. Drawing on the essay from Michael Swift that Hice doesn’t realize is satirical, he claims there is an “overall agenda of militant homosexuality.”

Drawing on the essay from Michael Swift that Hice doesn't realize is satirical, he claims there is an "overall agenda of militant homosexuality."
Jody Hice

7. Hice has said being gay is equivalent to drug addiction and alcoholism.

In a November 2013 segment on his radio program, Hice reacted to the banning of gay conversion therapy for minors, a practice that has been widely dismissed, by saying, “We are enslaving and entrapping potentially hundreds of thousands of individuals in a lifestyle that frankly they are not. And it’s all for the sake of political correctness.”

Hice went on to compare being gay to alcoholism, drug addiction, “tendencies to lie,” and “tendencies to be violent.”

8. Hice believes that speaking against “a person who is a crossdresser” is now a hate crime, in comments he made in a August 2013 radio program slamming gay rights.

“You can’t even speak against a person who is a cross-dresser or a man who wants to believe himself to be a woman and wants to use a women’s restroom….and if we speak against it or look cross-eyed at such a thing then we are guilty of a hate crime.”

9. On his radio program in 2012 he said “homosexuals have the right to be married,” just not “to one another.”

10. On the same radio show, Hice called it “totally unreasonable” to compare marriage equality with the Civil Rights struggle because “you cannot change your race” but “thousands and thousands of people” have chosen not to be gay.

11. Hice has also compared the lack of a parent of one gender in a same-sex couple with children to “losing mom or dad in a car accident.”

Source: Andrew Kaczynski for Buzzfeed

H/T: Caitlin MacNeal at TPM

h/t: Ian Millhiser at Think Progress Justice

Yes, anti-equality Democrats in Congress are a dying breed. But they are perhaps about to get a boost from an unlikely source: a 70-percent Obama district in his home state of Hawaii.

In Hawaii’s First Congressional District, State Senator Donna Kim is the frontrunner in the August 9th Democratic primary, despite a strident anti-LGBT record that has led the Christian Coalition to label her “fantastic.” She’s studiously courted the Religious Right throughout her three decades in various elected offices, even participating in February with evangelical pastors in a panel discussion titled “God’s Law vs. Man’s Law,” in which she railed against Hawaii’s legalization of marriage equality. Presumably, she agrees with the Hobby Lobby opinion. Kim is one of the few Dems running for Congress who hasn’t commented on the case.

She appeared earlier this year on the local Christian Coalition’s TV show for a 30-minute discussion (there was too much agreement to call it an “interview”) in which she made it clear she’s not just a social conservative. Saying nothing that a Tea Partier would disagree with, she claimed government has “so much waste,” particularly in education and social services; expressed her general opposition to taxes and an array of programs, including early-childhood education; and claimed government workers “are getting paid huge dollars!”

Hawaii voters do have a progressive alternative: Honolulu City Councilmember Stanley Chang, who is the only candidate who’s pledged to join the Congressional Progressive Caucus (following in the footsteps of late Hawaii Congresswoman Patsy Mink, who founded the caucus). Chang has been endorsed by the CPC’s PAC and Blue America. In addition, along with Senator Brian Schatz, Chang was one of the first two candidates anywhere in the U.S. ever endorsed by the new Climate Hawks Vote PAC. The Climate Hawks are so excited about both Chang and Schatz that they’ll be opening an office in Honolulu prior to the primary.

This seat is currently held by New Dem Colleen Hanabusa, who’s giving it up to challenge Schatz. If Chang wins, the seat goes from the New Democrat Coalition to the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which is the functional equivalent of a pickup. If Kim wins, the seat goes even more conservative.

Alas, some Hawaii Dems are promoting authoritarian State Representative Mark Takai as the “progressive” alternative to Kim. In two unremarkable decades at the State Legislature, Takai has continually (and unsuccessfully) pushed to establish nuclear-power plants in tsunami-prone Hawaii and to require drug tests for suspicionless low-income residents. But mostly he’s a military fetishist, frequently campaigning while in his National Guard uniform and consistently advocating for more defense spending. Earlier this year, he used his campaign’s Facebook page to link to an article on local right-wing, birther-friendly blog, harshly criticizing President Obama (who was born in this district) for not spending enough on the defense contractors and the Pentagon. He titled his post, which crudely featured a picture of a machine gun apparently being used in Afghanistan, “Our Military’s Presence Must be Maintained in the Pacific!” (He’s also a fan of Kim’s tiresome crusades against government agencies in Hawaii.)

Takai doesn’t have the record or the disposition to fire up a lot of voters and get them to the polls on a summer Saturday in Honolulu. So, Kim, thanks to her corporate money, may cruise to Congress. There is one chance for an upset. Chang is making a concerted effort to finish strong, knocking on doors every day and unabashedly calling for Hawaii to honor its progressive history and culture by sending an ally of Elizabeth Warren and Alan Grayson to Congress. If the 31-year-old Chang pulls it out, he’d become the youngest CPC member and an emerging national leader. Click here to help Blue America support Chang’s get-out-the-vote efforts and make history in Hawaii.

PBS Hawaii is hosting a debate in this race at 11 p.m. PDT on Thursday, July 10. The debate, on the show “Island Insights,” will be streamed live online. Follow the debate— and even ask questions (like, “Why does divorcée Donna Kim oppose marriage equality?”)— by using hashtags #PBSInsights and #HI01. 

Dear #HI01 Dem Primary voters, vote for the REAL progressive , NOT GOPer posing as a Dem .

h/t: DownWithTyranny

A Republican candidate seeking to represent Georgia’s 10th U.S. House district believes that the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty does not apply to followers of Islam.

“Although Islam has a religious component, it is much more than a simple religious ideology,” Rev. Jody Hice wrote in his 2012 book It’s Now Or Never, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It is a complete geo-political structure and, as such, does not deserve First Amendment protection.”

The House candidate also believes the Muslim Brotherhood is secretly infiltrating the United States in a plot to impose Sharia law on the entire country, a conspiracy theory he shares with Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX).

Hice tied Mike Collins in the Georgia Republican primary in May, with each candidate getting about 34 percent of the vote. The winner of the July 22 runoff election will face Democrat Ken Dious in November.

Hice has previously said that Islam and the U.S. Constitution are incompatible.

“Most people think Islam is a religion, it’s not. It’s a totalitarian way of life with a religious component. But it’s much larger. It’s a geo-political system that has governmental, financial, military, legal and religious components. And it’s a totalitarian system that encompasses every aspect of life and it should not be protected (under U.S. law),” he told members of the Coweta County Tea Party Patriots in 2011, according to The Citizen.

“This is not a tolerant, peaceful religion even though some Muslims are peaceful. Radical Muslims believe that Sharia is required by God and must be imposed worldwide. It’s a movement to take over the world by force. A global caliphate is the objective,” he added.

h/t: Eric W. Dolan at The Raw Story


Sean Hannity defends guest who tells Republicans to ‘stop chasing genitalia’

Fox News host Sean Hannity quickly covered for conservative radio host Mark Levin on Tuesday after Levin used coarse language to urge Republicans not to make inroads with women or communities of color.

“Stop chasing ethnic groups, stop chasing genitalia,” Levin told Hannity. “Talk to the American people. Talk about liberty, opportunity. Explain to them that [President Barack] Obama’s wrong, and that we need to unleash the American people and unleash the economy.”

“You might be making news with that ‘genitalia’ remark,” Hannity responded. “But those that don’t know you don’t know your sense of humor.”

The “joke” appeared to be a rebuke to recent GOP efforts to avoid making themselves look intolerant,particularly regarding issues related to immigration and african-american voters. The party has also been accused of conducting a “war on women” due to its consistently conservative — at times radical — views opposing reproductive health rights.

Hannity noted that Levin was one of several radio personalities who supported Tea Party challenger Dave Brat’s upset win over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in the Republican primary for Virginia’s 7th congressional district earlier in the day. Brat’s campaign facebook page features pictures of not only Levin, but Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, and Laura Ingraham, among others.

The page also contains pictures of former President Ronald Reagan, and both Hannity and Levin compared Brat’s win to Reagan’s winning the support of the “Moral Majority” movement as he rose to the top of the GOP in 1980.

“People are yearning for a leader,” Levin told Hannity. “They do not like the status quo, whether it’s defended by Republicans or Democrats.”

Levin then accused the Chamber of Commerce, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) of marginalizing other conservatives.

“This isn’t a joke to the American people,” he said. “This is their future. And we see the country slipping away — at least, the kind of country that we want — and why is it so hard for these guys to articulate our principles? They talk about Reagan, but they’re rockefeller republicans.

Earlier this year, Levin said on his radio show that marriage equality “affects society” in a way similar to incest. Last year, he also called for “cockroaches” to be purged from the Republican Party.

Watch the interview between Levin and Hannity, as posted on tuesday by media matters, below.