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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

thepoliticalfreakshow:

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But Hice also represents a anti-gay viewpoint based on pseudo-science and outdated myths about gay Americans.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."
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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.
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3. Later, Hice dismisses the seriousness of gay bullying:

Later, Hice dismisses the seriousness of gay bullying:
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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.'"
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5. Hice claims “the homosexual movement wants to eliminate free speech.”

Hice claims "the homosexual movement wants to eliminate free speech."
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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: Kyle Mantyla at RWW

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Jody Hice is a pastor running to replace Rep. Paul Broun in Georgia’s 10th Congressional district. He also hosts The Jody Hice Show, a local radio show in Georgia “that is centered around defending liberty.”

Jody Hice is a pastor running to replace Rep. Paul Broun in Georgia's 10th Congressional district. He also hosts The Jody Hice Show , a local radio show in Georgia "that is centered around defending liberty."

Hice previously ran for Congress in 2010, losing to current Rep. Rob Woodall in a runoff. He is likely to make a runoff again in a crowded field to replace Broun. Jody Hice Facebook

On one episode of Hice’s radio show, the topic of marriage equality came up. Hice had a few thoughts.

Hice says marriage equality will have an “enormous, erosive effect on marriage and family.”


He says “homosexuals have the right to be married” just not “to one another.”

And that children need two parents of different genders to grow up in the most “healthy, psychological, emotional, spiritual, physical” environment.

Hice calls 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.

He adds that “our Constitution does not protect sexual preference,” and compares the lack of a parent of one gender in same-sex couple with children to “losing mom or dad in a car accident.”

Source: Andrew Kaczynski for Buzzfeed

thepoliticalfreakshow:

ESPN2 host Keith Olbermann ripped former NFL coach and current NBC sports commentator Tony Dungy for anti-gay comments Dungy made about football player Michael Sam.

Dungy, an avowed evangelical Christian, recently told the Tampa Tribune that he would not have drafted Sam, the first openly gay football player in NFL history, because he “wouldn’t want to deal with” the media attention that surrounds trailblazing, barrier-breaking athletes like him.

The Washington Post's Cindy Boren rightly points out the stunning hypocrisy in Dungy’s sudden concern about “distractions,” since Dungy was the man who helped dog-fighting barbarian Michael Vick rebuild his career and rehabilitate his image.

In a segment on his show yesterday, Olbermann called Dungy out for his hypocritical and homophobic double standards, and named Dungy the “Worst Person in the Sports World.”

H/T: Miranda Blue at RWW

Fox News correspondent Todd Starnes attacked an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees, accusing the Obama administration of being “hell-bent on forcing Christians to assimilate to the militant LGBT agenda.”

On July 21, President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating LGBT employees. The order amends existing non-discrimination executive orders to include sexual orientation and gender identity. As BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner reported, the order “contains no additional religious exemptions … beyond those already contained in existing executive orders.”

Fox’s Starnes attacked the executive order in a July 21 post on FoxNews.com, accusing the Obama administration of endangering religious liberty and “bullying religious groups that hold viewpoints it deems inappropriate”:

The executive order would prevent Christian and other religious organizations with federal contracts from requiring workers to adhere to the tenets of their religious beliefs. And that includes religious Christian colleges and universities that provide financial aid to students.

[…]

"If religious organizations cannot require that their employees conduct themselves in ways consistent with the teachings of their faith - then, essentially, those organizations are unable to operate in accordance with their faith," Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, told me.

[…]

"The mask is coming off of the homosexual movement’s agenda. They really do not believe in religious liberty. They want forced affirmation of homosexual and transgender conduct to trump every other consideration in the workplace - including religious liberty."

[…]

The Obama administration seems hell-bent on forcing Christians to assimilate to the militant LGBT agenda. Resistance is futile.

Starnes’ commentary is typical of the Fox News personality, who’s made a career acting as the network’s mouthpiece for some of the country’s most extreme anti-LGBT hate groups. The Family Research Council’s (FRC) Sprigg, for example, has called for the exporting of gay people out of the U.S. and endorsed the criminalization of homosexuality. Pastor Robert Jeffress, another critic cited in Starnes’ post, is notorious for his extreme comments about LGBT people and Muslims.

Starnes’ fear-mongering about the executive order’s lack of religious exemptions grossly mischaracterizes the scope of the directive, which merely extends existing non-discrimination protections to include LGBT employees of federal contractors. As the New York Times editorial board recently explained:

This is not a question of religious freedom. It is a question of whether to allow religion to be used as an excuse to discriminate in employment against a particular group of people… [T]he presidential order … would extend those rules to companies that receive federal contracts in states without those kinds of anti-bias laws, protecting millions more people.

Mr. Obama’s resolve is being tested. There is no good reason to give religious employers a special privilege to inflict undeserved pain by, for example, refusing to hire someone to work on a government-backed project just because she happens to be a lesbian, or firing a capable employee who marries someone of the same sex.

h/t: Carlos Maza at MMFA

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From the 07.21.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show

STFU, Tony Dungy! 

h/t: Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com

thepoliticalfreakshow:

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Members of an SPLC-certified hate group have sued a Chicago-area community college, alleging that their First Amendment right to be bigoted douchebags has been violated. 

Wayne Lela and John McCartney, members of Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment, allege they were not allowed to pass fliers out to students on one of Waubonsee’s campuses even though they did not violate any college rules. It wasn’t specified which of the four campuses they were denied from. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court Wednesday claims Lela contacted school employees in January, asking if H.O.M.E. could pass out fliers titled, “The Uncensored Truth About Homosexuality” and “Gay Activism and Freedom of Speech and Religion.” The college denied the request in a letter and said it “consistently limits campus activities to events that are not disruptive of the college’s educational mission,” the suit said.

The flyers can be viewed here.

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

NOTE: On the term “Profiles in Cowardice” in the headline, it refers to the Vikings’ actions related to the independent review on Chris Kluwe. 

h/t: Travis Waldron at Think Progress Sports

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Just before Tuesday night’s All-Star game in Minneapolis, Major League Baseball will make a major announcement about homophobia in baseball. 

Outsports co-founder Cyd Zeigler is reporting that tomorrow’s announcement “will dramatically shift” MLB’s “ability to combat homophobia and help gay players, coaches and staff in the League.”

A year ago, MLB adopted a new workplace code of conduct that protects players and staff from anti-LGBT harassment. “We welcome all individuals regardless of sexual orientation into our ballparks, along with those of different races, religions, genders and national origins,” MLB commissioner Bud Selig said at the time.

In 2011, MLB added sexual orientation to it’s non-discrimination policy as part of their labor deal with the players union.

It is unknown is Commissioner Bud Selig will make the announcement himself.

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

h/t: Derek Penton-Robicheaux at The New Civil Rights Movement