A Florida chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans used a photo of slain Ambassador Chris Stevens in an attack ad against President Obama.
The Broward County Log Cabin Republicans ran an ad in the Florida Agenda, a local LGBT paper, which depicted Stevens, who was killed in an attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya, being carried through the streets of Benghazi.
The accompanying text slams Obama for encouraging Sharia law in America and for not protecting “gay/gay-friendly American citizens from the terror of Islamic radicalism.” (In the wake of Steven’s murder, right-wing blogs began speculating he was gay.)
The ad also encourages gays and lesbians to vote Republican, because of the party’s presumed support of Israel, the “one beacon of hope in the Middle East protecting our communities human rights.”
Whatever the group’s intention was, the ad has backfired: Even R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, said “such an ad is fallacious, simple minded and irresponsible.”
And in a statement, National Stonewall Democrats director Jerame Davis said:
The Log Cabin Republicans of Florida have cravenly disrespected the life and legacy of a United States civil servant with this ad. Put bluntly, they have crossed the line of civil discourse and good taste by including an image of the corpse of slain US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens being carried through the streets of Benghazi, Libya. …
It is simply unimaginable to me how any political message, let alone the muddy and ludicrous message of this ad, in any way justifies disgracing the memory of a man who gave his life in service to his country. This level of depravity and moral indifference must not be allowed to enter our political discourse.
Seriously, someone needs to walk us through how the death of an ambassador in Libya means gays should support Israel by voting Republican. We’ve gone through it a dozen time and the dots just don’t connect.