Last week, the Minn Post outed Bob Frey (pictured), running for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, for claiming that AIDS is caused by an “enzyme” that, when “deposited anally,” kills the immune system. He also called sodomy “a voluntary act to destroy the immune system.” The story made national news and inspired dozens of tweets to the political hopeful from people seeking more of his “scientific” wisdom.
— Jason Evan Mihalko (@jaypsyd) July 10, 2014
— Amy D. Cubbage (@amydcubbage) July 10, 2014
— Jason Evan Mihalko (@jaypsyd) July 10, 2014
— Joe Bua (@JoeWatchesTV) July 11, 2014
But Frey isn’t alone is his over-the-top, scientifically inaccurate and, frankly, stupid beliefs about gay people. Plenty of other conservatives have made similarly idiotic remarks.
Scroll down to see the very best of the worst comments made about gay people in recent history…
Perhaps no other conservative has made more incendiary comments than the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer. He’s likened gay rights activists to blood-sucking leeches, called gay people hazardous to public health, and compared Boy Scouts who marched in a gay pride parade to Hitler Youth.
He also accused the show Modern Family of “poisoning” American culture and suggested gay people were face-eating cannibals. His most recent tirade came last week after Burger King unveiled their new “Proud Whopper.” Fischer told radio listeners: “When people sit down to eat a hamburger, the last thing they want to be thinking about is two guys having sex!”
Speak for yourself, Bryan.
Okay, maybe there is another conservative who has made even more idiotic comments than Bryan Fischer: Linda Harvey. Over the years, she’s called Halloween a Satanic gay holiday for the “gender confused,” likened gay people to empty water bottles and zombies, and called President Obama “racist” for supporting gay equality.
But it doesn’t stop there. Earlier this year, Harvey called gay sex “medically risky” and “improper.” She also said that LGBT youth who have been forced out their homes by their families are to blame for their own homelessness, calling them “stubborn” and addicted to “the premature independence of the homosexual life.” (Whatever the hell that means.)
Whenever hot mess/failed 2012 Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann opens her mouth something crazy falls out. She once claimed gay people were causing “spiritual warfare” for wanting to get married, and suggested that God personally phoned her to request she introduce an anti-marriage equality bill in Minnesota. Most recently, she announced in tortured English: “The gay community have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere. Well, not with the Constitution you don’t!”
While we’re on the subject of failed 2012 Presidential hopefuls, Rick Santorum is another one who can’t seem to keep his frothy mouth shut about the gays. Last fall, he said the ’90s sitcom Will & Grace sparked the destruction of our republic.
He’s also claimed the Republican Party would be committing suicide if it embraced same-sex marriage, and that marriage equality will undoubtedly lead to polygamy and incest. But don’t get the wrong impression, folks. He doesn’t actually have anything against gay people. According to his wife, Karen, “he loves them!”
San Antonio City Councilwoman Elisa Chan found herself thrust into the national spotlight last summer when an audio recording of her calling gay people “so disgusting!” was leaked online. Other highlights from the tape included Chan saying that being gay was a choice, adoption should be banned, and that gay people take “hormone shots” to “look gay.”
She also made disparaging comments about trans people, saying she wanted them to pull down their pants so she could “check the equipment.” After the tapes went viral, Chan went into hiding. In October 2013, she resigned from her job, but not because she had been publicly exposed as a homophobe as some might have hoped. It was to mount a campaign for Texas State Senate. Ugh.
Despite insisting he has nothing against gay people, 78-year-old Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has made some nasty and, at times, downright hateful remarks, including likening homosexuality to murder and animal abuse, speaking in favor of anti-sodomy laws, and, in what may be one of the weirdest metaphors in SCOTUS history, comparing last year’s Supreme Court ruling on DOMA to an “overcooked loaf of meat.”
We’re counting down the days until his tenure on the court is cooked.
Got other examples of particularly horrendous antigay pronouncements. Please let the world know in comments…