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Brent Rinehart Defends Anti-Gay Comic

Brent Rinehart appeared on CNN’s American Morning todayto defend his anti-gay comic book.

In case you weren’t paying attention, the Oklahoma County Commissioner, who is running for reelection, published the 16-page book to highlight his commitment to destroying the queers. When asked whether it’s relevant to his election, Rinehart insists that it is, because we are in a cultural war. When asked whether he’s homophobic, Rinehart played (real) dumb: I’m not even sure as to what homophobic means. But let’s just keep in mind that we are in a cultural war, not just here in the state of Oklahoma but nationwide.” CNN journo John Roberts does not seem amused. You can tell when he does a little grammar check: “We should also point out that the word pedophile is spelled wrong in the two times that’s it’s used in this comic book.”

Check out the transcript, after the jump…

ROBERTS: Twenty-six minutes after the hour. Politics can be a dirty game, but some people think that one man has gone too far with a comic book. It depicts gay people in togas alongside Satan holding a “gay marriage now” sig.

Brent Rinehart, an Oklahoma county commissioner, is sending it out to registered Republicans in his district. And Brent Rinehart joins us now from Oklahoma City.

Commissioner Rinehart, critics say that this takes mudslinging to a brand new low. What do you say?

BRENT RINEHART (R), OKLAHOMA COUNTY COMMISSIONER: Well, one person’s mudslinging, I guess, is another man’s issues. Here in the state of Oklahoma, especially here in Oklahoma County, I believe that homosexual agenda is an issue in this campaign. I thought that the cartoon book was a novel approach to telling a story for the last three, 3 1/2 years.

Keep in mind that I am the incumbent Oklahoma County of District Two. It consists of 220,000 people over 200 square miles. It is quite a large area. And being the incumbent, the issues that are at hand are roads and bridges, more or less the homosexual agenda, the family values here in Oklahoma. And I thought that it was a very good campaign piece and it gets the message out to what’s important to the citizens of Oklahoma County.

ROBERTS: We should also point out that you’re in a pretty tough race. And let’s take a look at couple of panels here from this comic book. Critics say that some of the images in this comic book are blatantly homophobic.

In one panel, you’ve got Satan holding up a pitchfork, the balloon overseeing his head says, “If I can get the kids to believe homosexuality is normal.” And Angel on the other side of the panel says, hey, Satan, not with Brent around you won’t.”

In the next panel, there’s a lineup of caricatures of gay men, one of them wearing a toga. Some of the signs that they’re carrying say we’re here, we’re queer, get used to it, I want be a Boy Scout leader. The question is, Commissioner Rinehart, are you homophobic?

RINEHART: Well, I’m not even sure as to what homophobic means. But let’s just keep in mind that we are in a cultural war, not just here in the state of Oklahoma but nationwide. And I have seen pictures and I’ve seen viewings of gay pride parades around the nation here in the state of Oklahoma, and that’s the very same attire and the very same billboards that you see in these parades.

So the thing about it is, when you’re putting out a message and it lands on particular people’s feet and they don’t necessarily like the message, that doesn’t mean that the message isn’t true.

ROBERTS: Well, you see that we’re —

RINEHART: We are in a cultural war.

ROBERTS: Well, does that cultural war include gay bashing?

RINEHART: Well, I don’t know about gay bashing. The thing about it is you’re not putting it in the full context of the cartoon book. We have an attorney general here in the state of Oklahoma that has used his office for political means, filed campaign charges against me and it’s based on my opposition to the homosexual agenda.

Keep in mind if you go back several years, the attorney general, Mr. Drew Edmondson, sued the Boy Scouts of America because they would not allow homosexual Boy Scout leaders as leaders in their organization. So this goes back quite a number of years.

ROBERTS: In fact, let me just highlight in a little bit more detail your attack on Attorney General Drew Edmondson here as depicted in this comic book. You’ve got him holding a sign that says, “Gay rights now.” And you write in the balloon over a character here, “You remember that Drew Edmondson out Oklahoma on record to force the Boy Scouts to accept homosexuals as scout leaders, a pedifiles dream come true.” We should also point out that the word pedophile is spelled wrong in the two times that’s it’s used in this comic book.

He has said of this comic, “A drowning man tends to thrash about.” And the question is being raised, is this some desperate and weird attempt at payback against the attorney general because he has filed these charges against you for campaign irregularities for 2004?

BRENT RINEHART (R), OKLAHOMA COUNTY COMMISSIONER: OK. Again, it’s getting a message out. It’s telling a story of how I got to where I’m at the last 3 to 3 1/2 years. Now, no one has ever – now people can talk about the homosexual aspects of this in regards to how they’re depicted but no one has ever said anything about the truthfulness of my cartoon book. How it exposes Drew Edmondson for his true agenda, and how it exposes others here in county government for their true agenda. No one and you know, you can attack the spelling of pedophile.

I have to be honest with you, I don’t necessarily care if I misspelled it or not. But no one has really been able to attack the truthfulness of this cartoon book and what it depicts and what’s important to voters here in Oklahoma county is they get something in the mail that they know is the truth. There are so many people out there that are running for election that really just is just the same old rhetoric, day after day after day. And then they get into office and there’s actually nothing new.

People wonder why nothing ever changes when someone gets elected to the office. Well, when I got elected to the office, when I ran for county commissioner, my agenda was roads and bridges, limited government, less taxation and family values. And that’s the same platform that I use when I ran for city council. So it’s very important for the voters of Oklahoma county to understand that the platform that I ran on I’ve stuck to my guns and I’ve upset quite a number of good old boy politicians here in the state of Oklahoma but I’m not going to back down. I’m not going to slow down because the things that I stand for are the things that are important to the citizens, not only of Oklahoma county but the state as a whole.

ROBERTS: Well, Commissioner, you’re certainly causing quite a stir down there now with this latest piece of campaign literature. We thank you for being with us this morning. Brent Rinehart, Oklahoma County commissioner. Good` to see you this morning.

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  • key

    This type of media attention only inflates this clown’s ego. I hope it shows everyone what an ass he is and not lift him up as a hero to the religous right. Again, not all Oklahoman’s have his distorted views.

  • Adrien

    Let’s just hope that Brett Rhino will be seen for who he truly is, a clown that no one takes seriously.

  • Imelda

    “I don’t really care if I misspelled pedophile or not..” because I don’t really care about facts, truth or honesty.

    Ain’t it funny that those who have an agenda are the quickest to claim that others have “an agenda”. Sad pitiful deluded man.

  • moo

    “I don’t really care if I misspelled pedophile or not..”

    I have to agree with Mr. Rinehart here; it’s not that he misspelt pedophile that is the important issue but that he thinks that pedophiles and homosexuals are somehow linked. How very 20th century.

    The sad thing is, if Mr. Rinehart ran his campaign purely on how good he is at saving tax dollars, rather than this hateful mudslinging, I’m sure he’d stand a better chance at winning re-election.

  • hells kitchen guy

    disagree with #1. This guy is so obviously a clown, I’m tempted to think HRC and the Task Force are sponsoring his campaign.

  • connie duvall

    Brent Rinehart has a girlfriend with two kids that he has sex with outside of marriage, he is facing crimminal charges in OKC, and he is a drinker. Thats why he made this comic book. He is a hypocrite. Throw smoke when you are a loser. Family Values. Yeah right!

  • foofyjim

    I’m sick of people saying crap like I’m not homophobic, I’m not afraid of any queers! This guy claims to not even know what it means.

    Let’s have a bit of a refresher. Phobias are not simple fears. We are all “afraid” of spiders. When you see one running across your desk, you might get a bit spooked for a second. If one has irrational fear of that little spider, one has a phobia.

    So a little Jeff Foxworthy:

    If you continue to claim you’re just doing your part to fight the “homosexual agenda,”

    you might be a homophobe.

    If you think all gay men are pedophiles,

    you might be a homophobe.

    If you think stereotypes depict the full gamut of the gay community,

    you might be a homophobe.

    If your only excuse for hating queers is because of a few words in a dusty old fairy tale book,

    you might be a homophobe.

  • marco channing

    He looks like he wants to suck on a big fat c*ck really, really bad.

  • anokie

    Just remember he’s a “Roads” scholar….LOL…..what get’s me the most is how confident he is about his own idiocy as if he is acutally in the right (no pun intended). I live in his district and I can assure you that he will not be going past the primary election, he’s facing 2 Repubs for that seat, I’ll be voting for the only Dem that’s running.

  • John T

    The guy simply supports what’s right, and has the guts to speak out where everyone stays silent, for fear of the being shot at with hateful attacks by the ones who promote the homosexual agenda.

    On this, Rinehart deserves everyone’s support. It’s not important whether he spells something wrong or if he is homophobic or not. What’s important is that he speaks out for what he believes, and he happens to say what so many understand, but remain silenced by the irrational supporters of this disorder.

  • Rick Blankenship

    Wow! I was in the AirForce with this guy stationed at Tinker AFB between 1983 and I beleive he was discharged in 1987. We were in the same maintenance unit and there were several times Brent made advances towards me. He is a very horny dude because he would make advances toward females as well. He was nothing but trouble to all those who were in charge of him and was disciplined several times. He always struct me as someone that was sexually abused by his father although I don’t have proof of that. He once told me that he had fantasies of lying down and having people of both sexes urinate on him. Very weird dude.

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