Fascism and homosexuality are like peanut butter and jelly in the eyes of “alternate history author” and onetime Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who kicked off his 2012 Presidential campaign by burnishing his fag-bashing credentials on, where else? The O’Reilley Factor. Here’s the whole quote:
“Look, I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion. And I think if you believe in historic Christianity, you have to confront the fact. And, frank — for that matter, if you believe in the historic version of Islam or the historic version of Judaism, you have to confront the reality that these secular extremists are determined to impose on you acceptance of a series of values that are antithetical, they’re the opposite, of what you’re taught in Sunday school.”
Is this annoying? But as usual, the gay bashing has little to do with gays. Fox News, aware that it has little more than a month before it loses its status as White House mouthpiece, is searching for a new identity for itself– and also the G.O.P. Ask Hannity, O’Reilley or any of the usual blowhards what direction they think the Republican party should go in, they’ll tel you it’s back to the good old days of the culture war. Issues like gay marriage, abortion and “an effort to take “In God We Trust” out of the Capitol Visitors Center”, which is what Newt says is the ultimate goal of the evil gay fascist organization.
So, let’s get this right– After a stunning defeat by a candidate who ran on a campaign of inclusiveness and moving past the divisive and largely irrelevant issues of the past 40 years, the G.O.P.’s comeback plan is — Newt Gingrich.
Bring it on.