BUMPER CROP

Six Loony Anti-Gay Rants From This Week. And It’s Only Wednesday.

LoonIs there something about the dog days of summer that makes the anti-gay right want to howl at the moon?

Even by the lofty standards of nuttiness that reflexive homophobes have established, we are seeing a bumper crop of amazingly loony (and offensive) remarks from the political fringe.

Here’s just a sampling from the past several days:

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The Tea Party of Louisiana has declared Sen. David “Sorry About That Prostitution Ring” Vitter a traitor because he supports the Common Core education curriculum, which is proven to turn children gay. The problem is the Party cites a parody website that warns visitors “If you believe any of the shit you read here you are a freaking moron.” Indeed.

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Michelle Duggar, a Z-list reality star from TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, is making robocalls against a nondiscrimination measure in Fayetteville, Ark., claiming that transgender people are “males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female.” (Proof that the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, oldest son Josh works for the homophobic Family Research Council.)

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The ever-reliable Bryan “I Love Black Males” Fischer has declared that “somebody who is engaged in sexually deviant behavior is not qualified to hold public office.” Fischer was riffing on the case of Rosemary Lehmberg, the county district attorney in Texas. Then-governor Rick Perry tried to force Lehmberg out of office after she was arrested for drunk driving, an episode that led to Perry’s indictment last week.

Lehmberg is a lesbian, and that’s enough for Fischer. “Now lesbianism is sexually deviant behavior because it deviates from God’s plan and design for human sexually. So I believe that this is a person who, because she’s involved in sexually deviant behavior, should be, ought to be disqualified from public service.”

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Rick Wiles, who just a couple of weeks ago was holding out hope that Ebola would cure homosexuality, is now claiming that President Obama is a radical Muslim who is promoting “the homosexual agenda” as part of his jihad against America. Just to prove how firm a grasp Wiles has on reality, he also asserts that the Islamic militant group ISIS is a U.S. government agency in on the plot.

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Mission America leader and word-salad-maker Linda Harvey is declaring that the end is near—of something. “We’re heading into the End Times, and it sure looks like we may be, or the end of America—or both,” Harvey said during a radio interview.

On the same program, ex-gay activist Stephen Bennett complained about “militant activists” who are “marching in with their fist shaking, saying, ‘We demand equality, homosexuality is equivalent to heterosexuality.’ Folks, it is not, anyone with a brain realizes it is not equal.” Which is true, at least until the Supreme Court issues it’s final ruling.

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Finally, Tim Brown, a columnist for the right-wing outlet BarbWire, is calling on Christians to hit the sheets to battle gay rights. Because same-sex couples can’t procreate, Brown believes that Christians can win the culture war if they have lots and lots of sex, if only because it will lead to lots and lots of babies. “If Christians simply took the command of God serious, in just a couple of generations there would be a mass expansion of Christianity and the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Brown believes. Of course, that would ultimately increase the number of gay people in the world, but, well, every plan has its little flaws.

Photo: USFWS Pacific Region