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What Ever Happened To Anita Bryant?

Jim Burroway

December 15th, 2006

anitabryant.jpgCrowned Miss Oklahoma in 1958 and second runner-up Miss America in 1959, Anita Bryant was a wholesome, 30-something singer in the 1970s who was voted “Most Admired Woman in America” by Good Housekeeping magazine three years in a row. She parlayed her wholesome image into a successful career in the Florida Citrus campaign (“Breakfast without orange juice is like a day without sunshine”).

But many of us remember her for her infamous 1977 “Save our Children” campaign to repeal a Dade County, Florida gay rights ordinance. She led a particularly nasty campaign, complete with charges that gay men and women were only interested in recruiting children. That campaign quickly led Florida legislators to pass a law banning gay adoptions — a ban that is still in place today. Eventually, the controversy over her anti-gay activism ruined her career and her personal life. Her citrus contract was not renewed, she and her husband divorced, and she moved back to her native Oklahoma where she fell off the national radar.

Where Is She Today?

The St. Petersburg Times caught up with her a few years ago. Bryant remarried and has tried, without success, to revive her career, first in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and Branson, Missouri. That failed in 1997, and she was forced to declare bankruptcy.

Anita and her husband then moved to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where history repeats itself. She opened the Music Mansion, a Branson-style theater, and put on a show where she sang songs from her 1950′s and 1960′s heyday and preached her Christian beliefs. She was well-liked among her conservative Christian followers, but popularity remained elusive. Attendance was sparse; even on her best days the theater was never more than 25% full. Salaries went unpaid, bills piled up, promises were broken, and the theater eventually closed amid hard feelings and anger. Yet Bryant seems to remain unphased by all the damage she has done:

“In my opinion, you do not do people like they have done people and live a Christian life,” said Margaret Cole, who cannot explain the strange, faith-based hold that kept her in Bryant’s service for so long.

“If I owed people like they owe people I would not be able to lay down at night and sleep.”

Ashley Matthews, a dancer who is owed $3,200 in back pay, said the hard times left some workers so strapped for cash they stole popcorn and candy from the theater’s concession stand so they could eat.

While theater employees subsisted on popcorn, Anita and her husband continued to live in a $350,000 home in a gated community in the Smokies.

Anita Bryant has left a lot of devastation in her wake. Not only did she stoke the fires of homophobia in the late 1970′s with legislative effects that last to this day, she has also left a trail of unpaid bills, back taxes, broken promises, and abused employees in her wake.

Her theater manager, Brion Bever, tried to cover expenses from his own pocket but he was never reimbursed. He even deferred his own pay so others could be paid. His credit history was ruined when suppliers went after him because he signed for deliveries on her behalf. Those bills went unpaid and Bryant left Bever holding the bag.

But being the good Christian that she is, Anita has — get this — forgiven him:

Anita Bryant approached him on the day he was fired and dismissed all that he had been through, he said.

“Anita looked at me and she says, “I forgive you,’ ” he recalled. “And I’m like, “For what?’ She said, “I forgive you and God will forgive you, too.’ And she turned around and walked off.”

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Terril D. Littrell
March 19th, 2008 | LINK

Where did Anita go from Pigeon Forge, Tenn?

Mike Dalick
November 14th, 2008 | LINK

I must say that it is a shame that such a pretty (exterior) former beauty queen turn into such an ugly and hateful human being. Anita had it all. She opend her mouth and bit the hand that fed her, her family, and employees. She has no one to “forgive” except herself. She is the one wishing she could reverse time and get another chance to do and say the right things. We are all created equal and deserved to be treated as one would want to be treated. God will have the final say in all of this and my feeling is Anita’s evaluation is not going to be a very good one.

Rosolino Ferrante
November 20th, 2008 | LINK

I live in the GREAT state of Florida and I can still see the remnants of what this HORRIBLE, MISERABLE person has left behind. I have no feelings toward her in either direction; she created everything that has come to her and her children will never be allowed to forget it either. Why would someone hide behind their faith to fuel their own agenda? Why? She preyed on the uneducated and used scare tactics to make something happen that hurt so many people. How can we, as human beings, allow this to happen and allowed it to happen? My upbringing promoted a love for all people; no matter what; never to single out a person, or group of people, to create such a frenzy and upset that you can still see it in the year 2008 in Florida, the Florida of the 21st Century. Also, I was led to believe that when the Pilgrims came here to live their lives without persectuion that “we” all have those same rights, that “we” placed in the Constitution. How is this the land of the free? We are not free by any means. I was also led to believe that Church and State we seperated…. Americans often speak of those that live behind a veil or are seperated by walls; we, as Americans are seperated and segregated by an invisible fence. Why would you allow your children to grow up in a world that places different people at different levels of FREEDOMS?????

Eileen Dover
December 2nd, 2008 | LINK

Go see the new Sean Penn movie “MILK”. I once read the old girl (Anita) had dramatically softened her views on gays and had a “more live your life and be happy” belief. I hope this is true. I wonder if she has ever contemplated the countless number of people she caused great pain & suffering to and the lives ruined with her bigotry and hatred.

David C.
December 2nd, 2008 | LINK

If she is not completely detached from reality, she has probably connected the dots between her behavior in 1977 and her current situation.

So this is the result of lying and vilifying people that never lifted a finger against you, Anita Bryant, and it’s a lesson for all those that have attacked any group of people that wanted nothing more than to be let alone to love the ones they choose.

susse
December 3rd, 2008 | LINK

I just saw the movie “MILK” with my 33 year old daughter, Although she knows the story about Harvey Milk quite well, she had never heard of Anita Bryant!! She was stunned that such hatred ( from a christian) was expected and accepted! as for me, it just brought back bad memories.
I should add, that I live in California, where the majority just passed on prop 8!!!!!!!!!!! enough said.

Mariano
December 6th, 2008 | LINK

Anita I used to have a crush on you. Just wondering how are you doing. I was soo young when I first watched your commercials. A friend that won’t forget.

Mariano
December 6th, 2008 | LINK

No commen, Lol live and let live.

Ed Silha
December 8th, 2008 | LINK

Many of the atrocities that have occurred over time have been promulgated by people who claim to know the will of God. Those who believe the Bible is historically accurate should consider the genocide stories related in Deuteronomy and Joshua (the web site at http://www.spiritandtruth.org/teaching/documents/articles/27/27.htm attempts to justify these genocides, raising the question of whether the authors would justify or participate in a similar genocide today). I would like to ask these authors whether, on a command from their god, they would enter their neighbor’s house and kill their neighbor’s baby by bashing its skull or cutting off its head.

History is laced with inhumane events perpatrated by those who “knew the will of God”. The list is long, including the Crusades, Christian treatment of Jewish peoples, Christian treatment of Christians of other sects (both the Catholic Church and Protestant Churches burned people alive for apostasy), the Inquisition, the treatment of Catholic peoples in Ireland, the justification of slavery in the US by churches in the south, the conflict between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, and the treatment of nonbelievers in Saudi Arabia (permitting a death sentence for apostasy).

For a more exhaustive list and some thought provoking questions, visit http://www.religioustolerance.org/statbelief.htm.

sam wagner
December 11th, 2008 | LINK

I just saw the Milk film also. INCREDIBLE….Prop. 8 is next…..if you want to make a difference in life….support it….do as Harvey would do…GET OUT OF THE CLOSET AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN LIFE. I have a friend…Gay has lived a full life….I asked him if he saw the film…He said …NO…why should I see it…As I was about to tell him…he said ” Look the News is on now….I have to go…want to catch it….I’ll talk to you later.”
Get off your butts….Turn off the T.V. and make a difference in not just your life…but someone esles! I just called Don Ness who is the Mayor of Duluth Minnesota…young guy …born Christian Religion….His Father who is a Christian Minister…is my best friend….and has accepted me for being Gay and knows that I am happy in life…and has appolgized to me…for being UNCHRISTIAN…in the past for what he has said about Gays. He is very respectful to me…and considers me his closest friend today. I left a message to his son Don Ness Jr. to see the film Milk and how I told him I was thinking of him when I saw the film. I hope he see’s it. Have a good day everyone …AND SEE THE FILM.
SAM WAGNER NYC

Liz Armstrong
December 13th, 2008 | LINK

I saw “Milk” yesterday and it was great to have my memory refreshed. I remeber the events vaguely because I was being a mother of teens and owning a business.I was in the beauty business and had problems with some gay stylists, mostly young ones. When their love lives went bad so did everything else. I have come to realize that it doesn’t matter what your orientation is this applies to everyone. I”ve also come to see that gay people are like black people or any other group and deserving of civil rights. And I also think of all the little kids who need love and a home and can’t have that because some states won’t allow gay people to adopt! How backward can you be? It is changing but slowly. In the mean time, when anyone introduces themselves to me as Christian I run the other way!

Robert Robles
December 19th, 2008 | LINK

Sadly people like Anita never fully understand that her mean and hateful ways destroyed her career, marriage and loyal employees. Rather than admit that she was wrong and brought this on herself, she will probably think she was right, and Satan did this to her in retalliation for all the “good” work she did.

Tom
December 24th, 2008 | LINK

Ms. Bryant may not be the perfect human being, her “Christian” beliefs may be perplexed and perplexing, and no one is required to agree with her completely.
However, I personally feel this country (U.S.A.) would be one HELLUVA lot better off had society acknowledged what she was saying: homosexuality (call it “gay” if you want–I prefer “perversion”) is, was, and always will be wrong–sick, perverted, and destructive to the longterm health of society.

Timothy Kincaid
December 24th, 2008 | LINK

Tom,

I marvel at the mindset of someone who feels it necessary on the day before we celebrate the birth of the Christ to go to a website with the intention of being offensive.

I pity you, Tom. It must be miserable to go through life driven by hatred of others and unhappiness in the world around you.

My Christmas wish for you, Tom, is that in the New Year you let go of your bitterness and anger, that you learn to let others live their lives in peace, and that you find a way to lose some of the hatred that is making this wonderful and glorious world into a place of misery for you.

Priya Lynn
December 24th, 2008 | LINK

Tom gayness, like heterosexuality brings people together and encourages them to care for and support each other. That’s always a good thing for society.

Emily K
December 24th, 2008 | LINK

Hey Tom, do two girls kissing or being sexual with one-another turn you on? Because, that’s the “perversion” you describe. Or is female homosexuality okay if you can watch it?

Gary Gaylord
January 5th, 2009 | LINK

I just saw the movie “Milk” about Harvey
Milk. Anita Bryant has shown her self as the person she really is, a bitter, hateful, bigoted hate monger. She will never find peace or forgiveness until she apologises to all those she has hurt and destroyed.

I personally knew the person that put the cream pie in her face. She deserved much worse, and over time it appears she is getting it. Some would say that we should forgive her. People died because of her hateful, homophobic lies. Until she confesses she will never find peace. And yet today she still thinks she’s a Christian, how pathetic.

Dwight
January 16th, 2009 | LINK

Tom,

What a sad, sad man you must be, to hold such a sick and (may I say “perverted” ) view of gay and lesbian people. We are all human, we are all equal. For someone like Anita Bryant to use her “christian beliefs” as a weapon to hurt and destroy the lives of so many others, is nothing else but EVIL. If you think that what she did was acceptable, than you are no better than she. Very sad.

m Mouse
January 25th, 2009 | LINK

She will have a long time to contemplate her short life in hell. She is responsible for the deaths of so many gay and lesbian people. Her gift to this world is hatred.

Well done beauty Queen!

Enrique Betancourt
February 8th, 2009 | LINK

She got what she had coming to her.
I like to compare her to Linda Blair in the Exorcist!!!!!!
I thank Anita for the great live I get to enjoy today as an open 44 year old gay man.
We are very happy that still today you are so “Miss” Guided!

Enrique Betancourt
February 8th, 2009 | LINK

Dear Anita, did you enjoy “Milk”????
It is such a great movie specially for the young teens, people in their 20′s and 30′s who never had the pleasure of knowing you. We thank the Producers, Director and Actors for bringing you back to the light! Wish you lots of orange juice!

cindy legorreta
February 24th, 2009 | LINK

I am soooo deeply moved that Anita “loves us all too much not to forgive us.” Such pompous, holier-than-thou remarks are part of the m.o. for those who use their faith to absolve themselves of any kind of responsible, critical thought. When in doubt, quote Scripture and smile. Didja ever notice how much she smiled in those old tv news clips? Real students of the Bible would know, that when Jesus was alive on Earth HE included in his extended family prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves and other “undesirables.” And ‘judge not lest you be judged” was what he lived, not just what he said. Too bad Ms. Bryant has amnesia on that point. Guess it’s like I’ve always said: the line between righteous and SELF righteous is a thin one, indeed!

Robert
March 2nd, 2009 | LINK

Tom, and people like you, need to get down to reality. You’re no better than the KKK or the Nazis. Look at history, even very recent history of blacks, women, etc. Everyone gets equal rights eventually. It takes time, partly because of people like you, but in the end your views lose. In the meantime, you destroy lives of children as well as adults, and hurt a lot of innocent people. Focus on doing good instead of being destructive.

N. Lambert
March 10th, 2009 | LINK

She is and always has been such hypocrite with her religious BS. I’m happy that she has not been succesful in her endeavors. What a shame to be so unfortunate to be so unforgiving to those who just want to live their lives as they wish. I am a 72 year old, unmarried single heterosexual, but I have led a very unfettered long life who has no prejudice against anyone who wants to just be who they are. I have dealt with homosexuality in my famiy and people just have to accept what is. You are a dumb, stupid dope Anita Bryant and I hope if there is a hell, which I don’t really think there is, I you rot in it. All people have a right to live as they believe you unfortunate human being. Like to send me a comment, I would welcome it. Your kind of religion is very sad indeed. I call it all bigotry and that’s all there is to it. I just got finished watching “Milk” and it was a truthful and wondreful movie and that’s all I have to say about any of it. You are a very sad human being ahd I can only hope you have learned something over the many years that have passed. Take it for what its worth.

N. Lambert
March 10th, 2009 | LINK

What ever you decide to do with my comments – I really don’t give two hoots what you do with it. WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT. Gramsba
I just wanted to know what happened to this religious zealot!

Charlie Bradley
March 10th, 2009 | LINK

Ha ha ha ha Karma is a bitch!!! Judging by a recent photo I just saw I betcha she wishes she had a pie in her face now :)

DanMontruccio
March 10th, 2009 | LINK

After watching the movie, and reading everything she did… all the pain and suffering she caused.. i got nothing else to say: “Anita, the day you were born must be cursed”

Shame on you

Lynne
March 15th, 2009 | LINK

From what I can find out by Googling, Anita and her second husband, Charles Dry, never made good on their promises to pay their debts. They went back to Oklahoma in 2002 to care for Anita’s ailing mother. After her death the following year, Bryant and Dry sold their fancy home in Pigeon Forge and moved permanently to Oklahoma. Anita has a website, “Anita Bryant Ministries” and says she does charity work. She is working on a sequel to her last book, “A New Day,” published nearly 20 years ago. I wonder if she will explain how she can sleep at night after defrauding so many people?

James Nimmo
March 16th, 2009 | LINK

Here’s the link to the latest development in homo-hater Bryant’s life. She’s alive and well in Oklahoma City where her business office is located. Her house is in Edmond, OK, an urban white-flight suburb just to the north of Oklahoma City.
The author of this story has gone to considerable danger to compile this information–

http://gossip-boy.com/AnitasNewHate.html or–

http://tinyurl.com/cxvbnt

Ralph Soto
May 9th, 2009 | LINK

Please, let her know that we await for her in San Francisco.

Bible truth
May 19th, 2009 | LINK

She never said hate, she only represented what is God’s truth to all. We are not haters its the love for those who are in darkness. Anita was bold to do what some are still afraid confront, Jesus loved the sinners and so do we.
The Bible was written for all to read. You must open it and get the understanding for yourself and not be convinced by others. When judgement day comes everyone stand by himself.
God’s revealation to all that ask for the truth.

Gregory
May 27th, 2009 | LINK

I only have this to say to Anita Bryant and those that share her views; When my day comes to stand before God and answer for my transgressions, (being gay will be the least of his concerns) I’m certain he won’t be turning to her and asking “Well, Anita…what do you think of ol’ Greg here?”

Can’t you just imagine the image of Anita Bryant standing beside God with a scowl on her face, waving her disapproving finger, tapping her foot? If this is the best representation of God’s love that can be found…we’re already in hell.

Gregory
May 27th, 2009 | LINK

Just because she didn’t use the word ‘hate’ doesn’t mean the hatred didn’t come through. Her actions demonstrated her hatred. Try as you may, you’ll never convince me otherwise. I can tell when someone hates without them coming out and saying “I hate you”. Actions speak louder than words. Just ask anyone who’s ever been lynched. Oh, sorry…they won’t be able to answer you. Because some hateful asshole killed them. She’s no better than they.

Jason D
May 27th, 2009 | LINK

“She never said hate, she only represented what is God’s truth to all.”

Really? Where’s her legislative movement on adultery?

“We are not haters its the love for those who are in darkness. Anita was bold to do what some are still afraid confront, Jesus loved the sinners and so do we.”

Really? Where’s Anita’s comments on Jews, Muslims, Taoists, Wiccans, Atheists, Agnostics, Mormons — you know, all the other sinners who are destined for the same lake of fire?

Where’s her righteous indignation against them?

Where’s her attempt to ban them from living their lives?

The more I see of this, the more I find that there is one truth.

If certain Christians treated gays the same way they treat all the other people they think are going to hell, we wouldn’t have a problem.
I find it curious that people like Anita subscribe to beliefs that say both myself and your common jewish person are both sinners and both destined for damnation. Yet she doesn’t bother trying to stop the Jewish person. No, because this isn’t about sin, and never has been (to paraphrase Ben In Oakland) it’s always been about how some people who are straight(or wish they were straight but ain’t) cannot handle the existence of gays and are hysterical over the idea that people might treat us with equality.
It’s about something that’s older than any book or any faith — the primal fear of things they don’t understand, and the belief that being different is bad.

Marco
September 20th, 2009 | LINK

This is what blind faith does to a person. Just like Dan White who murdered Harvey Milk and Mayor Mascone, Ms. Bryant left a trail of hate and ruin in her life. She terrorized million of gay and lesbian American citizens and many religious leaders where right there supporting her bigotry.

This type of human being is the worst among us; hatefilled, paranoid, prejudicial and absolutely wrong!

Lance
November 2nd, 2009 | LINK

I find myself in a very fun position of being a Pentecostal Christian Pre-op f2m transgendered male. In short, most people who know me think I’m not only gay but gay delusional and crazy.

Anyway…I believe the Bible wholeheartedly and truly anguish when people in my community are so hateful to and about God, but yet I understand WHY when I see people like her (Anita) placing THEIR face in front of God’s so that people see THEM and not God and assuming that their views are His. I spent a miserable season running FROM my creator…the one who knows me better than I know myself, only to wear myself out and once I quit running and was too exhausted to fight anymore, He was able to show HIMSELF to me…not anyone else’s definition, but his own.

This may not be a popular view on either side of the fence, but I am a Christian Transgender and my goal and drive is to share the TRUE love of Christ with my community, and hopefully somehow mop up some of the damage people like Anita have caused, and to show my Christian community to stop stereotyping all of us based on a few baselines that perceive. God looks at us and judges us each as individuals and by our hearts…not Anita’s guidelines.

Colin
November 6th, 2009 | LINK

God works in mysterious ways!All the bile and bitterness in Anita Bryant has infected her, and not our, lives. The wheel has turned with a vengeance. She has created and reaped her own hell right here. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. To quote the Bible ‘By their fruits shall ye know them” Well bigotry hatred and fraud. Quite a score. If I were AB I would not be taking harp lessons any time soon.

I agree with a previous comment made. When I stand before God to be judged I will have I am sure plenty of things to worry about the fact of being gay will not be one of them.

Terril D. Littrell
November 25th, 2009 | LINK

Anita is on FACEBOOK. Her address is in Washington State. See if she will become your friend on FACEBOOK ????

james
November 26th, 2009 | LINK

I am a Floridian that remembers the hatred and anger that Anita Bryant spread. It was really strange to me that her husband…first husband,would pass by me on North Bay Road on Miami beach and try to .shall we say.hook up…Possibly that is what fuled her anger…..I am a gay man that has for the past 35 years (now being 58) spent a great part of his life working (gratis) helping childern in distress and never did I feel any sexual affection for them. Yes I felt affection for them, as a role model, an uncle, father figure,friend. I have spent countless hours in Jackson Hospital detox with kids that were tossed to the streets by society, family or the judicial system, many who were´gay´.some have died,some have been inprisoned, some have compleated high school…………two have compleated law school , one has graduated UM Medical School and is now practicing medicine and spends a good amount of his time working in free clinics. I am currently living in a different country with my GAY partner of 9 years and have been blessed with a son………..a social discard! His mother was a prostitute, father an unknown client…mother died when he was a toddler and he survived on the streets…..alone, only with his clan of other homeless people. he survived! We were lucky that 4 years ago he literaly crashed into us in the street. To make a long story short 4 years later he is our son…our life. He speaks , comprehends, reads and writes in 3 languages, is an honour student, and is respected and admired by all in the community.The first nights ,,,,,Yes Anita,,,he crawled into our bed! He was scared, His life was suddenly different. He had a blanket to cover him rather than some cardboard….yes we held him, we hugged him, we made him feel secure.HE IS OUR SON!, but thanks to people like you ,we cannot take him out of our country on vacation, we have to look over our shoulders in fear that he will be taken away and put in an orphanage and treated like a caged animal….If you have a fear that your children, or by now grand children will be recrited by perverts, then search out perverts!Don’t assume that all gays are perverts, the same that you cannot assume that all heterosexuals are perverts.We hug our son, we kiss him good bye when we take him to school, but of course he being 12 he is a little over it in front of his friends. So….Dear Anita,I thank you for making me a stronger person, I promise to never molest your grandsons,but please if you still speak with your ex-husband Bob….tell him I am not interested!

Kimmo
December 31st, 2009 | LINK

Anita is awesome and is a true inspiration to MILLIONS!! I love her!

She has many updates on her myspace page. VIVA ANITA!!!!!

LarryC
March 22nd, 2010 | LINK

Anita is inspirational to billions across the globe. Go Anita Bryant – live forever!

Alexander Berigan
April 25th, 2010 | LINK

Its such a shame such a beautiful woman with such promise could turn out to spread so much hate through ignorance….

Martin J
May 29th, 2010 | LINK

How can someone look in the mirror in the morning and see themselves as ministers of God, while spreading hate and discontent over a whole class of their fellow human beings, whose only “sins” are being the persons they were born to be? Shame on you, Anita. Shame, shame, shame.

Richard Rush
May 30th, 2010 | LINK

Martin J,

The answer to your question is contained within your question: Seeing themselves as ministers of God is what allows them to look in the mirror and see a good person who was/is doing the right thing. They have chosen a conception of god that is in a perfect symbiotic relationship with their own natures. Blaise Pascal said it well: “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.”

Gerald
June 3rd, 2010 | LINK

Anita Bryant was correct about Homosexuality. We need a moral society to survive, and since she made her stand our society has deteriorated to the point of revulsion. Has anyone ever been to a Homosexual or Gay parade. Very disgusting, unless one is into homosexual lifestyle. I am not. I will give Anita a lot of credit for standing up for what she believed in. I once accidentally saw two men in a passionate kiss. Makes one want to throw up. Don’t want that in my face every day.

Timothy Kincaid
June 4th, 2010 | LINK

Gerald,

I have been to a gay pride parade and you are mistaken. They are not disgusting unless, of course, you are so filled with hatred that you think that gay people themselves are disgusting.

Mostly they are church groups, charities, health organizations, local businesses, community support groups, and clubs for those with shared interests (hiking, cycling, bowling, etc.)

It is so sad that you almost threw up just from seeing two men kissing. What a sad life you must have that seeing love makes you sick.

Pamela Eskridge
August 20th, 2011 | LINK

We do not KNOW the full story. We should not bash anyone, especially without knowing all the facts! Most of this is gossip anyway!

Timothy Kincaid
August 23rd, 2011 | LINK

No, Pamela Dear,

This is not gossip, it’s based on court documents. And, considering that Bryant is known primarily for her campaign to falsely portray gay people for the purpose of denying them civil rights, calls for “not bashing” her are amusing.

emma
February 26th, 2012 | LINK

Thanks for the reminder, for a few secxonds there, I was almost feeling sorry for her.

tommy
July 16th, 2012 | LINK

Anita Bryant – via her hate speeches – will burn in hell for causing the deaths and tortures of gay men and women. She is an evil woman consumed by satan. Proof? Look what she did her employees….robbed them blind while living in a $350,000 home.

EUGENE
December 1st, 2012 | LINK

ANITA BRYANT REALLY IS A LOVELY WOMAN ON THE INSIDE AND ON THE OUTSIDE!HER SOUL GLOWS!SHE IS NOT AND NEVER WAS EVIL!SHE DID HER BEST AND MEANT WELL!LEAVE HER ALONE AND STOP CONDEMNING HER! WE ALL SIN!WE ALL HAVE A CHANCE TO GO TO HELL.KEEP UP YOUR CHIN ANITA!I PRAY FOR YOU!YOU ARE CLASSY!

William Clark III
March 18th, 2013 | LINK

Gay Head on Marthas Vineyard Island,off the Massachusetts coast.At one end of Marthas Vineyard island there is a point of land called Gay Head with high cliffs and a lighthouse on it,It is oldIndian History why it is called Gay head-That is where the homosexual indians and Lesbian squaws got together where the lighthouse stands.A mean squaw that looked like Anita Bryant kept running them off.They should bury Anita under the lighthouse,good place to lay her to rest when she dies.

Harmon
December 26th, 2013 | LINK

When did it become fashionable for the silent majority to say nothing when the truth is in their face. All of you cocoa puff eating homos should take heed of the message that this wonderful woman has fought all of these years. The silent majority should all be ashamed of themselves.

Timothy Kincaid
December 26th, 2013 | LINK

As I don’t eat cocoa puffs, I will feel free to ignore Ms. Bryant’s “message”.

And as for the majority – silent or otherwise – polls show that a vast majority rejects Bryant.

Ben In Oakland
December 27th, 2013 | LINK

They actually haven’t been silent, dear. nor are they the majority, not any more. and that really, really bothers them.

Richard Rush
December 27th, 2013 | LINK

Harmon, unlike you, the majority became increasingly silent as they became educated with the truth about gays, and realized they had been wrong.

Madge Wielander
June 6th, 2014 | LINK

Do not trust this “Drunk-On-Religion” wicked and wretched WITCH ! She is so ignorant, hate-filled and rotten to the core ! By today’s standards, her “moral-crusade” against gay people would never be tolerated ! She vilified, degraded and humiliated gay people through her wicked religious beliefs and her personal “holy war” against millions of American citizens that were consenting adults, tax paying citizens and valued members of society. NOT…criminals, perverts, pedophiles and any of the other vile and repugnant things religious zealots and clueless anti-gay conservatives like to use as propaganda to label and falsely stereotype gay man and lesbians as. When will nuts like her get it ? Not everyone is heterosexual ! Allow gay people to live their lives under their own prescription…in peace and full equality and protections under the law. Why must the brainless insist on “hetero-sexualizing” them ? How does being sexually and emotionally attracted to the same gender instead of the opposite translate into them being bad, indecent or immoral people, anyhow ?

lovet
August 29th, 2014 | LINK

ya I. followed the comments down to the last, and hey am I surprised?? in a dark world that chooses darkness rather than light the truth is never popular.

they oppose everything that God says and still ironically say God is their refuge. what a sorry lot they have become.
should we expect to hear anyone defend homosexuality for whatever reason and say they fear God?? Evil evil evil sons and daughters of the serpent!!

Timothy Kincaid
August 29th, 2014 | LINK

Yes, lovet, Anita Bryant and those who seek condemnation, ignorance, incivility, arrogance, lack of concern for others and a desire to force others to live in accordance with what they imagine that God wants are truly evil evil evil sons and daughters of the serpent!!

Ben in oakland
August 29th, 2014 | LINK

Evil?

Honey, I don’t think the word means what you think it means. Use a thesaurus, and look up the word “mirror”.

Richard Rush
August 29th, 2014 | LINK

lovet, I assume your typing of the word “truth” in lowercase was a typo. Considering the context, you should have typed TRUTH, which is the acronym for Truly Ridiculous Unsubstantiated Theological Hogwash.

Fun fact: TRUTH is the sibling of FACT, the acronym for
Fantasy Accepted as Complete Truth.

john
September 16th, 2014 | LINK

Another thumper who thought that they could force others to live up to a moral code they themselves couldn’t be bothered to live up to.
Divorce, and remarriage?
Neither was faithful?

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