LaBarbera Award: Alan Stang (With a Little Help From Paul Cameron)

Jim Burroway

August 1st, 2007

labarbera_award.jpgRonald Reagan was our first “homosexual” president, and the Republican Party is a “sodomite organization” — according to Alan Stang, our latest LaBarbera Award winner.

Who is Alan Stang?

When I was in high school, a local AM radio station in my hometown used to carry a five-minute program called the “Alan Stang Report” produced by the John Birch Society. The program began with Alan Stang’s menacing voice announcing “This is Alan Stang… Stick Around!” before going to a brief commercial for the local sponsor (a candy and tobacco distributor). And he’d always end his report with “This is Alan Stang… Think about it!” In between, you’d hear another revelation from the strangest collection of conspiracy theories imaginable.

According to Alan Stang, Gerald Ford was a communist. So was his vice president, Nelson Rockefeller. Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale were communists too. By the time Ronald Reagan was in office, I was in college so I never found out whether he was a communist or not.

But it doesn’t matter. Now I know something even juicier. Alan Stang’s latest book, Not Holier Than Thou: How Queer Is Bush? spills the beans. And you can trust it because Paul Cameron wrote the foreword.

Not Holier is not a squeamish dance around the issue. It exposes the homosexual ring in the Reagan and both Bush White Houses. It names names and tells who is in bed with whom: “If Clinton is our first ‘black’ President, Ronald Reagan is our first ‘homosexual’ President. . . . For the record, Bush strategist Karl Rove’s late father, Louis Rove, was a homosexual, which could be the reason Karl’s mother committed suicide.” [Ellipses in the original.]

That’s right. Ronald Reagan is our first “homosexual” president. I think I’ve heard just about everything. But it doesn’t end there. According to Alan Stang’s latest book:

“So, George Bush and Karl Rove have always used homosexuality as a weapon, have righteously opposed it and have routinely accused people of it, knowing that those people were normal, while all along they have colluded to make the Republican Party a sodomite organization from the top down.”

That’s the theme of the latest, incendiary book by Alan Stang, who says Republican leaders are using homosexuality to terrify critics into silence, so they can bring the United States to its knees. The foreword by Paul Cameron, Ph.D., chairman of the Family Research Institute, reinforces that theme.

I can’t wait to find out how Cameron reinforces Stang’s discovery of a “homosexual ring.” But after having had a glimpse into Cameron’s fascination with how the Nazis dealt with homosexuality, one might argue that the John Birch Society is actually a step in the right direction.

Well, one might argue it but it wouldn’t be worth the effort.

Hat tip: Jonathan Rowe. Graphic courtesy of Daimeon Pilcher.

Emily K

August 2nd, 2007

This proves the theory that wacko fundies have gone from crying “communist” to crying “homosexual.” A new “ultimate evil” will be found for every generation…

Timothy Kincaid

August 2nd, 2007

I do have to chuckle a little. While the crazies are ranting and raving and seeing conspiracies…. they aren’t entirely wrong.

The Republican Party, like all institutions that require exhaustive commitments and creativity, has a large number of gay persons in positions of power. But that’s also true of the Democratic Party and probably, if we looked at it, the John Birch Society as well.

I can only guess why, but homeowners associations, political parties, fraternities, and committies of every sort tend to attact gay people. Perhaps it is because gay people have more time available, or perhaps they seek to leave a legacy that doesn’t involve procreation.

I do know that the gay friends I’ve known the longest I met through College Republicans. And they were the ones who were not content to just show up for meetings, but instead ran the organization.

Or, at least, that’s the thought that flickered through my head on Sunday as I had a cocktail with a highly placed person in the state’s Republican Party.


September 18th, 2007

The Alan Stang report was my favorite on local radio — the commies are under your bed!

But, maybe — Mr. Stang did get something right — his is not the first mention about Rove’s father:

Scotty Grover

April 17th, 2008

Did you know that, according to the Website of the John Birch Society, one of their members, back in the days when Alan Stang was broadcasting for them, was a man named Ronald Reagan? His record in the White House lends credibility to that statement.

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