Sen. Buttars and the Voice of Bigotry
February 19th, 2009
ABC4 television has posted an edited audio clip of Utah State Sen. Chris Buttars’ award winning remarks, in which he cites homosexuality as “probably the greatest threat to America going down I know of.”
Unofficial Transcript of Buttars’ Remarks
Well, the gays are extremely organized, very aggressive, and they’re always trying to be treated equally as married people. I oppose that.
Well, it’s all sneaky, and so I say no, you can’t do that. Here’s the reason. You have to accept that you’re expanding the definition of marriage if you do that. And I swear to it, I’ve killed every one they’ve brought for eight years.
They had a gay convention here, of the states around here, and they named me as public enemy number one, and I was their number one target. They brought two people — I just got elected again last November. They brought two strategists in from back East and they spent a quarter of a million dollars trying to beat me. They didn’t do it obviously. But they won’t give up.
Now they’ve got five other bills and they’re all starting in the House. And the reason they’re all starting in the House is they think they’ve got a better chance of getting some momentum. My fiends in the House, and I have a lot of them, tell me they’re not going to let that happen. Now they’re going to be under a lot of fire because the media’s for them.
You know the media puts out things that says Americas… Utahans favor rights for gays, but you wonder how you ask the question, and you wonder how big the sample was and who did it. For example, this same organization run a survey on me when I had to go through the convention and said I’d lose by 26%. I swept the convention. You win by 50%, but if you get 60% you don’t have to have a primary. I got 60%. So they missed that one by about 30 points. They said I was beatable, and one of the reasons they said I was beatable was they said I was under fire for ten months.
I know now they were just waiting for this. That was part of the campaign. I made a statement on the floor talking about a bill that, they said I did a racial slur by calling it something … I don’t want to talk about it anymore. I think that that was wrong. I wasn’t even talking about people. And then the thing just build momentum. I said once to a reporter that they were coming at me like a lynch mob, and he said that was another racial slur. And it just builds.
And you know there’s a lot of groups in on it. The ACLU, they wanted me to resign. They demanded I resign. So I called them and said let’s talk. And she said okay. And then she called back and said well you have to let the press be there. And I said I don’t want to do that, just another media frenzy. So she knew. And I go home that night and it’s on television, and the television pointed at an empty chair right there, and it swings to her and she says “I don’t know where Sen. Buttars is. He should be here.” It was a lie. But they ate it up and I was someone that wouldn’t even go and talk to her.
Well I have a lot of friends, lots of friends. Well obviously I beat him. It was closer then you’d think. I got eighteen thousand something votes and I beat him four percent. If I run again, they’ll be after me again.
I believe in the Constitution being something that was inspired of God. And the way these people are destroying the Constitution is they’re saying the Constitution is a living document. That means it’s subject to change. But truth don’t change. It does not change and I won’t accept any of that.
So they say, well, that a marriage is between a man and a woman and that’s changed; look around. Look at all these combinations. Combinations of abominations is as far as I’m concerned. To me, homosexuality will always be a sexual perversion. And you say that around here now and everyone goes nuts. But I don’t care.
I don’t believe the church will ever change its position. I don’t think they can because of the proclamation on the family. If you read that, it’s all about gender.
They say “I’m born that way.” There is some truth to that, in that some people are born with an attraction to alcohol. One drink and you’re gone. But if someone tells you, or you have gay marriage and we’ve got two mommies and no daddies, they grow up believing that’s okay. And they say well we don’t indoctrinate our kids. Well my goodness. I mean call me stupid but if you’re living with those people and you love them, then you’re going to figure that’s okay.
Their number one goal is to proselytize the youth. That’s why I threw them out of the schools because I said no it’s not a friendship club, that’s a recruiting station. And it was thirteen high schools and junior highs that had one and they’re all gone but two. And I don’t think they’ll go because the way its written the principal has the right, without recourse to the principal, to make the decision if that club’s right for his school. So if someone come up and say we want to have a gambling club, he can say no. It doesn’t fit. And you can’t sue him. They got in because they was going to sue and the ACLU, bless their black hearts, come in and said, oh, we’ll sue you. And personally, the principals were scared. So the bill says if you want to sue us, you got to sue the state. Okay.
On society … okay, I’ll pick … a pure example, you have the Boy Scouts of America. They fought a battle and won that they didn’t have to have gays in their organizations. You know what happened in Canada? Well the Boy Scouts of Canada went the other direction at about the same time. They ended up with gay scoutmasters and everything, and at this point they’ve destroyed the Boy Scouts of Canada because the heterosexuals have all left.
Oh, Gayle and I have been called every name in the book. We have to have a big dictionary to look up the things they’ve called us. But they’re mean. They want to talk about being nice, they’re the meanest buggers I’ve ever seen. They’re just like the Muslims. Muslims are good people and their religion is anti-war, but it’s been taken over by the radical side. And the gays are totally taken over by the radical side. You don’t see the gay out there saying let’s not do this. Let’s not do this. You see them marching around with signs and everything else.
You know there’s many studies that talk about how long a gay marriage averages, how many partners a gay person has, he might even say he’s married to over a lifetime. You ought to get a hold of those because if I told you what it was you wouldn’t believe me. Well, it’s about fifteen. Not sex partners, there’s a lot more sex partners.
I think that this gay thing is going to go to where, you see right now, because of Bush, like him or love him, in my opinion he saved us for the foreseeable future because of the two appointments he’s made. But what if a couple of those conservatives die and he puts in Ginsbergs? Well then Obama will accept the fight to bring it before the Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court rules, no matter what we’ve done, it’ll trump it because it’s not in the U.S. Constitution.
Well, I believe the whole thing is immoral. And I believe you’re moving towards… you see =, if you say to me quit shoving your morals down my throat old Buttars, my answer back is you know my morals. What’s yours? What is the morals of a gay person. You can’t answer that because anything goes. So now you’re moving towards a society that has no morals. There’s never been a nation that’s survived that’s done that.
They want to totally change… it’s like two of these bills is the… all over again, what do we call that one, it’s when a person gets preference in hiring? What’s the word? Affirmative action. Now we proved it don’t work. Well here it is, in Utah, right now on the docket. They give the gays privilege in hiring and employment. So it doesn’t matter if I’m the most skilled. You get the job. Now I’ve told them that will never pass in Utah because all we’ll do is prove that that don’t work. But there they’re after it and they’re pushing it hard.
The church is going to be staying out of it as best they can. They state their position in policy and church handbooks and in the Proclamation of the Family, which I believe will become canonized. Yes. It’ll be hundred in section thirty nine. (?) But it said if you’re a bishop and you come in and say well I’m gay, I’ll say well okay, you’re gay. Are you active in the gay sexual movement? And if you say yes, then there will be a court on you and you certainly will not be a Temple recommend.
The church court is actually where they look at you, have you committed something against the church rules that there should be a penalty for, no penalty, some penalty, extreme penalty. And you could be excommunicated. I know a lot of people that have had that. I’ve been in on some of the courts.
They’re always exaggerating. They have Gay Pride day here. And the news is totally on their side. In fact, most news is liberal. And here it’s no different. The Tribune’s become the Tribune tabloid in my opinion. But they have Gay Pride Day and they said we’re twenty-five thousand people. Well that’s a lot of people. However some of my friends told me that if you walked around the parking lots, there wasn’t hardly any cars from Utah. Wyoming, Idaho, and he estimated I don’t think it was half Utahans. But they portrayed it as that and the press gobbled it up.
The press is after me all the time. We said seven words about another issue to a reporter two days ago, or I did, and I was on the front page yesterday. I believe that … well I was going to have a resolution that encouraged people in conjunction with whatever you do, like happy Hanukkah, to say merry Christmas. Oh, the liberals went nuts over that. There it is right there. It’s on the top fold. I said seven words and I made the top fold of the front page. Now I’m the only guy up here that that would happen to. You know, I don’t mind. He’s right. I still believe they ought to promote it. It’s unbelievable.
No, there’s a lot of dollar costs. They’re trying to have insurance rights the same as a man and a woman. Now when you’re married, the insurance company can quantify you’ve got this many married people so they run their underwriting. You have no way to do that with gay people. And you’re going to take on paying for all of the extra, most often, diseases. And that’s huge. And now you as a straight get to share that cost. That’s what I’m talking about. Those kind of diseases are not exclusive with gays, but they represent the huge majority.
But, you see I get accused of being a homophobe and everything you can name, and that won’t change because, just like they labeled me public enemy number one, had they beat me there’s good odds he’d have passed that bill two days ago. I’m the wall they hit and they say that. They say that this man stood in the way of our agenda for eight years. He has to go.
Well, you’re going to break down the family structure, there’s a lot of other bills they would like to introduce, like insurance. I believe that you will destroy the foundation of American society because I believe the cornerstone of it is a man and a woman, the family. It is, in my mind, the beginning of the end.
Oh, it’s worse than that. Sure. Sodom and Gomorra was localized. This is world wide. You can’t tell me that something that was going on in Sodom and Gomorra is not going on wholesale right now, and to a large degree among the gay community. Absolutely. The underbelly is just what I said, is they can’t beat us unless the Supreme Court rules and overthrows everything. They can’t touch is in Utah.
The underbelly is they do not want equality, but they want superiority, just like these two bills passed here. They want… they want hiring, they want housing, they say we want to be treated just equal. They don’t. And I believe that they’re internally, they’re probably the greatest threat to American going down I know. The radical gay movement.
I can tell you the darkest side. I hear all about it. I had a lady call me last night that I know well and talked about one of the underbellies. It’s too ugly to talk about. I’m not going to talk about it. I don’t know why they got like they did. You know some of them dress so bizarre. You take the transsexuals. Course they want to now be called transgendered. They got to get a kinder word. It’s like abortion. Pro-choice sounds pretty cool. But I know a couple of ladies and in fact I’ve spoken about, the gays asked me last year before the session to come and speak to them on what they was going to pass and if I thought it was going to pass. And I told them hell no, it won’t pass.