Texas GOP vice-chair defends party’s extremist anti-gay platform

Timothy Kincaid

July 12th, 2010

If the term “hate-filled homophobic bigotry” does not accurately describe the platform of the Republican Party in Texas, then it’s a term without meaning.

Not content with clauses about the “protection of marriage” or which express dismay at what “the children” are being taught about homosexuality, the Texas GOP makes no bones about what they feel about gay people. They want to take away your children, deny you health insurance, and throw you in jail.

Homosexuality – We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, refuse to recognize, or grant special privileges including, but not limited to: marriage between persons of the same sex (regardless of state of origin), custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.

Texas Sodomy Statutes – We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy.

But if you think that sounds harsh, well Texas Republican Party Vice Chair Melinda Fredricks knows who to blame: you. If you weren’t so uppity, trying “to force acceptance, affirmation and normalization of homosexual behavior,” then she wouldn’t have to put you in your place.

From The Courier (which her husband publishes)

Although Fredricks admits she cannot speak for the entire Republican Party, she believes the strong statement was a response to an aggressive homosexual political agenda, including an attempt to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and pass laws forcing churches to consider hiring homosexuals. Fredricks said “a large portion of our base is Christian, and we believe that homosexuality is contrary to what God says is appropriate behavior.

“People feel threatened that their children have to be taught that it’s an equal lifestyle to heterosexuality,” she said. “At the same time, you can’t say people are subhuman. (Homosexuals) still deserve the dignity entitled to them.”

I’m not sure I quite see the distinction between “subhuman” and the way in which Fredricks views gay people. And I’m not sure just how much dignity one can have when denied even the most basic of freedoms.

Rebecca

July 12th, 2010

Given that there aren’t currently any “criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values,” at least not in thought or word, we must conclude that the Texas GOP wants to take away legal penalties for acting on that homophobia.

But in what way?

Employment discrimination, I’m sure they support that.

But what else? If someone shoots two lesbians because of his “faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values,” would the Texas GOP support his walking free?

I bet they would.

penguinsaur

July 12th, 2010

and pass laws forcing churches to consider hiring homosexuals.

Exactly like how title 9 forced the catholic church to hire women as priests. F*cking liars.

homer

July 12th, 2010

Obviously she doesn’t have a gay man telling her what not to wear.

Richard Rush

July 12th, 2010

Photo caption: Promoting bigotry with a warm friendly smile.

You’ll have to excuse me, but we just finished watching the six-episode BBC documentary, “The Nazis: A Warning from History.” Fredricks could have been plucked right out of the archival film footage as any one of the happy smiling waving Aryan women secure in their superior purity, and looking utterly enraptured during Nazi rallies.

AJD

July 12th, 2010

“(Homosexuals) still deserve the dignity entitled to them.”

Apparently, imprisonment and permanent second-class citizenship are the dignity to which we are entitled.

Candace

July 12th, 2010

Miss Priss said: “…and we believe that homosexuality is contrary to what God says is appropriate behavior.”

Wow. That’s exactly what most of the civilized world believes about the Texas GOP.

Matt

July 12th, 2010

And how many times has she been divorced, I wonder.

Either way, I’d love to see her actually DEFINE the so-called “dignity” she thinks we deserve.

Oh wait- that’s what that platform was for. I forgot.

Dotty Daphon

July 12th, 2010

“Obviously she doesn’t have a gay man telling her what not to wear.”

Oh, Homer, I know it’s shallow but I thought the same thing when I saw the picture and before I read the story.

DN

July 13th, 2010

“homosexuals still deserve the dignity entitled to them.”

Not the dignity that’s entitled to *everyone.*

paul j stein

July 13th, 2010

We need to screen any potential benefactor of “our” services. If someone books a wedding who is a GOP member we should decline our “gay oriented services”. No flowers from gay providers, no catering from gay owned providers,no formal wear from gay designers, no ANYTHING from gay owned businesses. They can have a tacky, boring, forgettable event. We are in the “Yessm Master” smile and bow phase of our existence. That didn’t work for African-Americans too well did it! Take a hint and get militant.

GreenEyedLilo

July 13th, 2010

My Gods, they even put scare quotes around the word “couple”! I find that striking; they can’t even acknowledge that gay and bi people form relationships, even if they think those relationships are evil and wrong.

The hatred is palpable, and it scares me that this is part of the platform of a state’s major political party.

CPT_Doom

July 13th, 2010

…we believe that homosexuality is contrary to what God says is appropriate behavior.

So are heresy and blasphemy. Can anyone point me to the section of the platform where they support limitations on Mormons’ civil rights?

Jonathan Oz

July 13th, 2010

It just makes me feel so proud to not be a Texan, and not a Republican!

CB

July 13th, 2010

She needs to keep up with her Bible. If she is going to use the Bible as a weapon…

I Timothy 2:11-14: “Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve.”

The New GOP…
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cd

July 14th, 2010

Shorter Texas GOP platform: gay people- EEEEEwwwwwwwwwww!!!!

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