Showing posts with label Homophobia-Politics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Homophobia-Politics. Show all posts

May 7, 2017

Trump’s Homophobic Sec of Army Mark Green Withdraws

As Rachel noted on the show the other day, Green has quite a colorful record of strange beliefs, including arguing that being transgender is a “disease,” promoting creationism, criticizing public health-care programs for interfering with Christian evangelism, and raising some very strange concerns about Victoria’s Secret catalogs.
As rumors swirled this week that Green was simply too radical to be confirmed, he insisted that the chatter was baseless and that his meetings with senators were going smoothly.
That turned out to be untrue. Green is now out and Trump will need to look for yet another person to serve as Army Secretary.

More background (NYT and Boston Globe):

Vincent Viola, a billionaire Wall Street trader and President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Army, abruptly withdrew his name for the post Friday night after concluding it would be too difficult to untangle himself from his business ties, two government officials said.

Viola is an owner of the Florida Panthers hockey club and a majority shareholder in Virtu Financial and Eastern Air Lines, among other business interests. This week The New York Times reported Viola had been negotiating to swap his stake in Eastern Air Lines for a stake in Swift Air, an airline with government contracts.   

If his nomination had continued, he would have faced certain scrutiny for potentially becoming a government official who benefits from federal contracts. The Army secretary post requires Senate confirmation.

The Trump administration did not announce his withdrawal, which was first reported Friday by The Military Times, but a senior administration official and a Pentagon official separately confirmed his decision, which the White House accepted Friday. Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Viola is a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and he last served in the Army Reserves at the rank of major. He remained connected to the military through donations to West Point, including to the academy’s Combating Terrorism Center.

A former Pentagon official and close friend said Viola was devastated over having to withdraw from what he described as a lifelong dream job. But the former official said Viola felt he was unable to sell his interest in some of his holdings because doing so could have destroyed those companies. His decision followed weeks of negotiations between his lawyers and the government as they sought to find a solution.

Ultimately, they could not.

Viola has a net worth of almost $1.8 billion and is a co-founder of Virtu.  
In an episode unrelated to the finances of Viola, it was recently revealed that he was involved in an altercation in August: He was accused of punching a concessions worker at a racehorse auction in Saratoga Springs, New York. No charges were brought against him.


October 24, 2016

“Let’s make America great Again Like Before the Homosexuals"

A Trump supporter part of a focus group on Face the Nation is asked what they would expect from a Trump Administrations versus a Clinton Administration. The answer she gave is not shocking coming from a Trump supporter what is surprising is that it was aired on national TV by a major network.

Im limiting my comments because the live video is so self explanatory and it speaks volumes that someone in this nation will feel like is 1982 again and such a wish can just be granted by the President of the United States and furthermore that is ok to say so on 2016.

There will always be subversives, bigots and homophobes no matter how good things are but usually they are shamed to be on their own circles and do their own hating to themselves. On this election cycle the unredeemable among us feel they have a place at the table and all they need is a Trump to make their dreams which at one point it was just a misguided notion but now is a dream that our system of government can make true. Are they right? Of coarse they are right. Notions of liberty and freedom to live undiscriminated by our government because of the type of people we love is something that will always have to be defended. We know this because there were times in history in which taking up a same sex partner and enter a union was not seen as abnormal.  Those times were reversed with a vengeance.

The voice from this woman admonishes us not to be contempt but to always be vigilant we are not regressing instead of moving forward. Money issues and the blaming of others for our self creating messes is always lead to people putting those things ahead of social issues. It’s always been so.

Adam Gonzalez

October 12, 2016

Some of Trump’s Supporter Go After Anderson Cooper

Donald Trump may not have voiced a coherent position on a handful of LGBTQ issues (or, really, anything at all) but it's unsurprising that Trump supporters aren't exactly pro-gay. Following Anderson Cooper's attempts at debate moderating on Sunday night, Trumpublicans and Trumpettes took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the openly gay moderator. And they weren't exactly polite.
While Trump's denigration of Cooper stayed away from actual homophobic slurs, the presidential hopeful did accuse Cooper of bias. "I don't think Anderson Cooper should be a moderator because Anderson Cooper works for CNN, and over the last couple of days, I've seen how Anderson Cooper behaves,” said Trump to the Washington Post. “He'll be very biased, very biased. I don't think he should be a moderator. I'll participate, but I don't think he should be a moderator. CNN is the Clinton News Network, and Anderson Cooper, I don't think he can be fair." During the debate itself, Trump accused the moderators of coordinating a "three on one" attack against him and repeatedly alleged that he was not being given enough time, despite speaking for longer than his opponent Hillary Clinton throughout.
Trump's supporters, on the other hand, were somehow even less cordial. Taking to twitter to hurl gay slurs at the noted journalist, the right-wingers have clearly not abandoned intimidation and homophobia as tactics, as exemplified by a collection of tweets compiled by The Daily Dot
 Adamfoxie blog sees no redeeming value in publishing all the homophobic, anti gay obscenities that Trump’s supporters are tweeting and sending out. I have no idea about Facebook (every time I have seen it I have complaint and is been taken out, you should do it too. Help clean this out) but on newspapers and internet publications the name calling is been disappointing and one wonders how much we have advance as a society. Trump’s manner of speaking and throwing out all kind of stuff, truth has been no part of it.  This have given what some of his supporters believe is open license to the homophobic bigot anti gay they always were. It seems the decease was dormant but very much alive right under the surface. 

February 17, 2016

Gay Panic In Indonesia Threatens U.N.Youth Cultural Help


The “LGBT panic” in Indonesia continues. After pushing to get rid of “gay emoticons”, religious leaders and Indonesian politicians are now going after a much more serious target - an initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) aimed at protecting LGBT rights.
On Sunday, Tengku Zulkarnain, the secretary general of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Indonesia’s top clerical body, declared that the UNDP’s “Being LGBTI in Asia” initiative would destroy Indonesian culture.

"We are not a primitive nation or a nation that does not have a culture. The values of the noble nation of Indonesia will be destroyed [by this program], our religious and cultural values,” Zulkarnain told Republika.

He justified his statement by repeating the same things most Indonesian leaders use to justify their hatred of LGBT individuals: that all religions reject LGBT individuals (not true) and that Indonesian culture reject all elements of LGBT (from a historical perspective, also not true).
“(If the UNDP funding is true) it means that they are deliberately seeking to destroy Indonesia in terms of religion and culture,” Zulkarnain said.

Chairman of House Commission VIII Saleh Partaonan Daulay echoed Zulkarnain’s comments, saying that the UNDP funds should not be directed towards Indonesia because all religions and cultures in Indonesia reject LGBT.
“The UNDP cannot equate Indonesia with other countries. Indonesia is special. Our religion and culture are very different. It should not to be confused with other countries," the PAN politician told reporters on Saturday as quoted by Detik.
Saleh then urged the government to carefully oversee the UNDP initiative since it could cause “social unrest”.

It’s easy to see why this would become a hot button issue in the Indonesian media since it smacks of “foreign cultural imperialism”. But the UNDP’s program was actually started back in 2014, and somehow it was not an issue (and it certainly didn’t cause any social unrest) until the recent moral panic over gay rights made it one.

Religious and political leaders are also acting as if the UNDP’s funds are going towards some sort of “gay recruitment” program that has the goal of turning all of Indonesia’s kids gay. 
As outlined on the official UNDP website, “The Being LGBTI in Asia” initiative is aimed at “advancing the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, and reducing inequality and marginalization on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity”.
Specific goals of the initiative are to help LGBT individuals know their rights and have access to justice to report human rights violations. 

So the UNDP’s program is simply aimed at protecting members of the LGBT community, who are among the most persecuted and marginalized in all of Indonesian society (and increasingly so) and who constantly face the threat of violence and discrimination.
As Coordinating Minister for Legal, Political and Security Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said, LGBT individuals are still Indonesian citizens with equal rights under the law that must be protected. If MUI and the Indonesian politicians condemning the UNDP's initiative want to say that LGBT individuals should have no rights and should not be given the protection afforded to them by the Indonesian constitution as Indonesian citizens, then just say that. But don’t pretend this is some kind of cultural imperialism.

March 5, 2015

GOP Pres.Candidate Ben Carson: “a lot of people who go to prison straight, when they come out r gay“

Gay rights supporters Wednesday blasted potential Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s assertion that prison proves that homosexuality is a matter of choice.
Carson, during an interview Wednesday on CNN’s ‘New Day,’ said ‘absolutely’ that being gay is a choice and noted that ‘a lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out, they’re gay.’
‘So did something happen while they were in there?’ asked Carson, a retired neurosurgeon. ‘Ask yourself that question.’
Gregory Angelo, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, said that Carson, based on his choice theory, ‘is a felony conviction away from being gay.’ 
‘Here we are in 2015, and the  American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association have come to the conclusion that sexuality is not a choice,’ Angelo said. ‘Someone with the word ‘doctor’ in front of their name should know better.’
Angelo added that Carson’s comments on homosexuality could drown out the populist, self-help message that Carson is trying to convey as he mulls a White House run. He formed a presidential exploratory committee on Monday.
Carson’s camp didn’t respond to emails seeking comment Wednesday.
The Human Rights Campaign responded to Carson’s comments in an email statement with the headline ‘When did Ben Carson Choose to be Straight?’
‘The only thing that’s really been proven here is that when Ben Carson says what he really thinks, he reveals himself as utterly unfit for office,’ said Fred Sainz, the Human Rights Campaign’s vice president of communications. ‘Ben Carson is putting his own personal ambition ahead of medical science by suggesting that a person can change their sexual orientation. As a doctor, Carson surely knows that countless mental health and medical organizations have condemned the idea that you can change a person’s sexual orientation.’ 

Read more here:
After 500 comments about his prison-sex theory of orientation, I figured you’d be interested in an update. Having taken a ferocious beating in the media for the better part of a day, Carson finally says no mas:


“I also believe that our Constitution protects everybody, regardless of their beliefs, and that includes people who are gay,” Mr. Carson continued. “I have no problem with them doing whatever they want to do. I’m just not willing to change the definition of marriage for anybody, because once you do that, you have to change it for everyone else who comes along. Why would we want to do that? We have something that’s worked for thousands of years to create a nurturing environment for raising children. And I think that’s where we ought to leave it.”
He added: “I simply have decided I’m not going to really talk about that issue anymore, because every time I gain momentum, the liberal press says, ‘let’s talk about gay rights.’ I’m just not going to fall for that anymore.”
Okay, but that’s like Jeb Bush deciding he’s not going to talk about amnesty anymore. It’s one of his pet issues. He’s beloved by his supporters because of his opinion on that particular topic. Ben Carson muting his social conservatism on the most hot-button social issue of the day makes him Mike Huckabee minus the boldness (and executive experience), a major flaw for a guy running as an “outsider.” If you like Carson, chances are you like him precisely because he’s not a politician and therefore more likely to speak candidly about his opinions when asked. He’s the one you turn to for Common Sense that cuts through political niceties. What’s the point of passing on Ted Cruz or Huckabee and rolling the dice on Carson if his attitude towards plainspoken debate with the media on gay marriage going forward is “yeah, pass”?
Say this for him, though: He’s going to end up making a lot of consultants very, very rich. Not Bush-level rich, but still.  

October 21, 2013

Tea Party Calls For Class Action Suit Against Homosexuality Being Worse Than Smoking

Tea Party Group Founder Calls For Class Action Suit Against Homosexuality (Audio)
Former Baptist pastor and Tea Party Unity founder Rick Scarborough, thinks homosexuality is worse than smoking, and is calling for a class action lawsuit against homosexuality, similar to the class action lawsuit the attorneys generals of 46 states brought against the top four tobacco manufacturers in the 1990s.
The revelation was made when Scarborough spoke with conservative activist Peter LaBarbera on Thursday about potential anti-gay strategies, including a class action lawsuit against homosexuality.
According to the Huffington Post:
“The whole issue of a class action lawsuit, you and I have talked about this a little bit,” Scarborough told LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, in a conversation at a Tea Party Unity gathering Thursday. People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch, a progressive advocacy group that monitors and reports on conservative political organizations, posted a partial transcript and audio recording of the discussion.
Scarborough said he believes homosexuality and tobacco companies should be equally vulnerable to class action lawsuits.
“Obviously, statistically now even the Centers for Disease Control verifies that homosexuality much more likely leads to AIDS than smoking leads to cancer. And yet the entire nation has rejected smoking, billions of dollars are put into a trust fund to help cancer victims and the tobacco industry was held accountable for that,” Scarborough said.
The CDC reported in 2008 that “more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.”
But LaBarbera agreed with Scarborough, Raw Story reported, and added, “We need to work on our conservative, alternate media and say, ‘look, don’t do the pro-gay thing, why don’t you rather step out and support these ex-gays?’ We should encourage Fox News to tell these stories … these wonderful stories of happy men and women who have left the homosexual lifestyle.”
Earlier this year, Scarborough expressed anti-gay sentiments, declaring the word “gay” an “abuse of the language” during a guest sermon in New Jersey.
“They’re not gay … that’s a twist into the words,” Scarborough argued. “It won’t be long until we’ll be calling pedophiles ‘happy people.’”

July 30, 2013

NBC Sports Responds to The Russian Olympics and The New Gay Bashing Laws

nbc sports olympics
The Human Rights campaign has called on Lazarus and the 
network to refuse to air the opening ceremony of the games 
Photograph: Phil Mccarten/Reuters
The head of NBC Sports has responded to calls for the TV network to put a spotlight on Russia's draconian new anti-gay laws in its coverage of the upcoming Winter Olympics, saying there would be reporting of the issue but only if it should emerge as a problem during the games.
Mark Lazarus, chairman of the NBC Sports division, told an audience at the Television Critics Association in Beverly Hills that the issue of Russia's clampdown on gay men and lesbians had already been dealt with by the International Olympic Committee. "The IOC has addressed it with the Russian government and has assured athletes, fans and media that there won't be any issues," he said, adding that should the new laws impacted any part of the Winter Olympics "we will make sure we are acknowledging it and recognising it".
The comments from Lazarus are unlikely to tamp down calls from the LGBT community for NBC to highlight Russia's aggressively anti-gay laws in its coverage of the Winter Olympics that is begin in Sochi on 6 February and run for 18 days. There have been widespread calls for protests and a boycott of the games.
Last week the Washington-based LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign wrote to the NBC parent company urging the network to use its broadcasting reach to expose "this inhumane and unjust law to the millions of American viewers who will tune in to watch the games". Specifically, HRC called on the network to refuse to air the opening ceremony of the games.
The new law, signed by President Vladimir Putin last month, imposes fines on those who spread propaganda "directed at forming nontraditional sexual setups" or that gives the "distorted understanding" that homosexuals are "socially equivalent" to heterosexuals. The "homosexual propaganda" penalised under the legislation includes wearing a rainbow flag or tweeting positive messages about gays or lesbians.
The law also provides for the arrest of foreigners engaging in such activities for up to 15 days followed by deportation. The IOC said last week that it had been given assurances from the Russian government that the sanctions for foreign nationals would not be applied to those participating in the games.

July 29, 2013

Baton Rouge Police Busting Gays In The Park for Conversing About Something Legal

The EBR Sheriff's Office is taking some heat after national criticism from the gay community sparked over an article in a Baton Rouge local newspaper, The Advocate.
The article documents 12 arrests made by the EBRSO Deputies at Baton Rouge Park and Recreational Facilities. One arrest, in particular, at Manchac Park has a man charged with an anti-sodomy law that was ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court years ago.
According to court records obtained by the advocate, the arrests were made after undercover communication was initiated at various parks in the parish.  Since the article was posted, the EBRSO has received a backlash of negative reactions from civil rights groups including the Capital City Alliance, a civil advocacy group.
Matthew Patterson, who is a board member of the CCA, says that while his group is still learning about the Sheriff's Office stakeouts, his initial reaction was disappointment.
"At the end of the day people were getting arrested for what amounted to having a conversation about doing something that is not against the law." Patterson commented, "And I just really couldn't fathom that is something you could get arrested for."
Officials from the EBRSO would not talk to 9News on camera, but the Office did send a statement to the CCA this afternoon.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office issued the following statement:
"We want to reiterate our intent in these cases. It was NEVER to target a certain segment of our population. It was only in response to parents, park officials and members of the public concerned that our parks were not safe. When we receive reports of public masturbation, sex and other lewd activity in a park where children are playing, we MUST take these concerns seriously. Our intent was honorable, our approach, however, is something we must evaluate and change. The Sheriff's Office is not concerned with what consenting adults do in private residences. We are concerned with what is going on in public, especially a public place frequented by children. In light of new information, we feel that we need to work with our deputies to provide them with better resources and training to deal with these issues in more appropriate ways. It is very important to us that the public understands our intent and agenda was safety and never prejudiced toward any group."
The Capital City Alliance board responded to the EBRSO statement with a statement of their own:
"We thank the Sheriff for his willingness to work on the problem. He has agreed to meet with CCA and to release a statement that the "crimes against nature" law will not be enforced. It is CCA and Equality Louisiana's intention to discuss the appointment of an LGBT liaison to the Sheriff's Office and the Sheriff's intentions to work with the legislature to remove this unconstitutional law from the books."
Bruce Parker of Capital City Alliance and Equality Louisiana stated, "We know that the damage that has been done to the lives of the people that have been unfairly targeted using this unconstitutional law can't be undone, but we are optimistic that the Sheriff has clearly stated that they will no longer be enforcing this law until the courts or the legislature removes it."
Parker also adds, "Equality Louisiana will do everything we can to support the work of our coalition member, Capital City Alliance, as they collaborate with the Sheriff to remove the possibility of this happening in the future."

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February 2, 2013

Sen.Stacey Campfield- Knoxville -Dangerous} Looking for Gay Kids to Shame and if lucky Kill

Sen Stacey Campfield of Knoxvillestacey_campfield
The man at the picture with a full head of red hair. He might have a full head of hair but that is about the most he has up there. I guess he doesn’t read the news or doesn’t understand them. How can he not understand why there so many kids that have committed suicide? Just because of what he is proposing is one answers. Go ahead shame a guy you find with a guy instead of a girl and what good do you do to have those kids in shame? Already hiding because they can't show public expressions of affections like straight kids are open to.
My suggestion is that someone out to teach himthe consequences of what his doing. I will be trying to communicate with this man and if anything I can always shoot an email or fax or call.
But I wish the peoplle of Knoxvile don’t become accomplice to what he waants to do to your kids. The rest of us also have a responsibility to teach this man that his stupidity or search for power is going to have bad results.
His proposal in knoxville shows that the kids are very far from his mind., The gays is what he is looking for. To hurt, to bring guilt and all all those christian values.
Adam Gonzalez, Publisher
 A Republican lawmaker hee has proposed legislation that would require schools to inform a student's parents if the child is engaging in "homosexual" activity.Under the measure sponsored by state Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville, a school counselor, nurse or principal can inform parents if their children's "circumstances present immediate and urgent safety issues involving human sexuality."Campfield told reporters on that he considers the "act of homosexuality" to be dangerous to a child's health and safety.

The measure is part of a proposal, known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, that Campfield passed in the Senate in 2011, but the companion bill failed in the House last year.
The proposal would ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students.
Campfield says the current legislation has a House sponsor and he's optimistic about its passage.
Last year, in a radio interview discussing his anti-gay campaign, Campfield said HIV and AIDS originated from a man having sex with a monkey and that “it is virtually ... impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex.”
That remark prompted him to be ejected from a popular brunch bistro in Knoxville.

January 10, 2013

Pastor Gigglio Pulls Out of Benediction-Chuckie Still on for Defense

Chuckie for Defense
According to Time Magazine Pastor Giglio withdrew from the invitation to give the benediction to the President Inauguration. Not too many people knew Giglio, even with a name like that. Besides He’s been quiet for a while (quiet does not mean he is not preaching homophobic speeches, just media wise).

 When he was nominated we had no problem with him compared to Obama’s last choice on his last inauguration.  That was awful!!
To be honest we didn’t know much about Giglio and by the time we found out about his ugly anti gay speech 2 decades ago or so we figured Obama was doing a Chuckie Hagel thing.  That is get a homophobic who said he was sorry for remarks even though the guy might still be anti gay, which is Hagel.

Hagel being Secretary of Defense as we learned that the Pentagon is prohibiting the armed forces from reading most gay sites on the net but not sites with the fat man and the mustache, Limbaugh and Company.
 So this Giglio praying to god that Obama does good did not bother us too much. Even though I’ve learned from Time that he is recommended Gay therapy, which makes it him a bad choice.
So Im glad he stepped aside and more important, I wish the person that recommended him should step aside.
To be making recommendations to the president without background checking is a big thing. Of Coarse that’s for his boss to see what a jack ass the guy is. But with Obama going for Chuckie Hagel, he is left the door open that homophobes that said ugly things in the media before he was president and that is ok.
Below is the Time report. I took one word out I didn’t like Liberal(Im a liberal and I think Time has no idea what a liberal vs. very liberal or moderate is just like they don’t know what they are.  adamfoxie*

The evangelical pastor chosen to give the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after remarks he made two decades ago condemning the gay rights movement surfaced.
The Rev. Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Atlanta said in a statement he withdrew because it was likely that the “prayer I would offer will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration.”
Addie Whisenant, a spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, said the committee had chosen Giglio because of his work to end human trafficking.
“We were not aware of Pastor Giglio’s past comments at the time of his selection and they don’t reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this inaugural,” Whisenant said in a statement.
The xxxxxx website ThinkProgress posted audio of the sermon Wednesday. In the talk, which the pastor said he gave 15 or 20 years ago, Giglio cites Scripture and called same-sex relationships sinful and an abomination. He warned congregants about what he called the “aggressive agenda” for acceptance of the “homosexual lifestyle.” And he recommended the writings of an advocate for therapy that aims to convert gays and lesbians into heterosexuals. Repeatedly in the sermon, Giglio urged congregants to welcome gays and lesbians to the church and says God loves them.
In Thursday’s statement, Giglio said “speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past 15 years.”
Obama’s inaugural planners have put an emphasis on reflecting diversity in the festivities, including the participation of gay Americans. Obama personally selected Richard Blanco, whose work explores his experience as a Cuban-American gay man, as the inaugural poet. And the Lesbian and Gay Band Association of St. Louis was one of the first selections to march in the inaugural parade.
Whisenant said the committee was considering others to deliver the benediction at the Jan. 21 event.
By Rachel Zoll 

January 1, 2013

Has Obama Not Learn? Appointing an Outspoken Homophobe As Secretary of State

Outgoing Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said he is "strongly opposed" to former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) becoming the next Defense secretary due to remarks that Hagel made about an openly gay ambassadorial nominee in 1998.
Hagel apologized earlier this month for calling former U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg James Hormel “aggressively gay” in a 1998 interview where he explained his opposition to Hormel’s confirmation.
But Frank said Monday that the apology did not excuse Hagel’s comments.
“Then-Senator Hagel's aggressively bigoted opposition to President Clinton's naming the first openly gay Ambassador in U.S. history was not, as Sen. Hagel now claims, an aberration,” Frank said in a statement. 
“I cannot think of any other minority group in the U.S. today where such a negative statement and action made in 1998 would not be an obstacle to a major Presidential appointment,” said Frank, who was the first openly gay member of Congress.
Frank’s stand against Hagel’s nomination is the latest obstacle for the Obama administration — which has put Hagel at the top of its short list of candidates to succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta — in its decision whether to nominate Hagel.
The Human Rights Campaign issued a statement blasting Hagel for his 1998 comments earlier this month, and the Log Cabin Republicans took out an ad inThe New York Times to criticize the former Nebraska senator.
While Frank is leaving Congress at the end of the year, he is an influential leader among gay rights advocates.
Hagel’s potential nomination has also drawn attacks from pro-Israel groups over comments he made about the “Jewish lobby” and for supporting diplomatic engagement with Hamas and Iran.
Obama defended Hagel Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” saying that he did not see anything that would disqualify Hagel as a possible nominee.
"I've served with Chuck Hagel. I know him. He is a patriot," Obama said. "He is somebody who has done extraordinary work both in the United States Senate, somebody who served this country with valor in Vietnam. And is somebody who's currently serving on my intelligence advisory board and doing an outstanding job.”

In Hagel’s apology, he said his past remarks did not reflect his views, and that he was “fully supportive of ‘open service’ and committed to LGBT military families.”
Frank said in his statement “there does not seem to be any evidence prior to his effort to become Secretary of Defense of any apology or retraction of his attack on James Hormel."
“And to those of us who admire and respect Mr. Hormel, Sen. Hagel's description of him as aggressive can only mean that the Senator strongly objected to Hormel's reasoned, civil advocacy for LGBT people,” Frank said.
Hormel, who became ambassador after a recess appointment, said of Hagel’s apology that if it was a “commitment to treat LGBT service members and their families like everybody else, I would support his nomination.”

 By Jeremy Herb
— Peter Schroeder contributed to this report.
There are lots of times that we don't agree with U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) but we agree with him when he discusses failed former Nebraska U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel.   To say that Hagel is to the left of Barack Obama on issues of national defense truly defines this anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, anti-gay, indecisivie, un-reliable guy who sadly suffers from an Iran-induced late-onset of post trumatic stress disoreder (PTSD).  

December 21, 2012

Chuck Hagel Believes “openly" aggressively gays' Can Not be Ambassadors

The speculation is that Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel is going to be the person the president will name. I wish that would not happen.  Now that the President has come out not just for acceptance of the LGTB community but also for their civil rights to get married, serve in the military, in the government and his administration; it would be a mistake to name this former homophobe. I understand that has people open their minds it makes sense not to discriminate.  We need to have acceptance for those that see the light. The problem is to have an active homophobe in the government that publicly humiliated and hurt us and privately the same.

The Dept of Defense still full of homophobes because is full of closeted personnel; some how it goes together. Where ever you have too many people against other people that have done them no harm, there has to be an underlying reason.  The best reason of a homophobe is to be afraid of being a homosexual, which is clearly what the word implies.
I remember well how he opposed the naming of qualified person that  President Clinton wanted in that position. That was the nomination of James Hormel (Family founders of Hormel Foods). James Hormel had the decency and sincerity to be out. How dare he! Nobody had really criticized him while he was just a billionaire, but as an out gay man he was no good, defective, past the expiration date.

 The comments were made during a debate over the nomination of James Hormel to be ambassador to Luxembourg. Hagel had said Hormel was “openly aggressively gay.”
Ha! You see because he was out he was aggressive and I guess an ambassador is disqualified for being aggressive.  Well that is not so. Then it most be that gays were supposed to be passive and this one, this one was alive! This one was not following the rule that gays were supposed to follow on Hagel's book of decency.

On Thursday, the Human Rights Campaign called out the Nebraskan Republican for his comments and said his “consistent anti-LGBT record” in the Senate raised serious question about where he stands on the issues today.

“We are pleased that Senator Hagel recognized the importance of retracting his previous statement about Ambassador Hormel and affirming his commitment to 'don’t ask, don’t tell' repeal and LGBT military families,” OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson said in a statement following Hagel’s apology. “We look forward to learning more about his commitment to full LGBT military equality as this nomination and confirmation process unfolds.”

The White House has had to come to Hagel’s defense twice in the past month. While he has yet to be formally nominated for a Cabinet position, many think he is on the administration’s short list to fill Leon Panetta’s seat as head of the Defense Department. 

I hope that the gay community, including the very young ones that might not been voters or remember what happened during this nomination for just an ambassador to a nice pretty nation, but a nation we don’t hear much about.  I hope there is enough noise from everyone that does not accept homophobes that the president does not nominate this homophobe.

This could be a teaching moment that homophobia has it’s non- benefits and you wont like them if you are going after gays. 

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