Thursday, July 26, 2012

Five new antigay lies from Republican Mike Huckabee


I heard all of this incredible hate speech being directed toward Dan Cathy and the Cathy family, who are the owners of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, all because they support traditional marriage... It's just their personal beliefs...

If it's just their personal beliefs, Gov. Huckster Huckabee, then why did the company give about $2,000,000 to antigay organizations in 2009 and again in 2010, while constantly issuing denials about its homophobic agenda?


...The activist gay community has just gone crazy about this and a call for national boycotts and essentially trying to put them (Chick-fil-A) out of business which is a form of economic bullying...

No, it's a boycott. Christers do it all the time as you well know, you shameless hypocrite: The American Family Association did it to J.C. Penney for retaining Ellen Degeneres and to Home Depot for sponsoring gay day festivities. You know perfectly well that your ideological buddy and  invited guest on the show today, Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage, tried to boycott "economically bully" Starbucks for opposing a drive to ban gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships in Washington State.  Are there any limits at all to your pugnacious duplicity, Mr. Huckabee?


Chick-Fil-A just wants to sell chicken. They don't really get into politics all that much. But now they've been drug into it by these groups that want to destroy their business...

The "activist gay community" forced them to pump four million dollars into politically active antigay organizations in just two years? Really, Mike Huckabee?


One of the first major organizations that joined in this was the National Organization for Marriage, a highly respected large outreach...

Highly respected, Mr. Huckabee? NOM has thumbed its nose at campaign disclosure laws in Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Maine, Rhode Island, Florida, California, New Hampshire, and Washington State, all states which have sued or investigated NOM or in which NOM is suing or playing fast and loose with campaign disclosure laws because it doesn't want the public to know where it gets millions of dollars. NOM's chairman, Maggie Gallagher, has a history of unethical behavior which was covered by the Washington Post.

NOM staffers hustling a pathetically small 2011 Council Bluffs
turnout to show up at Iowa GOP straw polls by promising to
enter them into drawings for a big screen TV and other prizes
Large outreach, Mr. Huckabee? Did you see the tens of people at each stop during NOM's recent bus tours? Here's one in Iowa last year which failed to draw even 20 people despite the fact that NOM teamed up with two other groups.


Well, it was that Boston mayor's comments that kind of pushed me over the edge and I thought, "Wait a minute. When you have elected officials saying 'You can't do commerce in my town because I disagree with you in your personal life.' " That really was just a bridge too far.

Below is what Boston Mayor Thomas M. Merino really said in his letter to Chick-fil-A, which differs markedly from the two-bit transliteration you served up to your radio audience, Mr. Huckabee:

To Mr. Cathy:

In recent days you said Chick-fil-A opposes same-sex marriage and said the generation that supports it has an "arrogant attitude."
     Now — incredibly — your company says you are backing out of the same-sex marriage debate. I urge you to back out of your plans to locate in Boston.
     You called supporters of gay marriage "prideful." Here in Boston, to borrow your own words, we are "guilty as charged." We are indeed full of pride for our support of same sex marriage and our work to expand freedom to all people. We are proud that our state and our city have led the way for the country on equal marriage rights.
     I was angry to learn on the heels of your prejudiced statements about your search for a site to locate in Boston There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it. When Massachusetts became the first state in the country to recognize equal marriage rights, I personally stood on City Hall Plaza to greet same sex couples coming here to be married. It would be an insult to them and to our city's long history of expanding freedom to have a Chick-fil-A across the street from that spot.

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