Friday, October 13, 2006

Blumenthal in The Nation: The Coming Gay Republican Purge

The Coming Gay Republican Purge: "Immediately after the Mark Foley scandal broke, some anti-Republican gay-rights activists composed a memo containing the names of closeted gay Republican Congressional staffers and sent it to leading Christian-right advocacy groups. The founder and chairman of one of those groups, the Rev. Don Wildmon of the American Family Association, told me he has received that memo, which he referred to simply as 'The List.' Based on The List's contents, Wildmon is convinced that a secretive gay 'clique' boring within the Republican-controlled Congress is responsible for covering up Foley's sexual predation toward teenage male House pages. Moreover, Wildmon calls on the Republican Party leadership to promptly purge the 'subversive' gay staffers.

'They oughtta fire every one of 'em,' Wildmon told me in his trademark Mississippi drawl. 'I don't care if they're heterosexual or homosexual or whatever they are. If you've got that going on, that subverts the will of the people; that subverts the voters. That is subversive activity. There should be no organization among staffers in Washington of that nature, and if they find out that they're there and they're a member, they oughtta be dismissed el pronto.'"


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