Sen. Hatch: "Gays and lesbians don't pay tithing, their religion is politics"
by: Autumn Sandeen
Fri Jun 04, 2010
This rhetoric is highly insulting and offensive to lesbian and gay people, particularly to devout followers of a wide range of faith traditions. Media have a responsibility to show the gap between Hatch's false anti-gay rhetoric and the actual lives of lesbian and gay people of faith.
~Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), in GLAAD Urges Media to Scrutinize Offensive Comments by Senator Orrin Hatch
Mixing a little religion with his conservative politics at a Dixie State University (St. George, Utah) town hall meeting, Sen. Hatch had nice things about tea partiers, and some less than nice things to say about gays and lesbians.
[Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)] said he sympathized with the Tea Party members, but said the emotion to "Throw the bums out" could backfire because experience does matter in Washington, D.C.
"Tea Party members I know by and large are good, honest, descent [sic] people, but out of anger should not disrupt the few GOP [candidates] who can win," he said.
He said the Republicans need to organize and pull together just as unions, environmentalists, personal injury lawyers and gay rights activists do for Democrat candidates.
"Gays and lesbians don't pay tithing, their religion is politics," said Hatch.
So if ya' ain't got's teh Jeebus, and you don't tithe to a church, then apparently you don't deserve equality under the law. And, that's not even taking into the faith of many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people -- many of whom are paying tithes to the churches they attend.
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Not trying to steal your thunder, petalsinthewind; these two articles just really struck me.