The Human Rights Campaign has posted the rants of Pat Boone that equate anti-Proposition 8 protesters with the terrorists of Mumbai in India. This is the sort of terrifying rhetoric that gives permission to those who would attack gay, lesbian and transgender persons. All of us need to speak out against such hatred.
In the commentary titled “Hate is hate, in India or America,” which can be viewed here, Pat Boone writes, “let me ask you: Have you not seen the awful similarity between what happened in Mumbai and what's happening right now in our cities?” Boone went on to state, “What troubles me so deeply, and should trouble all thinking Americans, is that there is a real, unbroken line between the jihadist savagery in Mumbai and the hedonistic, irresponsible, blindly selfish goals and tactics of our homegrown sexual jihadists.
Read more here.
H/T to Susan Russell, President of Integrity.
UPDATE from the Rev. Susan Russell:
"It is patently irresponsible to equate the actions of American citizens in the streets peacefully protesting discrimination against gay and lesbian people with terrorists in Mumbai or anyplace else. What we are seeing are the same tactics used by the "Yes on 8" campaign here in California to create a fear based response to misinformation in order to continue to marginalize gays and lesbians. That someone of Pat Boone's
stature would sink to this level is deeply disturbing and flies in the face of the new spirit of hope and cooperation we look forward to with a new administration in Washington. He should be ashamed of himself."
-- Susan Russell