Waymon Hudson

Politician uses "Day of Silence" to attack opponent

Filed By Waymon Hudson | April 08, 2008 6:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living, Politics
Tags: Brian Blair, Day of Silence, Florida, Hillsborough County, Kevin Beckner, Lawrence King

A County Commissioner from Hillsborough County, blaircolor.jpgFlorida has just sent out a nasty anti-gay email to his supporters to oppose the National Day of Silence scheduled for April 25. In the e-mail, Commissioner Brian Blair told his supporters that the day, which is being held in the memory of 15-year-old hate crime victim Lawrence King, is promoting a "social and sexual agenda upon the rest of us and especially, our children."

The e-mail includes information provided by the American Family Association that warns parents to: "Explain to your children why you're taking a stand: Homosexual behavior is not an innate identity; it is a sinful, unnatural and destructive behavior."

This email conveniently comes out while Blair is in a tight race with openly gay candidate Kevin Beckner. Read the entire bile-spewing email and more after the jump...

The email reads:

Dear Friends,

I have always believed that all citizens are equal and should be treated accordingly. On the other hand, no group of citizens should be given government sanction and support to promote their social and sexual agenda upon the rest of us and especially, our children. The attached email provides information about a "Day of Silence" for homosexuals in our schools. Considering the fact that the same school system does not want to allow just one Minute of Silence in the classroom for God, this is preposterous.

I encourage every parent of children in the participating schools to voice their opposition to this proposal to the school administration, the School Board the newspapers and to family and friends. Can you imagine asking for a "Day of Cheer for Heterosexuality?" If no action is taken to change this policy, then perhaps it is time for another surgical strike from the majority; a "Day of Abstention" from school participation might be considered.

Kindest Regards,
Brian Blair

But the crazy keeps coming as he attaches this "action alert" from the right-wing fundamentalist group American Family Association:

On, Friday, April 25, several dozen schools in Florida will be observing 'Day of Silence (DOS).' DOS is a nationwide push to promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools...

1.Be sure of the date that DOS is planned for your school. (The national date is April 25, but some schools observe DOS on a different date.)

2.Inform the school of your intention to keep your child home on that date and explain why. See the sample letter above.

3.Explain to your children why you're taking a stand: Homosexual behavior is not an innate identity; it is a sinful, unnatural and destructive behavior. No school should advance a physically, emotionally, and spiritually destructive sexual lifestyle to students.

4.Schools do not have to tolerate students remaining silent in class. Schools can adopt policies that require parental consent for students to attend any club, including those premised on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Let's get this straight. Apparently we have to stop "destructive behavior" in schools, which in Blair and the AFA's opinion doesn't include murder like in Lawrence King's case. It doesn't get much more "destructive" than being shot in school, does it?

Why are these people not speaking out against that type of behavior or "taking a stand" against that "sinful act"? Instead they keep spreading the hate that leads to horrible acts like King's murder. They put more kids in danger under the guise of "protecting the children."

It's truly disgusting that Blair is using this day of silent, peaceful protest and remembrance to bash his opponent and try to get votes. I know politics are dirty, but this is downright stomach turning.

But this isn't Blair's first time at the gay hating rodeo.

In 2005, Blair voted to prevent the county government from acknowledging gay pride celebrations. The same act also banned public libraries from putting up displays that celebrate Pride Month in June.

Blair's opponent is Kevin Beckner (www.KevinBeckner.com). Beckner is an extremely active LGBT rights advocate who works with great groups like Equality Florida and the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus. Blair has repeatedly used anti-gay sentiment against Beckner in the campaign.

Blair is the type of politician our community must rally against and get out of office. Spreading virulent hate like what is in this email directly relates to the violence and bigotry that LGBT youth face on a daily basis.

Let's rally behind our kids, our community, and our candidates so we can get bigots like this out of office. I encourage everyone to give what you can to Kevin Beckner's campaign and write Brian Blair (blair.brian@gmail.com) to let him know what you think.


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Schools do not have to tolerate students remaining silent in class.

An intriguing concept... I had classes where vocal participation helped my eventual grade, and it didn't help to be called on and not have an answer, but silence was never an intolerable offense.

Opponents of the DoS love to lie about it, inferring that it is something that the school administrators or teachers are doing, sanctioning, or scheduling. The day only happens when it starts with students at the local school. The students, out of respect for the school and their fellow students, approach administrators to say, "As a matter of conscience, we intend to do this thing, but in an effort to minimize disruption, we will collaborate with you."

It's as if Blair and friends believe that nonviolent social action can be stopped in its tracks. The Montgomery Bus Boycott received plenty of officially-sanctioned pushback from folks who found the boycott disruptive and hoped to coerce its leaders into ending it.

If they're serious about changing people's access to free expression (and that includes high school students' expression), they've got to challenge the Constitution. The rest of this is just self-serving political noise.

I completely agree, Bose. This is completely self-serving noise, but it also has serious consequences.

This is how kids like McInerney, King's killer, learn that hate is okay. When their parents tell them it's okay to hate someone because they are gay or gender variant, it opens the door to horrible consequences.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | April 8, 2008 11:22 PM

Liars and hypocrites abound in Florida politics. He is from a backwater that is Southern in tastes and would probably have preferred that the South had won the war, there were still separate drinking fountains, and that inequality for all was enshrined in State law.

He is stupid enough to blame the local school for a federal court ruling about prayer. Logically he is unfit to hold public office, but would be an excellent addition to a right wing book burning. Sadly, in matters of politics and religion Americans have perfected hatred and fear of anything unknown to them.

OK dummy, if we are completely equal citizens (as you say) we get to advocate our lifestyles as freely and openly as you do. We also get to mourn our losses as openly as you and enjoy our victories as completely as you.

We also get to mourn our losses as openly as you and enjoy our victories as completely as you.

I think that says it best. Thank you, Robert!

I fantasize about whether these looneys are stupid enough to put "Day of Silence" to a court test. Unless we come up against a judge who has never read the First Amendment, the "social and sexual agenda" of that day would involve our lawyers mopping the courtroom floor with their rear ends.

And for several centuries now there indeed has been a traditional "Day of Cheer for Heterosexuality" ... except we usually call it Valentine's Day.

diddlygrl | April 9, 2008 1:09 AM

Only the ridiculous right could take a day dedicated to the memory of victims of senseless violence, and turn it into a promotion to "force a sexual and social agenda" on to people.

It seems these wingnuts are really obssesed with the sex lives of other people.

Perhaps if they did something more than just the "missionary" position; expanded their own techniques to include say, doggie style, a little play acting, some S&M (remember the safe word!), they would lighten up.

I know what, lets send them copies of the Kama Sutra. Maybe then the poor dears would have something more to do than worry about how someone else may play.

Joseph Kowalski | April 9, 2008 1:14 AM

Brian Blair seems to be obsessed in opposing gay rights. He was once a professional wrestler so perhaps he is overcompensating for his participation in a homoerotic sport.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | April 9, 2008 4:25 AM

Don't worry Allen! Halloween will always be our Gay holiday!

Robert,
Halloween is definitely a big trans holiday. I even got to crossdress at work back at BM (Before Monica.) The first time I did it, they were surprised on how good I looked. One guy asked me how I could walk so good in heals and noticed I shaved my legs. They weren't so thrilled when I started my transition. The first Halloween after I started transition, I crossdressed again, in the other direction. I went to the club as Indiana Jones.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | April 9, 2008 9:57 AM

I'm sure you were alternately stunning and handsome.

And for several centuries now there indeed has been a traditional "Day of Cheer for Heterosexuality" ... except we usually call it Valentine's Day.

Aint that the truth?

Homosexual behavior is not an innate identity; it is a sinful, unnatural and destructive behavior

That's probably the nicest thing he's ever had to say about us! I hope the behavior is destructive... of closed minds!

Oh, ba-zing!

But seriously, I can't believe silence offends these people so much. It'd make an interesting study in rhetoric or something....

As far as I'm concern, religion is not an innate identity and I feel that their version of religion is a sinful, unnatural and destructive behavior. YET, religion is one of the protected catagories. Since a person can change their religion, then maybe we should start a movement to have it removed as a protected catagory.

diddlygrl | April 9, 2008 3:15 PM

Hell yes Monica! Just a little trip through the history books will show how destructive and unnatural religion, and christianity in particular, can be.

Do animals "save themselves" for marriage?
How many mammals go out and slaughter their own kind over the question of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, or some other ridiculous quetion of doctrine?
How many creatures burn others at the stake for heresy or witchcraft?

Religions have caused untold levels of misery and violence through out the centuries, especially the judeo/christian version.

Perhaps it should be listed in the DSMV as a mental abberation or psychosis? I know Sally Kern could use some long sessions of therapy.

Blair and Jim Naugle should get a room and find peace with who they are.

http://www.bbrianblair.com/gallery/kb/pic48bees.jpg
Still a killer B 2 me.
Oh yea, I signed up on www.KevinBeckner.com
What a cutie he is.
Thanks for the post Waymon. And thanks for the comments everyone.
The Town Hall went swimingly BTW.

[Homosexual behavior is not an innate identity; it is a sinful, unnatural and destructive behavior]

Someone might remind him of the last time time that religion tried to overturn science on a high-profile issue.

The Galileo case did not work out so well for the Catholic Church's prestige....

Joseph Kowalski: Your comment is spot on! Pro-wrestling is softcore bi/gay porn.

They are so against day of silence and ready to speak out against it but they have nothing to say when homosexual students are beaten kill and harassed. they have nothing to say when people protest with signs that say "go hates fags" and "god laughs every time a fag dies"
why is that ok but staying silent for ONE day is wrong?

oh yea thats a true Christan right there
I'm sure they'll be the first to get into heaven!

They are so against day of silence and ready to speak out against it but they have nothing to say when homosexual students are beaten kill and harassed. they have nothing to say when people protest with signs that say "go hates fags" and "god laughs every time a fag dies"
why is that ok but staying silent for ONE day is wrong?

oh yea thats a true Christan right there
I'm sure they'll be the first to get into heaven!