Brain Blair, incumbent County Commissioner from Hillsborough County in Florida, has once again shown what a complete scumbag he is. Readers may remember Blair as the man who attacked the National Day of Silence, which was in memory of 15 year-old hate crime victim Lawrence King, as promoting a "social and sexual agenda upon the rest of us and especially, our children." The gay-bashing email came out while Blair is in a tight race with openly gay candidate Kevin Beckner.
Well, he's back spreading his special brand of hater-ade to the masses, this time slamming the African-American community and Muslims. But don't worry- he still has plenty of hate for the gays too.
BECKNER: This is part of Mr. Blair's agenda of marginalizing people in our community. He's had a history of it. He's marginalized the Muslim community. He's pushed for banning books in our libraries. He's gone after our kids. He slighted our African American community. Mr. Blair has done more to drive down the socio- and economic value of our community than anybody other than former commissioner Ronda Storms.
BLAIR: That's a complete fabrication. First off, I just supported giving the NAACP $15,000. I've been on the Urban Caucus for the last four years. I've coached black kids. Black children stay at my home almost every weekend... I was born in Gary, Indiana, you know where that is, Kevin.
There were very few white people in my neighborhood. I didn't know what prejudice was. Probably the only two white people in my neighborhood were myself and Michael Jackson. My friends were all black. ... You're flat-out wrong.
I like the old "some of my best friends are black" argument used by Blair (he even lets them stay at his house!! What a hero!). It might have been more convincing if he didn't follow it up with a racial slam against Michael Jackson. But not to worry- Blair has gay friends too, so he can't be a bigot.
BLAIR: Well, in December of 2004, a gentleman representing the Muslim religion came before the school board and asked if Eid, which I believe is part of Ramadan, be recognized as an official school holiday. That went to a subcommittee, a calendar committee that's comprised of 28 members. Where these members come from, we still don't have the exact answers. I guess they're citizens, friends of the school board members, various people like this. As a matter of fact, I think there's a Jewish representative and a Muslim representative on the board. Of the 28, only 12 showed up, as I understand it. They gave them very little feedback other than the option of taking President's Day and turning it -- they basically gave --
O'REILLY: So a Muslim wanted a Muslim holiday, which is absurd in a Judeo-Christian country. I mean, we can't be having Hindu and Buddha. I mean, come on. I mean, this country is founded on Judeo-Christian traditions.
I am so proud of Kevin Beckner for taking Blair to task on his bigoted views and his obsessive focus with enforcing his "values" on an entire community. Let's make sure we all rally around Beckner, help his campaign, and make sure Blair isn't around another term to keep spreading his bigotry.