The Florida Agenda, an LGBT newspaper in southern Florida has published a political attack ad paid for by the Broward Log Cabin Republican Club of Florida that features the body of slain American ambassador Chris Stevens. The ad claims that the Obama administration isn't protecting "gay/gay-friendly American citizens from the terror of Islamic radicalism" and suggests that Sharia law will be forced on America if Obama wins a second term.
The advertisement also insinuates that Ambassador Stevens was gay. Rumors about Steven's sexual orientation were started by Kevin DuJan, a gay Republican known best for his outrageous claims about President Obama. DuJan, who writes for the right wing blog HillBuzz, has also alleged that the President is also secretly gay.
"If the Obama administration isn't going to protect Gay/Gay-friendly American citizens from the terror of Islamic radicalism, what makes you think they will protect us from Shariah Law... ANYWHERE?" the ad asks above a Getty Images photo of the ambassador's body being carried through the streets of Benghazi following an attack on the embassy. A video posted by the New York Times shows Stevens being pulled out of a window shortly after the attack. People in the crowd can be heard saying that Stevens is alive and that they would be taking him to the hospital.
The photographer and the government have said that the crowd was taking Stevens to a hospital. Right wing blogs and outlets have claimed that the crowd pulled Stevens corpse out of the building and sodomized it. Some have gone so far as to claim that the administration sent a gay ambassador to a Muslim country to incite trouble.
The advertisement urges LGBT voters to choose the Republican party to "support Israel."
"The Log Cabin Republicans of Florida have cravenly disrespected the life and legacy of a United States civil servant with this ad. Put bluntly, they have crossed the line of civil discourse and good taste by including an image of the corpse of slain US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens being carried through the streets of Benghazi, Libya," said Jerame Davis, National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Jerame Davis.
"It is simply unimaginable to me how any political message, let alone the muddy and ludicrous message of this ad, in any way justifies disgracing the memory of a man who gave his life in service to his country. This level of depravity and moral indifference must not be allowed to enter our political discourse."
Log Cabin Republican Executive Director Clarke Cooper also condemned the ad. "This ad does not represent the position of Log Cabin Republicans, and we reject it completely," he said. "The 9-11 attack on Americans posted in Libya was a straight up act of terrorism. There are plenty of reasons to vote Republican on protecting US interests abroad, but such an ad is fallacious, simple minded and irresponsible."
Cooper, a decorated Army combat veteran and former diplomat, holds a top secret security clearance with the federal government and serves on the Republican National Committee Finance Committee. From 1994-1995, Cooper was on the legislative staff for Republican Florida Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
E-mails and phone calls to the Florida Agenda and the Broward Log Cabin Republican Club of Florida were not answered at publication time.
A larger version of the ad is after the break. Further coverage continues with the post "Florida Paper & Gay Republican Group Stand By Offensive Ad."