Waymon Hudson

Jim Naugle Uses Tax Dollars to Incite Violence in South Florida

Filed By Waymon Hudson | March 03, 2008 11:20 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Politics, Politics
Tags: Fort Lauderdale, hate speech, Melbourne Brunner, Naugle, Simmie Williams Jr, violence

Mayor Jim Naugle of Fort Lauderdale has once again used his office to spread fear and hate about the gay community. In the latest city newsletter, paid for by the city and Photobucketavailable on the city's website, Naugle again used misinformation and bigotry to paint the LGBT community as predators and a danger.

In the official Mayor's message, on the very first page of the newsletter, Naugle again makes the claim that gay men are making our parks and public places unsafe for children and that we need to be "curtailing these illegal activities in the future." This echoes his continued attacks and claims that he wants to "stop an attempt by gays to take over Fort Lauderdale."

This newsletter, mailed to businesses and homes across the city, was sent out on February 16, 2008, only days before both the tragic shooting of Simmie Williams Jr and the savage gay-bashing on Las Olas Blvd. We cannot deny the dangerous effects of Mayor Naugle's words any longer.

How much longer will our city allow Naugle to incite hate and violence towards the LGBT community?

PhotobucketHave we so soon forgotten when Naugle held a press conference in City Hall this summer with so-called "religious" leaders (including the paramilitary-clad director of the men's ministry at Koinonia Worship Center, Mathes Guice, who's myspace page features the sounds of gunfire and battle) and made the call to "take back the streets of Fort Lauderdale from the homosexual community" and "transform Fort Lauderdale and Broward County into the Bible Belt of South Florida" because the LGBT community has "led the spiritual community on a collision course with Satan" (Sun-Sentinel, Sept 4, 2007). The Rev. Aaron Wiggins of Pompano also said, "This will not stand and we will stop it by any means necessary." Both men vowed to do whatever it takes to fend off the campaign waged by "gay activists" against Naugle (Broward Times, Sept 7 2007).

PhotobucketThis is an unmistakable call to violence.

Unfortunately, that call has been answered.

This type of dangerous rhetoric directly leads to an atmosphere of hate and violence. We have seen the effects of this atmosphere in the murder of Simmie Williams and the beating of Melbourne Brunner. For leaders like Naugle to use their office to attack an entire community is unacceptable. For the City of Fort Lauderdale to use tax dollars to print and send this message out into the community is outrageous.

We demand that the city IMMEDIATELY remove this inflammatory language from its site and never again use our tax dollars to attack residents and further create an dangerous environment of violence and hate.

We also demand that leaders on all levels speak out against hatred and bigotry and the violence it has created in our community.

Contact the Fort Lauderdale City Commission and demand they act!

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I hope somebody in Florida is using the FOIA to see what else this creep has been up to on tax-payer dollars. I can only image the stuff that would come out in the wash.

Hold all of the haters and their lackeys responsible, including those in our own community who work against our interests.

All of them, the cynical politicians of the right, the so called Evangelicals, and the Log Cabins have blood on their hands.

This is ludicrous. In a city the size of Ft. Lauderdale, this is allowed to happen? So much for the whole, "Keep coming tourists! We love you here!"

Perhaps they need to add the disclaimer "(Except when our mayor is engaging in hyperbole and inciting violence against your community. Pay no attention to the recent hate crimes.)"

I'm a e-mailin'

(But what's with everyone's name starting with a C? That's kind of creepy.)

Rex Costello | March 4, 2008 9:44 AM

I sent this email to all on the list!

I am extremely concerned as a Tax paying American Citizen and a 47yr old gay man....about the On-Going Bigoted Propaganda coming from, and spewing from your Mayor USING TAX dollars to spread his Blatant bigotry/Fear against the LGBT community. His Rhetoric and Fear tactics have done nothing but give Ft. Lauderdale a "Black eye" and undoubtly recent ATTACKS of Hate Crimes againast LGBT citizens in Ft. Lauderdale.and Florida in general. As far as choosing your area for a viable vacation spot, I choose NOT too visit your area/state. I live in S.NJ...and this past Christmas my partner....got us a Vacation....we had 3 choices....Europe,Cancun or Ft Lauderdale Florida....I told him as far as Europe (too expensive now), and as far as Fla/Ft lauderdale NO WAY..between the Hateful rhetoric from Mayor Naugle's constant ATTACKS against Tax paying,gay and lesbians and thier families & the Right Wing's attempt to enshrine Discrimination in your states Constitution...I honestly don't think I'll ever be going to Florida again...your state will be added to my LONG list of states in America to avoid.