Terrance Heath

The Craziest Things Conservatives Have Said About ENDA

Filed By Terrance Heath | November 07, 2013 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: Bryan Fischer, Dean Young, employment non-discrimination, ENDA, fundamentalist Christians, Gretchen Carlson, Rafael Cruz, Republican politicians, Republicans behaving badly, Steve King

In his first floor speech since suffering a stroke two years ago and spending three months in recovery, Sen. Mike Kirk (R, Ill.) took to the Senate floor to support the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, and to urge his fellow conservatives to do the same.

Kirk broke his silence, and urged his party to stand “in the true spirit of Everett McKinley Dirksen and Abraham Lincoln, men who the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 13th amendment to the constitution.”

For the most part, Republicans have not heeded Sen. Kirk. All but seven Senate Republicans voted against cloture on ENDA. Senate Republicans have mostly kept quiet about their reasons for opposing the bill. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of their fellow Republicans and conservatives. Here are some of the most “out there” comments from the right, so far.

Rafael Cruz

He famously fake-filibustered against Obamacare for 21 hours, but Sen. Ted Cruz said nary a word on Monday night, when senators were given a chance to speak in opposition to ENDA. Not to worry. His father, Rafael Cruz has plenty to say.

In June, the senior Cruz lumped LGBT equality in the same category as evolution: communist lies designed to “destroy the concept of God.”

More recently, Papa Cruz complained about gays stole the word “gay,” to advance a liberal agenda.

It sounds like Rafael Crus has been talking to the nest guy on our countdown.

Dean Young

Before losing to the Republican primary for Alabama’s first congressional district, tea partier Dean Young told gay citizens to “go back to California.” During his 2002 campaign of Mississippi secretary of state.

For the last two decades, Young has built his political identity on combating the scourge of homosexuality, which he has called “deviant” and “destructive.” In an interview with the Associated Press during his 2002 campaign for Mississippi secretary of state, Young suggested that gays were not indigenous to Alabama and must have moved there from more gay-friendly jurisdictions. “If they don’t like the laws of Alabama…then maybe they need to go back to California or Vermont or wherever they came from,” he said. He referred to gay rights activists as “nothing more than a gnat on the rear end of an elephant,” and nearly came to blows with his GOP opponent during a televised debate.

Before running for office, Young cut his teeth as a social-conservative advocate and spokesman for then-District Judge Roy Moore, who became a right-wing icon for keeping a stone sculpture of the Ten Commandments in his courthouse. “Either you get your lives straight or you get back in the closet where you came from,” Young told gay rights activists at a 1996 rally in support of Moore. “The people of Etowah County are going to stand against the homosexual lifestyle and against things that are against the laws of God,” he added.

 It might surprise the former congressional candidate that, yes, gay people are indigenous to Alabama. And the Daily Show even found some Alabamans who are OK with that.

Steve King

During a radio interview the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, Rep. Steve King (R, Iowa) said gays wouldn’t have to worry about getting fired if they were quieter.

He said, “Let me ask you a question. Am I heterosexual or homosexual?” And they looked him up and down — and actually they should have known — but they said “We don’t know.” And he said “Exactly my point. If you don’t project it, if you don’t advertise it, how would anyone know to discriminate against you?” And that’s at the basis of this.

If people wear their sexuality on their sleeve, then they want to bring litigation against someone that they would point their finger at and say “you discriminate,” it is an entrapment that is legalized by the ENDA Act, it appears to, and its a violation of the individual rights of employers to, at their own discretion, decide who they want to hire and who they want to fire. We don’t need more federal mandates. And we surely don’t need a political statement, and that’s what this is, too. This is the homosexual activist lobby taking it out on the rest of society. They are demanding affirmation for their lifestyle. That’s at the bottom of this.

Because straight people never wear their sexuality on their sleeves. They hardly ever mention it, right?

Bryan Fischer

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer renamed ENDA the “Jerry Sandusky Pedophile Protection Act,” and also claimed that there’s “no protection for heterosexuals” in ENDA.

Millions of American heterosexuals may be shocked to learn that they have no sexual orientation, because that’s the only way a bill that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation could have “no protection for heterosexuals.”

Back in April, when Catholic high school teacher Carla Hale was fired after being outed in her mother’s obituary, Fischer said that gays should be discriminated against much like shoplifters.

Does that mean we’re going to start putting “inventory protection devices” on marriage licenses and engagement rings? Fischer previously dubbed ENDA the called for conservative Christians to “reclaim discrimination.”

Last January, Fischer wrote in a blog post that ENDA represented “the return of Jim Crow laws” and would lead to “flaming homosexuals” suing Christian companies.

Gretchen Carlson

In what could be an homage to Paul Ryan’s “I don’t know we are talking about this” moment from the 2012 election, Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson complained that workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans is a “distraction” from real issues like jobs. Apparently, a bill to prohibit job discrimination against LGBT Americans isn’t about jobs. Not really, since “teh gay” cancels out the part about jobs … on Carlson’s planet.

Fortunately Fox contributor Julie Roginsky was on hand to remind Carlson that lots gay people have jobs, and lots who don’t would like to have jobs they can’t be fired from for being gay. ‘Cause you can’t afford to “work it,” if you can’t find work.

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