Though it might seem like the recent “religious freedom” act signed into law by Indiana’s Republican governor is a giant step backwards for gay rights, all things considered the U.S. is a pretty good place to be LGBT. It could always be better, but despite the reactionaries on the Right trying to push gays back into the closet, both public sentiment and history are lined up against them. These are the desperate acts of small-minded bigoted homophobes.
That’s not to say everything is sunshine and flowers. I’m not gay, but if I were and read the details of the proposed Sodomite Suppression Act and wonder if I went to sleep in America and woke up in the dark ages somewhere in Iran, Uganda, or Nigeria where putting homosexuals to death is legally codified.
In February, California attorney Matt McLaughlin paid $200 to propose a ballot measure called the Sodomite Suppression Act. McLaughlin’s measure describes gay sex as “a monstrous evil that Almighty God … commands us to suppress on pain of utter destruction.” Given these high stakes, McLaughlin suggests all gay people “be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.”
a) The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
b) Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating-wickedness in our midst, the People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.
c) No person shall distribute, perform, or transmit sodomistic propaganda directly or indirectly by any means to any person under the age of majority. Sodomistic propaganda is defined as anything aimed at creating an interest in or an acceptance of human sexual relations other than between a man and a woman. Every offender shall be fined $1 million per occurrence, and/or imprisoned up to 10 years, and/or expelled from the boundaries of the state of California for up to life.
d) No person shall serve in any public office, nor serve in public employment, nor enjoy any public benefit, who is a sodomite or who espouses sodomistic propaganda or who belongs to any group that does.
Monstrous and appalling. Such evil hatred makes me sad for this world and violated by reading such filth. This insanity is the pushback that comes from people on the wrong side of history.
Whenever you see guys like Mr. McLaughlin whom are simply obsessed and thinking about these homosexuals and the things they do and how it creeps him out and its on his mind all the time all day long it makes you wonder why, oh, why is he on this Evil Sodomite Thing?
Maybe The Onion had the answer?.
A letter writer to the San Diego Gay and Lesbian Times crunched the numbers and calculated the possible effects if Mr. McLaughlin’s murderous proposal were approved.
Here’s how lawyer Matthew McLaughlin’s initiative would actually pan out:
1. Assuming you kill 1.4 million people (approximate LGBT population of California) and congressional seats are based on population, you would lose two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
2. Next, consider that the median income of Californians is $61,000 and the average household size is 2.9 people. The average state income tax rate is 8%. Killing off the LGBT community would cause a loss of $40 million in tax revenue in California each year. The Fed would be out $112 million annually
3. Finally, the average additional cost associated with a capital punishment trial is $1 million per person. Multiply that times 1.4 million LGBT and well, you do the math.
I believe not only should this “attorney” be disbarred, he should also be charged with all applicable crimes. Matthew G. McLaughlin is perhaps proposing killing more people at one time than were killed at Auschwitz during World War II.
Until such time as the laws of California are changed, McLaughlin is within his rights to file his disgusting proposal no matter how nuts it is. This perversion of the process allows McLaughlin to go looking for about 370,000 like-minded morons to sign his proposal in a state of nearly 39 million and the Sodomite Suppression Act would end up on the ballot. Even if it were defeated as it definitely would be, as the law currently exists, there is nothing to stop McLaughlin from coughing up another $200 to try it again,
It’s not a quantum leap from state-approved discrimination against the LGBT community to state-approved executions. How dare we sneer at the Islamic extremists when we have good Christian extremists doing the same thing here?
What the hell happened to the American Dream? How did it get warped and perverted to this?
The only way to hold back the darkness of ignorance descending on this country, is to drag the homophobic bigots kicking and screaming into the light. From a crank in California to the governor of Indiana.
The choice is between everybody having theirs rights or the last rites. McLaughlin has the right to hate homosexuals and want to see them dead, but not the right to force the state to do his dirty work for him.