Pat Boone's Bizarre Rant Claims "Awful Similarity" Between "Jihadists" in Mumbai and Prop 8 Protestors Attacks CA Gov Schwarzenegger for Encouraging Protests
WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization, responded today to the exclusive commentary posted on the extremist, right-wing website World Net Daily by anti-gay activist and former singer Pat Boone. Boone published a bizarre and disturbing commentary comparing the horrific tragedy in Mumbai, which took the lives of over 170 people, to the protests against Proposition 8 here in the U.S. In essence, equating the Mumbai tragedy with those protesting the passage of the discriminatory amendment in California that took marriage rights away from gay and lesbian couples to terrorists.
In the commentary titled "Hate is hate, in India or America," which can be viewed at http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=82830, Boone writes, "let me ask you: Have you not seen the awful similarity between what happened in Mumbai and what's happening right now in our cities?" Boone went on to state, "What troubles me so deeply, and should trouble all thinking Americans, is that there is a real, unbroken line between the jihadist savagery in Mumbai and the hedonistic, irresponsible, blindly selfish goals and tactics of our homegrown sexual jihadists."
"Pat Boone wouldn't normally warrant a second thought, even if his only claim to fame these days is his unabashed homophobia, but his disturbing commentary on this right-wing site can't go unanswered," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "His commentary marks a new low in anti-gay rhetoric. And yet it also demonstrates the depths of hatred from these demagogues toward the LGBT community. Most Americans would be shocked to see this level of vitriol coming from someone who presented himself as America's sweetheart."
Boone even lodged an attack on Governor Schwarzenegger for encouraging gay Americans to "never give up" in the quest for equality. Boone wrote, "You haven't seen, on the evening news, prominent entertainers and even California Gov. Schwarzenegger, urging the demonstrators on, telling them they should "never give up" until they get their way?" Boone added, "Hate is hate, no matter where it erupts. And hate, unbridled, will eventually and inevitably boil into violence."
"Bigots like Boone will never see how absurd their arguments are, but just like that other anti-gay icon from the 70s, Anita Bryant, Pat Boone's screed actually helps our efforts for equality," continued Solmonese. "In most places in America today it isn't acceptable to be an outright bigot. Obviously, Pat Boone hasn't got that memo."
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