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Anti-Gay Monster Rich Swier On WWPR

by Scott Rose on July 6, 2011

in Bigotry Watch,News

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The notorious anti-gay bigot, Red County blogger, and Tea Party activist Dr. Richard Swier has a regular talk show on WWPR radio in Tampa, Florida, during which he regularly promotes hatred of gays and lesbians. In giving him air time, and in not repudiating Swier’s dangerous bigotry, WWPR’s management are not behaving responsibly.

LGBT advocate Stephen Warne lives in Florida. He worked for ALSO Youth in Sarasota, which was founded to protect gay youth from bullycide. Warne also founded Step Out Sarasota, whose mission is to advance diversity, understanding, acceptance, and equality. “Rich Swier, Sr.,” Warne says, “has written very hateful things for many years about GLBTQ people – and attacked me personally while I worked at ALSO Youth.”

Swier, whose show on WWPR radio airs Monday through Friday at 11:00 AM, recently outraged the community by stating that anti-gay bullying is a “healthy” form of peer pressure. His current pretense for making that assertion is the existence of HIV. There is no logic, only anti-gay hate and militant ignorance to his assertion. Though lesbian women have an exceedingly low rate of HIV infection and an even lower rate of transmitting HIV, Swier is as violently and irrationally against acceptance and equality for lesbians as for gay males. And, though suicide claims by far more young lives annually in Florida than does HIV, Swier describes the bullying of young gay people as “healthy.”

St. Petersburg Victim’s Rights Attorney Robin Allweiss, meanwhile, describes bullying in Florida schools as being “out of control.” Alerted to WWPR’s broadcasting of Swier’s militant ignorance on HIV and public health, Thomas Liberti, Chief of the Bureau of HIV/AIDS of the Florida Department of Health wrote, “Thank you for informing us about this situation. I will be out of state for the next two weeks so I am going to ask my prevention director to look into this.”

Whereas multiple online bio blurbs for Swier state that he is involved with the School Board of Sarasota County, Superintendent Lori M. White says that Swier’s “views on this subject do not represent the views of our school district.”

Swier recently started a blog, Man Up, ostensibly dedicated to HIV prevention, but in fact given over to many of the most vicious and malignant forms of anti-LGBT bigotry. Two forms of anti-gay bigotry in particular figure prominently on Swier’s Man Up blog. One is the propagandistic notion that acceptance of and equality for gays will provoke America’s downfall. Swier, furthermore, maliciously portrays gay Americans as actively seeking the nation’s downfall. This was precisely Hitler’s message to non-Jewish Germans -– Jews are an internal enemy; treating them as equals will spell Germany’s demise.

Swier also fans bigots’ baseless fears that gay people are out to get their children. In that, Swier is using against gay human beings an equivalent to the infamous “blood libel” wherein Jews were said to kidnap and kill Christian babies to use their blood to make matzo.

Last November, immediately after the election, The Florida Independent reported, “The chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota County — where the party swept every election last Tuesday — is crediting a controversial local blogger with a history of extremist statements with helping ‘shift the whole area right,’ in the process calling him a ‘great American’ and ‘part of the team.’

“The comments from Republican Party chairman Joe Gruters came in an election night interview with Red County blogger Richard Swier, who has called homosexuality a ‘destructive behavior‘ and compared murdered Kansas abortion provider George Tiller to a Nazi scientist.”

Florida Tea Party Spokesman Doug Guetzloe, however, say “The Florida Tea Party does not condone or support the comments put forth by Mr. Swier. The Florida Tea Party supports individual freedom.”

Speaking of babies, Ronnie Paris, Jr. was a three-year-old living in WWPR’s broadcast area in Tampa. His father feared that Ronnie seemed homosexual. Hoping to apply a sort of peer pressure that would keep Ronnie from being gay, he started boxing him and beat him to death. And WWPR is now giving air time to Richard Swier, who says peer pressure to keep young people from being gay is “healthy?”

WWPR and Swier’s level of aggressive ignorant adult bullying would not be tolerated against any other minority group and should not be tolerated against LGBT Americans, either. In giving air time to this anti-gay monster who says that bullying is a “healthy” form of peer pressure, WWPR apparently does not care whether Swier’s despicable jabbering leads to more Ronnie Paris-like murders, may that poor dear little angel rest in peace.

 

New York City-based novelist and freelance writer Scott Rose’s LGBT-interest by-line has appeared on Advocate.com, PoliticusUSA.com, The New York Blade, Queerty.com, Girlfriends and in numerous additional venues.  Among his other interests are the arts, boating and yachting, wine and food, travel, poker and dogs.  His “Mr. David Cooper’s Happy Suicide” is about a New York City advertising executive assigned to a condom account.


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{ 10 comments }

drswier July 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Thanks for getting the word out about my efforts to stop behaviors which are harmful to men. Mr. Rose believes I am a "monster". I believe Mr. Rose has his agenda and demonizing individuals is part of the way he gets his way. Mr. Rose, in effect, bullies people.

Charles Krauthammer wrote, "It is not enough for the deviant to be normalized. The normal must be found to be deviant."

Please visit: http://manupflorida.blogspot.com/

MAN UP! was inspired by the Florida Department of Health report, MAN UP: The Crisis of HIV/AIDS Among Florida’s Men. The report, "seeks to encourage men to 'man up' and take responsibility for the consequences of their sexual actions." This blog is dedicated to the premise of holding men accountable for their personal behaviors. There are many personal behaviors that men engage in that have huge negative consequences. Among them are promiscuity, alcoholism, drug abuse, divorce, adultery and male sex with males. Each has its own deleterious effects on America and our culture. As Joseph Stalin said, "America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.” The male body of America is unhealthy and we have lost our resistance to behaviors that harm us, our families, our friends and community. This must stop. Men need to MAN UP!

David Badash July 7, 2011 at 12:37 am

Thanks for taking the time to comment. Assuming you are Dr. Swier, let me state I agree with Scott Rose, the author, entirely, and as the editor and founder of The New Civil Rights Movement, I too believe you are a monster. This isn't a tactic, Dr. Swier, but a statement of fact. Your "work" has harmed hundreds of thousands of people, and in an age where America has finally begun to accept the LGBT community, you have thrown the state of Florida into the Dark Ages.

Next time, if you want to plug your site, have the decency to not post a press release here. More importantly, I urge you to spend some time with people more learned than yourself. You have a great deal to learn.

IndieVoter July 7, 2011 at 12:56 am

Excellent piece Scott! If we all think about it, this monster, Dr. Swier is among the demographics of the most bigoted people in this country. 65+ are still holding onto the beliefs of the Dark Ages! They seek to keep their women subservient to their owners…..er…..husbands. These old farts are dying off quickly enough that soon we will all be able to live at peace!

I'm somewhat disappointed that the predictions of the May 21st rapture didn't take place. The sooner these whack-jobs' so-called "savior" takes them and leaves the rest of us in peace, the better!

weshlovrcm July 7, 2011 at 1:36 am

The Bible warns us that we will know false prophets by their fruits. When a person claims to know Jesus while advocating bullying and violence against others, that person’s “fruit” gives them away. Bad fruit cannot come from a good tree. The sad truth is that others are being deceived along the way and made as much a child of hell as the false prophet.

Unrepentant homophobes want to indoctrinate school childen into the immoral anti-gay agenda. They want children to be taught that anti-gay bullying and hate crimes are acceptable, normal social behaviors. We know this is the opposite of anything our Lord taught us so we should be wary of becoming entangled in such sinful, immoral teachings and those of us who are people of faith need to warn others.

As a Christian gay man, I am called to express my loving concern. The good news is that thousands and thousands have humbled themselves and found the strength to walk away from homophobia. It’s happening all around us! I pray that unrepentant homophobes such as Swier realize the harm they are causing in the name of Jesus and repent. It’s never too late. I’d suggest those caught up in the immoral anti-gay deathstyle begin their exit by watching the movie “Tears For Bobby.” It gives us graphic, loving proof that even the most vicious unrepentant homophobe can be freed from the sin of homophobia. God is good!

drswier July 7, 2011 at 6:20 am

<div class="idc-message" id="idc-comment-msg-div-170609990"><a class="idc-close" title="Click to Close Message" href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(170609990)"><span>Close Message</span> Comment posted. <p class="idc-nomargin"><a class="idc-share-facebook" target="_new" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u =http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/anti-gay-monster-rich-swier-on-wwpr/politics/2011/07/06/23174#IDComment170528592#IDComment170609990&t=I just commented on Anti-Gay Monster Rich Swier On WWPR | The New Civil Rights Movement" style="text-decoration: none;"><span class="idc-share-inner"><span>Share on Facebook</span></span> or <a href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(170609990)">Close MessageThanks for all the comments. I find them missing the point entirely. So far the comments are hateful toward the elderly, hurtful and ideologically driven. They are by definition bigoted.

I never in any of my columns discuss Judaism or Christianity. However I have written about shariah Islam. I pointed out in one recent column the following facts:

Shari'a, or traditional Islamic law, is based on the Qur'an, Allah's revelation to humankind, and on the hadith, sayings attributed to Muhammad according to tradition. Both the Qur'an and the hadith have been generally interpreted as condemning sexual relations between persons of the same sex.

"Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law" paragraph p17.0 titled Sodomy and Lesbianism states:

p17.1 In more than one place in the Holy Qur'an, Allah recounts to us the story of Lot's people, and how He destroyed them for their wicked practice. There is consensus among both Muslims and the followers of other religions that sodomy is an enormity. It is even viler and uglier than adultery.

p17.2 Allah Most High says: "Do you approach the males of humanity, leaving the wives Allah has created for you? But you are a people who transgress." (Qur'an 26: 165-66)

p17.3 The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:

(1) "Kill the one who sodomizes and the one who lets it be done to them."
(2) "May Allah curse him who does what Lot's people did."
(3) "Lesbianism by women is adultery between them."

The Arabic words for homosexual behaviour (liwat) and for a person who performs such acts (luti) both derive from Lot's name.

Islam is young, controls 56 nations, is barbaric and has 1.3 billion followers. Rather than bash Christianity I suggest you look else where for those who would do men who have sex with men harm.

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IndieVoter July 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Dr Swier (and I use the term doctor VERY loosely!) We are against ANY and ALL religious individuals regardless of religion who do harm to ANYONE for who they are. I don't care if you are Christian, Muslim, Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, etc. so long as you keep putting crap out there such as you stating that bullying is "healthy" peer pressure WE WILL continue to hold you accountable! Your words have consequences! Whether you want to believe it or not, it is in fact YOUR generation that keeps teaching others to hate! Well guess what, you have taught me well. I hate people like you because you have sought for others to do harm to LGBT teens!

IndieVoter July 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm

And because of that, YOU are no better than an Islam fundamentalist. The only difference is that you have OTHERS carry out your wishes as opposed to strapping the bomb on your own body!

demandequality July 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm

JOIN THIS CAUSE ASSHOLE – SHOVE YOUR FUCKING GAY BASHING BULLSHIT DOWN YOUR OWN FUCKING THROAT AND CHOKE ON IT YOU FUCKING WORTHLESS PILE OF GENOCIDAL HOMO-HOT-&-BOTHERED HETEROSUPREMACIST TYRANNICAL THEOCRAT SHIT

demandequality July 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm

TAKE THIS ACTION ASSHOLE – GO FUCK YOURSELF AND DROP DEAD YOU WORTHLESS PILE OF SHIT

drswier July 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Interesting that those who cannot defend their argument always resort to cursing. That is another bad behavior that men should not engage in. MAN UP!

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