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  • Christian Activist Files Ballot Measure To Execute All Gay People By 'Bullets To The Head'

    A California man has paid $200 to file a ballot initiative that, if passed, would mandate for all gay people to die by firing squad, rather than risk god's wrath.

    A Christian activist would like to see all gay people in California executed by firing squad, just so the rest of the citizenry can avoid having to endure God's "wrath." Matt McLaughlin last week paid $200 to file a ballot initiative with the Attorney General in Sacramento that proposes his Sodomite Suppression Act become law. 

    McLaughlin calls homosexual sex "buggery," and "sodomy," and labels it "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 Gomorrha [sic]."

    He says that it's "better" that non-gay Californians kill the gays rather than have to suffer God's punishment.

    "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."

    McLaughlin does not state if minors – say, high school students – would be treated as adults and included in the execution mandate.

    The Sodomite Suppression Act (note it's not the "Sodomy" Suppression Act, a clear indication that it's LGBT people, not just homosexual sex that McLaughlin takes issue with) also calls for a one million dollar fine for each act of transmitting, distributing, or performing "sodomistic propaganda" to minors. 

    And McLaughlin's bill would make it illegal for any gay person to hold public office, be employed by the state, or be granted any benefits, such as welfare, social security, or use any public assets, such as roads.

    McLaughlin will have to get 365,000 legitimate California residents to sign up to support the Sodomite Suppression Act in order for it to move forward.

    Wonkette has done its research and says that McLaughlin is likely the same person who in 2004 attempted to get the Bible in curriculum studies in public schools, an effort that would probably have been unconstitutional and cost the state about $200 million.



    This article has been updated to accurately reflect the name on the filing as Matt McLaughlin, not Matthew McLaughlin.

    Image:17th Century firing squad re-enactment
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    Hat tip: Joe Jervis

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    • commented 2016-06-23 00:06:29 -0400
      @richard_la_france I’d like to point out also that you’re reacting emotionally to this, which, coming from the fact you’re a gay man is understandable. If some similar law was proposed in Maryland to execute obese people or people in wheelchairs (both of which are conditions I suffer from) I might be upset but when stupid things like this happen the thing to do is to examine it dispassionately. First he has to get 600,000+ people to sign it (8% of those who voted in the last Governor’s election); second it has to be put on the ballot, and survive a near-certain challenge for unconstitutionality in court to stop it, third it would have to be approved by 51% of the voters; ans (6) it would also have to survive a court challenge.

      You have to consider these things dispassionately so you don’t go off half-cocked or waste effort more productively spent on better choices and more effective action. Like finding a few thousand people to each call his office phone once per day telling his voice mail how they don’t like his proposal. Now, one call each is not harassment, but it would mean his phone line is locked up and his voice mail is continually full which fills up his voicemail all the time and he won’t be able to get anything done on the phone.

    • commented 2016-06-22 23:30:48 -0400
      @gina_conners "You’re wrong, Paul Robinson. Licensed attorneys are required to follow the law as a condition of their licensure. "

      Uh, can you cite me a U.S. or California Supreme Court, Federal District Court, or Federal Circuit Court decision where it was found that submitting a ballot proposition was grounds to revoke someone’s law license? It is reasonable to require an attorney in the course of his practice for his clients to follow the law. Submitting a ballot proposition is a pure act of political expression and whether or not the proposed law is constitutional it is clearly First Amendment protected behavior, and pulling his license for engaging in a protected activity would not be upheld.

      You got case law to the contrary, I’m all ears. What you think should be done to this slime and what legally can be done may not be the same thing.

      Even anti-video game activist Jack Thompson wasn’t disbarred until he started harassing people., e.g. misconduct related to his practice as a lawyer.

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    • commented 2016-05-15 15:56:08 -0400
      I guess they will have to shoot all these with the homosexuals too…….1Co 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
      1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

    • commented 2016-05-15 14:00:49 -0400
      Perhaps someone should introduce a bill that says “Any male lawyer the the initials of MGM should have their testicles removed by a pit bull.”

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    • commented 2016-03-15 10:03:37 -0400
      You’re wrong, Paul Robinson. Licensed attorneys are required to follow the law as a condition of their licensure. Advocating mass murder doesn’t come close to meeting that standard. Let him cry martyr, but let him also know that there is a price for his aberrant behavior.

    • commented 2016-03-15 09:59:32 -0400
      The religious right is really slipping off the pale. If any of them had half of a brain they might wonder why they are being deserted by young people in droves. Sick, sick people.

    • commented 2016-03-15 08:21:44 -0400
      Hate is a terrible thing to base your life on. But the religious right is doing that while calling hate “love” and violence “peace”. Let religion be personal and taxable.

    • commented 2016-02-29 16:43:34 -0500
      @paul ROBINSON: Did I say “have”? I meant to say “had”. I’ve lived in California for nearly 30 years. I do know what’s going on here. Excuse my typo.

    • commented 2016-02-29 16:40:17 -0500
      @paul ROBINSON: Nothing anyone can say will change my mind. This ballot measure will be once again putting religion into our political process. That is the very thing that has held us gays in second class citizen status all these years. We’ve finally gotten our full rights from the Supreme Court and there’s no turning back. There are bigots like this fool all over the country trying to reverse these newfound rights and as long as I’m still able to fight I will do so.

      The ones who stand behind the Old Rugged Cross are nothing more than frauds who are supporting bigotry, misogyny, and taking away the rights of citizens in a country that supposedly recognizes all citizens’ rights.

      We have a lot of battles ahead of us right now. I don’t even know if the LGBT community is following politics. There is only one presidential candidate who has been defending our rights since the 1960s. That candidate is Bernie Sanders. Any gay person who votes for anyone else, or doesn’t vote at all, is setting him/herself up for a continued fight against discrimination. We are battling an Oligarchy that is, at this very moment, working with the Republican/Tea Party to overthrow our government and allow us to be ruled by corporations. Since the Republicans back the very groups who are highly bigoted, rights will be disappearing for anyone whom they choose to take the rights away from.

      That said, why should any of us sit back and let anyone at all threaten us through the legislative system. Those days are over for me and millions of others. This attorney is supposed to follow Constitutional law. Wanting to pass legislation to be permitted to kill other human beings just because an invisible being supposedly says so is criminal and goes well beyond anything the Constitution would permit. There are entire state legislatures trying to pass laws that will allow anyone of religion to deny service to anyone they don’t feel meets their religious standards. Again, that is unconstitutional. That discrimination even includes hospital workers, doctors included, and ambulance drivers.

      So the fight has just begun. We knew they would be crawling out of the woodwork as soon as the same-sex marriage law became a reality. And we’re ready for the battle.

    • commented 2016-02-29 07:47:49 -0500
      @richard LA FRANCE: "The problem with this whole damned country is that people are too afraid to speak out on injustice. " I see nothing wrong in speaking out against injustice, but I don’t see where pulling this asshole’s license to practice buys anything except turning some mean-spirited gay hater into a martyr who can argue – correctly – that his law license was revoked because of his political opinions that had nothing to do with his actual performance in the practice of law. Let’s not give slime like that this kind of power by giving them an undeserved escallation of their status from wacked-out kook to political victim of a witchhunt. .

    • commented 2016-02-29 07:39:08 -0500
      @richard LA FRANCE"We have to fight Prop. 8 in this state…" Well, I’m in Maryland but the last I heard about Perry v. Schwartzenegger is that a federal district court found Prop 8 unconstitutional the 9th circuit agreed, the Supreme Court found the appellants had no standing, Same Sex marriage was allowed, and eventually the Supreme Court outlawed discrimination on the basis of both parties being the same gender, so I think Prop 8 has been safely killed and buried.

    • commented 2016-02-28 23:53:17 -0500
      @wayne – Thank you. I don’t imagine the state would even bother turning him in to the state bar, and since it’s us out here in the line of fire, who better to see that the screwball loses his license?

    • commented 2016-02-28 21:17:51 -0500
      @richard – I am totally with you on this Richard. The moron is not asking to make same sex relationships illegal (which is water over the dam), but to commit murder in the name of his religious beliefs. Sounds like a page right out of the ISIS play book. Peoples superstitious beliefs have no place on public laws or policies, and any professional that advocates murder, should be blacklisted at the very least.

    • commented 2016-02-28 20:30:05 -0500
      @paul Robinson: Sorry but I’m not backing down on this. We have to fight Prop. 8 in this state because of people like him, but his method is murder. I don’t give a damn if he loses his license. California is mostly a progressive state. We don’t cater to hate groups here.

      I’m living in a city that has its second Republican mayor. Both of them are good on human rights. Every major city in California has thriving gay communities that are protected by law.

      I’m not going to live in a state of fear because people who are supposedly religious are nothing but trash with absolutely no knowledge of the Word of the Christ they allegedly worship. The West is crawling with hate groups – more than the rest of the nation, according to SPCA. It’s bad enough we have legislators in Congress who don’t give a damn about the people, let alone having to fight this shit on our own. Every year the hate groups get meaner and carry more arms than ever before. Some even have their own tanks!

      I appreciate your opinion but won’t be taking your advice. The problem with this whole damned country is that people are too afraid to speak out on injustice.

    • commented 2016-02-28 19:29:11 -0500
      @richard LA FRANCE: I disagree with the idea of reporting him to the state bar and if they have any sense, they will ignore your comment. First, making a disbarment case over this just gives his issue more publicity and gets him more attention. Second, his proposing a ballot initiative is a political act and a First Amendment issue, and trying to take his license foir an action not related to misconduct in the practice of law is likely outside the jurisdiction of the State Bar and would probably not stand up to court challenge. He has clearly sick views, but unless this ballot proposition has some relationship to his practice as a lawyer it is not relevant to his practice.

    • commented 2016-02-28 15:51:56 -0500
      I’ve just filled out an Attorney Complaint form for the State Bar of California and am sending a copy of McLaughlin’s Ballot Measure. I hope this attorney is never allowed to practice law here or in any other state ever.

      Anyone else wishing to file a complaint, go to California State Bar’s website. In the upper left there is a box for Attorney Search. His Attorney’s California bar license number is 198329. His law office address is 19744 Beach Blvd., #219, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, Telephone, (949) 285-7902.

      I recommend taking these steps rather than trying to contact him. He may want the people of California to give themselves over to vigilantism, but we should have the dignity to handle this through legal sources. When the State Bar sees this outrageous filing he’ll likely be dragged over the coals and hopefully will lose his license to practice law here or anywhere in the United States.

      Thanks to anyone considering taking action against this lunatic.

    • commented 2016-02-28 14:41:56 -0500
      You tell ‘em, Nikki Wyatt. I’m sick of their crap, too. No way in hell will I go back in the closet for those freaks. Nor will I ever give up my equal rights again. I’ll be 70 the first of April and I will not become a second class citizen again for god or jeebus or anyone on this planet.

      I’m also a Vietnam veteran. And for all those right wingers give a damn about veterans, screw them. Even having going over to that shithole I still remained a second class citizen. It’s their turn to feel oppressed.

      Tax the churches!

    • commented 2016-02-28 13:07:45 -0500
      This is getting stupid!
      Live and let live!
      If you don’t agree with that just remember this lesbian was trained to soot back in self defense by your Government!

    • commented 2015-12-13 14:58:49 -0500
      So God does not think murder is a worse offence than homosexuality? I don’t know that God. .Is his name allah??

    • commented 2015-08-12 02:47:23 -0400
      As for the “Kiil the Gays” law, let’s see, first it violates the State Constitution’s prohibition against cruel or unusual punishment (People v. Anderson, 493 P.2d 880), the 6th Amendment as grossly disproportionate (Coker v. Georgia, 433 U.S. 584), and the right to private, non-commercial intimacy (Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558). The ban on “gay related” literature violates so many constitutional provisions that I don’t know where to start. Let’s see: Miller v. California 413 U.S. 15; Kois v. Wisconsin, 408 U.S. 229; United States v. Stevens, 559 U.S. 460; and Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 521 U.S. 844.

    • commented 2015-07-08 18:57:16 -0400
      Em Annett, indeed, this was ancient Hebrew religious culture. There are those who would have it represent modern Christianity. But it does not.

      Christianity is not a single stagnant monolith. Even those who claim to “believe” the old Law have ways to remove their effect from all but a chosen few that their hypocritical hearts want to hang onto. Others see that we have passed on from those things and left them behind. Some even question whether God actually commanded such things.

      All it takes is a broad and honest look at Christianity to see it is not a single entity looking for slaughter. An honest look. Are you up to it?

    • commented 2015-07-08 18:40:08 -0400
      These are other ‘offenses’ for which a person could be stoned (or in some cases burned) to death according to the culture in Old Testament times:

      Eating a cheeseburger or anything that mixes meat and dairy (Exodus 23:19)
      BEING RAPED in a city (if an engaged female virgin) (Deuteronomy 22:23-27)8-yes, a women can be killed for having been raped.
      Wearing clothing woven of more than one kind of cloth (Leviticus 19:19)
      Lying about virginity (Deuteronomy 22:20-21)4
      Being one of the majority of women that don’t bleed when losing your virginity (Deuteronomy 22:20-21)5
      Cutting the hair on the sides of your head or clipping of the edges of your beard (Leviticus 19:27)23-wow, things were TOUGH back then!
      Eating any non-Kosher meat (Deuteronomy 12:21)
      Committing adultery (Leviticus 20:10-12)
      Eating fat (Leviticus 3:17)
      Eating pork (Leviticus 11:7-8)
      Being a male who is not circumcised. (Genesis 17:14)
      Trying to convert people to another religion (other than Judism of the time) (Deuteronomy 13:1-11, Deuteronomy 18:20)14
      Consulting a psychic or spiritualist (Leviticus 19:31)
      Being a psychic, medium or spiritualist (Leviticus 20:27)16
      Being a town that believes in another, non-YHWH god (Deuteronomy 13:12-15)17-in other words, the entire town can be destroyed because they have a different religion-sound like anyone current day? Fundamentalist Muslims perhaps?
      Working on Saturday (Exodus 20:10)
      Striking your parents (Exodus 21:15)
      Cursing your parents (Exodus 21:17, Leviticus 20:9)
      Being a stubborn, rebellious, profligate, and drunkard son (Deuteronomy 21:18-21)22
      Notice ZERO protections for children who are raped/assaulted/beaten/abused by their parents.

    • commented 2015-07-08 18:11:00 -0400
      Mel Garber, Despite your assurances that you can lock the definition of Christianity into a single point, you can’t. Lots of people are Christians and do not believe there should be any ill will toward gay people. There are fat Christians. And there are “Christian” idiots like this person who desires a bloodbath.

      Only fundamentalists want to narrow the definitions and conditions so dramatically. I got out of fundamentalism a long time ago. Good riddance.

    • commented 2015-07-08 18:05:13 -0400
      Greg Hughes, it isn’t the job of the writers or editors to censor or judge his allegiances, just as it isn’t my job to judge yours.

      How much better to be offended at his claim and his petition than by headline!

    • commented 2015-07-08 18:01:53 -0400
      GREG HUGHES…allow me to retort….i think the view point is very christian. lets keep it real, the bible is very clear about this. gay people should be put to death….any one that has ever read this book knows and has to agree.unless of course, we dont believe that it is the true and only word of GOD…so my question is this…..how can you be a christian, and NOT believe that all gays must die without being a hypocrite ….let me help you ……YOU CANT….JUST ONE MORE POINT THAT DISPROVES YOUR god…….have a nice day…this message is brought to you by an openminded logical, freethinker,that is strait &pro choice,&pro gay rights….

    • commented 2015-07-06 08:09:20 -0400
      I resent the use of “Christian” in the headline and story. There is nothing Christian about what that man proposes, regardless of what he might claim.

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