Justice Had Made Ugly Attacks Against LGBT People, Americans' Choice of Bill Clinton
Wisconsin state Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley is facing calls to resign after a progressive issue advocacy organization released published works she had written during her college years.
"Heterosexual sex is very healthy in a loving marital relationship. Homosexual sex, however, kills," Rebecca Bradley wrote in a piece published in 1992 by Marquette University's student newspaper, the Marquette Tribune. Marquette is a private Catholic University.
Bradley, who was appointed to the Wisconsin State Supreme Court last year by GOP Gov. Scott Walker, also wrote that "the homosexuals and drug addicts who do essentially kill themselves and others through their own behavior deservedly receive none of my sympathy."
One Wisconsin Now, a non-profit, non-partisan group, describes Justice Bradley's writings as "a series of hateful and venomous attacks on gay people and people living with HIV." The group on its website notes that Bradley, "in multiple instances, derisively referred to members of the LGBTQ community as 'queers' and 'degenerates', claimed 'homosexual sex kills,' mocked the AIDS epidemic and declared the nearly 45 million voters who supported President Clinton were, 'either totally stupid or entirely evil.'"
The group classifies Bradley's writings as "hate speech." One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross says it "disqualifies Bradley from continuing to hold office and should result in her immediate resignation from the state Supreme Court."
The writings include both letters to the editor and a column and were obtained from One Wisconsin Now by The New Civil Rights Movement. They are signed "Rebecca Grassl," Bradley's maiden name.
In a column blasting the election of President Bill Clinton, whom she called a "murderer," Bradley wrote: "Congratulations, everyone. You have now elected a tree-hugging, baby-killing, pot-smoking, flag-burning, queer-loving, draft-dodging, bull-spouting '60s radical socialist adulterer to the highest office in our nation. Doesn't it make you proud to be an American?"
"You have voted for a man who will judge people on the basis of their color through quotas. I wonder if white men will receive undeserved and unearned preferences over blacks and women as they become increasingly disadvantaged."
Anticipating changes to the health care system, Bradley in her 1992 column claimed: "You have voted for a national health care system which will force you to wait months for the heart surgery you need today. But at least every bum on the street will be able to get a band-aid."
"One will be better off contracting AIDS than developing cancer because those afflicted with the politically correct disease will be getting all of the funding. How sad that the lives of degenerate drug addicts and queers are valued more than the innocent victims of prevalent ailments."
The Journal Sentinel reports "Bradley said Monday she was embarrassed about the columns," which she wrote "'as a very young student, upset about the outcome of that presidential election.'"
"To those offended by comments I made as a young college student, I apologize, and assure you that those comments are not reflective of my worldview," Bradley said in a statement. "These comments have nothing to do with who I am as a person or a jurist, and they have nothing to do with the issues facing the voters of this state."
Bradley is currently up for election on April 5.
Image: Rebecca Bradley website