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Listen: Tea Party Group Founder Calls For Class Action Suit Against Homosexuality

by David Badash on October 18, 2013

in News

Rick Scarborough, the founder of Tea Party Unity, thinks homosexuality is worse than smoking, and is calling for a class action lawsuit against homosexuality — just like attorneys general of 46 states brought against the top four tobacco manufacturers in the 1990s. No word yet on who the manufacturer of homosexuality is, but given that Scarborough is a self-described “Christocrat,” it’s a pretty good guess that serving papers will be an other-wordly experience.

Scarborough spoke on a nationwide Tea Party conference call yesterday with anti-gay hate group leader Peter LaBarbera, and floated the ridiculous idea.

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“Peter,” Scarborough said, “the whole issue of a class action lawsuit, you and I have talked about this a little bit. I just wonder if you’ve explored that, talked to anyone about it. Obviously, statistically now even the Centers for Disease Control verifies that homosexuality much more likely leads to AIDS than smoking leads to cancer. And yet the entire nation has rejected smoking, billions of dollars are put into a trust fund to help cancer victims and the tobacco industry was held accountable for that. Any thoughts on that kind of an approach?”

Of course, LaBarbera liked that idea a lot. “Yeah I think that’s great. I would love to see it.” Because what would be better than declaring homosexuality illegal, and… what, throwing every gay person in jail, perhaps?

How very “Christian.”

But that’s not even the worst part of the conversation, because, face it, Scarborough’s idea is just plain stupid and easily dismissed.

LaBarbera went on to say, “We always wanted to see one of the kids in high school who was counseled by the official school counselor to just be gay, then he comes down with HIV.”

Yes, he said that.

Even if it was a, “Hey, this would be an awesome marketing campaign thing” comment, it’s one hundred percent disgusting. This is a grown man who is a father saying that he “always wanted to see” a high school kid come down with AIDS.

Sick.

But it’s important to remember that Scarborough is a radical right wing religious extremist. He’s surrounded himself with other religious and conservative extremists, like disgraced former House Republican Majority Leader and now acquitted convicted criminal Tom Delay, who is on Scarborough’s Tea Party Unity steering committee.

Delay was charged and convicted of criminal election law conspiracy, and the prosecutor is appealing the acquittal.

Also on Scarborough’s steering committee are Don Feder of the World Congress of Families, and Robert Knight, a draftsman of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Feder in 2011 likened the Democratic Party, and Obama especially, to Hitler’s Nazi Party, and the Occupy Wall Street Movement to Hitler Youth in an op-ed,  ”Top 10 Ways Democrats Are Like Nazis.”

Here’s LaBarbera and Scarborough, courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

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{ 25 comments }

Mykelbarber October 18, 2013 at 9:49 am

How about a class action lawsuit against every preacher, pastor, imam, and rabbi in the US who has ever written to a government official, spoken on behalf of a politician, testified in court, spoken in the public square, used their congregation as a political tool, or gotten tax write offs as FRAUDS SELLING SNAKE OIL WITH NO CLEAR PRODUCT OR SERVICE?

Tommeh1734 October 18, 2013 at 10:02 am

sign me up.

MiddleGrounds October 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

I'm in on that.

Tommeh1734 October 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

I for one am dissatisfied that it is OK for people to go onto the media and tell blatant lies. Advertisers can;t do that, so why are these twatwaffles able to twist the 1st amendment to suit their clearly evil intentions?

puddintame1 October 20, 2013 at 12:53 am

LMAO! twatwaffles, I love it.

lorimakes October 18, 2013 at 10:25 am

I'm confused, just who are they thinking about suing? Homosexuals? The CDC? People with HIV? Chimpanzees?

Does this mean we can sue pigs if we get the swine flu?

This could be a real bonanza, so much money to be had. I think I'm gonna start by suing the trees that keep dropping leaves on my lawn.

LazarX October 18, 2013 at 7:48 pm

It's pretty open ended, but presumably every high school counselor who does anything but counsel an "orientation repair" for a gay studen who confides on them would be a target. It'd be hard to justify a class action suit against an individual for one case though. But one target would be the Department of Education, as well as Health. Or any organisation that has advocated acceptance of a homosexual lifestyle in youth counseling.

SeanLiberty13 October 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

Illiterate Tea Taliban Troglodyte pap.

johnohdup October 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

Careful what you wish for TPU. You're more likely to be dragged through the courts as a hate group than any successful class action suit against homosexuality ever taking place…

nieciedo October 18, 2013 at 10:46 am

Hey, if you can fight a war against "terror," then it makes total sense that you can sue "homosexuality."

nieciedo October 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

And once you've granted legal personhood to corporations, the next logical step is to do so to abstract concepts.

BanDivorce October 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

Ridiculous but not surprising.

Help call out the hypocrites who're against same-sex marriage. https://www.facebook.com/MakeDivorceIllegal

TheKaisho42 October 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

What. The Actual. Fuck? This might be fun, though…I mean…what do you suppose the damages would be if he were successful? Free interior decorating? Fashion advice for Life? But I joke too much because LGBT people can do anything…but for levity, I just went for the cheap laugh…because, admit it, a class action lawsuit against homosexuality…that is just about as funny (and a bit disturbingly weird) as it can get, ain't it? How about a class action lawsuit against pornography…heterosexuality (those damn Abercrombie & Fitch catalogs really upset me! ) And we can follow that up with a class action lawsuit against cartoons; oak trees; pancakes (come on…you KNEW they were up to something, didn't you?) or anything else that bugs us. The list is endless! We could tie up the judicial system for CENTURIES while we battle against everything different from us…wow! What fun that's be! I guess I better dust off those plans to become a lawyer…looks like I am going to have a lot of steady work to do past retirement age!! Yay!!

barbonine October 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

It seems to me this is a good idea. Let us apply it elsewhere, like a class action suit against the idiot toddlers who closed the government because they hate Obama.

These people have caused untold damage; to jobs, savings, life in America. They have made it a weird and scary place, and now I have P Tea S D.
Let's sue these jackholes and shake 'em down for whatever they've got. They owe us all!

jchastn October 19, 2013 at 1:25 am

Thats a great idea! How about a suit against the Koch Brothers for funding the worthless Tea Bagger Party that engineered the shut down. 24 billion dollars in economic damage. At least the Kochs can afford to pay the US back.

Wstender October 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

If tobacco companies can be held accountable for smoking-related diseases, then heterosexuals should be the ones named in Scarborough's class action suit, as they are the ones who keep having gay babies.

dillonb1950 October 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

The "homosexual" question needs to be settled once and for all and put into law at the highest level of the law with penalties against discrimination and addressed with science binding research. These fkn hair brains need to be dealt with using their own political tool against them. Giving these guys airtime should also be a crime.

josh October 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

How about all the victims of anti-gay bullying and discrimination, and all the families of those who committed suicide due to anti-gay bullying file a class-action suit against these f*cks? They are clearly inciting hatred and encouraging discrimination.

kllypyn October 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Maybe gay people should file a class action suit again all these so called men and women of god who always picked on them and encouraged hatred against them.

bndkllr2 October 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

When are these idiots just going to admit they LOST?

rainbowman56 October 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Tea Party is a terrorist party! Blast `em!

sallyedelstein October 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm

What century is the tea party from? Are we still in the 1970's? Scarboroughs remarks are both antiquated and ludicrous, yet not long ago the very notion of gay marriage was inconceivable if not downright frightening.

By 1970 as gay rights became more vocal, pamphlets were produced filled with dire warnings of the dangers of homosexuality and the "coming revolution" invading the mainstream. For a look at one such homophobic comic entitled gay Blade published in 1972 that predicted an ominous future filled with gasp…gay marriage, visit http://wp.me/p2qifI-1Cp

Robroberts2013 October 19, 2013 at 1:04 am

We just handed these retarded bigots their balls on a plate with the Supreme Court. Its over. They lost. Forever. The religious bigots will always and forever lose in court, which decides on rationalality, not superstitious hate. So to you retarded bigots — bring it! You will lose again.

sdfrenchie October 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

And we want to file a class action suit against the religious (so-called) and other organizations who continue to harass us on a daily basis with comments like this MF made and for threats to our future.

Get the connection here: This guy is a Tea Party leader. His comparison is H.I.V. transmitted by male homosexuals v. Cancer caused by cigarettes. The connection is that when the Koch Brothers created the Tea Party, Big Tobacco co-supported its beginning. (Big tabacco to this nut case).

It's quite fitting for a Baptist minister to switch to become a Tea Party leader. They all rolled out of the same rotten egg. I think if the harassment keeps up, despite our victory over the Tea Party in Washington, D.C., and the threats continue to once again make equal marriage illegal in future, we truly should bring on a class action suit against these groups. We don't have to stand for it anymore. And while we're at it, the previous victories in court for our side are only a taste of what full citizenship has been for everyone else in this country. We need to demand that the whole nation recognizes us as full citizens with full benefits. I, for one, am very, very angry that I worked from age 14 to 67, served 3 years in the military, and still could not live in certain states and be recognized as one deserving of full benefits under the U.S. Constitution.

This, to me, is an indication that the states that refuse or reject equality for LGBT persons, are still ignoring the rules of the Constitution and holding us to remain second class citizens. They sure don't mind spending our tax dollars, though, do they? And very often it's for things not related to the LGBT community.

Enough is enough. These people think they can harass and abuse anyone they want because they believe they have God on their side. The only thing they have on their side is more like themselves. And they are a minority in this country with big, loud goddam mouths and ignorance and brutal hatred for anyone not like them that has served to scare people into submission…until these past several years when they took things over the proverbial line.

I'm not interested in marrying another man. I've had my lovers through the years. They're all deceased and I'm going to continue alone. My choice. But my choice is also to fight for the rights of younger LGBT people and wear out as many keyboards as I need to, until my dying day, so that you younger people don't have to go through the fucking misery and bullshit my generation has had to endure. It's not going to end until we make it end. And if we don't get angry, if we don't stop partying long enough to take our lifestyle seriously, then we're fucked and don't get any pleasure out of it.

Do I make myself clear? They are not going to let up. They're still using the old "send so-and-so to camps" routine. This week it's the trannies. They're so obsessed with our lives and we don't give a hoot about theirs in the least. Except for the fact that they are holding LGBT hostage, and now the rest of the world has found out what it's like to be held hostage by these sick bastards because if the Tea Party had forced the default, the entire world economy would have collapsed. And now we're being blamed for the shutdown! So, what're they saying? That Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin are gay? No. They're just shootin' the shit like they always have about us and people of color (who also belong to our group in every nationality on earth), and anyone who isn't a Christian in the way that they're Christians. Even the real Christians, or those who come as close to living a Christian existence as they can in America, are fed up with these liars who are embarrassing them around the world. They use the contributions to their enormous cathedrals to travel the globe teaching hatred for LGBT instead of using that money as Christ would have used it. If they actually took the time to help the needy, they'd be so distracted they wouldn't even have time to think about homosexuality. But they're obsessed with it and obsessed with doing away with it. If they think we're such a threat to them, well, let's prove them right and become a threat. Let's sue them for every tax dollar that's ever come out of our wages in every state in this nation because it was used for them and not us. Take their money away and then let's see how loud the motherfuckers are.

puddintame1 October 20, 2013 at 12:57 am

Boy howdy, these asshats are getting more ridiculous by the hour. It's a shame with all the hatred they foment, that the country only noticed how rotten they are, when they shut down the government.

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