Overheard, Summer 2007

Quotes From the Right

"[C]ivil rights … is a racket that is used to exploit primarily heterosexual, Christian, white males' birthright and … give it to people who didn't qualify for it."
— Host MICHAEL SAVAGE, speaking on Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Talk Radio Network's "The Savage Nation"

"Are we going to force the Jews to apologize for killing Christ?"
— Virginia Rep. FRANK HARGROVE (R-Hanover), in remarks that prompted angry rebukes, speaking on the statehouse floor Jan. 16 against a proposed state apology for slavery

"One wanted to kick me in the uterus until I couldn't have children. Others have all kinds of really lewd and awful threats. ... [I]f the goal of these people was to scare me, it worked."
— Arizona Rep. KYRSTEN SINEMA (D-Phoenix), describing in the Jan. 30 issue of The Arizona Republic the rape and death threats she received after proposing a bill that would have outlawed armed civilian border patrol groups

"Indisputable evidence … demonstrates conclusively that so-called secular evolution science is the … 'creation scenario' of the Pharisee Religion."
— Anti-Semitic memorandum circulated to the entire Texas House of Representatives on Feb. 9 by Rep. WARREN CHISUM (R-Pampa) that was earlier circulated to Georgia House members over the signature of that state's Rep. Ben Bridges (R-Cleveland), who denied authorship

"[George Soros] apparently very cheerfully and willingly went to work for the Nazis."
LEE RODGERS, co-host of San Francisco radio station KSFO-AM's "Morning Show," characterizing the liberal Jewish financier, who was 13 when the Nazis invaded his native Hungary, in Feb. 9 remarks later retracted by the program director

"Classes promoting the homosexual lifestyle will be included in school curricula beginning with the lower grades."
— American Family Association Chairman DONALD WILDMON, in a Feb. 20 "action alert" warning of "what homosexual activists are trying to force on every American"

"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot'."
— Columnist ANN COULTER, in a March 2 speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference that was denounced by CPAC's main host, the American Conservative Union, and several Republican presidential candidates, and resulted in newspapers canceling her column

"[John] Edwards would be the first female president. … [W]ho would design and make Edwards' inaugural gown?"
— Host RUSH LIMBAUGH, expanding on a New York Sun story and Coulter's remarks, on the March 8 edition of Premiere Radio Network's "The Rush Limbaugh Show"