Hate in the Mainstream

Quotes From the Right

“[W]e are going to have an HIV epidemic if this passes.”
— SAM TROMBLEY, a GOP legislator from Clinton County, N.Y., discussing that state’s bill legalizing same-sex marriage on June 22, two days before it passed

“[T]he homosexual movement is the tip of the spear. They’re the ones who right now are beating down the door, have their foot in the door, trying to tear down the moral fiber of America.”
— Oklahoma GOP State Rep. SALLY KERN, on July 27, promoting her new book The Stoning of Sally Kern on American Family Radio

“So far as what’s happening is concerned and who’s making it happen, I’m on the same page as Anders Breivik.”
— Columnist JOHN DERBYSHIRE, giving a nod to a Norwegian mass murderer of perceived liberals in a July 29 National Review podcast and arguing that the “ethnic masochism” of “leftist white elites” is a threat to “European civilization”

“I think the Antichrist is Islam.”
— Evangelical PAT ROBERTSON, the founder of the Christian Coalition, during an Aug. 22 broadcast of his “The 700 Club”

“One of the reasons that God brings earthquakes to the world is because of the transgression of homosexuality.”
— Rabbi YEHUDA LEVIN, who has also blamed gay people for 9/11 and a Haitian earthquake, in an Aug. 23 YouTube video discussing the earthquake that rattled the East Coast that day

“Motherfuckers think they can live in this country and pledge allegiance to another country. … [I]f you love Mexico, bitch, get the fuck over there!”
— Comedian KATT WILLIAMS, arguing with a Latino heckler during a standup performance in Phoenix on Aug. 27

“The ground zero mosque will offer courses in Shariah Law and will doubtless spawn hundreds of new terrorists eager to pick up where the 9-11 hijackers left off.”
— Political commentators DICK MORRIS and EILEEN McGANN, in an Aug. 29 blog post at dickmorris.com, attacking an Islamic center in lower Manhattan without any supporting evidence at all

“Melanin is thicker than water.”
— Conservative radio host RUSH LIMBAUGH, asserting on Aug. 29 that former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who in 2008 crossed party lines to support Barack Obama but has not said if he will do so again, will vote for the president in 2012