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Hate in the Mainstream

Remarkable quotes from people who ought to know better including Pat Robertson, Barbara  Espinosa, Nanette Billings, Ron Reale and others.

“[T]he union of two men doesn’t bring forth anything except disease and suffering, and the same thing with the union of two women.”
—Evangelical preacher PAT ROBERTSON, on the May 15 episode of the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “The 700 Club”

“I don’t believe in calling him the first black president — I call him the first monkey president. I voted for the white guy myself.”
—Phoenix KFNX host BARBARA ESPINOSA, in comments on her “Hair on Fire” radio show first publicized on June 16 that she later said couldn’t be racist because of her last name

“you are an idiot. … Do you know you cant procreate right? Well thank goodness for that.”
—NANETTE BILLINGS, wife of Washington County (Utah) Republican Party Chairman Willie Billings, to openly gay GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger in a June 16 E-mail she later added to by saying Karger was only running to “find more [sexual] partners”

“If putting illegal children in school is now the ticket illegals are depending on to continue their rape of America, then someone has to put a stop to it.”
—Blogger RON REALE, in a June 20 commentary posted at the Center for Western Journalism, known for spawning the conspiracy-minded WorldNetDaily “news” site

“We are much like the Titanic as we inbreed millions of Mexico’s poor, the world’s poor and we watch our country sink.”
—Recalled Arizona state Senate President RUSSELL PEARCE, the author of the state’s punishing anti-immigrant S.B. 1070 law, in a 2007 E-mail publicized by the ACLU on July 17

“Liberals and ethnic activists boast about how America would be better if it were more Latino, but no one else is allowed to say, ‘We like the ethnic mix as it is.’”
—Right-wing author ANN COULTER, who in the same July 18 blog post wrote that California had been “destroyed” by the loss of a white majority in 2000

“Put troops on the border and start shooting. I bet that solves our immigration problem real quick.”
—Ohio’s SAMUEL WURZELBACHER, better known as Obama critic “Joe the Plumber,” in Aug. 11 comments at a rally in Prescott, Ariz.

“Islam is systematically violent and hateful. … ‘Common humanity’ should reject the murderous, perverted teachings and actions of Mohammed.”
—A Sept. 17 essay from the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, whose founder and president is GARY CASS, seeming to contradict the group’s own name