Utah state Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, has been removed from a judicial committee that he chaired after comparing gay activists to radical Muslims and saying that gay activists are “probably the greatest threat to America going down.”
Buttars who appears a perfect nut case in the interview added: “It’s the beginning of the end. Oh, it’s worse than that. Sure. Sodom and Gomorrah was localized. This is worldwide.” I need to repeat: he was the chair of the Senate judicial committee.
His colleagues, however, want to emphasize that this is not punishment for the hateful comments. Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups said he will remain on the Senate Rules Committee and that it is merely an effort to remove a distraction.
Others like Stephen Graham of the Standard of Liberty came forward to associated himself with the hateful comments.
What is perfectly ironic is that in his campaign promises Buttars called for “Stop Legislation that Allows Government to increase Control of Our Personal Lives.” Of course, he was speaking of legislation dealing with home schooling. When it comes to people with private lives that he does not agree with, he is ready to use Big Brother to stop ” the greatest threat to America going down.” His literature promises
Despite the recent venom directed at him for defending traditional values, Senator Buttars will never abandon the framework of spiritual and moral values upon which our government was founded. Senator Buttars will continue to stand against the very aggressive special interest groups whose mission is to eliminate all traditional and moral values from government.
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26 thoughts on “Utah Senator Removed from Judicial Committee After Anti-Gay Comments”
Utah and Mormonism is worthy of a long discussion in and of itself. It’s no wonder this guy believes what he does after seeing the frenzy of Mormon activity and money expended in California. I suggest people read a book called “The Mormon Murders” (recounting the true tale of a Mormon art forger who resorted to murder to avoid exposure) done by a NY Times reporter. While the central story is engrossing, the context he adds on Mormon history and Utah politics is fascinating, yet balanced.
You’re right I am despondent over Netanyahu’s ascendancy. He is a politically corrupt leader, with Reagonomic economic ideals and an ancestry from Israel’s dark side. To reattain power he is again beholden to the fundamentalists Jews who ideologically are like fundies in all other religions.
I’m not sure this guy is crazy, but he is in thrall to a crazy political outlook that permeates Utah’s politics. As for psychiatrists and scientologists I’m of two minds. Scientology to me is a scam religion, created for fun and profit by a pulp science fiction writer, who succeeded beyond his dreams. Psychiatry is a science that is often blinded to its own faults due to its’ slavishness to the medical model of treatment and the money from drug companies. The difference to me is that there is a healthy minority of good, or great psychiatrists, while scientologists are all pretty much crackpots and/or scammers.
“Buttars’ stupidity resulted in the denial of a privilege, not a right.”
Yep, that about sums it up.
From the article:
“The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah defends Buttars’ right to voice his opinions. A statement released by the civil liberties group reads in part: “While we disagree vehemently with Senator Buttars’ views, we strongly support the Constitution’s free speech protections.”
One wonders why the ACLU would be so circumspect in a case of hate speech. Buttars’ stupidity resulted in the denial of a privilege, not a right. Maybe a case where the NACLU could have exercised its right to remain silent.
Smoked Spam is indeed made with tyrannosaurus rex butt.
The Von Troll family is expanding and the latest generation is as uninformed as their parents/relatives. They love to gloss over the fact that the deficit and economic troubles were caused by George W. Bush and his Republican cronies. Phil Gramm is one that comes to mind. In one month, the Von Trolls have decided that the recession that the government says started in December of 2007, is all because of Obama. It must be a sad existence to rely on the Sly Fox news channel and Rush and Slanity for your facts.
The copy&paste brigade is out in force. Telling that you have no comments (or weak rationalizations) concerning this homophobic moron.
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