November 11, 2016

Anti-gay activist on Trump transition team

Right Wing Watch  - According to news reports, a key player on Donald Trump’s presidential transition team is former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, now a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, who will be handling domestic issues as the team discusses the administration’s priorities for its first hundred days.

Blackwell gained national notoriety as Ohio’s secretary of state in the lead-up to the 2004 election, when he implemented a number of creative voter suppression measures. He now works for the FRC, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled as an anti-gay hate group thanks to its promotion of “discredited research and junk science” meant to “denigrate LGBT people.”

At FRC, Blackwell has latched onto apocalyptic rhetoric about the threat of LGBT rights, saying that President Obama is emulating totalitarian regimes by “weakening the family” and “trying to marginalize the church” and even linking a mass shooting to the country’s crumbling “moral foundation” thanks to developments such as “the attack on natural marriage and the family.”

In a 2006 newspaper interview, when he was running for governor of Ohio, Blackwell called homosexuality a sinful “lifestyle” that “can be changed,” like that of kleptomaniacs or arsonists:

“I think homosexuality is a lifestyle, it’s a choice, and that lifestyle can be changed,” Blackwell said in response to the question “Is homosexuality a sin, and can gays be cured?” according to published transcripts. “I think it is a transgression against God’s law, God’s will.”

At another point during that campaign, Blackwell compared same-sex couples to farm animals, saying that homosexuality “defies barnyard logic.”


Anonymous said...

But isn't the very gay, and very open about it, Peter Thiel one of Trumps most ardent and public supporters? Is it not also true that Thiel is reportedly a part of Trump's transition team and also in line for possible cabinet appointment?
Just sayin'...
Seems the hysteria is getting out of control.
Did some research the other night about the Supreme Court----another source of public angst. Of the many courts in our history, the Warren Court is often regarded as having been possibly the most liberal. Need it be pointed out that Warren was a Republican, appointed by Republican president Dwight Eisenhower?
Need it also be pointed out that Republican president Eisenhower appointed five supreme court justices in all.
Of the lists of greatest Supreme Court justices in US history, Eisenhower appointees, Earl Warren and William Brennan are consistently included. And to the lists of most liberal justices of the modern era are included Eisenhower appointees Justice Potter Stewart and John Marshall Harlan II.
Point being, it is too soon to warn of falling skies just yet.

Anonymous said...

Take some time to research Eisenhower who I believe would be stunned to see Trump win . I am not an Eisenhower admirer by any means but must say that Trump is no Eisenhower.