Fringe Factor

Fringe Factor: End Homosexuality With a Class Action Lawsuit

Homosexuality is just as dangerous as cigarettes, so why not try to end it—with a tobacco company-style lawsuit? Plus, more from the fringe. By Caitlin Dickson.

Tea Party Leader Wants to Sue Homosexuality, All of It

Enough attempting to suppress homosexuality by banning gay marriage from state to state. Tea Party leader Rick Scarborough is focused on the bigger picture. At a Tea Party Unity gathering on Thursday, Scarborough chatted with Americans for Truth About Homosexuality President Peter LaBarbera about his grand scheme for taking on the homosexuality lobby with a class action lawsuit like the one pursued against the major tobacco companies. “The whole issue of a class action lawsuit, you and I have talked about this a little bit,” Scarborough said. “Obviously, statistically now even the Centers for Disease Control verifies homosexuality more likely to lead to AIDS than smoking leads to cancer. And yet the entire nation has rejected smoking, billions of dollars are put into a trust fund to help cancer victims and the tobacco industry was held accountable for that.” His argument doesn’t really stand up to the facts, as The Huffington Post points out: the CDC reported in 2008 that “more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.” But who can keep track? At least LaBarbera agreed with Scarborough’s suggestion and said he’d “love to see” a class action lawsuit against…gays? “We always wanted to see one of the kid in high school who was counseled by the official school counselor to just be gay, then he comes down with HIV,” said LaBarbera, because one thing inevitably leads to the other. “But we never really got the client for that.” And another thing! LaBarbera would like to see more stories about “ex-gays” on Fox News. “We need to work on our conservative, alternate media and say, ‘Look, don’t do the pro-gay thing, why don’t you rather step out and support these ‘ex-gays’? We should encourage Fox News to tell their stories,” he said.

North Carolina GOP Leader: Law That Hurts ‘Lazy Blacks’ Is Not Racist

Don Yelton now the former precinct chair of the Buncombe County, North Carolina, Republican Party, took to The Daily Show on Thursday, to defend his state’s recently enacted bill that requires voter identification as well as other modes of voter suppression. The controversial law, he insisted, is not racist and neither is he, despite using the “n” word throughout the interview, because, you know, “one of my best friends is black.” If the law just happens to “hurt a bunch of college kids that’s too lazy to get up off their ‘bahunkus’ and get a photo ID, so be it,” he said. “If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.” Yelton was promptly asked to resign from his GOP precinct chairmanship after the interview.

Conservative Commentator Calls for Insurrection Against Obama

WorldNetDaily writer and Fox News regular Erik Rush declares that now is the time for “civil disobedience” and an “insurrection” against President Obama, as the government has become overrun by a “horde of soulless monsters” and “lifelong students of old-school communism.” It’s only a matter of time before Obama and his government will “start kicking down doors and herding people into cattle cars,” Rush warns, adding that he fears when that happens, “those who still insist upon defending Obama and his ilk, whether liberal commentators or our neighbors, are those who will merely shrug their shoulders.” After all, Rush writes, most Americans still have no idea that “President Obama is a Marxist and Islamist sympathizer who was maneuvered into the presidency by well-heeled socialists and Saudi Islamists,” determined to place “members of the Muslim Brotherhood—an organization with a written mission to destroy America—into high places in government.”

Virginia: Push to Ban Sodomy May Make Life Easier for Real Sex Offenders

There’s no dispute over whether Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli’s relentless attempt to revive his state’s unconstitutional anti-sodomy law is homophobic. But in his bid to ban sodomy between anyone, including consenting adults, he may be letting the people he claims to be targeting, “predatory adults,” off the hook. In his current role as attorney general, Cuccinelli has led the fight against updating Virginia’s Crimes Against Humanity Law to eliminate provisions banning consensual oral and anal sex between adults—leaving Virginia with an unconstitutional law it can’t enforce in cases where it’s really needed. For example, a 47-year-old man named William McDonald was convicted in 2005 of demanding oral sex from a 17-year-old girl under Virginia’s Crimes Against Humanity law and, because the Supreme Court had deemed all anti-sodomy laws unconstitutional, was able to successfully challenge his conviction. A spokesman for the attorney general’s office said that the appeals court’s call in this case could make close to 90 people eligible for having their names removed from the state sex offender registry.

Major GOP Donor: Nuke Iran Before It Can Get Nuclear Weapons

Sheldon Adelson is not a politician. He is, however, a ridiculously wealthy casino mogul who contributes millions of dollars to the campaigns Republican politicians and think tanks, so his fringe theories should be taken at least somewhat seriously. Speaking at a panel called “Will Jews Exist? Iran, Assimilation and the Threat to Israel and Jewish Survival,” at New York’s Yeshiva University, Adelson urged that rather than attempt to talk Iran out of pursuing nuclear weapons development, the U.S. should bomb Iran into compliance, with a nuke, no less. In a video recording of the speech, Adelson is heard arguing that an atomic weapon should be sent to the middle of the desert where it won’t hurt anyone, except “maybe a couple of rattlesnakes and scorpions or whatever.” After that macho display of force, Adelson said, Americans will have the guts to say: “See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development.”