Their rhetoric is ramping up...
Buttars broke vow of silence, senator claims
By Ben Winslow and Clayton Norlen
Published: Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 1:19 a.m. MST
Controversial Sen. Chris Buttars was stripped of his Senate committee posts not because he went on an anti-gay tirade in an interview with a documentary filmmaker but because the West Jordan Republican broke a deal with Senate leaders not to talk about gay issues.
That's what a Senate colleague revealed on a conservative radio program Saturday.
"I have to tell you publicly that most of what Sen. Buttars said — I agree with," Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, said on the weekly radio program "Inside Utah Politics" on KTKK-AM
Buttars was stripped of his leadership posts in the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Judicial Confirmation Committee on Friday, in response to a storm of controversy surrounding the outspoken senator. In an interview with documentary filmmaker Reed Cowan about California's Proposition 8 on gay marriage, Buttars compared gay-rights activists to Muslim terrorists and called them "the greatest threat to America going down."
Terrorists, Nazis, the worst of the worst. In a way, this is good news, as it's an indication these homophobic assholes are getting desperate. They've got to demonize their opponents, but when it comes right down to it, it's going to fail. Why? Because the enormous majority of people who know gay people know they're not anything remotely resembling evil. So when these homophobic assholes keep shooting off their mouths about the evils of homosexuality, most folks are going to see them for the bigots that they are.
Hope so, anyway.