Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Straight from Their Mouths

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Straight from Their Mouths

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ANITA BRYANT DR. LAURA SCHLESSINGER SHOW THAT SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE

When it comes to wicked women; Anita Bryant and Dr. Laura Schlessinger are certainly both all-time chart-toppers. But who's the scariest of them all?

In 1977 Bryant, a former beauty queen and orange juice pitchwoman, spearheaded the Save Our Children campaign in Dade County, Fla., which includes Miami, helping to repeal an ordinance that had prohibited discrimination in housing, employment, and other areas on the basis of sexual orientation. She claimed that such a policy went against the word of God and would have threatened Miami's children.

Radio talk show host Schlessinger proselytized for California's recently passed Proposition 22, which bans recognition of same-sex marriage. She also opposes gay and lesbian adoption and gay-inclusive educational curricula. She claims that such things--you guessed it--go against the world of God and could lead to "rights" for pedophilia and bestiality.

The more things change ...

              ANITA BRYANT

ON           "Behind the high-sounding appeal against
GAY RIGHTS   discrimination in jobs and housing, which is not a
             problem to the `closet' homosexual, [gay people] are
             really asking to be blessed in their abnormal
             lifestyle."

ON           "[Since homosexuals cannot reproduce], they can only
GAY PEOPLE   recruit children, and this is what they want to do.
AND          Some of the stories I could tell you about child
CHILDREN     recruitment and child abuse by homosexuals would
             turn your stomach."

ON           "I don't hate homosexuals. I pray for them."
LOVING THE
SINNER

ON           "If homosexuality were the normal way, God would
SCRIPTURE    have made Adam and Bruce."

ON           "I'm sorry, Matthew Shepard--I don't know who
MATTHEW      that is. … 
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