March 17, 2004

Right-Wing Bigotry Alive and Kicking

I donít want anyone telling me this isnít bigotry:

DAYTON, Tenn. ó Rhea County commissioners unanimously voted to ask state lawmakers to introduce legislation amending Tennessee's criminal code so the county can charge homosexuals with crimes against nature.

"We need to keep them out of here," said Commissioner J.C. Fugate, who introduced the motion.

County Attorney Gary Fritts also was asked by Fugate to find the best way to enact a local law banning homosexuals from living in Rhea County.

This is so blantantly unconstitutional it has almost no chance of ever taking effect. Itís indicative of a certain kind of mind-set, even so.

How, exactly, do these people expect to implement this law should it ever come to pass? Would there be a central database somewhere that keeps track of all the gay names? Would property be confiscated?

What, I might ask, would conservatives think if Berkeley tried to pull a stunt like this to keep Christians out?

This is worse, actually, than mere bigotry. This is the sort of religious control freakery I expect to see in Iran.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at March 17, 2004 7:47 PM
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