Thursday, December 18, 2008

Another ray of sunlight: arch-conservative Paul Weyrich dies

Far-right foamer Paul Weyrich, a conservative activist who founded the Heritage Foundation and the Free Congress Foundation, has died at age 66.

Weyrich was one of the main people behind anti-gay measures, using them to motivate hysterical Christianists and hateful conservatives to the polls where they would elect more neocon Republicans -- a scam that continues to work to this day. In this sample of his work, from the Media Matters website, Weyrich comments in 2006 on the Mark Foley scandal:
WEYRICH: Here is the real problem. It has been known for many years that Congressman Foley was a homosexual. Homosexuals tend to be preoccupied with sex. The idea that he should be continued -- or should have been continued as chairman of the Committee on Missing and Exploited Children is, you know, given their knowledge of that, is just outrageous.

NPR host Nichelle NORRIS: Now before we go on, I think I can say, Mr. Weyrich, that there are quite a few people who would take exception to the statement that homosexuals are preoccupied with sex.

WEYRICH: Well, I don't care whether they take exception to it. It happens to be true. I mean --

NORRIS: That is your opinion.

WEYRICH: Well, it's not my opinion. It's the opinion of many psychologists and psychiatrists who have to deal with them.

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