On her little radio program last Saturday, Linda Harvey interviewed Gary Glenn, head of the American Family Association Michigan chapter. (Gary is one of the reasons the Southern Poverty Law Center has the AFA on their hate group list. In fact, he’s quoted twice on the SPLC’s AFA page.)
I’m not what you would call an avid listener to Linda’s program, but the folks at Right Wing Watch are. Here’s a clip they shared today.
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Glenn: Herman Miller, which is a major employer and corporation in Holland [Michigan], a furniture company, supported this so-called gay rights ordinance on the claim that it allowed them to attract the best and brightest.
Harvey: Here we go, yeah we heard that before.
Glenn: What ridiculous folly to suggest that only those individuals who engage in homosexual behavior given all of its severe medical consequences constitute the best and the brightest. Itâ€™s not really bright to engage in behavior that puts you at dramatically higher risk of mental illness and substance abuse and AIDS and cancer and hepatitis, and according to various sources, premature death. So to suggest that engaging in that type of behavior defines someone as the best and brightest, which seems to be the line coming out of corporate America, is just ridiculous.
Harvey: Youâ€™re right. And higher rates of domestic violence and unstable relationships. I would not think of a homosexual person as a good employment risk, I just wouldnâ€™t.
Of course, the little factoids they toss around are mostly false, and in some cases, like mental illness, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS prevalence, are directly tied to the rhetoric of Linda Harvey and people like her.
But that’s not really the point here. Lies and innuendo are SOP for people like Linda Harvey.
Linda Harvey is far from alone in her opinion. Most people just aren’t willing to come right out and say that discriminating against filthy gays is good and right. Most aren’t willing to actually admit that they don’t think gays should have jobs.
But perhaps the most unsettling part of Linda Harvey’s opinion is that it’s status quo in America.
There are no federal protections against discrimination against gay people in hiring. In 29 states, including most of the Midwest and all of the South, there are no state protections. Only 13 states protect Americans from being fired solely for being trans.
(You can listen to the rest of the interview here. Mostly standard stuff for Linda, though I’ll be pulling out another interesting quote tomorrow.)