I read the comments in blogs too often, and I've come across gibberish like this before:
homosexual 'GAY' is not of God!!!![...]
The Holy Bible says if your 'GAY' homosexual they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. This tells me a lot so should we kill them NO. They Need to ask God to forgive them of their sins and mean it turn away from it. They also need to know that when it says that their blood shall be upon them that tells me it is AIDS. That how I feel.
I've wondered what sort of person leaves those comments, but otherwise it's just like the internet threw up because extreme homophobia and bad spelling, grammar, and incoherence go hand-in-hand.
Well, we do know what kind of person left the comment above on Facebook: a Republican candidate for state rep in Iowa, Jeremy Walters, who also happens to be a Ron Paul fan. And he's sorry:
"I am not against people having a gay lifestyle, and the statements made on Facebook have been taken the wrong way. The statement regarding gay homosexuality was not meant to be offensive and I deeply apologize," he wrote in an email to the paper.
He said he was replying to a post from another user and mistakenly replied from his Facebook page.
"Everyone makes mistakes, please forgive me," he added.
Really? He didn't know that what he was saying was offensive?
Although that does tend to be homophobes' most common excuse for saying offensive things, that they didn't mean them in an offensive manner. Carrie Prejean capitalized on her arrogant "No offense" statements, and rightwingers everywhere get all bothered when someone calls their offensive-for-the-sake-of-being-offensive beliefs and statements homophobic. Could it be that they're really so dumb as to actually believe that there's nothing homophobic in saying "their blood shall be upon them that tells me it is AIDS"?
Most people read malice into the concept of homophobia, and they don't actually think there's any malice in their beliefs. If that's the case, we have a lot more work to be doing when it comes to education. If there are people who read Walters's statements and don't see any homophobia, then we're really dealing with clueless people.