Michael Hamar

Connect the Dots: VA's Anti-Gay Campaign Flyer & the Traditional Values Coalition

Filed By Michael Hamar | November 08, 2011 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: American hate groups, anti-gay, anti-gay Republicans, Ben Loyola, Lou Sheldon, Ralph Northam

Last week I wrote on my personal blog about a hideous anti-gay flyer that was circulated in one of the Virginia Senate races in a district that includes the location of my law office. Today, coverage of the nasty appeal to bigotry made the national LGBT blogosphere with coverage at both Towleroad and Joe.My.God.

In addition to the horrific lies about the LGBT community, the flyer accuses incumbent Democrat Ralph Northam of "advancing the "Homosexual/Gay lifestyle." True to form Ben Loyola, Northam's challenger, denies any involvement with distribution of the flyer (a copy is after the break) which somehow miraculously appeared around the Virginia 6th senatorial district.

What the national coverage does not delve into is the links between Loyola's campaign, other viciously anti-gay Republicans and a who's who of far right extremists including Lou Sheldon, founder of the SPLC registered hate group, Traditional Values Coalition.

Here's what happens when one connects the dots.

Running Loyola's campaign is a group called the Tidewater Campaign Solutions, a/k/a TCS Consulting ("TCS"). TCS also worked for far right 2nd District Congressman Scott Rigell's campaign. Rigell has a long history of ties to Pat Robertson and similar Christianist extremists. In addition, as noted before on my personal blog and here on Bilerico, Rigell was personally endorsed by Lou Sheldon. Even after Sheldon's hate group ties came out, Rigell never disavowed Sheldon's endorsement.

As a screen shot captured on my blog reveals, TCS also worked for Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition - an organization that promotes a decidedly far right Christian extremist agenda. Interestingly enough, after the anti-Northam flyer became an issue, TCS scrubbed references to Faith and Freedom Coalition from it's website.

A mere coincidence that the reference vanished that very day? Is it any surprise that the Faith and Freedom Coalition endorsed Loyola?

The other interesting "coincidence?" The anti-gay vitriol in the flyers seems to directly track some of the foul anti-gay propaganda on the Traditional Values Coalition's website. Here's a sampling:

Exposed: Homosexual Child Molesters
Date: June 16, 2011
Homosexuals claim that "heterosexuals" molest most children but statistics show that homosexuals molest at far higher rates than do hetero... READ ARTICLE

Exposed: NAMBLA And Homosexual Activism
Date: June 16, 2011
Pedophiles And Homosexual Activists Push For Total Sexual Liberation In August, 2003, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the state of ... READ ARTICLE

Exposed: The Myth That Psychiatry Has Proven That Homosexual Behavior Is Normal
Date: June 16, 2011
In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed homosexuality as a mental disorder from the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders (DSM-II). This decision was a significant vict... READ ARTICLE

You get the drift. Yet, miraculously - just like the TCS reference to the Faith and Freedom Coalition - when one clicks on the "Read Article" link, the reports are no longer available. Yet another coincidence?

Many Republicans refuse to open their eyes as to what is happening to a once respectable political party that actually supported the U.S. Constitution and believed in the separation of church and state. As Andrew Sullivan has argued a number of times, the GOP is now a sectarian party. Those who continue to vote for GOP candidates, like it or not, are supporting those who want to subvert freedom of religion. They can cite supposed support for limited government, etc., but they are supporting those who want a Christian theocracy.

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