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Activists Plan 'Buttars-palooza' Rally on Utah Capitol's South Lawn

Activists reacting to Utah state senator Chris Buttars anti-gay rant in which he compared gays to radical Muslim extremists and called them America's "greatest threat" (and was removed from two senate committees for his remarks) have planned a weekend rally called  'Buttarspalooza' on the Utah Capitol south lawn:

Buttars333 "[Co-organizer Michael] Mueller said Saturday's event, which runs from noon to 4 p.m. on the Utah Capitol's south lawn, will highlight other issues that he says pose greater threats: the economic recession, racial injustice and environmental crises, to name a few. The festival, named in the tradition of music festival Lollapalooza, also will feature live music and a D.J. Organizers had hoped to hold the event in Buttars' hometown, but West Jordan city parks are closed to events from November through March."

Said Mueller: "It's a celebration of the fact that we are all Utahns. It's a celebration of our diversity." 

The Senate GOP is standing behind Buttars, saying he wasn't removed from the committees because of his remarks but because he violated rules that he wouldn't speak publicly about topics such as gay rights handled by said committees.

Watch a new FOX 13 report on the ongoing Buttars fallout, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Go Utahns!!!!!

    Posted by: SB | Feb 24, 2009 12:57:25 PM


  2. It really doesn't matter, he'll get the full support of the GOP and get re-elected. They are probably erecting a statue in his honor.

    Posted by: CB | Feb 25, 2009 3:43:43 AM


  3. Nearly 900 attendees now confirmed over on the Facebook event page. Thank you for promoting Buttars-Palooza!

    Posted by: Chino Blanco | Feb 28, 2009 10:28:03 AM


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    Oh Ho No You Don’t Senator Buttars!

    Senator You Deserve At Least Three Drag Queen Blitch Slaps:

    (1)The Ugly Black Baby comments were despicable no group of people should be Hated On That Way!
    (2)The comments made about School Segregation are also unacceptable.
    (3) There are many Muslims who are excellent model citizens which were offended by your remarks, As a Christian I was offended that you made it sound like they were all terrorists. As a gay tax paying citizen I was offended. You attempt to judge me without knowing me, based upon my sexual orientation. You fail to recognize my model citizen background, Westminster College degree (over 5 years in college so far), as well as having at least two major government related background checks, as well as being a Christian, and outspoken social advocate for change in our country and peace in our community. Who the ()/ell, do you think you are?

    You attempt to generalize all into one group by using outdated bigotry based stereotyping. When challenged on your hate, you give side stepped and meaningless apologies. You do not in your heart care for those that you have hurt. Your opinion is one thing; to be allowed to spout vile hate is another. I believe in Karma, what goes around comes around.

    So some would ask why are the hate filled vile rants of these elected officials offending me? From those like (Eagle Forum leader Gayle Ruzicka, Chris Buttars , Lamar Christensen and others in office) It is because we live in America, a country which prides itself on diversity. A place where as humans all have worked so long to all be treated equally. Where immigrants could come and make a better life. America has always been a place away from the wars of oppression elsewhere.
    We are famous for being the premier place for civil rights, and for treating citizens equally. I was born gay, I did not choose to be gay. I am who I am.

    Our Nations history is noted with much advancement in civil rights. We as a nation stood together and said Slavery is not right, equal but separate is not right and we fought many wars to ensure the freedoms that life in the United States grants us. In the battlefields gay, straight, bisexual and transgender as well as many minorities fought side by side with Caucasians. Yes, I have many military gay friends, and many return missionary L.D.S. gay friends. There are also many gay parents like myself out there. My newly immigrant family fought in World War II because it was the right thing to do. We fought and eliminated Adolph Hitler and other dictators who suppress people.

    We also do not as a nation condone HATRED. Hate is not acceptable in our society. Elected officials may not make threatening remarks about citizens; these elected officials may have personal opinions but are elected to govern for the people that are part of their districts.

    The members of this minority group Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender People wish to have equality. We only want to be treated with equal respect and dignity, the same equal respect and dignity that are afforded to all nationalities, ethnicities of heterosexual people in this great country. We do not want to take away from the rights of heterosexual people to marry. Just as when I was allowed to marry earlier in life. We want to be allowed to show our love for one another and enter into a relationship which is legally binding under State and Federal Law. We want the same exact rights that protect you as a straight man from discrimination. The same legal protections that you take for granted every day.

    When you as a Senator oppress one group you discriminate also against others in society that are not L.G.B.T. Under these same denials of equality, straight couples living together also do not have any equality either in many instances. The Laws of the United States as well as most States say that you must be married as a man and woman by an elected official or by a religious leader and have a marriage license. Some States allow a few equality protections for straight couples who are now “common law married” due to time together. Straight people living together are also treated as outcasts even though they are citizens and deserving of happiness.

    We will attempt as a GLBT Community to show by actions and good deeds that we are decent and productive members of society. We will show thru our love for our fellow man that there are many struggles which face us as a great nation, which need to be overcome. We will show our Gay Community Love without lowering ourselves to the hateful racism and bigotry and insensitivity toward others thus shown by Senator Buttars. As an individual, I promise to work in improving my community inclusive of all humanity, and the Country in which I live. Until I am god with a capital G, I cannot judge others.

    May God Bless America and Utah when it someday starts acting like a part of it!

    Tom & Darin 2nd Class Citizens
    This past year in Utah, two 7 year old beautiful Innocent Angels were taken from us by evil in 2008. They were some of the unfortunate child murder Victims in our Family Values State. Thru Love and Taking Care of Our Fellow Man, Good Will Overpower Evil! We will be inspired by their memory to do good in this world!
    "I am but one man; united by friends I might be able to leave this world just slightly better than when I found it!"
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    From the website, http://www.equalityutah.org/calendar/
    Buttars-Palooza!
    When: Sat, February 28, 1pm – 3pm
    Where: Utah State capitol South Lawn (map)
    Description: Utahans are fair and just people who strive for a better society. We believe “in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. We also believe in free speech. However, State Senator Chris Buttars crossed the line drawn by a fair and just people by stepping on a minority with offensive and demeaning language. Through his defense of the Senator from West Jordan, Senate President Michael Waddoups is equally complicit in this defense of the Senator. By their actions, Senators Buttars and Waddoups do not value or respect that sense of fairness and justice of the majority of Utahns. Senators Buttars and Waddoups did not just demean the LGBT community. They demeaned all Utahns striving for a fair and just society. By recently claiming the "the gays" as the ""biggest threat to America", the Senator ignored climate change, economic disparity, racial inequity and xenophobia, and the other big challenges faced by America, Utah, and our cities and towns. All Utahns are invited to come the Capitol on Saturday, February 28th at 1pm to party for truth and justice. The event will be a lively and fun celebration of our diversity and inclusion of all in a fair and just society. The event will be MC’d by Troy Williams of KRCL and there will be great speakers, music, and other fun. Come celebrate with us!!!
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    Posted by: Tom Darin | Mar 3, 2009 4:09:41 PM


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