1. says

    As an American who had to leave the US to keep my family together, I am once again appalled but appreciative of the crucial distinction Sen. Buttars illuminates: “Those who dare to disagree with the homosexual agenda are labeled ‘haters,’ and ‘bigots,’ and are censured by their peers. The media contributes to the problem. Increasingly, individuals with conservative beliefs are targeted by a left-leaning media that uses their position of public trust as a bully pulpit. This pattern of intimidation suppresses free speech.”

    Uh, Senator, this is not Right vs. Left issue. While it’s true that the US media does zero to lead on this issue, the issue is indeed Free Speech v. Hate Speech. In Canada, the Senator would be charged with Hate Speech. People like the Senator think that they can say any old thing, even from bully pulpits, and it should be treated as a Free Speech issue. Then once they spew their hate, they complain because reasonable people make a reasonable (and on my view, very generous) response: censure.

    Hardly. Hate Speech, which is what the Senator has perpetrated (and Rick Warren, and Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter, and, and, and…), leads to jeopardizing health and safety.

    Politicians repeatedly use, since 1993, queers as a means to rally their constituents in a mob mentality that extends clubs and baseball bats not understanding, acceptance or compassion. Most of these folks claim to be Christians which is one of the many cognitive disconnects the Right depends on for rationalization. There are plenty of reasonable conservatives who actually disagree with the Senator about the vested interest the State does/not have in protecting various US citizens and our guests.

    And BTW, you’re darned straight (no pun) there is a Homosexual Agenda. It’s called Equal Rights Now.

  2. CUB says

    He’s just agitated because his name is BUTTars. LOL!!!! Seriously, he should be removed. Why is this person in the senate. I know he’s from Utah, but enough with the hate speech.

  3. Jonathan says

    There shouldn’t be a single interview with a Utah Senate Republican that doesn’t begin with the question, “Since you as a caucus stand behind Senator Buttars, does that mean you agree with his assessment that Homosexuals are a greater threat to American sovereignty than radical Islam?” And not let the slippery little weasels get away without a simple yes or no.

    Nothing on their agenda should be discussed in public until they go on the record with this.

    And every lead of every story is either “Senator Jones distanced himself from Senator Buttars yesterday while talking about crop subsidies.” or “Senator Jones, agreed with Senator butters on homosexual issues while attending the opening of the largest mall in the history of her district.”

  4. Olive Yurdich says

    It would not surprise me if Buttars turns out to be another self loathing closet case, given his past history as Director of the Utah Boys Ranch, an organization with allegations of physical and sexual abuse.

  5. Sportin' Life says

    “In recent years, registering opposition to the homosexual agenda has become almost impossible. Political correctness has replaced open and energetic debate.”

    You registered your opposition. People saw that it was based purely on superstition. (Anti-gay animus always is, which may be why it’s becoming “almost impossible” to defend.) People expressed their disagreement with your ignorance, your savagery, and your inhumanity toward your fellow human beings.

    This IS the open and energetic debate. You’re losing.

  6. David in Houston says

    If these publicly elected officials really do represent the views of the Utah citizenry, I pity the future of our country.

    I’d love the honorable Sen. Buttars to explain how two men getting married in Massachusetts affects the sanctity of his marriage in Utah? I’m guessing his answer would involve 5 bible passages.

  7. TANK says

    Boycott Utah and local mormon owned businesses! It doesn’t matter if there are mormons who are on our side (an extreme minority, mind you), they’re mormon and support the church! It doesn’t matter if there are gay friendly folks in Utah, they live in Utah. No more excuses. Boycott Utah and mormon owned businesses.

  8. KJ says

    Huh. Homophobe, bigot, liar, and now dishonest, too. Go figure. Here’s my favorite quote: “Increasingly, individuals with conservative beliefs are targeted by a left-leaning media that uses their position of public trust as a bully pulpit.” And we have always been at war with Eurasia. Those poor politicians! Unable to oppress and hate without being called on it. Oh the humanity!

  9. says

    For those of you who think that boycotting Utah and all of its citizenry is the answer, you don’t understand the situation.

    Yes, there is a large amount of hate being spread by the messages of Senator Buttars and his Republican colleagues, but even the LDS Church has distanced itself from his comments. The state Republican party chairman has also said that he doesn’t speak for the party.

    There is much work to be done in every state, and I don’t hear anyone complaining about Sally Kern in Oklahoma, or Robert Diaz in New York, or any of the other state legislators that are holding back our fight for equality.

    As much as we would like to blame the Mormons, they still have support because we aren’t actively reaching out to those that we can. You can be spiteful and bitter all you want, but that leaves those of us who are in Utah in the same position. We will continue to fight for equal rights in Utah, even if people on the national scene don’t recognize that it might be more to their benefit to encourage us to fight and help obtain equal rights in Utah than to ignore us and leave us to fend for ourselves.

  10. says

    So is everybody in Utah going to this thing?


    Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009
    Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    Location: Utah Capitol – South Lawn, 350 N. State St., Salt Lake City, UT

    Party at the Capitol for truth and justice
    Music * Dancing * Street Artists * Food * Fun
    Featuring a special “tribute” to everyone’s favorite Senator

    Event details and RSVP for Buttars-Palooza:

    Sounds like fun.

  11. Alex says

    It’s people like Chris Buttars who make Utah look ridiculous, people already have a miscued impression of Utah with the main religion. The good news is people are starting to take a stand against this kind of thing, If i see Buttars on the streets I’m kicking him in the shins :)

  12. says

    For what it’s worth, Mormon-owned, Utah-based TV station has just posted an editorial over at that begins:

    “The brouhaha over recent intemperate remarks by Senator Chris Buttars is more than a distraction, as some of his colleagues contend. It is nothing less than an embarrassment for the man, the institution he represents and the state where he lives.”

    Couldn’t agree more.

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