Radio Host Hal Turner Arrested for Threats to Gay Lawmakers

In March I reported on the arrest of New Britain, Connecticut resident and Catholic Timothy Kane for threats he made against two gay legislators, state senator Andrew McDonald, and state representative Michael Lawlor, over a church oversight bill that would have altered the legal,
financial, and administrative structure of local parishes, giving local
parishioners more control. At the time, at least one newspaper saw Catholics using this as an excuse to
exercise their anger over the state's same-sex marriage decision,
targeting the two gay lawmakers.

Turner According to the Hartford Courant, "Last week, the controversy flared again when the Diocese of Bridgeport
filed a federal lawsuit against state ethics officials, who are
investigating whether church officials violated lobbying laws by
organizing a rally at the state Capitol to protest the measure earlier
this spring and not registering as lobbyists."

This inspired Hal Turner, a radio host with ties to white-supremacist and neo-Nazi organizations, to incite violence against Lawlor and McDonald, as well as another Connecticut state employee.

CtThe Courant reports:

"Turner, who has been identified as a white supremacist and anti-Semite
by several anti-racism groups, hosts an Internet radio program with an
associated blog. On Tuesday, the blog included a post that promised to
release the home addresses of state Rep. Michael Lawlor, state Sen.
Andrew McDonald and Thomas Jones of the State Ethics Office…The
remarks on the blog were a reaction to the recent controversy over
a bill that would have changed the way the Roman Catholic Church is
governed, taking power away from church officials and turning it over
to lay members. It was pulled in mid-March following an outcry from
Catholics across the state and questions about its constitutionality.

Wrote Turner in the blog post: "It is our intent to foment direct action against these individuals
personally. These beastly government officials should be made an
example of as a warning to others in government: Obey the Constitution
or die…If any state attorney, police department or
court thinks they're going to get uppity with us about this, I suspect
we have enough bullets to put them down, too."

Turner is being held in New Jersey, pending extradition to Connecticut, where he will be formally charged.


  1. Derrick from Philly says

    “Turner is being held in New Jersey, pending extradition to Connecticut,”

    Connecticut? Can’t they send him to Siberia? Ask the Russians if it’s ok.

  2. kansastock says

    This is what happens when the ‘rightious’ lose control. I’m afraid the ‘foment(ed) direct action’ we saw in Wichita at church on Sunday isn’t the end of this.

  3. Wayne says

    I’m glad the guy has been picked up but is an Internet radio host the best they can do? What about Limbaugh? What about O’Reily? What about Cheney and Bush who we now know tortured prisoners to get lies out of them? I guess it has to start somewhere but this seems like small fish.

  4. Lucas says

    I must applaud the Courant for not mentioning either legislator’s sexual orientation. Too many news organizations are so quick to throw in “he’s gay” when, as in this case, it has nothing to do with the story.

  5. CK says

    Throw this fucker in jail where he belongs… and no contact with any of his douchebag followers either. Isolate him from any means to incite murder!

  6. Mike says

    Maybe Gitmo might be a better place for this guy along with O’Reily, Rush, Cheney, Bush. Send them there since its suppose to be such a great place. Maybe some waterboarding to these folks will get them to come clean.

  7. Tom Blue says

    Enough is enough. Put Turner in a jail cell with his tie, shoe laces, and a conveniently placed ceiling hook with chair. But give me 10 minutes with that unrepentant racist Catholic first.

  8. kasparov says

    If Hal is prohibited from posting the addresses of the blades,I’ll post them.They’re very easy to get.Maybe I’ll be back later.You can’t keep Hudson County down.

  9. kathy says

    Why ame I not surprised. Now it’s threats against gays.
    Give me a break, Hal never even knew these (2) were gay.

  10. Kathy is a bigot says

    So Kathy you must believe the same thing about women politicans. After all to use your own words ” They are paid to work for “the people” if they are using their political clout to further the cause of WOMEN, they should be removed from their position. WHY SHOULD THE TAX PAYERS PAY FOR WOMAN’S RIGHT”

  11. kathy says

    BIGOT ????????????

    YOU DON’T GET IT. This has nothing to do with Men or Women any more than this has something to do with Gay’s.

    What I said was, Lawlor, McDonald, Jones, attacked the Catholic Church. Now, The Catholic Church is anti Gay Relationships, so the writing is clearly on the wall.
    Than along comes Timothy Kane, who says this is not right, ( He Got Arrested, than along comes Hal Turner who says, this is not right, he gets arrested. Than here comes headlings that dont simply say Law Makers, it says Gay Law Makers.
    If this is not a ploy to get attention to the Gay Movement what is?? This was never about Gays, Lawlor, McDonald, & Jones made it about Gays to further their cause for Gays and this is not what the tax payers are paying them for.
    They are there for ” ALL The PEOPLE”
    Now, if you have a problem with that, than you are the one who is a BIGOT and a very misguided one

  12. nicole says

    This is bullshit. Same with Iran. Death to president and arrested. I am gay and hate this person but he has right to say anything he wishes as I have right to say,”I wish you get ganged raped.” Both horrible yes???? Yes!!!! (unless fantasy) But fact is he can say any f$$$ed up thing he wants and so can I. neither of which should get me tossed in slammer.

  13. Mario says

    NO Nicole, don’t be an idiot. You don’t have the “right” to say you will die or that you have enough bullets to put people down if they interfere with your plans. If you tell me something like that in the streets I would make you spit out all your teeth out of your mouth and then report your @ss to the authorities. This notion that unless someone gets hurt you can’t do anything because of “free speech” is both stupid and has landed many people in jail and other six feet under.

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