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Right Wing Radio Host David Barton: Government Should 'Regulate Homosexuality'


Evangelical radio host David Barton wondered yesterday why the United States, with its various governmental branches, doesn't start "regulating homosexuality."

We have a Department of Health and Human Services; we have health care bills; we have health insurance and we’re trying to stop all unhealthy things so we’re going after transfats and we’re going after transparency in labeling to make sure we get all the healthy stuff in there," said Barton, a Christian nationalist who backed Florida Congressional hopeful Dan Webster, inadvertently providing the subtext for Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson's "Taliban" attack ad.

Barton, a frequent guest on Glenn Beck's program, continued with his extreme logic: "So if I go to the Centers for Disease Control and I’m concerned about health, I find some interesting stats there and this should tell me something about health. Homosexual/bisexual individuals are seven times to contemplate or commit suicide. Oooh, that doesn’t sound very healthy. Homosexuals die decades earlier than heterosexuals. That doesn’t sound healthy."

His conservative conclusion? "[Gays] go through all this stuff, sounds to me like that’s not very healthy. Why don’t we regulate homosexuality?"

The many candidates and politicians with whom Barton has worked, including Marco Rubio, Newt Gingrich and Sharron Angle, should be asked what they think of his plan, especially in relation to the Tea Party's small government ideology.

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  1. wow- talk about SICK people...this guy has mental problems....and as always - Those that Shout the loudest..hmmmmm, He sufferes from Gay face too......someone,anyone...follow this clown....lets OUT HIM.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Oct 6, 2010 4:10:16 PM

  2. I don't know what the fuss is all about. My ex regulated my homo sex on a frequent basis.

    Posted by: Alan | Oct 6, 2010 4:10:29 PM

  3. I have a related proposal for right-wing asshat David Barton:

    Since evangelical Christianity and its pernicious evil can be blamed for so much of society's ills, shouldn't the US government get involved in wiping evangelical Christianity from the face of the earth? Starting with YOU, David Barton, you hateful fuck.

    Or is that too mean?

    Posted by: One of the CA 36,000 | Oct 6, 2010 4:12:31 PM

  4. I think the government should do a better job regulating idiot radio show hosts.

    Posted by: Matt | Oct 6, 2010 4:14:30 PM

  5. This guy's a fucking terrorist. What do we do with domestic terrorists?

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 6, 2010 4:15:55 PM

  6. i dunno man, that picture of miss thang is setting off my gaydar big time.

    Posted by: alguien | Oct 6, 2010 4:16:46 PM

  7. Yeah,
    David darling, let's regulate your incitement to hatred speech first.......that is let's enforce the laws ....... instead of conjuring new ones out of your bigoted ass.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 6, 2010 4:17:00 PM

  8. note to david barton: when eating out at your favorite restaurant, don't order the soup.

    Posted by: wtf | Oct 6, 2010 4:18:22 PM

  9. Since idiocy is much less healthy and much more widespread in the US than homosexuality, perhaps we should develop new ways to regulate it.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 6, 2010 4:19:22 PM

  10. Just when you thought you'd heard it all. Regulate homosexuality? I'd love to hear his plan on how to do it. Perhaps he'd like to do some research in the field first?

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 6, 2010 4:26:09 PM

  11. I'm assuming he is not the proprietor of the gym chain that bares his name?

    It would be really bad business for that place to advocate throwing all of their clientele in jail.

    Posted by: Jon B | Oct 6, 2010 4:27:42 PM

    regulate homosexuality? and how would this dick-head do that....I'd hate to think what he would come up with.

    Posted by: tinhouston | Oct 6, 2010 4:28:32 PM

  13. Gay people commit suicide in such high numbers because of vile people like David Barton. Preventative health-care is much more cost effective than treating pre-existing conditions. Let us develop that logic...

    Posted by: Johnnie B | Oct 6, 2010 4:29:55 PM

  14. Who let hillbillies on the radio? Don't they have sheep to fuck?

    Posted by: crispy | Oct 6, 2010 4:30:06 PM

  15. Come on, people. Did you not look at the picture? I'm surprised he's had a cock out of his mouth long enough to say anything!

    Posted by: Skeptical Cicada | Oct 6, 2010 4:30:33 PM

  16. If he wants to help stop gay suicide, he should just quit slandering homosexuality with his hate speech that further deepens the depression and anxiety gay teenagers suffer from.

    On a side note, he looks like a cross between a surprised Gilbert Gottfried and a chipmunk.

    Posted by: Chris K | Oct 6, 2010 4:31:15 PM

  17. Where can I apply to be the Homo Czar? Does this mean I can pick and choose who gets to be gay (Ryan Reynolds, YES!; Maggie Gallagher, NOOOOO!). Would I get an allowance to redecorate my office? So many questions I want to ask this closet case Barton.

    Posted by: homer | Oct 6, 2010 4:32:10 PM

  18. Wow...he's totally mental.

    Posted by: Theo | Oct 6, 2010 4:32:46 PM

  19. People with his mentality might just well be running Congress next year.
    Think about it.

    Posted by: Philo | Oct 6, 2010 4:36:33 PM

  20. Confusing cause and effect - a leading symptom of right-wing/Republican-related idiocy. Ask your doctor about REALITY.

    Posted by: BenB | Oct 6, 2010 4:44:37 PM

  21. Why don't we regulate heterosexual marriages, with all the child molestation, wife beating and other abuse that goes on in the name of "Heterosexual Love."

    Posted by: rb | Oct 6, 2010 4:45:08 PM

  22. Does that mean that if in a year there are less than a threshold amount of homosexuals that the government would have to force some straight people to go gay?

    I'd like to volunteer to be a part of the gay police who enforce it!

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 6, 2010 4:58:17 PM

  23. I have some questions about his statistics. First, his sentence about suicide made absolutely no sense. That aside, his statistic about dying decades earlier is outlandish. No one knows how many homosexuals there are. In a few decades, that information may be available. Presently, we know that many older, closeted homosexuals go to their graves without ever coming out of the closet. Many older gay men become isolated, and we lose track of them. Our local gay rag just had an article about the Prime Timers. It is an organization for gay and bisexual men 55 and older. It is a worldwide organization. If none of us are going to live to be that old, why have such an organization?

    Rightwingers making up their own statistics really is low. Although, it is nothing new.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Oct 6, 2010 5:33:48 PM

  24. Note to Mr. Barton:
    No one likes a pushy bottom closet case.


    Posted by: RugbySkin | Oct 6, 2010 5:34:06 PM

  25. Too bad us liberals don't go postal like the right wing does. You always hear and see the religious nuts shooting up workplaces or those they hate. Why can't we hire some liberal nut cases to do the same, I'd sign up Barton for first target.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Oct 6, 2010 5:36:39 PM

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