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Watch: Texas NBC Affiliate Asks, 'Will Gays Destroy America?'


Texas NBC affiliate KETK asks viewers, "Are gays the downfall of America?"



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  1. These people have no souls.

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 27, 2010 2:33:43 PM

  2. Me thinks the TV presenter is the one pushing the agenda...

    Posted by: CLP | Oct 27, 2010 2:40:47 PM

  3. Amerika is getting to sound and feel more and more like Germany in the early 30's. The political lies and blatant racist/homophobic propaganda, the increased anti-gay violence and attacks on persons and property, right wing political thugs physically attacking and stomping the opposition. Armed "Tea Partiers" at public meetings brandishing racist and homophobic placards along with their weapons. And the corporate oligarchs have clearly thrown their support behind these extremists, perhaps thinking they might be able to "control" them once they achieve power. No, it's not Nazi Germany, but it is America's own imitation.

    All of this antagonized by economic distress, high unemployment and a loss of the national moral compass. It's the perfect breeding ground for demagogues, and when the right one comes along...well history has told us many times what happens. History warns, but the people ignore the warnings. The decision must be made to either oppose these forces with every fiber of our being, or leave while there is still time.

    Posted by: Bob R | Oct 27, 2010 2:43:48 PM

  4. The religious right and ignorance will be the downfall of this country. The proof is the above video and 60% of the caller's comments.

    Posted by: Tre Gibbs | Oct 27, 2010 2:46:57 PM

  5. I'm fine with giving Texas back to Mexico.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Oct 27, 2010 3:13:33 PM

  6. Everybody that has called in sounds like Boomhauer

    Posted by: AidenRaccoon | Oct 27, 2010 3:13:58 PM

  7. An interesting contrast, oddly enough. On Monday, Investigation Discovery's "Hardcover Mysteries" featured an episode by a Tyler crime novelist about the Nicholas West bias murder. See, Tyler actually prosecuted and EXECUTED two gay-bashing rednecks in the not-too-distant past. I think the true nature of Tyler, Texas is somewhere between these two extremes.

    Posted by: Jerry | Oct 27, 2010 3:14:58 PM

  8. I think one of their "Questions of the day" last week was, " Are nigras and wetbacks pulling their weight or are they just dragging real Texans down?"

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 27, 2010 3:22:48 PM

  9. I'm about to flee Canada for Iran before the downfall happens here next week; no downfalls in Iran because they don't have any HOMOsexuals. These fine Texans remind me of what I learned about American history: "The Americans revolted against the Brits in 1776 and they have been revolting ever since!" (bad, I know).

    This display of ignorance goes a long way to explain how parents could throw an underage kid out of their home because the kid is gay. May be the American Psychologists can classify these homophobes in a special mental illness category for the next DSM - a few months of electro-convulsive therapy might do the trick.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Oct 27, 2010 3:30:29 PM

  10. I just send letters to both stations. Horrible.

    Posted by: Jason | Oct 27, 2010 4:06:38 PM

  11. they've discovered our diabolical plot to destroy the world. oh noez.

    Posted by: Tom | Oct 27, 2010 4:21:26 PM

  12. Where are those posters who have been trying to split the vote all month long with their "dem, republican, makes no difference" line? After next Tuesday watch the roll back of our advances begin. And y'all were bitching about Obama dragging his feet.

    Posted by: candide | Oct 27, 2010 4:33:58 PM

  13. "Then for God's sake vote, vote, vote Democratic! Texas has the most hate filled, mean spirited population on the face of the earth ... and they've got the Republican Party by the balls! Why doesn't this NBC affiliate just show it's true colors and broadcast Faux News all day."

    This is isn't the time to plug in your pathetic attempt to peddle your liberal political party. The problem is this station, which can be filled with BOTH democrats and republicans. YOU are just another liberal shill.

    Posted by: pepa | Oct 27, 2010 4:42:56 PM

  14. Well as of 4:40 EDT, 28 people (9%) had voted "Yes" and 283 (91%) had voted "No." Somehow I doubt these are the results the station was hoping for.

    As for the "number of young people with same-sex partners has doubled" straw man, hasn't even occurred to them that more openly gay youth doesn't actually mean more gay youth?

    Posted by: kate217 | Oct 27, 2010 4:44:38 PM

  15. Which state does Joel Burns live in again?

    Posted by: REG | Oct 27, 2010 5:12:48 PM

  16. I think everyone needs to take in to account the age of those who called in to the show. The vast majority sounded older than dirt, and are the only ones left in this country who have any free time on their hands to take the time to call in to this disgusting display of anti-LGBT rhetoric. As the generation that was born during the most virulently anti-gay eras of the 1940s through mid 1960's start to die off in greater numbers, we will really start to see the shift in equality and acceptance. I'm not pollyannish about it all, I realize there will always be anti-LGBT minorities in this nation, but I do believe that in about 30-50 years you'll see a dramatic shift in the overall treatment of the LGBT community in the national press.

    Posted by: Keith | Oct 27, 2010 5:38:11 PM

  17. As a Texan, that was rough to watch. I'm quite certain that my grandmother would say exactly what some of those religious conservative ladies said if I told her I was gay. :(

    Posted by: conductress | Oct 27, 2010 6:22:00 PM

  18. Unbelievable! No, the dumbing down of society, as demonstrated by these callers, will be the downfall of this country. Most of my gay friends all have some form of higher education (BS degree or higher). Perhaps that is why we as a 7% minority are becoming such a threat to these ignorant, close-minded individuals. Knowledge and education are power, and that is a threat to them. Unfortunately, we are an easy scapegoat for what is wrong with the country. It is rampant materialism and greed (Republican values) that have put our country in the perilous situation it is in today. Other than that, this is just outright bigotry & hate spewed by a bunch of Texas rednecks.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 27, 2010 6:56:41 PM

  19. "This is isn't the time to plug in your pathetic attempt to peddle your liberal political party. The problem is this station, which can be filled with BOTH democrats and republicans. YOU are just another liberal shill." ... PEPA
    Written perhaps by someone, dare I say a conservative, who didn't bother to follow the link to the Republican Party Platform legislative agenda for 2010. Quoting here for the link clicking impaired
    "Marriage Licenses – We support legislation that would make it a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple
    and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such.
    Homosexuality – We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown
    of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the
    fundamental, unchanging truths that have been
    ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be
    presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to
    include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, refuse to recognize, or grant
    special privileges including, but not limited to: marriage between persons of the same sex (regardless of state of origin),
    custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil
    penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.
    Texas Sodomy Statutes – We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority
    granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy."
    I would invite you to go ahead and vote actively or by sitting home on your butt for the resulting legal sanctions against you and yours actively and feverishly pursued by the Republicans and their Tea Party Brown Shirts in the state of Texas.
    If you believe wanting to protect ones self against such legislative intrusions to individual privacy and sanctions against the civil rights of all citizens are a "liberal agenda" I enthusiastically agree. Further discussion, beyond saying that the aforementioned principles are indeed the cornerstone of liberal thought, would be, I fear, as useful an endeavor as nailing Jell-o to a tree.

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 27, 2010 7:07:50 PM

  20. Not all of us Texans are backwards morons.

    Posted by: Sara | Oct 27, 2010 7:24:57 PM

  21. The incredible stupidity of half of this country is astounding...but I can't help but laugh when I hear those viewers' comments. Half of these comments were unintelligible.

    Never been, and probably never will go to Texas, at least not until those bigots die of old age.

    Posted by: Brian B. | Oct 27, 2010 7:39:15 PM

  22. I was so grateful to read so many positive comments. Even with the number of pro-gay callers that were included (yet cut off), this video still almost brought me to tears. How can people sleep at night? I really cannot even find words. The end of this country/world will be all the hate that lives here.

    Posted by: April | Oct 27, 2010 8:01:58 PM

  23. What sickens me most about this is that the TV station is that market's Ellen affiliate. It seems as if they're doing this story merely as a way to generate page hits to their websites.

    Rather than go to both stations' respective websites to lodge our complaints, we should visit the websites of all of their competitors to show our support for NOT airing fear-mongering stories such as these.

    Posted by: bigbowood | Oct 27, 2010 8:56:01 PM

  24. Tuesday is Election Day. If you haven't voted yet, please remember to do it by the 2nd. If these inbred repugli-cants get into office, the country will definitely be on the wrong track!

    Posted by: mad1026 | Oct 27, 2010 9:26:40 PM

  25. Speaking as a Texan, I'm appalled that this was actually a subject on a mainstream television station. That having been said, I'm a bit heartened that at least a large minority of the respondents strongly rejected homophobia. OK, one of the callers seemed to confuse us with intersexed people, but his heart was in the right place.

    Posted by: Ben | Oct 27, 2010 9:30:37 PM

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