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Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James Stands by Remarks That 'Homosexuals are Sexual Predators'

Mecklenburg County (NC)  Commissioner Bill James is standing by remarks he made in an email to colleagues following the Senate's vote approving repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, in which he said "Homosexuals are sexual predators."

Reports the Charlotte Observer: James

"People are entitled to their opinion, and that includes me," James said Thursday. "I don't expect people to (always) agree with me. It's a political discussion and I wouldn't have raised it on my own, but Jennifer (Roberts) decided to wade in on it."

The County Commission chair expressed reluctance about punishing James for the comments, even though James has bashed gays before:

But Jennifer Roberts, chair of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, said Thursday she hasn't talked to commissioners about what action, if any, the board should take.

"The challenge is everyone recognizes that it's inappropriate language," Roberts said. "This is a repeat performance and I just don't know if it helps or hurts the end goal by making any kind of formal statement."

In related news, James has also sent out a letter saying that gays prey on young men at YMCAs.

The next question is, when will we see James in a Larry Craig or George Rekers situation? Travelers, keep your eyes peeled.

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  1. "Wide Stance" James, whose email is wjames@carolina.rr.com, was kind enough to send me this link to his writings about the homosexual menace.

    http://bit.ly/dQxvOk

    The delusional guy thinks the red medical emergency phones are homosexual alert phones.

    Speaking of the DADT repeal he wrote me: "When Obama is booted we will reverse this immorality."

    Amazing.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Dec 31, 2010 12:00:58 PM


  2. Isn't it ironic that a vast majority of "sexual predators" are HETEROsexual? This guy should resign or be kicked out of his position of leadership. HE is a public menace.

    Posted by: Jim | Dec 31, 2010 12:06:22 PM


  3. As Commissioner Bill James asserted Americans are entitled to Freedom of Speech, no matter how false or misleading their statement(s) may be. However, in this particular case, since James is holding a public office (whether he's been elected or appointed)he is representing the general public. I can assure you that there is a substantial LGBT population in Charlotte, NC, so Commissioner James is blatantly not fulfilling his job duties adequately (regardless of his own bigoted personal beliefs)by not representing and even offending this specific subgroup of Charlotte's general population. This situation would be comparable to a county commissioner publicly stating that his personal belief is that slavery in the U.S. should still be in existence for African-Americans (i.e. because he felt he was entitled to Freedom of Speech, even in his public capacity as a county commissioner), while simultaneously a sub group of the population he represents as a county commissioner are African American. Truthfully, in the second scenario there's no doubt in my mind that Commissioner James would be terminated from his county position for such offensive and prejudiced public remarks. Likewise, for his offensive remarks regarding the gay community, James needs to be terminated from his county position.

    Posted by: Frederick | Dec 31, 2010 12:13:25 PM


  4. There is no hiding behind freedom of speech for this behavior. When an employee of a company does something to embarrass an employer, the boss is free to fire him for it. As a public servant, this asswipe has slandered a portion of the population he was elected to represent. At the VERY least, the County should censure him and demand that he apologize.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Dec 31, 2010 12:21:58 PM


  5. Frederick--Great minds think alike.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Dec 31, 2010 12:23:56 PM


  6. What a dipstick he is - Everyone knows the "Red Phone" is used to call Batman.

    Posted by: Fred | Dec 31, 2010 12:28:44 PM


  7. Aren't 99% of sexual predators throughout history Cathlick or other imaginary-friend-worshippers?

    And it seems 100% of sexual predators behind bars worship the same pedophile god that James rubs off to.

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Dec 31, 2010 12:28:50 PM


  8. I am *really* sick of assholes like this claiming 'freedom of opinion' in their slanderous comments. If I were to say that it was my opinion that black people were all criminals I would be a RACIST, not someone with an 'opinion', and I would not be allowed to continue in public office.
    Like the folks who also claim that we are all child rapists. "But that's only my opinion, so it's OK that I say that in public." Isn't that illegal? If I said that about a specific person it would be libel; it's OK to say it about an entire minority??

    Posted by: Liquid | Dec 31, 2010 12:33:56 PM


  9. Meh. At this point, it looks like he's just sick of his job and trying to be a right-wing martyr so he can get his wingnut welfare checks.

    Compare Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt and Juan Williams.

    Posted by: Nate W. | Dec 31, 2010 12:49:05 PM


  10. @Liquid: Haven't you heard? It's still OK to hate, mock, and attack us.

    Posted by: Paul | Dec 31, 2010 1:04:11 PM


  11. Don't accuse this bigot of being a closeted gay man.... He's not worthy of such as designation.

    I suspect he has troubles finding his own dick anyway. What a pathetic idiot.....

    Posted by: Tony J | Dec 31, 2010 1:41:39 PM


  12. Way to glorify uneducated redneck thinking, North Carolina!

    Posted by: X | Dec 31, 2010 2:11:44 PM


  13. Selfishness, dishonor, unethical, amorality and unfairness are characteristics of haterosexuals.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 31, 2010 2:27:24 PM


  14. Words of hate from a doughy Christian hillbilly pantload. This guy is fat, ugly and an ignorant hillbilly.

    I have freedom of sepeech, too. I'm sure he wouldn't mind if I hung out on his front lawn with a shotgun advocating his execution?

    Posted by: Jonathan | Dec 31, 2010 2:58:22 PM


  15. What do these predatory gay men do with their prey once they catch it? Eat it? Rape it? Trick it into having gay sex?

    Posted by: boone68 | Dec 31, 2010 4:04:25 PM


  16. Mindless rant from a southern white male ignoramus. He gives the south a bad name.

    Posted by: Clift | Dec 31, 2010 5:10:46 PM


  17. @Boone68 Oh! They must eat their prey! After all, if we aren't meant to eat humans, why are they made of meat? :D

    Posted by: jmatts | Dec 31, 2010 5:12:43 PM


  18. Here is the breakdown.
    100% of sexual predators are created by heterosexuals. 100% of rapist are created by heterosexuals. Etc. 90% of the population is heterosexual so 90% of the sexual predators then must be heterosexuals. Given the data, a homosexual is 90% less likely to be a sexual predator and thus much safer for society to be around. Since heterosexuals are more dangerous, we need to be very careful about exposing our children to this very bad side of society.

    Posted by: Pointed | Dec 31, 2010 5:59:25 PM


  19. he should be sacked

    Posted by: Stephen | Dec 31, 2010 6:04:39 PM


  20. How would some of you react if this homophobic white man was black?

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Dec 31, 2010 7:59:00 PM


  21. So who do we hold accountable when gay men are killed or beaten because some idiot was convinced we were sexual predators?

    Is it "self-defense" if we shoot them first?
    :-)

    Posted by: Queer Equality Revolution | Dec 31, 2010 9:19:34 PM


  22. @Mel Smith -- The way I would react has nothing to do with race, and would be the same regardless. And here it is:

    So Commissioner James... Project much?

    Posted by: MajorTom | Dec 31, 2010 11:09:25 PM


  23. I smell a homphobic closeted queen. How soon before the other shoe drops and Mr. James is caught with his pants down on to catch a Predator??

    Posted by: Matthew | Jan 1, 2011 8:37:01 AM


  24. @Mel Smith

    Need you ask? We KNOOOOOOOOOOOW...

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jan 1, 2011 11:15:27 AM


  25. I am beyond offended by what this sack of assholes is saying about my people, day by day i am angrier and more outraged by what the wingnut right has to say about my people. Has there ever been a precedent for a class action lawsuit against this sort of defamation, er..slander, threat to my and others safety? Maybe the way to fight this kind of crap is to start taking all the fights to court.

    Posted by: contragenic | Jan 1, 2011 11:19:15 AM


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