Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema’s posted on Wednesday a flammatory, hateful rant against the LGBT community, deeming their lifestyles as ‘filthy.’ In fact, Agema’s post was so full of bigotry that dozens of Republicans are calling for his resignation.
The Detroit Free Press reports, “Agema’s posting Wednesday, during U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments regarding the legality of same-sex marriage, was based on an online article titled, “Everyone Should Know These Statistics on Homosexuals,” which appeared under the byline Frank Joseph, M.D.
The post depicts gays as sexually promiscuous, rife with sexually transmitted diseases and responsible for “half the murders in large cities.” (my bold)
A group of state Republicans are now calling for Agema’s resignation over his offensive post.
Dennis Lennox, a Grand Traverse County Republican precinct delegate and former county drain commissioner, issued a statement Wednesday joined with signatures by 20 other Republicans condemning Agema’s “deplorable actions”
The statement reads, “This isn’t about what we believe either politically or as women and men of faith. This is about common decency and realizing that you cannot win an election by insulting a wide swath of the electorate, whose votes our Republican Party needs to once again form a national majority.”
But, what’s troubling is that Republicans are more concerned with gaining votes than simply doing the right thing. Still yet, I’m glad he was called out.
In a statement e-mailed to the Free Press this morning, Agema said he posted something someone else had written and “some publications and even a few liberal Republicans have chosen to take the words of someone else and cast them as my own.
Agema said, “I think it was a piece worth sharing given the debate over gay marriage that is happening in the Supreme Court.”
“I strongly maintain my position in support of marriage between a man and a woman and I will not back down from my core beliefs in support of strengthening the family.”
Detroit Free Press adds, Those who signed the statement criticizing Agema, a group Lennox described as “the next generation of Michigan Republicans,” included Brad Fingeroot of the Oakland County Young Republicans, and Brian Szmytke, chairman of the Wayne County Teenage Republicans.
“Bigotry in the GOP cannot be tolerated,” Fingeroot posted on Twitter on Wednesday.
Image: Detroit Free Press.