Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema posted such an flammatory, hateful rant against the LGBT community, deeming their lifestyles as ‘filthy’ that even dozens of Republicans called for his resignation.
Still yet, Agema is sticking to his ‘facts’ in his post, in which the context contains nothing factual. The article in question which Agema posted was supposedly written by Frank Joseph, M.D. And no one seems to know who the hell Dr. Joseph is or even if he exists at all.
So, who was behind this hate-filled rant?
Ken Braun broke it down after delving into who authored the post. Braun’s background, “Ken Braun was a legislative aide for a Republican lawmaker in the Michigan House for six years and is currently the director of policy for a political consulting firm. ”
Consider this dubious bullet-point from the essay: “The median age of death of lesbians is 45 (only 24% live past age 65). The median age of death of a married heterosexual woman is 79 (8).”
That “(8)” is footnote #8. It refers to a pamphlet entitled “Is Homosexual Activity Normal?” by Dr. Edward R. Fields of Marietta, Ga. Fields is cited as the source for eight bullet points in the essay that Agema circulated.
What appears to be a reprint of the original Fields essay can be found here.
The Fields facts used in the essay reposted by Agema (and written by Joseph) are all similarly outrageous: “37% of homosexuals engage in sadomasochism,” “60% say they have had sex with strangers in bathhouses,” “Homosexuals are 100 times more likely to be murdered,” etc…
The Jewish Anti-Defamation League informs us that an Edward R. Fields of Marietta, GA, is a “non-practicing chiropractor.”
That’s the good part.
The bad parts:
“Edward Fields has been active in white supremacist and anti-Semitic groups since he was a teenager in the late 1940s … Fields was a significant force in the racist world …”
“In 1991 he organized a Klan rally in Montgomery, Alabama, along with Thom Robb of the Knights of the KKK.”
“In February 2001 he attended the funeral of Byron de la Beckwith, murderer of civil rights activist Medgar Evers …”
The “Homosexual Activity” pamphlet was penned in 1993, the same year Fields wrestled with the question “Was There Really a Holocaust?” – an essay you can still find on his Website. (Spoiler alert: Fields thinks the Jews exaggerated the story.)
Similar titles with similar themes appear to have been produced over many decades.
And Fields isn’t quite yet a footnote himself. In January, former KKK leader and Louisiana politician David Duke interviewed Fields on his Internet-based radio show. Subjects: Jews and homosexuals taking over the world.
When referring to ‘on his website’ the link directs you to – wait for it – Stormfront.com, a white supremacists site, which the likes of David Duke, among others contribute to.
Speaking of David Duke, Braun adds, “In January, former KKK leader and Louisiana politician David Duke interviewed Fields on his Internet-based radio show. Subjects: Jews and homosexuals taking over the world.”
My favorite part of Braun’s article:
I suppose it’s theoretically possible that a knuckle-dragging, Klan-rally organizing, Holocaust-denier might have stumbled over real facts about homosexuals. Or, perhaps there are TWO crackpots living in the same Georgia town, both going by the name “Edward R. Fields.” But my own mind is equally open to the possibility of meeting a mermaid.
Anyone else completely not surprised?
The entirety of Braun’s article is a must read. Unlike Agema’s post, it’s actually linked to sources.