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Republican Loudoun-sanity Continues: Dick Black Rails Against Gays in the Military

by: lowkell

Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 11:27:48 AM EDT

This interview with former Virginia Delegate Dick Black (R-Loudoun), now running for State Senate, is truly shocking, even by this crazy election season's standards. Perhaps we shouldn't be shocked, though, given Black's history and also given the name of the group conducting Black's interview - "Americans for Truth About Homosexuality" ("dedicated to exposing the homosexual activist agenda"). Can we say "obsessed?" Can someone call the men in the white coats, stat?

Anyway, listen to the interview yourself and see what you think. Highlights include Dick Black (yes, that's really his name) riffing on the supposed evils of gays in the military - increased HIV and AIDS, ogling and fondling in the showers and the foxholes, and worse! Listen to this, starting at minute 21:00.

I recall one particularly terrible situation, where, this was in basic training, there was a young fellow who went to the showers at night, and there were two homosexuals lurking -- they were also basic trainees - and they strangled him with a towel and forced him to submit to, you know, things that we won't talk about on the air. But it was extremely brutal, it was extremely humiliating, and they taunted him when they were finished. And at the time of the court martial of these guys, the victim was in psychiatric confinement at a hospital. Now, this is what we're asking the mothers and fathers of America to send their children into, is that sort of environment, where sexual bullies will prey on the smallest and least assertive soldiers.
So, there you have it. Let gays serve openly in the military, and before we know it, predatory homosexuals will be lurking everywhere, ready to commit their dastardly deeds!  
lowkell :: Republican Loudoun-sanity Continues: Dick Black Rails Against Gays in the Military
At another point in the interview (15:25), Black claims that allowing gays in the military will cause "deaths on the battlefield," apparently by their mere existence. Even worse will be (22:30) "these homosexual predators that will be unleashed by the administration's policy on gays in the military."  On and on the insanity and bigotry go. Where it stops, who knows, maybe the State Senate for Dick Black?

Meanwhile, just as Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) has strongly supported another Loudoun County Republican extremist, Eugene Delgaudio, Wolf also strongly supported Dick Black with both money and a ringing endorsement (Wolf praised Black as  "a vital member of my team" and urged his reelection). Also see here for the Loudoun County Republican Committee's photos and account of a lovely little pancake breakfast they held a couple weeks ago, at which Frank Wolf hung out with his pals Dick Black, (homosexual obsessed) Eugene Delgaudio, State Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel, Del. Tom Rust, Del. "Sideshow" Bob Marshall, LCRC Chairman Mark Sell (so extreme that even the right-wing blog "Too Conservative" said if he was elected, it would mean "a return to the Dark Ages" in Loudoun County), 10th CD Chairman Howie Lind (a member of the "Purity At All Costs crowd"), and other assorted wingnuts.

Basically, it's a cornucopia o' crazy in the Loudoun County Republican Party, and Frank Wolf's an important part of it - enabler, funder, endorser, etc. The question is, how does Wolf get away with masquerading as a "moderate" while supporting a bunch of bigots and extremists? And how is it, exactly, that Wolf bears no responsibility for homophobic bigots and extremists like Delgaudio and Black, both of whom Wolf has supported in the past, and continues to support to this very day?

P.S. Part II of the interview, including lost more anti-gay ranting by Dick Black, is available here. Everything you always wanted to know about "the homosexual agenda" and the evils of gays in the military, Dick Black's your man!

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Jeff Barnett Campaign Issues a Statement (0.00 / 0)
McLEAN, VA - Jeff Barnett, Democratic Candidate for Congress in Virginia's 10th District, has condemned recent statements about gay people and the military made by Dick Black, Republican Candidate for Virginia State Senate. Black recently sat for an interview with a group named "Americans for Truth About Homosexuality."

"Mr. Black's comments about the imagined "danger" of gay men and women serving in the military are hateful,  and they are an affront to the thousands of people who serve their country with honor but live in fear," said Barnett. "Not only are Mr. Black's comments inappropriate, they are incorrect. I served for 26 years in the United States Air Force. I can state unequivocally that simply allowing gay people to serve their country will not, as Mr. Black ludicrously contends, cause deaths on the battlefield. In fact, it is the outdated and discriminatory "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that really endangers soldiers, by undermining the trusting and honest relationship that should exist between a commander and his men."

"Mr. Black's comments are very upsetting. Perhaps equally upsetting is that Frank Wolf, who likes to portray himself as a moderate, has called Mr. Black "a vital member of my team." Discriminatory statements of the kind propagated by Dick Black have no place in the American political discourse. I call on Frank Wolf to denounce these hateful sentiments immediately," Barnett said.

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If Dick Black thinks any sex abuse should lead to prohibition (0.00 / 0)
... I look forward to his call for a law banning the Catholic Church in America. Since he's such a crusader against sex abuse & all.

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About that basic training night in the showers (4.00 / 1)
Did Mr. Black ever read Deliverance? As I recall, the homsexual rape perpetrated therein was done by heterosexual men against another heterosexual (but gentle and non-macho) guy. So how does Mr. Black know for sure that was not the case in the situation he enjoyed describing with such florid horror? His moist little mind appears to be so hungry for sexual horror stories one cannot place much credence on any of his stories.

Hmm (0.00 / 0)
Could be he is afraid of himself;
Could be he is afraid of his emotions;
Could be he is afraid of his penis;
As we have seen the most virulent anti-gay and homophobic Republicans, they are gay;

Could be he is queer.

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