Negative campaign ads make for dirty politics, but when the negative campaigning consists of little more than “my opponent is gay and therefore horrible,” that’s just outright despicable. However, that was the precise tactic of Houston school board member Manuel Rodriguez Jr. His (sadly successful) campaign to not vote for his opponent, Ramiro Fonseca, included the line: “His records show he spent years advocating for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender rights — not kids.” Though the flyer makes it clear of his position on the matter, Rodriguez insisted, “I am not bashing gay people.”
By this point, there’s probably no need to convince anyone that the Westboro Baptist “Church” preaches nothing but hateful nonsense. Despite some extremely homophobic language, the group’s flyer promoting protests to oppose same-sex marriage in Rhode Island might actually manage to make some people laugh thanks to an amusing misspelling. The flyer reads: “Is the United States population illerate? (sic) Can’t you read? The Lord Jesus Christ said marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman for life.” When calling out others for being illiterate, it’s probably best to make sure you spell “illiterate” correctly, but I suppose no one considers the WBC accurate at this point.
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