“American Values” spokesperson, president, and political personality Gary Bauer made an astounding comment this week that, at the most basic level, correlated crime in Chicago with the Democratic promotion of gay marriage rights.
Right Wing Watch hosts an audio clip of Mr. Bauer’s statement. In response to a speech Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel recently gave about crime rates in Chicago and the deaths that have occurred in the area over the last year, Bauer offers this explanation as to why crime rates are so high:
Well, thanks for speaking up Mr. Mayor, you’re asking the right questions, but sadly you can’t come up with the right answers. Certainly these kids aren’t getting their values from their fathers because they don’t have fathers in their households. For the past fifty years, Rahm Emanuel’s party, the Democratic Party, has made it comfortable for many women to not have husbands in the home. Now Obama and the Democrats have embraced the radical idea of men marrying other men! How is that going to help the black family?
When Emanuel worked in the Clinton White House, the response to gang violence, do you remember this, was midnight basketball programs. It didn’t work, midnight basketball programs don’t replace fathers. And, of course, it was around that time when Democrats and their media allies did their best to convince us that values really didn’t matter. Even the disgusting values demonstrated in the Oval Office with a White House intern.
The statement at once condemns single-parent households and gay marriage as socially unacceptable family formations. He intrinsically blames single mothers and gay fathers for an upsurge in crime in the Chicago area and the destruction of the family. He ties these ideas together in a loose jumble of associations that don’t really make sense.
Eventually, Bauer leaps to the conclusion that Democrats don’t have values because the Clinton sexual scandal of the 1990′s, and the ensuing investigation, were proof that “values really didn’t matter” to Democrats. So, Clinton’s infidelity to his wife somehow proves that gay marriage is unwanted and immoral? Wouldn’t it more likely point out that issues abound in all marriages, including heterosexual ones? The whole statement is a reaction to the Obama administration’s support of equal marriage and LGBT rights.
Bauer serves as the president for “American Values,” a conservative organization that takes a “pro-life, pro-family, and pro-growth values” stance on political issues, according to its website. The American Values subheading reads, “Your Voice to Help Protect Life, Marriage, Family, Faith, and Freedom.”
The organization clearly champions a very specific voice on these issues, and certainly not the voices of single mothers, single fathers or LGBT activists and allies.
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