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If you'll remember, yesterday I mentioned that quack psychologist and longtime anti-gay activist Paul Cameron was a guest on a recent edition of "Crosstalk," a show that airs on VCY America, a conservative Christian radio network based in Milwaukee.  Cameron claimed that President Obama now supports marriage equality because he's a closet gay himself--and thus implied that no one who's "really" straight can support gay rights.  Believe it or not, that wasn't the most offensive part of that show.  Not by a longshot.  The show's host, Jim Schneider, allowed a caller to go into an ugly racist spiel on-air.

At around the 33:24 mark of the show, which aired this past Thursday, a caller from Waukesha, Wisconsin came on and said, "They gave blacks equal rights and that was a bad path and now look where we are.  If I don’t feel like I want to hire a black man for my business I’m in all sorts of trouble, and now it’s going to be some homo who is gonna have to get a job because I can’t do nothing about it."  You'd have thought that Schneider wouldn't have allowed him to even get that far as "now look where we are."  Oh no.  He let this mouthbreather continue his screed.  I listened to the very end of the show, hoping somehow that either Schneider or Cameron would condemn this.  No such luck.  Don't take my word for it--listen for yourself here.

To my mind, this represents a complete failure at the most basic level.  Unless VCY America has a really good--and I mean a really good--explanation for how this was allowed to air, heads need to roll.  

I'm left wondering how in the world this clown managed to get past the call screener.  In any normal world, he wouldn't have even been allowed on the air.  And even if he had, like I mentioned earlier, Schneider should have cut him off immediately.  But he didn't.

Crash VCY's inbox at vcy@vcyamerica.org--and tell your friends as well.  Even your conservative ones--no matter where you stand on gay rights, this sort of racism is unacceptable.  Period, full stop.

Originally posted to Christian Dem in NC on Tue May 15, 2012 at 02:23 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and Street Prophets .

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  •  Sounds to me like somebody (2+ / 0-)
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    was expressing themselves on a radio call-in show. I don't like what he said, but I don't agree that "heads should roll". Over one caller that some of us find offensive? As liberals especially, I think we're supposed to always err on the side of free speech. When the Christian right insists that "heads roll" because someone said a bad word or two gay people kissed on prime time television, my attitude is "change the channel".

  •  Whenever I see the phrase "conservative christian" (5+ / 0-)

    or "religious right" I associate prejudice, racism and all the -isms.  I am certain somewhere there is a nice conservative christian congregation that self identifies with the religious right and hates no one but here in the bible belt I haven't seen it.  After more than a decade of searching I have come to the conclusion that a lot of these conservative christians use god as an excuse to hate or tolerate people who do.

  •  I disagree. (1+ / 0-)
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    There is a small, very determined, group of morons and idiots out there, who happen to thrive on christian and talk radio. When the majority of people happen by a particular station, some by design, some by accident, and they hear such vile stuff, three things can happen. They can agree (which most rational people are incapable of doing), they can change the channel (which a good number will do), and lastly, they can get angry, which is even better.

    Knowledge, insight, and thinking are the keys.

    I suspect that if we concocted a film clip that showed how Fox News operated, behind the scenes, with planned attacks, lies, and deliberate spin, then had them watch Fox news, a large group of viewers would be permanently turned off from that station.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Tue May 15, 2012 at 02:47:45 PM PDT

  •   Most important thing is to hang these whacka (1+ / 0-)
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    doodles around the necks of Romney and the gop.

    I'd rather have a buntle afrota-me than a frottle a bunta-me.

    by David54 on Tue May 15, 2012 at 03:06:48 PM PDT

  •  Good, we need more of this on the radio. (4+ / 0-)

    Seriously.  Bigotry helped change my dad's mind, so maybe bigotry will help others change their minds in our favor too.

    Veritas Omnia Vincit

    by The Nephew on Tue May 15, 2012 at 03:07:48 PM PDT

    •  There is something to allowing these bigots (2+ / 0-)
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      the chance to reveal just how vile their beliefs really are.  They can certainly be called out for it, but these outrageous statements are exactly what tests our commitment to free speech, regardless of the content thereof.

      To pass that test we shine a light on those spouting their hate, their bigotry, their irrational paranoia, we don't let it fester in a dark corner, we expose it for what it is, all the while condemning it, condemning it with the same degree of passion with which we defend their right to say it.

      Those who don't agree with such horrendous opinions may or may not feel comfortable speaking out against them.  If they can't expose their disagreement for some reason, they can in the privacy of the ballot box take their opportunity to express their dissent.

      Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. Carl Sagan

      by sjburnman on Tue May 15, 2012 at 04:26:28 PM PDT

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  •  "Christian radio". Pretty much says... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...it all. Who's surprised by the level rampant hatred and abject willful stupidity barfed up on "Christian radio"? It's what/who they are. If there was a god he'd pick more decent spokesmodels.

  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (0+ / 0-)

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Tue May 15, 2012 at 04:57:40 PM PDT

  •  Let 'em spew (1+ / 0-)
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    and then use it productively. Next time you encounter someone who is homophobic, relate this to them very unemotionally and factually and ask if this radio person represents them.

    After all, they share a position right? Make people own their positions and make them think about exactly who they're allying themselves with when they do.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Tue May 15, 2012 at 04:59:13 PM PDT

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