If you can’t beat them, sue them.
At least that’s Tea Party Unity leader Rick Scarborough’s thinking, who suggested Friday that conservative activists should take a page from campaigns against Big Tobacco and file a “class action lawsuit” against homosexuality.
The far-right pastor was responding to fellow tea partier and president of Americans for Truth Peter LaBarbera, who was arguing that Fox News should tell more “stories of happy men and women who have left the homosexual lifestyle” in the same way they highlight black conservatives.
“Peter, the whole issue of a class action lawsuit, you and I have talked about this a little bit,” Scarborough said. “I just wonder if you’ve explored that, talked to anyone about it. Obviously, statistically now even the Centers for Disease Control verifies that homosexuality much more likely leads to AIDS than smoking leads to cancer.
“And yet the entire nation has rejected smoking, billions of dollars are put into a trust fund to help cancer victims and the tobacco industry was held accountable for that,” he added. “Any thoughts on that kind of an approach?”
“Yeah I think that’s great,” LaBarbera responded. “I would love to see it. We always wanted to see one of the kid in high school who was counseled by the official school counselor to just be gay, then he comes down with HIV. But we never really got the client for that.”
h/t Right Wing Watch
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