There are times when religious right activists say such insane things that I feel little need to add any editorial comment to them, because I trust that no human alive who isn’t already a vehemently anti-gay wingnut would ever be persuaded by them. This is one of those times. Right wing radio host Kevin Swanson has compared Honey Maid’s beautiful “Wholesome” campaign to promoting axe murder and cannibalism:
Colorado-based pastor Kevin Swanson of Generations Radio is joining the Religious Right outrage frenzy over a gay-inclusive TV ad produced by Nabisco’s Honey Maid.
On Friday, he told co-host Steve Vaughn that the company’s “disgusting” attempt to “promote” homosexuality is just like encouraging axe murder.
And here is the quote:
When you come down to things like axe murder or homosexuality and you say, ‘we’re really going to promote it and we’re going to encourage everybody in America to engage in this or at least support this thing,’ there will be people on the other side who will take an adamantly opposed position to your support of axe murdering or homosexuality. They will be intolerant, they will be very intolerant of that which is evil, like axe murdering. Here’s my prognostication for Nabisco: I think they’re going to lose business. They say ‘we’ve got lots and lots and lots of positive comments,’ I think they said 50,000 positive comments or something.
Tough bananas, there are still going to be 28 percent, 38 percent, 47 percent of the market that will not go with it. So their decision to step out and say, ‘we’re going to take the lowest road possible on this, we’re going to support one of the most egregious things ever concocted since Nero — Nero being the one who came up with homosexual marriage, the namesake for it — we’re going to support the Neronic agenda,’ there will be I think 28 percent, 38 percent, it may eventually go as low as 28 percent, but you’re still going to get a pretty substantial bunch of Americans that will say, ‘hey, this is disgusting, Nabisco is disgusting.’
Wait, is Kevin Swanson saying that if there was an axe murder or cannibalism lobby in this country, that they could eventually get 72% of Americans to support it? Does he really believe that? Or is he just so filled with a disturbingly moronic hatred for LGBT people that he actually thinks that those things are comparable? Or is the religious right just so desperate in the face of their mounting losses that they’re starting to lose their grip on reality, convinced that we’re just one step away from hacking each other to death and firing up the grill? Another quote from the interview suggests that it’s the last one:
Swanson also claimed that God will object to the TV ad because “the problem with this ‘love’ thing is you can define it anyway you want. Homosexuals love their friends and cannibals love their victims, they taste good.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: fundamentalists have the strangest ideas about what constitutes love and what doesn’t. LGBT people are fighting to be treated equally when we fall in love and want to build a life with someone, and Kevin Swanson’s over here telling us that’s the same as folks just cold eating each other.
Swanson also wonders if Nabisco will now come out with an ad where the wife is a dog and the husband is a human, because that’s clearly what normal people think when they see a loving, nurturing gay couple.
Keep talking, Religious Right. You do more for our movement than you know, every day of your lives.
Here’s the audio: