Utah State Senator Removed From Judicial Committee Because of Remarks About Homosexuals


A Utah state senator on Friday was kicked off a judicial committee he chaired after he drew criticism for comparing gay activists to radical Muslims in an interview aired this week.

Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, also told former local television reporter Reed Cowan, an openly gay documentary producer who now works at a Miami station, that gay activists are "probably the greatest threat to America going down."


Buttars declined to comment to The Associated Press, but said Friday he would not be issuing an apology.

In a statement released on the Senate Republicans’ blog, Buttars wrote that he will continue to defend traditional marriage.

"I disagree with my removal as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, since my work there is entirely unrelated to my opposition to the homosexual agenda," Buttars wrote. "Still, I’m a grown man and I can take my knocks. When it comes right down to it, I would rather be censured for doing what I think is right, than be honored by my colleagues for bowing to the pressure of a special interest group that has been allowed to act with impunity."


"What is the morals of a gay person? You can’t answer that, because anything goes. So now you’re moving toward a society that has no morals," Buttars told Cowan in the January interview, which was about the Proposition 8 campaign to ban gay marriage in California and the involvement of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Homosexuals being the greatest threat to America, I don’t know about that. The acceptance and in fact forced acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle choice is without a doubt a threat to America and traditional American values.

I wouldn’t say it’s the greatest threat and it is surely not the only threat.

The intolerance of the tolerant is likely an even greater threat.

The tolerant never want debate, they despise the practice of free speech demanding instead conformity to their political and social positions.

They are the Borg.

The homosexual groups are not the only example of radicalized persons attempting to shut down free speech and debate, I would argue they are the prime example however.

Individual homosexuals and organized homosexual groups were able to practice their right to free speech before, during and after the passage of California’s Prop 8. A good many took free speech beyond civil boundaries by invading churches during services, threatening violence, digging into the private lives of individuals and groups that supported Prop 8 and practicing prejudice in the extreme against the LDS church.

Yet those of us who believe homosexuality to be a negative for the individual and the society as well as a sin, are not to speak. We are to keep silent while the homosexual expects to be heard on every point.

The vast majority of us who are against homosexual marriage and, or, homosexual civil unions, are more than happy to have a debate. Homosexual organizations are not because they know they are likely to lose the debate.

California’s proposition 8 demonstrated that the homosexuals had lost the debate and losing was unacceptable to them.

Utah state senator Chris Buttars has a perfect right to voice his opinion, Utah homosexuals and Utah in general has a perfect right to reject his opinion, but the man should not have been punished for the practice of free speech.


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