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Two very different views of the same story

This story was in the news a couple of days ago, and I was waiting to see when the wingnuts would erupt over it. First, the story as it was reported in the Washington Blade.

Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich on June 15 replaced his state’s representative on the board of directors of the D.C. area Metro subway and bus system after news surfaced that Robert J. Smith referred to gay men and lesbians as “sexual deviants.”

Robert Smith’s comments were highly inappropriate, insensitive and unacceptable,” the Republican governor said in a statement released by his office. “They are in direct conflict to my administration’s commitment to inclusiveness, tolerance and opportunity,” the governor said.

Ehrlich’s decision to replace Smith, an architect and Republican Party activist from Montgomery County, came less than four hours after D.C. Council member Jim Graham demanded Smith’s resignation over the remark.

Who do you think was all over this story first — you know who it is, the man who specializes in all things homo, our penis-possessing friend Bob Knight of Concerned Women for America’s Culture and Family Institute. It’s been a busy week for him; he must have every gay site in his newsreader, waiting to bleat out pithy quotes for any reporter who rings him up.

Here’s the distinctly different coverage by the Wildmon’s “fact”-filled web rage, AgapePress.

In Washington, DC, a member of the Metro Transit Authority Board has lost his job for referring to homosexual behavior as “deviant.” Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich fired his appointee to the board, Robert Smith, after another member of the board, who is an open homosexual, complained. Smith said he made the remark while taking part in a local cable TV program about a proposed ban on same-sex “marriage.” He says his personal beliefs have nothing to do with running trains and buses and have not affected his decisions on the board.

Reacting to the incident, Bob Knight [damn, has he nothing better to do?!] of the Washington, DC-based Culture and Family Institute (CFI) says Governor Ehrlich has “given in to the bullying of homosexual activists” — and ought to be “ashamed of himself” for having done so. Those activists, Knight says, are “basically saying ‘You agree with us, or you can’t be in public life anymore’ — and the governor has bought right into that. We can’t allow these bullies to tell us what to believe and where we can serve.”

The CFI spokesman feels the governor’s actions are telling. “Given that there’s an openly homosexual man serving on the same board, and Governor Ehrlich hasn’t moved to remove him for his ‘peculiar’ activities [WTF?!], we can only conclude that the governor values homosexuality more than he does traditional Roman Catholic belief, or traditional Christian belief for that matter,” says Knight. Smith, he adds, “is merely voicing his Catholic beliefs that are shared by millions of people in this country,” and should be reinstated.

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