Yesterday, a shockingly extreme blog post written by Michigan Republican’s 1st District Vice-Chair Mary Sears was posted on the Schoolcraft County Republican Party’s website by the site’s administrators. The post is titled, “End Of The GOP?”, and its premise is, “For too long the GOP has misinterpreted the big tent idea of Ronald Regan [sic].”
UPDATE: Since yesterday, the site administrators have placed the following disclaimer: “The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author. While every caution has been taken to provide our readers with most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this blog.”
Toward the end of the post, Sears writes, “How then can we as Christians stay in a party that adopts Homosexuality [sic] into the fabric of the tent. I say we cannot. Homosexuals make up less than one percent of the total population. They must prey on our children to increase their numbers. Why then, would we, as a party, entertain this perversion? We as a party should be purging this perversion and send them to a party with a much bigger tent. When we lose track of foundational principles we lose the very essence of our party. By throwing God under the bus we become nothing more than the poor Democrats who have lost their way and by doing so have lost their party.”
Let’s focus in on that middle sentence… “We as a party should be purging this perversion and send them to a party with a much bigger tent.” We as a party should be purging homosexuals and sending them to the Democratic Party? Does that strike anyone else as wrong?
Now let’s take a look at the Republican Party platform… you know, the one that was adopted by the Republican National Committee last year and represents what Republicans nationwide believe: “We embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with respect and dignity.” And what was it that Ronald Reagan said? Something like, “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally, not a 20 percent traitor.”
Clearly Sears’ idea of purging gays from the party fits neither with Reagan’s ideology, nor the GOP’s platform. And that’s fine if it’s her personal opinion, but this woman represents the 1st District Republican Committee. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Schoolcraft County GOP administrators posted that post on their blog–with no disclaimer of any kind. A
county GOP committee endorsing district executive board member advocating the idea of purging people from the party based on one issue? That seems extreme, to put it lightly.
It also seems counterproductive to one of the stated purposes of the County Committee in its bylaws, which is to “benefit the general welfare of the Republicans of Schoolcraft County”. In 2010, gays, lesbians, and bisexuals accounted for 3% of the vote, and 29% identified as supporting Republican Congressmen. In 2012, they accounted for 5% of the vote, and 22% identified as voting for Romney.
The County Committee’s goal is to benefit the party, yet they support “purging” a group of voters So we should purge a group that adds 1% of the vote to the GOP column? And while 1% doesn’t sound like a lot, why would you willingly ostracize a group of people who are trying to help you?
It is one thing to defend traditional marriage–something that remains a part of the party’s platform. It is an entirely different thing to call for “purging” gays from the party because they are a “perversion” in the minds of some. Ms. Sears seems to have ignored the party platform clause that calls for “respect and dignity.” Traditional values can be defended in a respectful and dignified way.
We as a party cannot afford to lose any voters, and I welcome any gay, lesbian, or bisexual voter who agrees with even 51% of the party platform (for that matter, I welcome anyone who is willing to vote for Republicans more often than Democrats). And to any gays, lesbians, or bisexuals reading this, let me tell you that Ms. Sears
and the Schoolcraft County GOP do does not speak for the Republican Party that I believe in and defend. And that is why I believe it is so important to write what I am writing today. The members of the GOP who are embarrassed and offended by the hatred coming from some in our party need to stand up for what is right and defend what is actually in the party platform–respect and dignity.
UPDATE: When I wrote my original post, the SCRP’s blog had the header, “Published March 31, 2013 | By SCRP“. Since then, I have talked to the chairman of the SCRP who has informed me that while the post was posted by “SCRP” (they should probably create a “Guest” account to post unofficial blog posts), they post opinion pieces from many people, and blog posts do not represent the SCRP. I have since edited this post by striking out anything that has been revealed to be inaccurate. I still think the original post should have been taken down by the SCRP, as it blatantly violates the party platform, but the SCRP has put a disclaimer up and posted a copy of this blog post.