Meet the Wingnut Candidate: Cresent Hardy

Today we get to meet Cresent Hardy, a Nevada state legislator now running for Congress. In a recent interview with the Las Vegas Sun he made the absolutely bizarre argument that protecting gay people from discrimination only creates classes of people and is thus segregation. Or something.

Hardy also would oppose the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, a federal measure that would make it a crime for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on the employee’s sexual orientation or gender identity, adding that language to a list of federally protected classes. In 2011, Hardy voted against a similar law in Nevada; Horsford supported it.

“When we create classes, we create that same separation that we’re trying to unfold somehow,” he said. “By continuing to create these laws that are what I call segregation laws, it puts one class of a person over another. We are creating classes of people through these laws.”

So you’ll be okay with repealing all the anti-discrimination laws, including the one saying you can’t be discriminated against for being Christians, right? I mean, we wouldn’t want to create any new “segregation laws” would we? And you might want to look up what the word “segregation” means.

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  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    It’s not easy being the oppressor but pretending that you’re the victim.

  • eric

    By continuing to create these laws that are what I call segregation laws, it puts one class of a person over another

    Actually, no. By saying “sexual orientation” the ENDA pretty much covers everyone. Can’t be fired for being gay, straight, or anything else.

    But if that’s too hard for you to understand, maybe you’ve be more comfortable with an argument the conservative side loves to make. The law is perfectly fair because I everybody now has the same right not to be fired for being gay.

  • colnago80

    George Orwell please call your office.

  • Friendly

    It’s not easy being the oppressor but pretending that you’re the victim.

    Sure it is. If it weren’t simplicity itself, so many Republicans wouldn’t be capable of it.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    eric “Actually, no. By saying ‘sexual orientation’ the ENDA pretty much covers everyone. Can’t be fired for being gay, straight, or anything else.”

    Now, look, we don’t need laws for everything. That’s what the Invisible Hand of the Free Market is for. Choice, I think we can all agree, is preferable to Force. By buying (or not buying) products or services from certain companies or stores, people will choose with their wallets which Unpopular Minorities are worth stepping on.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    eric @ # 2: …Can’t be fired for being gay, straight, or anything else.

    How long until, ahem, certain people contend that their orientation is “harasser”?

  • D. C. Sessions

    Next up: to enable a True Free Market to apply, businesses should be required to state which people they won’t tolerate. Anyone not on the list is presumed acceptable unless the business states that their religion forbids them to testify to their religious beliefs.

    Yeah, I didn’t think it’d go over here either.

  • markr1957

    Area man –

    It’s not easy being the oppressor but pretending that you’re the victim.

    Christians have had around 1800 years of practice, so they’re pretty good at it now.

  • eric

    How long until, ahem, certain people contend that their orientation is “harasser”?

    Contend it, or win a case that way? I expect the former to happen pretty quickly. After all, we are the country in which some guy just contended his drunken manslaughter was a result of his affluenza. However unlike that case, I doubt there will be much jury sympathy for someone who claims their sexual orientation requires them to verbally abuse coworkers.

  • dugglebogey

    “We need to discriminate against them, for their own good! Yeah, that’s it!”

  • Synfandel

    And you might want to look up what the word “segregation” means.

    And the word “unfold”.

  • k_machine

    A man named “Cresent”, huh? Obvious Islamist Manchurian Candidate

  • timberwoof

    He did make sure to redefine “segregation laws” to support his own position.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Cresent? Really?

    Mis-spelled and a traditionally Muslim symbol?

    Not that names really matter that much but still.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    “When we create classes, we create that same separation that we’re trying to unfold somehow,” he said. “By continuing to create these laws that are what I call segregation laws, it puts one class of a person over another. We are creating classes of people through these laws.” – Cresent Hardy

    Huh? Talk about a word salad. A bit too oily and rotten tucker*~wise but. Run that by me again?

    ““When we create classes,”

    Um, create, classes, we?

    We’re talking about gay people who have always existed and we don’t create them at all. Well, not in the way you seem to be implying Cresent. If you mean by singling people out who are born that way for nasty discrimination and abuse i.e. homophobia, then maybe you – not “we” – create some of that I guess.

    “By continuing to create these laws that are what I call segregation laws, ..”

    What you call the anti-discrimination laws is up to you, dude but words do have actual meanings and Bzzt! You’ve used the wrong one. You can calla tree a “lampost” if you like but you’ll be wrong, confusing and silly to do so.

    “..it puts one class of a person over another.”

    Are you saying its opposites day or something Cresent? You could have started with that or made it clear because, well that is the exact opposite meaning these laws have. These laws are aimed at stopping one group of people from getting treated badly – making them equal to other groups or ‘classes” if ya must so, yeah, “opposites day” today. Must be.

    “We are creating classes of people through these laws.”

    Repeating the first line already debunked? No you douchebag, we’re not creating anything by these laws just recognising what’s always been there and trying to make life better. For everyone really.

    Also “classes of people” if you mean teh Gahyze can you just come out and fuckin’ say it fuckwad?

    * Aussie slang for food if ya don’t know already.

  • Childermass

    “It’s not easy being the oppressor but pretending that you’re the victim.”

    He needs to sing, “It’s not easy being bigoted” to the tune of “It’s not easy being green.”