Robert O’Brien Nominee: Linda Harvey

Robert O’Brien Nominee: Linda Harvey August 31, 2011

This one is a real doozy. Wingnut Linda Harvey of Mission America says gay people don’t even exist:

Harvey: There’s one big fact that’s not backed up. There is no proof that there’s ever anything like a gay, lesbian or bisexual or transgendered child, or teen or human. One of the other things you’re gonna see as I mentioned is a big campaign GLSEN’s gonna roll out this year calling for ‘respect,’ respect! Not just for people, but for homosexual lifestyle. The PR campaign to hold up gay as a good thing: the lifestyle, not the person, because there are no such humans.

Great. If they don’t exist, maybe you should stop trying to oppress them.

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  • I believe that Harvey is asserting some form of “it is just a choice” claim here, essentially asserting that people are choosing to be gay. Harvey is just even dumber than most people making this sort of assertion.

  • randomfactor42

    Is it OK for me to discriminate against her for her choice to remain ignorant and bigoted? Or does she consider ignorance and bigotry to be a RELIGIOUS choice and therefore somehow exempt?

  • Ramel

    And there’s no such thing as a christian, seriously there’s no proof that anyone really believes that crap…

  • The Lorax

    I don’t exist, just ’cause I’m gay?

    Great, maybe now you’ll go away.

  • There also aren’t any Christians, just people that hold up the Christian life style as a good thing.

  • cullen

    Solipsism at it’s best. If someone annoys you, simply wish them out of existence.

  • MikeMa

    Is this an expanded version of ‘No True Scotsman’?

  • iangould

    And you all laughed at Ahmedinajad when he said there were no homosexuals in Iran.

  • Didaktylos

    Deen 10:20

    There also aren’t any Christians, just people that hold up the Christian life style as a good thing for other people.


  • Funny. I’m bisexual, and I most certainly exist.

  • pa747sp

    Well, she is sort of half-right, but not for the reasons she thinks. If you categorise people by their sexuality, homosexuals exist. If you ignore sexuality in terms of categorising people, then homosexuals dont really exist. The history of oppression of homosexuals is based on the idea that you can categorise a group of people as homosexuals, and then enact laws that discriminate. As laws these laws are repealed, the distinction becomes less important. One day, hopefully, the gender of the person you are attracted to will be of no social or legal importance at all. At that point, the notion that someone is defined by their sexuality will be redundant, and effectively the ‘category’ of homosexual will be too. Why would anyone need to know or even care?

  • Chris from Europe

    Why would anyone need to know or even care?

    Why not?

  • pa747sp

    Out of interest, yes, but why would anyone in an official capacity need to know the information? At the moment, in most countries, homosexuals cant marry. Therefore, there is a de-facto interest by the state in your sexuality. When there is marriage equality, the state has no need to know your sexuality because it doesn’t matter. You can marry an adult of either sex. There is no circumstance where the state needs to know a persons sexuality (and therefore have created a category or definition of sexuality) unless it is seeking to treat a person differently because of it.

  • dingojack

    I’m not a bigot! Some of my best friends don’t exist

    🙂 Dingo


    Finally, proof that god must be LGBT!

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