GOP Debate Audience Members Make Fools of Themselves by Booing Gay Soldier (Video)

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Another GOP presidential debate in Florida last night apparently presented the opportunity for audience members to make asses of themselves on national television again, this time by booing a gay soldier stationed in Iraq.

During the Fox News/Google debate in Orlando, a question was given to Rick Santorum in the form of a YouTube video from Steven Hill -- an Army soldier -- saying, "In 2010, when I was deployed to Iraq, I had to lie about who I was because I'm a gay soldier and I didn't want to lose my job."

Hill then proceeded to ask if any of the candidates would reverse the progress made for gay and lesbian soldiers serving in the U.S. military.

Several audience members booed Hill as his video question ended.

Santorum went on to answer the question, but that's irrelevant.

We -- as well as our readers -- thought that the audience cheering the rampant executions of people was the most outlandish comment of the CNN/Tea Party Express debate in Tampa a couple of weeks ago, but the audience in Orlando set a new bar for being absolutely outrageous.

While Steven Hill is fighting for the country in Iraq, there were people sitting on their asses in an air-conditioned room in Orlando -- some even decided to play dress-up for the event -- who decided to boo him.

Here's the video of the latest audience-bred lunacy:


Take this reminder from Chan Lowe about the difference between gay and straight soldiers.


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Bucksergeant
Bucksergeant

People seem to forget that the dems are not above planting people in the audience...remember the guy holding the racist sign at the tea party rally, he turned out to be an aid to a Democratic member of congress and as Mr. Powers has posted it was only about three morons....

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

But wait...

Holding a sign of "racist" at a Tea Party rally.  Isn't that an oxymoron?

gd
gd

Dont be so modest Chaz what about making the August 12 front page of racismdaily.com with a very handsome and flattering pic.

Buckseargent, Chaz may not know who Crispus Atticks, but he darn sure knows if Crispus Attucks was ever involved in a lawsuit, had his house posted for foreclosure, drove his car with an expired registration or got detention in high school for smoking in the boysroom.  So There. Nanay Nany Noo Noo.

And, you better watch your step here, Bucko.  Cross Chaz again and you will find yourself here looking at a list of your fraternity brothers in 1978, the police report from that time you didnt inhale in 1970, and that time you got walking your dog with an expired dog license in Coconut Grove.  So, unless you want that to happen, you be careful what you say and dont cross Chaz again.  He was the New Times activist of the year in 2010.  

A Nonomouse
A Nonomouse

Tell him about all those accolades and accomplishments, Chaz.  And dont forget making the August 12, 2011 cover of racismdaily.com.

Chaz my not know who Crispus Attucks is, Buckseargent, but he darn sure can tell you ifCrispus Attucks has ever been involved in a lawsuit, had his house posted for foreclosure, drove his car with expired registration or got detention in high school for smoking in the boys room.  

Bucksergeant
Bucksergeant

For being a genius, you obviously never heard of the Crispus Attucks branch of the Tea Party...You do know who Crispus Attucks was don't you?... For someone who touts himself as a genius you are certainly not an informed one...or is it a genius at being a lefty attack dog...grow up boy genius...p.s. whats your Mensa number? I have one, do you?

gd
gd

I hereby nominate David Cody for 2011 New Times Activist of The Year.  He is a fine young man, working hard at the grassroots level to effect positive change in his local community.  And his efforts are starting to bear fruit.

The tinfoil hat crowd have won this prestigious award enough already.

Bucksergeant
Bucksergeant

Wow, all of that and still an assshole...(still waiting for that Mensa I.D.)

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Buck.

I am the NewTimes 2010 Activist of the Year.  I've been on the front page of the Miami Herald.  I just made the front page of the Sun-Sentinel.

You are an anonymous troll.

Next question.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Can I get a moderator to approve my posts that are in limbo, por favor?

gd
gd

Same problemo.  Moderation is not a bad thing, but it should start with the online bullies.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

God:

I love Lady Gaga. Does that make me gay?

Regards,

V.S.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

You know how I know you're gay?  You have a rainbow sticker on your car that says "I love it when balls are in my face."

On second thought, that may have been Charlie Crist...

http://hikcg.ytmnd.com/

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

No, you are born that way.  You would be gay even if you didnt like Lady Gaga.

Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Allow me to chime in on this issue. The reaction of those miscreants in the audience has much more to do with organized religion--specifically, evangelical christianity--than politics. There have been polls conducted in the african american community, most of whom are christians and democrats--and they have the same ignorant stance on gays. They believe it to be an abomination because some 2,000+ year old book of fairytales told them to think that way. Let us not forget that the dogma associated with orthodox  judaism and fundamentalist islam share the same antiquated and hate-filled beliefs. (I don't want you to think I'm just picking on christians, but that is who filled that audience in Orlando last evening)

Therefore, it is incumbent upon all people of good conscience to out these ignorami--of all colors, religions and creeds-- and stop respecting their idiotic religous beliefs.

Just as I was born a raging heterosexual, those who are homosexual are--as Gaga would say--"born this way". You anti-science/religous knuckledraggers need to evolve already and join the rest of us in the 21st century. Scientists have already identified the gene patterns that tend to make one gay, and incidentally, they found that it runs in families. How else could you explain cousins in different cities watching BRAVO simultaneously?

Therefore, how can you hate someone for something that they have absolutely no control over? That would be akin to hating someone for being born with polio. Ofcourse, there is nothing wrong with gay people; there is something seriously wrong with people who "cling" to these ancient and ignorant beliefs. No amount of ignorance and hate will stop human progress. It will only slow it down.

Here is something for my gay brothers and sisters. If there is a God, may he bless you all!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Logic!!!!  We need more Spocks, and more folks such as Virg.  Everyone remembers kids in school who were "different."  So, the Christians, (and others), rage about LOVING "the sinner," but hating the sin.....Who the hell put YOU in charge of denying full citizenship rights to those that YOU, or your RELIGION, classify as sinners????  I like Rabbi Kushner's words, on an unrelated matter, "...and my God cried, too..."

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Damn Virgil, that was almost poetic in a way.  I have a tear in my eye.  Well said.

nanook5
nanook5

i disagree...in the sense that war criminals should go ahead & discriminate all they want about who they hire to blow up children and torture innocent people to death. i fucking despise gay people who sign on for that duty as much as anyone else. the time that our troops could plausibly be described with terms such as "honor" and "respect" is at least a decade in the past if not more.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I think you have it all wrong. Most people go into the military with good intentions and naive thoughts on War. Trust me. There are many veterans who become pacifists and humanists because of their personal experience.

nanook5
nanook5

 sure i've met plenty of conscientious objectors and i have a few good friends that have dedicated their lives to stopping our militaristic nightmare...obviously this was not one of the subjects brought up (cept for mr paul) at the GOP debate.

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

Dear Republicans,

You can boo TX Air National Guard ghost veteran George W Bush all you want for starting that awful atrocity in Iraq.  But under no circumstances is it correct to boo a serviceman who has put his life on the line as a result of Bush's idiocy.

That said, keep it up you republican dummies.  God knows that this election is not Obama's to win, but it is yours to lose, so keep up the good work.  Best news for us Dems since you went after AARP's tax exempt status last year.

Social security run by the states Perry?  Well, Texas just  cancelled  all future last meal requests for executed prisoners yesterday because the guy they fried Wed night ordered too much.  Those guys are gonna honor social security's 80 year covenant with the working schlepper?  Yea, right.

Thank you for your sacrifice Steven Hill and stay the f*ck away from those log cabin republicans.

Oh, and Rick Santorum, Joe Gaydos, the congressman you succeeded and who served his country in the Big One, WWII, had more brains in his left nut than you have in that bulbous head you have stuck up your ass.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

It is truly disgusting an shows just where the repubs are heading.  They boo soldiers, declare they need to let someone die despite being pro life, and other very anti social things.Every debate you get this crap.  An yes, while it seems only a handful are screaming, all the rest are nodding in agreement.These people really need to get their head out of their asses.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Actually, WE need to be sure to get people out to vote.  We're in this mess because of :   Laws designed to make voting difficult;   People DON'T bother to vote;   People following a party line instead of thinking for themselves;   Failure of voters to investigate candidates on their own, just reading political pap.

Let's do what Oregon does:  ALL voting by mail.  It gives people time to actually SEE what's on the ballot in advance, discuss it with others, and have the time to make an intelligent decision.  

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

Well, we already knew that God hates fags, so I guess these Republican cretins just want to be on God's side, right?

Bob
Bob

Is this journalism or just some whiny little rant? No research or fact digging here. Just a butt-hurt columnist.

Judge Roy Bean
Judge Roy Bean

I consider myself to be right leaning. The Reblican party seem to have an anti gay side. BUT  You do not boo a man in military. He is there to protect the country.   That alone commands respect, no matter what his sexual desires are.

Parky Bill
Parky Bill

OK, so... the GOP audiences have cheered lustily for 234 excecutions, have shouted "CRUCIFY HIM!" (sorry, I mean) "LET HIM DIE" at a hypothetical 30-year old uninsured guy, and now they've booed a gay man serving in Iraq.  Is there anything ELSE we need to know about today's Grand Old Party?

http://goo.gl/FF7W6

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

To be fair, it sounded like only 3 assholes were the source of the boos. Is there any group more silent than the Republican Party supporters "silent majority"?

No One You Know
No One You Know

except that this is a pattern of behavior; booing a soldier that happens to be gay, cheering 200 Texas executions, cheering letting a man without insurance dying....this isn't the exception, its becomming the Tea Party rule.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

I wonder what Mr. Macho Military Allen West thought of his fellow Republicans after this shabby display. Not only did the morons in the audience boo and disrespect the uniform, but the clods on stage never said of word of reprimand or of support for the soldiers in Iraq. Some party they have there.

david95
david95

it also sounded to me that they were booing the upcoming comments, not the actual soldier. Thanks media, now you got me thinking the people in this country or far worse than I ever thought.

Brian Fejer
Brian Fejer

Even if that is true, it's sad none of the doods or doodettes on stage had juevos to call the audience out on thier ignorance. There is something wrong with the Grand old White party.

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