Ron Paul suddenly cagey over anti-gay endorsements

Ron Paul suddenly cagey over anti-gay endorsements

Ron Paul’s Iowa campaign team yesterday boasted that Nebraska-based anti-gay Reverend Rev. Phillip G. Kayser is backing their candidate.

“We welcome Rev. Kayser’s endorsement and the enlightening statements he makes on how Ron Paul’s approach to government is consistent with Christian beliefs,” Ron Paul’s team wrote press release. “We’re thankful for the thoughtfulness with which he makes his endorsement and hope his endorsement and others like it make a strong top-three showing in the caucus more likely.”

Kayser’s Christian beliefs, however, are anything but; as Talking Points Memo noted, the so-called pastor thinks the United States should employ Biblical law, including the death penalty, to rid our nation of gay people.

“Genesis 19 shows that the angels knew homosexuality (at least as it was flagrantly flaunted in Sodom) was worthy of death,” Kayser wrote in an article called “Is the Death Penalty Just?” He later claimed implementing such laws would dissuade other gay people from coming out of the closet and perverting society: “Only those who were prosecuted by citizens could be punished, and the punishment could take a number of forms, including death. This would have a tendency of driving homosexuals back into their closets.”

Ron Paul’s states’ rights politics, Kayser told TPM, would at least open the possibility for such extreme, disgusting legislation. “Under a Ron Paul presidency, states would be freed up to not have political correctness imposed on them,” he said.

Following these revelations, Paul’s campaign has now erased Kayser’s endorsement from their site. (It is preserved over at Outside the Beltway.)

Paul’s team has also neglected to return TPM’s calls on the matter, which, as the site points out, highlights the prominent role other anti-gay activists are playing in his presidential bid. His Iowa campaign director, for example, is a man named Mike Heath, who once chaired the vehemently homophobic group “Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality,” which claims gay people can be “cured” and that gay men are all pedophiles who want to “convert” America’s youth. It’s pretty sick stuff — almost as sick as the anti-gay remarks in Paul’s 90s-era newsletters.

It’s queer Paul would distance himself from Kayser and not Heath, but perhaps it has to do with the fact that Paul, who claims to support individual liberty, is trying to court social conservatives who can help him win the GOP nomination. If he were to verbally and publicly denounce Kayser, rather than quietly removing his endorsement from the campaign’s website, Paul would alienate the right-wing bigots whom he’s so desperately trying to win over. This, reader, is political opportunism at its most vile.