Rick Scarborough, Tea Party Leader, Suggests Class Action Lawsuit Against Homosexuality

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Former Baptist pastor and Tea Party Unity founder Rick Scarborough spoke with conservative activist Peter LaBarbera on Thursday about potential anti-gay strategies, including a class action lawsuit against homosexuality.

“The whole issue of a class action lawsuit, you and I have talked about this a little bit,” Scarborough told LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, in a conversation at a Tea Party Unity gathering Thursday. People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch, a progressive advocacy group that monitors and reports on conservative political organizations, posted a partial transcript and audio recording of the discussion.

Scarborough said he believes homosexuality and tobacco companies should be equally vulnerable to class action lawsuits.

"Obviously, statistically now even the Centers for Disease Control verifies that homosexuality much more likely leads to AIDS than smoking leads to cancer. And yet the entire nation has rejected smoking, billions of dollars are put into a trust fund to help cancer victims and the tobacco industry was held accountable for that," Scarborough said.

The CDC reported in 2008 that “more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.”

Written By: Shadee Ashtari
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45 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #1 by McCourt:

      Rick Scarborough know he’s gay, right? I mean, it’s pretty obvious.

      Or even jilted

      How about a class action against all hetrosexuals for the problem of overpopulation? (sarcasam)

  1. Class action lawsuits should be against churches that continue to put their heads in the sand. It’s time that they quit shirking off any responsibility for gay kids killing themselves or some gay people living challenged lives. Religion needs a good shaking “wake up!”

    Regarding comment 1 – Can’t be sure about this one. He seems like a naive idiot.

  2. Stupidity almost certainly causes more deaths than smoking and homosexuality** combined. If I were gay, or a smoker, I’d bring a class action against stupidity, with Rick Scarborough named as one of the offenders.

    **Not saying that homosexuality (or smoking) actually causes death, which should go without saying.

  3. What’s scariest about this is that the Tea Party will actually gain in strength long before it self-destructs. The party members in congress are safely gerrymandered in for the long haul. The moderate Republicans will take the biggest hit this next election. Some will lose to Democrats who blame the whole party for nearly driving the ship of state off the edge of the earth but many will lose in their primaries to lunatic-fringers (who are angry the cliff was avoided) who will also get through the general election.

    American politics will get worse, difficult as that is to imagine.

  4. You have to show damages in a class action lawsuit. What? Hurt feelings that every gay he hit on turned him down? Inability to get tickets for Liza or Bette? Refusal to commit suicide just because the bible recommends it?

    A class action lawsuit has mass plaintiffs not mass defendants. You can’t very well sue a group of anonymous people. How does he plan to serve millions of subpoenas? Where will he get the subpoena list? This sounds like something the folk back home where they don’t have electricity or teeth might buy.

    He obviously did not talk to a lawyer before shooting off his mouth. This is just silly.

    • Roedy,

      Thanks for helping me to understand what a ‘class action lawsuit’ even was! From the pronouncement of this Tea Party pioneer and sage I could be mistaken for thinking that somehow one class of people (maybe the ones with quite prominent teeth but brains missing, and inhabiting a different planet) sends a lawsuit to another group of people of a different class, (those with electricity and occupying planet Earth!) :)

      In reply to #5 by Roedy:

      You have to show damages in a class action lawsuit. What? Hurt feelings that every gay he hit on turned him down? Inability to get tickets for Liza or Bette? Refusal to commit suicide just because the bible recommends it?

      A class action lawsuit has mass plaintiffs not mass defendants. You can’…

  5. Sooo… what the fuck does this have to do with limited government?

    The Tea Party has been consumed by NeoCon backwash. The whole thing is a mess. NeoCon’s were largely atheistic Jewish homosexuals, who callously mobilized the Evangelicals as a voting block (what Lincoln referred to as the “some of the people all of the time” demographic). The NeoCons were openly liars, if anyone bothered to read the manual. The Evangelicals were like a benign tumor (avowedly apolitical non-voters), that suddenly metastasized. The NeoCons got their wars and economic experiments, which failed miserably. Now we are left with this yokel-horde who have been led to believe their folksy opinions matter.

    These web-necked, chinless mongrels were originally shipped over by Britain during the phrenology purges, Linkhorn exiles dumped off in Georgia, later to become Snake Handlers and Literalists. I say we have grounds for a class action lawsuit against the Crown.

  6. Yes, we all know, homosexuality is exactly like smoking. Once you start you get addicted until you are at a package a day, and you can´t stop and eventually get AIDS.

    There recently was a (admittedly very small) study (I could Google but I’m too lazy) that suggested a strong link between homophobia and suppressed homosexual desires, but dimwits like Scarborough don´t have to rub it in all the time.

    Oh wait, they do.

    • In reply to #15 by foundationist:

      Yes, we all know, homosexuality is exactly like smoking. Once you start you get addicted until you are at a package a day…

      Oh, come now; surely this is “junk” science!

      ;-)

      Steve

  7. Scarborough said he believes homosexuality and tobacco companies should be equally vulnerable to class action lawsuits.

    Isn’t he confusing his fags with his fags?

    (British vs American slang terms, for those who still don’t know)

    But if you can have a War On Drugs, and a War On Terror, I’m sure you can Sue Homesexuality. And probably get an injunction against Planet Earth to stop it overheating.

  8. Let’s see. How could this succeed? He needs to find a large homosexual organisation with pots of money (perhaps the Log Cabin Republicans) He could then accuse them of alienation of affection. His son ran off to San Francisco and married a composer of musicals. Had the Log Cabin Republicans not existed, he would have joined the clergy and become a respectable child molestor.

  9. So, let’s see if I can follow his logic. Tobacco companies can be sued because they produce and market a harmful product, and people are heavily influenced by the marketing of it, despite choosing themselves whether to start using the product or not.

    And the same goes for homosexuality because…um…because it’s made in…just a second. Homosexuality is produced and marketed…no, wait. We should sue genes and hormones because they create homosexuality? Am I even close?

    I think this is a great example of why mixing irrationality with law is a bad idea. Because if it is, it leads to absurd situations. Like in 2009 when a Romanian criminal sued God because he felt that God had not watched over him enough in life. The prosecutor turned down the case, because they could not determine God’s address. Without a legal residence, the legal documents could not be sent to God. These are the kind of ridiculous situations one has to deal with if unfounded beliefs are allowed in legal decision making.

  10. So, let’s see if I can follow his logic. Tobacco companies can be sued because they produce and market a harmful product, and people are heavily influenced by the marketing of it, despite choosing themselves whether to start using the product or not.

    And the same goes for homosexuality because…um…because it’s made in…just a second. Homosexuality is produced and marketed…no, wait. We should sue genes and hormones because they create homosexuality? Am I even close?

    I think this is a great example of why mixing irrationality with law is a bad idea. Because if it is, it leads to absurd situations. Like in 2009 when a Romanian criminal sued God because he felt that God had not watched over him enough in life. The prosecutor turned down the case, because they could not determine God’s address. Without a legal residence, the legal documents could not be sent to God. These are the kind of ridiculous situations one has to deal with if unfounded beliefs are allowed in legal decision making.

  11. Will he be suing gravity for causing plane crashes next?
    How about forest fires and whirlwinds for damaging properties in southern states.
    Why not sue the Atlantic Ocean for destroying New Orleans
    Or Italy for killing Jesus

    I can see great potential for huge numbers of lawsuits here, which if nothing else will waste these people’s money until they can no longer afford their anti-humanity activities. At the very least it will keep them busy and prevent them doing something which might cause real damage.

  12. This poor excuse for a human being is saturated in the lore of the ‘holey babble’.His post school education has been one baptist institution after the other.Not very surprising that he has turned out this way, without a particle of empathy and fellow feeling.

  13. Tactically we should do everything possible to encourage this. Anything that makes republicans look as stupid as they are helps counteract the constant mainstream media false narrative of equivalence between the 2 parties. The tipping point of majority acceptance of gays is being or has already been reached. So having these cretins waste their time and resources on a lost battle shooting themselves in the foot is most splendid.

  14. Found this, not sure of its validity; however.

    David Webb of TeaParty365 has issued a press release utterly disavowing Scarborough for his actions. The statement says, in part:

    As one of the true founding Tea Party groups, TeaParty365 would like to take this opportunity to once again, and once-and-for-all, distance ourselves –and the larger Tea Party Movement– from the self-serving antics of Rick Scarborough, and his ilk.

    TeaParty365 does not support this idiotic notion [of suing homosexuality]. We feel it is counter-productive to the national conversation, and ultimately harmful to the Tea Party brand, and the country.

    Let’s watch this unified front fall apart

  15. Um isn’t anyone, gay straight or bi, at risk of HIV/AIDs? Therefore why just gay people? Why not straight people who are sexually active as well. Whilst we’re at it, I do believe you can catch things like influenza or various other lurgy time things if you leave the house and mix with other humans so why not a class action against anyone who leaves the house?

    The problem with this story is there are people stupid enough to vote for the tea party and give lunatics like this power.

  16. Looks like a new level of batshit crazy has once again been reached by the Tea Party. Right wing nuts are notorious at ignoring established facts and pulling their own pseudo-facts right out of their butts. So, no big surprise there. Next thing you know, they’ll probably attempt to launch a class-action lawsuit against the universe for contradicting Genesis.

  17. These bigoted dinosaurs just don’t know when to lay down and die, do they? Meteor’s done come and gone, you pathetic chumps. That hot-under-the-collar sensation you’ve been feeling ain’t outraged righteousness – it’s your ass on fire trying to tell you that the rest of you is catching.

  18. Does the Tea Party know what the Gay camp term “Tea Party” means. If not, here is a small historical truth about homosexuality which they may have overlooked. Back in the 60′s & 70′s when meeting places for Gay encounters were minimal if not nonexistent (and AIDS had not yet appeared) public restrooms often became meeting places and were metaphorically referred to as “Tea Rooms”. Any sexual activity within was called a “Tea Party”. If one was invited to a “Tea Party”; one was being asked if they would like to have sex; it was one of the many camp terms that Gays used to hide in plain sight, so to speak.

    • In reply to #40 by IBphree:

      Back in the 60′s & 70′s when meeting places for Gay encounters were minimal if not nonexistent (and AIDS had not yet appeared) public restrooms often became meeting places and were metaphorically referred to as “Tea Rooms”. Any sexual activity within was called a “Tea Party”. If one was invited to a “Tea Party”; one was being asked if they would like to have sex; it was one of the many camp terms that Gays used to hide in plain sight, so to speak.

      Perhaps the literature in the gay community could post an article explaining this on-line, and suggest lots of gays could access and link to it – so that when people Google “Tea-Party” … . . … .it comes up at the top of the list!

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