Creep of the Week: Linda Harvey


If there’s anything I love it’s a good ol’ Nazi allusion. It’s the ultimate argument winner. All you have to do is link your opponent and Nazis in your audience’s mind and you’re golden. You don’t even have to have facts or logic or any shred of human decency. Ain’t no allusion like a Nazi allusion ’cause a Nazi allusion don’t stop.

It’s especially fitting when someone equates gays with Nazis. So perfect. Gays and Nazis are exactly alike. One group wants to have equal rights — things like legal marriage and antidiscrimination laws. And the other group threw Jewish babies into ovens. OK, maybe they aren’t exactly the same. But close enough, am I right?

Linda Harvey of Mission America, a group that is rabidly antigay, appears to think so. Earlier this month she had her undies in a twist over the National Education Association’s supposed anti-Christian pro-gay agenda. Harvey sees the NEA’s support of bullying policies that are LGBT-inclusive as a particularly dire threat. Why? Because they apparently are targeting “hate language.” And Harvey believes that Christians have a special right to use hate language.

Now, I’m no theologian, but last time I checked, “hate language” wasn’t exactly Christian.

Of course, Harvey thinks that the NEA — or anyone targeting anti-LGBT hate — is really targeting Christians. She says about the “hate language” policy, “Will this result in even more ‘gay’stapo efforts to silence Christians and conservatives? Or to position students and fellow staff who dare to express traditional moral beliefs as speaking ‘hate language’?”

Ha. “Gay”stapo. Get it? Homosexuals who think that it’s really uncool for kids to call each other “gay faggot” or “dyke bitch” with impunity are the same as the guys who busted in Anne Frank’s door and took her away to her death in a concentration camp.

Look, the antigay right loves to position themselves as this persecuted group defending themselves from the big bad homos of the world. But the truth is that’s bullshit. They’ve got a major TV network and an entire political party spewing their talking points and kissing their asses. So give me a break.

Harvey is also concerned with the idea that the NEA wants “contract language that secures safe work environments for all our members.”

“In other words, parents, get ready,” Harvey writes. “Teachers are going to transform the local school into an even more ideological monolith as they negotiate away your rights to not have your child propagandized, in order that they, the teachers, feel ‘safe’ from certain viewpoints. It’s the control-freak tendency of the tolerant left, once again.”

Keep in mind that, to Harvey, telling kids anything other than “gays are bad and make Jesus puke” constitutes children being “propagandized.” Harvey’s point of view is so warped, she thinks that keeping gay kids safe is some kind of sinister agenda. She even calls out for “antidiscrimination class-action suits against the NEA.” Because if a Christian isn’t allowed to bully a fag, that’s discrimination.

The phrase “contract language” particularly riles Harvey. “Perhaps taxpayers can ‘contract’ to have public-sector unions become a relic of the past,” she writes.

Ah, yes. The anti-union craze that’s sweeping the nation. Unions are the worst! I once saw a guy wearing a T-shirt that read, “Like Your Weekends? Thank a Union.” And I was all, “No, I don’t like my weekends, thank you very much. I want to work 12-hour days, seven days a week for below minimum wage in a factory with no breaks and that’s been my dream since I was 6 years old, you child-labor discriminating bastard.”

So I guess Jesus, or at least the caricature of Jesus people like Harvey believe in, hates unions too. I mean, think about it. Unions raised the standard of living in America by fighting for fair wages and better working conditions, which unfairly impacts the entire country.

But it’s no wonder that Harvey is anti-union when shortly before her “gay”stapo comments she said on her radio show that gays shouldn’t be hired to begin with. According to Harvey and her guest, Michigan’s own antigay hatemonger Gary Glenn, gays are all mentally ill drug-abusers with AIDS and/or cancer and/or hepatitis. “I would not think of a homosexual person as a good employment risk, I just wouldn’t,” she said.

Which is no doubt devastating news for all of the homosexuals who would just love having someone like Harvey as their boss.

D’Anne Witkowski has been gay for pay since 2003. She’s a freelance writer and poet (believe it!). When she’s not taking on the creeps of the world, she reviews rock ’n’ roll shows in Detroit with her twin sister.