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Rick Perry upset over new U.S. policy of promoting universal human rights

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

As reported yesterday, President Obama issued a memorandum “directing all agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons.”

Well, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry is not good with the United States standing up for universal human rights.

Rick Perry

To Rick Perry, using U.S. foreign aid to prevent persecution and even execution of LGBT people amounts to “promoting special rights for gays.”

Perry on Tuesday issued a statement which said, in part:

“Just when you thought Barack Obama couldn’t get any more out of touch with America’s values, AP reports his administration wants to make foreign aid decisions based on gay rights.

“This administration’s war on traditional American values must stop.

“This is just the most recent example of an administration at war with people of faith in this country. Investing tax dollars promoting a lifestyle many Americas of faith find so deeply objectionable is wrong.

“President Obama has again mistaken America’s tolerance for different lifestyles with an endorsement of those lifestyles. I will not make that mistake.”

First of all, there is no war on anyone’s faith in America.

Everyone is allowed to hold their own beliefs. How is standing up for the rights of a minority of people around the world a “war on American values?” And no tax dollars are being “invested” in promoting any lifestyle.

Second, Perry seems to be playing a bit of “do as I say, not as I do.”

He wants to wage a cultural war against gays and lesbians, where we are supposed to be happy that we are tolerated, but he (and those of like-minded bigotry) gets to be angry an American President would take the time to add his leadership to respecting ALL citizens of the planet – not just evangelical Christians.

Ironically, this statement comes from Perry on the same day that an Associated Press review of Perry’s phone records and daily public schedules reveals a chronology of the governor’s meetings before his campaign launch, which seems to indicate that the Texas governor may have used his official phone line for campaign outreach.

Texas state ethics rules prohibit use of state phones for campaign purposes. Perry officials said the talks were for official business.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum also denounced the call for global equal rights by adding that Obama “said he’s for traditional marriage, and now he’s promoting gay lifestyles and gay rights, and he’s fighting against traditional marriage within the courts, and I think he needs to be honest.”

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58 more reader comments:

  1. He can deal with it.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:47pm
  2. Awww, boo hoo Perry.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:47pm
  3. bloody hateful bigot

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:47pm
  4. Get over it

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:48pm
  5. Wow. -.- WOW

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:48pm
  6. Less than human.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:49pm
  7. another republican ostrich with his head up his ass !!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:49pm
  8. Wah wah wah.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:49pm
  9. Get over it, PRICK.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:49pm
  10. waaah

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:49pm
  11. Perry is an ass. Bachmann 2012

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:49pm
  12. I live in his damn state and a weirdo from hell…..

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:49pm
  13. Screw “traditional American values” those also include treating Native Americans and people of color as inferior, keeping women to the domestic sphere…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:49pm
  14. How about we concentrate and act up here Congress!?…Politicians from many states are still defending DOMA and appealing any and all victories for same sex marriage…I smell some kind of political move for their own benefits.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:50pm
  15. what an idiot!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:50pm
  16. Poor Perry…He needs a time-out so he can think about the fact that we’re ALL Human!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:51pm
  17. My brothers and sisters.we must not allow this type of talk against us to go on.We must stand up against people like this and let our voice be heard.We also need all of out stright friends also to sned perry a message loud and very clear.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:52pm
  18. just shake some keys at him so he can be entertained, i’m so sick of hearing his name

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:52pm
  19. i think he a lil bit slower than g.w. bush

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:52pm
  20. I wonder if this asshat realizes that values can change, and that America has more than one religion.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:52pm
  21. Perry you son of a bitch.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:53pm
  22. I guess he only wants to protect the rights and dignity of other straight, white guys. I am not at all surprised.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:53pm
  23. UNIVERSAL human rights?! Omg, have we gone too far Mr. Prick? Yes? Good.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:54pm
  24. So…protecting the right to life would be a special right for gays…?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:56pm
  25. Human rights and fair treatment for all human beings, including GLBT people!? Yeah, pretty outrageous when you think about it. (end sarcasm)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:57pm
  26. Fuck off Perry and leave the LGBT Communtiy alone whern it has NO bearing on your life whatsoever >:(. Fucking fat pig.
    *Megs*

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:57pm
  27. Anf tne funny tning is that the republicans claim to be for the people…. but I guess if Im white rich and str8 then theg are for me.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:57pm
  28. Bachmann ain’t good shit either…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:58pm
  29. Can’t stand his bitch ass! An sux cause he’s ma states governor! :/

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 6:01pm
  30. moron

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 6:01pm
  31. Good, buy some antacid like the rest of us.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 6:04pm
  32. all around annoyed with ppl like such. blah.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 6:06pm
  33. I loath Rick Perry.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 6:12pm
  34. this is my big hang up w/ the rep party, the reason this country was founded on religous freedom! muslism, jewish a.k.a (me) catholic etc. do they not read they fucking Constitution!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 6:16pm
  35. He’s just a big fucking Cry Baby!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 6:22pm
  36. It upsets me to have to hear what Rick Perry’s small mind thinks

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 6:23pm
  37. To quote a friend of mine, “The economy, unemployment, the deficit….who really cares about these issues when the gays can serve openly in the military. Yeah, that’s the big issue in America today Rick Perry. How in the world does any intelligent, decent and compassionate human-being justify supporting such a horrible man.”

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 6:23pm
  38. On behalf of my great state, Texas, I declare Perry a dipsh*t that gives the rest of us a bad name. ):< If he gets elected, I’m moving to Switzerland…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 6:24pm
  39. i was waiting for this as soon as a read the article about Obamas speech on this issue. Rick has sniffed way to much hairspray trying to keep his hair perfect. Prick Perry is a sham

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 6:30pm
  40. Oh man.. my brain hurts after that one. I got news for him, I’m a lesbian and I’m not trying to rail on or destroy anyone’s faith. I do however take offense to the religious people who try and shove religion down my throat and who tell me I’m sick and wrong, trust and believe if I could, I would be straight but I can’t. I don’t go around trying to make them gay so he can shove it up Santorum’s ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 7:16pm
  41. How is standing up for the rights of a minority of people around the world a “war on American values?”

    Never ask that sort of question. I realize it is rhetorical in nature, but the cons don’t like questions being asked. Instead, FORCEFULLY CALL THEM OUT FOR THE LIARS THAT THEY ARE.

    In specific, Rick Perry is a gargantuan liar. There is no war on American values. He made that up as a political assertion. It is a LIE.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 7:17pm
  42. Get over it, Douchebag Perry!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 7:19pm
  43. Each and every time Rick Perry opens his mouth more buffoonery spills out.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 7:20pm
  44. What’s worse he’s a possible fraud. Some of my older friends say he’s in the closet :/

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 7:39pm
  45. What is wrong with him? human rights are for all humans.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 7:42pm
  46. Sally, more like “what’s wrong with the GOP”? They think it’s a game and the score is Money 4,000000, Humans 0!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 7:46pm
  47. Rick Perry is such an ass!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 8:20pm
  48. oh for craps sake, just shut up already you bigoted moron!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 8:36pm
  49. The world is sad that Rick Perry’s parents did not use condoms

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 9:25pm
  50. I liked this guy better when he was high, but now he can go fuck himself.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 11:01pm
  51. what the

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 11:20pm
  52. i love human rights

    Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 11:20pm
  53. Of course he’s upset. People like him want to protect theit own rights, and most of all, their own privileges in order to appear more important than the rest of the population. Fucking selfish bigot.

    Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 4:09am
  54. Yup, you keep keep talking that BS Rick. It just goes to show your mother dropped you on your head once too often. (What an ASS!)

    Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 4:53am
  55. Gov. Goodhair probably has fond memories from his youth about engaging in gay bashing. He’s upset that this new generation might be forever denied the pleasure he enjoyed in his youth. Back then, the law probably gave less than an ounce of piss if someone gay or transgendered was assaulted of killed.

    Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 7:55am
  56. Perry needs to take care of the state he was elected to serve. He hasn’t done that yet…doubt he EVER will. Human rights for everyone is just WAY over his big hair.

    Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 9:38am
  57. Last time i checked Rick Perry. The real Americans are have brown skin or red brown skin.White hateful people,war mongering,close mind Bible beaters like you need to remember that!As for homosexuality.Its in over 400 species here on earth and only one species has homophobia.So what seems more natural to you?

    Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 9:00pm
  58. Hapless demagouge. LGBT issues will be the undoing of the
    GOP. That is where this is going.

    Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 at 6:02pm