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Mich. RNC member: I won’t resign for ‘filthy homosexuals’ Facebook post

Thursday, March 28, 2013

LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee said Thursday he will not resign after posting an article critical of gay people on his Facebook page, despite calls from members of his own party that he step down.

Dave Agema, who served as a state representative from 2007 until December posted an excerpt from an article titled “Everyone Should Know These Statistics On Homosexuals” on his Facebook page Wednesday.

Dave Agema

A group of 21 Michigan Republicans, including local precinct delegates and members of the University of Michigan College Republicans, has called it “deplorable.”

But Agema told The Associated Press he maintains his belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, and said he will “absolutely not” resign.

Agema said he posted the excerpt (below) in light of the arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this week on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Among the claims in the article by Dr. Frank Joseph is that gay people “account for half the murders in large cities.” The article, which cites studies from the 1980s for many of its claims, also attributes high medical insurance rates to caring for AIDS patients.

Other excerpts from Joseph’s screed include:

Part of the homosexual agenda is to get the public to affirm their filthy lifestyle, as one homosexual admitted in the October 1987 homosexual rally on Washington: “We are no longer seeking just a right to privacy and a protection from wrong. We also have a right — as heterosexual Americans already have — to see government and society affirm our lives.”

Joseph also argues that “part of the homosexual agenda is to turn people from Christianity” and that “many homosexuals admit that they are pedophiles.”

Grand Traverse County precinct delegate and former Cheboygan County drain commissioner Dennis Lennox, who is among those calling on Agema to step down, said he and other Michigan Republicans no longer have confidence in Agema’s ability to perform his duties as committeeman.

He also said Agema’s actions will only further distance voters from the GOP.

“You can’t expect to get undecided voters to vote for you if you spit in their face, and that’s exactly what he’s done,” Lennox said. “He has spit in the face of millions of American who would otherwise be inclined to support the party.”

Last month, more than 75 prominent Republicans, including former advisers to former President George W. Bush, signed a legal brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Agema defended himself, saying the post was not his own words, but the author’s determination of “facts about the lifestyle.”

“It’s something that we need to be aware of when we are looking at this,” he said. “It affects people’s lives.”

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak said in a statement that the Republican Party “remains in support of traditional marriage but that never should be allowed nor confused with any form of hate or discrimination toward anyone.”

Any statement in the contrast undermines the party’s platform and “common sense conservative message,” he said.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus echoed Schostak’s comments.

“The party’s position on traditional marriage is clear but as I have been saying, all human beings deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,” he said in a statement.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  1. Maybe you should before something else happens…dumbass.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:41pm
  2. What and ass

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:41pm
  3. Wow….what a JERK

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:41pm
  4. asshole

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:42pm
  5. Nothing Worst Than A Proud Bigot!

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:42pm
  6. ya know what they say…those who say hateful things like this are probably closet homosexuals.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:42pm
  7. nice…….what a jerk!

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:43pm
  8. What a Fucking Retarted Asshole

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:43pm
  9. wow im a filthy homosexual lmao……. what a dumbfuck

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:43pm
  10. Time to spam the shit outta his profile!

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:44pm
  11. jackass

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:45pm
  12. There are more things to same sex couples than their sexuality. Like their commitment. How they are as human beings. Nothing filthy about monagamous love between two adults.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:45pm
  13. Classy.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:45pm
  14. He and the good Doctor can go get themselves well and truly STUFFED!.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:46pm
  15. Just let it be
    No use in putting out negative energy when that’s what you get back in the end.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:46pm
  16. Exactly Elena. WHAT AN ASSHOLE.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:47pm
  17. he’ll be resigning from this life soon anyway like all the other old ignorant republicans so who cares

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:48pm
  18. these guys become more irrelevant with each day and no one cares about what they say; they show their bigotry.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:49pm
  19. Fools like that don’t deserve to make me upset. He will get his. Probably in the ass. The end. Lol.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:49pm
  20. This guy will rot in hell… Sooner rather than later would not be so bad..

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:49pm
  21. what an absolute and utter homophobic asshole

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:50pm
  22. Asshat .

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:51pm
  23. He might’ve been raped as a child by his dad.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:52pm
  24. What would he and his ilk prefer to see?,closeted kids and teens harming themselves,killing themselves,being the subject of taunts teasing,torture both mental and physical and murder?,yeah right christian values bullshit with a candy coating.What does he and his ilk want?,more gay & lesbian kids and teens HATING themselves for who and what they are?,being told they’re NOT normal,they have NO RIGHT TO LIVE and be happy,make them believe they are SICK EVIL,HORRIBLE & like that stupid cow of a teacher recently stated “Have no purpose”..is that what he and his ilk want?…Short answer to my own question is….

    YES…

    Help any children or grandchildren this creature might have,cause he won’t..what an oxygen thief..

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:53pm
  25. As bad as he is, do gay people have full equal legal civil rights under the Law in Michigan?? If not, this asshole’s views are still the Law of the Land. Who’s going to change that? The ass-hat is winning until FULL legal civil rights are the Law!

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:54pm
  26. you know what, I dont have compassion for the hater. Just happiness that the TRUTH is coming out about who these people are.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:55pm
  27. I guess he’s proud of his ignorance ?

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:55pm
  28. If this pig won’t resign, Impeach him.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:55pm
  29. spot on Elena!

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:56pm
  30. He is prolly on rent boy … Like most in closet

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:57pm
  31. “I have spent hours upon hours thinking about what those filthy homosexuals do to each other, hours upon hours.” –Dave Agema

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:58pm
  32. Lol, Filthy? What an idiot lol…

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:59pm
  33. Well, if he won’t resign hopefully someone will just shoot him.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:00pm
  34. WOW, hate mongers are coming out of the woodwork with incomplete information.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:00pm
  35. HEY ,I JUST SHOWERED, ASSHOLE ! #sofreshsoclean

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:01pm
  36. People just need to let go of the hate and bigotry. They really would be happier.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:02pm
  37. People really should let go of the hate and bigotry. They would be much happier.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:02pm
  38. How long before he is caught sticking his foot under a bathroom stall or snorting coke off of a guys ass? You know… like the rest of the people like him

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:05pm
  39. Do NOT judge because you SIN differently….fucking bastard!

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:07pm
  40. stupid uneducated uninformed foolish man

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:08pm
  41. He’ll get his

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:13pm
  42. You don’t need to resign dear. You are on the wrong side of history, and you now have an expiration date.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:14pm
  43. I look to this man and empathize with him, his hollow life and meaningless existence can only support such biggoted and selffish views. I pray for this man and others like him, that they will find substance in their life and in turn through finding that substance can look to their own existence with pride and honor as opposed to looking at others and judging.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:15pm
  44. Fuck him

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:18pm
  45. if he wont step down than they need to do the right thing and remove him themselves

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:18pm
  46. Fuck this cunt ass bitch

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:21pm
  47. I may think that he is ignorant of much; however, I am not going to stoop to his level and call him names or put him down. I know and believe that what he thinks he knows is wrong, bigoted, and hateful. I have compassion for him and those like him because of their ignorance and hope that one day they realize the errors of their ways, hopefully before personal tragedy and heartache happens.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:22pm
  48. He looks like a total closet case.,,, or has a teeny tiny little peepee.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:29pm
  49. except a genocidal bigot.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:30pm
  50. he is a fuck stain.

    Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:56pm
  51. he may be one of our representatives but he doesn’t always reflect the beliefs of Michigan. I would now like to take this time to say he doesn’t represent me.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 12:00am
  52. You know, 40 years from now, people will look to this kind of crap and say how terrible it all was. Just like the civil rights movement of the 1960′s, this defines a very important moment in history and eventually, infamy for those saying terrible things like that “man”.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 12:03am
  53. Where is he from? MI? Stay there, fossil.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 12:04am
  54. But gays are generally a very clean people.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 12:04am
  55. Start steppin’…perhaps running would be better, just go.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 12:06am
  56. These People Seem to Forget They are Elected Officials and are to Represent the People, not Just Represent Their Own Personal Beliefs. When They Start Thinking They Aren’t Accountable to The People They Should Be Removed from Office!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 12:15am
  57. I strangely feel sorry for people that make it a point to make ridiculous comments abo

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 12:23am
  58. out people. they are the ones that make this world a filthy place.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 12:25am
  59. My gaydar is going off! Anybody else’s?

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 12:54am
  60. First and foremost this man needs a fact checker and he needs to start quoting the last decade, “Part of the homosexual agenda is to get the public to affirm their filthy lifestyle, as one homosexual admitted in the October 1987 homosexual rally on Washington”! Not only are we Filthy we are also responsible for half the murders (in big cities) and AIDS caused the rise in health care costs (also pulled from studies done in the 1980’s)! If hate mongering were a sport this man would be a champion! So sad that he is just ignorant! Personally I feel sorry for whoever has to live with this sad excuse for a man!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 12:59am
  61. Filthy Homosexuals Facebook Post sounds like the name of a queer punk band :-{D}

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 1:18am
  62. What an assclown!!!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 1:46am
  63. shame!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 1:57am
  64. Here’s hoping they (the people of MI) remember this at election time

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 2:00am
  65. he’s calling us filthy …… he’s the one sticking his nose in OUR sexlives!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 2:00am
  66. Im straight. But I support marriage equality. I hate homophobic bigots with a fucking passion

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 2:02am
  67. Yeah. He probably sneaks off to the baths on his lunch break.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 2:25am
  68. fine then, we have plenty of time to heckle you while we await our civil rights

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 2:28am
  69. A troglodyte spewing hate. No one will change this a–hole’s mind.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 2:33am
  70. I suggest you follow the link and message him individually.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:04am
  71. He so worried about protecting kids from the gay folks, but has no problem handing out a gun to so f*cked up idiot to walk in a school a destroy lives forever! Wow, I pity a man who lives with such hate!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:05am
  72. Well, he’s got that right. And the people of his district have the right to remember come election day and kick him out….

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:09am
  73. such as asshole

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:11am
  74. D BAG of the week!!!!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:35am
  75. If my Job wSnt

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:49am
  76. The RNC position is clear we are old stupid white bigots!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 5:03am
  77. This guy is a full colostomy bag.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 5:34am
  78. So vote the Ass out!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 5:49am
  79. He will be in an Airport bathroom tapping his toe soon!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 5:49am
  80. Filthy? I took a shower.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 7:53am
  81. He’s a Republican we care because? Seriously, we don’t or shouldn’t vote for bigots . . . I know I don’t . . . I’m sure Jesus wouldn’t either.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 7:57am
  82. Go fuck yourself you closeted hillbilly asshole!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:21am
  83. Fuck you asshole!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:22am
  84. I want to ask your opinion since you seem to have the top comment. Do you think heterosexuals like myself are showing enough support by changing their profile pictures? Do you think the heterosexual community is doing enough to support gays?

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:26am
  85. YES, YES … we need MORE Republicans like this .. let’s help them END the GOP … I thought they were trying to become relevant to the 21st Century so they could win elections???

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:28am
  86. He’s entititled to his beliefs, too. I think it’s in the Constitution somewhere.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:38am
  87. Melanie, when he acts on those beliefs in a way that marginalizes us and keeps us in a second class citizenship, he is then infringing on our constitutional rights, specifically liberty, the pursuit of happiness and equal protection. And if Matthew Shepherd were here, he’d tell you that sometimes people like this “infringe” upon our very lives if they think they won’t get caught.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:45am
  88. He’s the “filthy” one.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:53am
  89. drop dead sucker!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:54am
  90. You just can’t fix stupid. Ignorance is a sad state.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:56am
  91. Yet another discraseful Republican…. no wonder they are not in power!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:57am
  92. It’s fun to watch the haters hang themselves.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:58am
  93. If I remember The Penn State coach was straight! So who is filthy??

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 9:00am
  94. Poor soul, …. Pity…. Sashay away…

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 9:01am
  95. the guy looks intense anyways.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 9:01am
  96. Liars, using biased statistics. Your catholic priests are pedophiles. It is shown that it is the straight hetro priests who are sick. Coach Sandusky……lest we forget.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 9:02am
  97. He’s not the governor of Michigan. I could care less about his opinion. It’s fucking Rich Snyder I want to resign. He’s the worst governor ever. They did a survey and he’s one of the most hated governors. He says he’s doing good for Michiganders but he’s not.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 9:05am
  98. I think it’s sad that people say homosexuals are the ones destroying the fabric of society but people ACTUALLY VOTED FOR THIS IDIOT! I mean, seriously? Using 1980′s statistics and making outrageous claims that are based on nothing but bigotry? How uneducated can you get? But enough people believed that this man was intelligent enough to represent them and have a seat in government. If even REPUBLICANS are asking you to resign, you MUST be a backwards, bigoted, damn near close to the dark ages in your ways of thinking asshat. Dave, you gotta go!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 9:13am
  99. Yeah, I don’t bathe that much. Neither does my wife. And I don’t get my hair blown out as often as this ass does.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 9:16am
  100. IMPEACH HIM!!!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 9:18am
  101. Hello my facebook friends. I have updated my profile picture showing my support for gay marriage; since I am myself in a same sex marriage. I have noticed many people making harsh comments about this issue comparing gay marriage with abortion, gun control issues and polygamy. WHICH HIGHLY OFFENDS ME!!! Therefor, I have decided to unfriend all people who do not support same sex marriage or make a mockery of it or equate with something irrational. I don’t ask you to change your own profile picture but I do expect you to respond to this post at least to let me know that you support and respect me as a human being. If I don’t get a response from you I will be unfriending you. With that said I wish all a happy life whatever their choices

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 9:23am
  102. closet boy

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 9:24am
  103. Who cares? You don’t matter.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 9:56am
  104. Another stupid member.

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 11:09am
  105. Good for you Sir!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:05pm
  106. They call themselves Christians! Where did your favorite Jesus express any kind of hate? I think Satan has found a new following, the GOP Christians!

    Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 5:46pm