Steve Hotze just pulled out a sword on stage pic.twitter.com/SZIoXdBzsN
— Christopher Hooks (@cd_hooks) August 14, 2015
The campaign to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) became even more vile Thursday night when one of the anti-HERO campaign leaders insisted that gay and transgender people should be forced to leave Houston and even suggested that they face the same destruction the American military inflicted on Nazi Germany.
Christopher Hooks at the Texas Observer reported from the so-called “Faith Freedom Family Tour” event in a Houston hotel ballroom. When Steven Hotze took the podium, the head of the influential Conservative Republicans of Texas waved around a sword as he launched into a fiery — almost unhinged — attack on the LGBT community. From Hooks’ Observer article:
“Homofascists,” Hotze said, were enabled and appeased by those who treated their behavior as normal or acceptable. The indoctrination started in public schools, by design. “Remember: Homosexuals can’t reproduce. They have to recruit.”
Swift action was needed. “Drive them out of our city. I don’t want them in our city. Send them back to San Francisco.” No half-measures could be contemplated when dealing with the truly wicked. “Has anybody ever heard of the Nazis? Were they wicked? OK. What did we send our boys over to do in World War II? What did our preachers pray that would happen in World War II?”
They weren’t praying that the Germans would straighten up and fly right. “They prayed, ‘give our boys victory in battle,’” Hotze said. “Sometimes you have to do that when people are totally opposed to God like that, and wickedness rises up.”
Hotze has been one of the leading opponents of HERO, which the City Council passed in May 2014. HERO bars discrimination in employment, housing and public services based on more than a dozen characteristics, including race, age, sex, military status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. HERO opponents have succeeded in putting repeal of the ordinance on a November election ballot.
The campaign to support HERO, Houston Unites Against Discrimination, was launched at a press conference on Monday. The Texas Freedom Network is supporting the pro-HERO campaign. Click here to sign the pledge to support HERO and send a clear message to opponents: Discrimination has no place in Houston.