October 12, 2012 | by Michael K. Lavers
Gay GOP group ad features image of U.S. ambassador’s corpse
Gay News, Washington Blade, Gay Republican

The Broward Log Cabin Republican Club of Florida ad ran in the Florida Agenda’s Oct. 10 issue (Screenshot courtesy of National Stonewall Democrats)

A South Florida gay Republican group’s newspaper ad that features an image of a U.S. ambassador’s corpse has sparked outrage.

The Broward Log Cabin Republican Club of Florida ad that ran in the Florida Agenda’s Oct. 10 edition contains an image of Christopher Stevens’ body being carried through the streets of Benghazi, Libya, after he and three other Americans died during an attack on a U.S. consulate on Sept. 11.

“If the Obama administration isn’t going to protect Gay/Gay-friendly American citizens from the terror of Islamic radicalism, what makes you think they will protect us from Shariah law… ANYWHERE?” reads the ad above the image. It further points out Israel’s pro-LGBT rights record as it urges voters to back GOP candidates. “Israel, regardless of anyone’s sexual orientation, is the one beacon of hope in the Middle East defending our communities human rights. Support Israel in this hour of darkness. Vote Republican!”

Jerame Davis, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats, accused the Fort Lauderdale group of “cravenly” disrespecting “the life and legacy of a United States civil servant with this ad.” as Bilerico first reported late on Thursday. He further called upon the Broward Log Cabin Republican Club of Florida to retract it and apologize.

“It is simply unimaginable to me how any political message, let alone the muddy and ludicrous message of this ad, in any way justifies disgracing the memory of a man who gave his life in service to his country,” Davis said. “This level of depravity and moral indifference must not be allowed to enter our political discourse.”

R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, quickly distanced his organization from the ad.

“This ad does not represent the position of Log Cabin Republicans, and we reject it completely,” he told Washington Blade. ”The 9-11 attack on Americans posted in Libya was a straight up act of terrorism. To suggest the [Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb] attack on our consular mission in Benghazi was connected to homophobia is just as ridiculous as [U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations] Susan Rice claiming the attack in Benghazi was prompted by a film critical of Mohammed. There are plenty of reasons to vote Republican on protecting U.S. interests abroad, but such an obscene ad is fallacious, simple minded and irresponsible.”

Andy Eddy, spokesperson for the Broward Log Cabin Republican Club of Florida, defended the ad.

“Terrorists who want to destroy the state of Israel will try the same thing,” he told the Blade. “That’s our only friend in the Middle East. What happened in Libya is another form of Islamic terrorism.”

Eddy further responded to calls that his group apologize for including a picture of Stevens’ body in their Florida Agenda ad.

“I would be willing to apologize if the Republican Jewish Coalition tells me to apologize for supporting Israel and for standing up against sharia law and radical Islam,” he said. “This is actually where we stand. We stand with Israel. We stand against radical Islam and Shariah [law. Stevens] died without the support and defense he needed around the embassy.”

Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, defended the group.

“It’s clear that LCR Broward understands, like we do, that the greatest threat to gay people in the world is the spread of radicalized Islam,” he told the Blade.

 

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

8 Comments
  • R. Clark Cooper is looks to be as feckless at running his own organization as he is at influencing the party he claims to be changing from within. His only apparent skill is spewing mindless invective at pro-gay actions taken by Democrats.

  • The greatest threat to gay people in the world is the spread of radicalized Islam? Even if that’s true, WTH is Israel going to do about it? Bunch of jingoistic, racist morons.

  • David from Sandy Utah

    The add is completely tasteless.

    In my never-humble opinion, and taking into account the national platform of the Republican Party, Log Cabin Republicans are just a little bit like the Black Auxiliary to the Ku Klux Klan. Yes, I understand Log Cabin members want to back fiscally conservative candidates. Here in Utah, 99 and 44/100 % of Democrats are fiscal conservatives. (That number may be lower elsewhere.) Why affiliate with a political party that wants to deny you your constitutionally guaranteed right to due process and equal protection of the laws? Makes no flipping sense what-so-fluffing-ever.

  • “….fallacious, simple minded and irresponsible.”

    Should Mr. Cooper successfully orchestrate an LCR endorsement of Mitt Romney, he may very well have just been damned by his own words.

  • When will these disgraceful homo’s stand up for Americans? it’s always Israel first for them. And about the radicalized, here in american it’s them the radicalized and fundamental christians who beat and bully the gay community. Where are these patriots? there probably doing porn somewhere are pushing drugs, because they certainly are not helping the kids on the streets that were kicked out of their homes by their CHRISTIAN PARENTS. It’s time the gay community wash their hands of these pigs.

  • My God, They are acting like Democrats!

  • My God! They are acting like Democrats, only they are telling the truth.

  • coooool

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