Some of you undoubtedly recall Mecklenburg (NC) County Commissioner Bill James, the hateful right-wing Republican who last year mocked the AIDS-related death of a colleague's son. James called the son of Democratic Commissioner Vilma Leake, who is Black, a "homo" and refuses to apologize.
James is not pleased with this month's landmark repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and is outraged that fellow commissioners want to recognize the vote, reports Q Notes.
"'Homosexuals are sexual predators,' James wrote in one email from a string of several between county board members, Roberts and County Manager Harry Jones, and provided by James to qnotes. 'Allowing homosexuals to serve in the US military with the endorsement of the Mecklenburg County Commission ignores a host of serious problems related to maintaining US military readiness and effectiveness not the least of which is the current Democrat plan to allow homosexuals (male and female) to share showers with those they are attracted to.'"
"James added, 'The US Government would not allow Hetero men and women to share showers and other personal facilities yet the leading homosexual in Congress (Barney Frank) thinks it is OK for homosexuals to do so allowing enlisted men and women to fall prey to higher ranking or more powerful homosexuals who ogle them (or worse).'"
James also slammed conservative Republican Sen. Richard Burr who surprisingly voted for repeal. "I think there are a lot of things that people of all political stripes tolerate from their politicians," James said, according to the Charlotte Observer. "But endorsing immorality and allowing military recruits to be preyed on by homosexuals is not one that I will tolerate."
Durham-based Pam Spaulding says James anti-gay screed should not be discounted: "The midterms resulted in the first GOP-dominated [North Carolina] legislature since Reconstruction. James is hot to let the incoming Republicans he wants a social agenda pushed that includes a ban on adoptions by gay couples, prohibition on domestic partner benefits and raising from the dead again a marriage amendment."