Tea Party Unity founder Rick Scarborough says that he thinks there ought to be a class action lawsuit against homosexuality, comparing it to holding cigarette makers accountable because their products cause cancer.
During a Tea Party Unity event on Thursday, Peter LaBarbera, the president of the anti-gay group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, suggested that media should begin telling the stories of people who left the gay lifestyle are happy instead of embracing “the pro-gay thing.”
“We need to work on our conservative, alternate media and say, ‘Look, don’t do the pro-gay thing, why don’t you rather step out and support these ex-gays?’” LaBarbera said. “We should encourage Fox News to tell their stories. Fox is now telling the stories of black conservatives because the other media is not doing that, we should all get on Fox and say, ‘Come on, tell these stories, these wonderful stories of happy men and women who have left the homosexual lifestyle.’”
Scarborough said there’s much more they can do to stop the pro-gay agenda.
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“Peter, the whole issue of a class action lawsuit, you and I have talked about this a little bit,” Scarborough said. “I just wonder if you’ve explored that, talked to anyone about it.”
“Even the Center for Disease Control verifies that homosexuality much more likely leads to AIDS than smoking leads to cancer,” the former Baptist pastor continued. “And yet the entire nation has rejected smoking, billions of dollars are put into a trust fund to help cancer victims and the tobacco industry was held accountable for that.”
“Yeah, I think that’s great,” LaBarbera said of the lawsuit. “I would love to see it. We always wanted to see one of the kid [sic] in high school who was counseled by the official school counselor to ‘just be gay,’ then he comes down with HIV. But we never really got the client for that.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that gays, bisexuals and other men who have sex with men (MSM) accounted for 63 percent of the new HIV infections in the U.S. in 2010. CDC data on tobacco say smoking accounts for 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths in men in the U.S. and 80 percent of all lung cancer deaths in women in a given year.
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“Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States,” the CDC says.
MSM accounted for 11,400 new HIV infections in 2010, while smoking accounts for 440,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.
“More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined,” the CDC says.