PALMETTO REPUBLICAN LEADER BLASTS CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE FOR COMMENTS
By FITSNEWS || South Carolina “Republican” Party chairman Matt Moore is drawing praise from the libertarian wing of his organization after publicly rebuking anti-gay comments made recently by one of the Palmetto State’s GOP congressional candidates.
Last week “Republican” sixth congressional district candidate Anthony Culler referred to homosexual couples as “Gremlins” – a reference to the scaly, reptilian monsters in the 1984 horror movie.
“Same-sex couples that seek to destroy our way of life and the institution of marriage are NOT cute and cuddly but rather (for those of you that are old enough to remember the movie), Gremlins that will only destroy our way of life,” Culler said.
He went on to describe same sex couples as “bullies,” a “pestilence” and a “scourge on society.”
“Look away from this scourge on society and condemn it,” Culler continued. “Starve it out and actively stand against this movement and those pushing it. Seek the dismissal of all those in the judiciary and legislature that support and seek to legalize same-sex ‘marriage.’ Stand against this and we will reverse it and drive it back into the darkness.”
Not long after Culler’s comments became public, we wrote a post highlighting how his views were not being called out by the GOP – which wasn’t surprising given same sex marriage is explicitly rebuked by both the state and national GOP platforms.
“Our party believes in the conservative definition of marriage, but we also believe in loving our neighbors and treating them with respect,” Moore told Maya Rhodan of Time. “Mr. Culler’s desperate, attention-seeking antics in no way represent the good, decent South Carolinians I’ve met across our state.”
In a separate interview with The Hill – a Beltway insider publication – Moore offered up similar language.
“Our party platform strongly supports traditional marriage and that won’t change in South Carolina over the next two years, but it’s important that we treat people with respect and offer solutions on a variety of different fronts,” Moore told reporter Peter Sullivan.
First off, lets dispense with the obvious: Culler is a fringe candidate running in a seat the GOP will never win in a million years. So Moore is taking a limited risk in calling him out. Of course according to recent polls, a majority of South Carolinians – including a healthy majority of South Carolina GOP voters – still support a government ban on gay marriage.
So Moore is taking a calculated risk in criticizing a candidate who is outspoken in support of such a ban … which oh by the way the state’s “Republican” governor and attorney general are still fighting to uphold in court.
Moore’s remarks drew praise from Daniel Encarnacion, a libertarian leaning GOP activist who previously challenged Culler to apologize – saying he would mount a write-in campaign for the sixth district seat in the event such an apology wasn’t forthcoming.
“Thank you to State GOP Chairman Matt Moore for also fighting for reasoned and respectful debate and dialogue and calling Anthony Culler to account,” Encarnacion said.
For his part, Culler is refusing to back down – posting a lengthy video to his Facebook page reaffirming his comments.
He also accused Moore of throwing him “under the bus” due to his “Christian and conservative beliefs.”
This website has always affirmed gay rights – including the right to marry. However we don’t believe marriage is a government institution, arguing it should be left up to individual congregations which are held accountable by their parishioners, denominations and ultimately, their God. Accordingly, we emphatically support the right of churches to refuse to marry any couple – gay or straight – as they see fit.