Civil rights opponents drag out another dubious spokesman | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Civil rights opponents drag out another dubious spokesman

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 7:23 AM

click to enlarge CHARLES FLOWERS: Used in anti-gay campaign in Fayetteville.
  • CHARLES FLOWERS: Used in anti-gay campaign in Fayetteville.
Protect Fayetteville is the ad hoc group formed to fight legal protections for gay people. On their Facebook page now is a video featuring a black Texas preacher who disputes any comparison between civil rights for gay people and the civil rights movement for black people.

Supporters of the Fayetteville civil rights ordinance, which will be referred to voters in September, identify the speaker on the video as Rev. Charles Flowers of San Antonio. He made headlines in 2007 when he and and employee of his "Christian boot camp" were accused of dragging a girl behind a truck after she failed to keep up in a running exercise. Flowers has fought a civil rights ordinance in San Antonio. He was prominent in a crowd protesting that city's ordinance when it booed a Marine veteran who lost a leg in Iraq because he spoke in favor of the ordinance. His comments in San Antonio are those heard on the Fayetteville hate group's Facebook page — LGBT people are "hijacking" the civil rights movement. "Gays are not the new blacks." (Doesn't matter one way or the other. Discrinmination is discrimination.)

Flowers' video recalls other spokesmen for the cause of discrimination. There was the serial rapist turned Baptist preacher who campaigned against the Eureka Springs civil rights ordinance.  There was Michelle Duggar, robocalling about the evils of transgender people in public restrooms while sitting on dark sexual episodes in her own family.

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