Bigot of the Week, April 25: Earl Bullard

25 Apr
Boss Hogg or Earl Bullard?

Boss Hogg or Earl Bullard?

I want to thank my friend and LGBT ally, Jennifer Carey for inspiring me to address this week’s BWA.  Apparently, Earl Bullard and his cronies would prefer drunk drivers in the state of South Carolina to having LGBT folk, specifically Crystal Moore as the openly lesbian police chief of Latta, South Carolina.

Sadly, South Carolina is just one of 29 states that has no legal protection for LGBT folks.  Consequently, one can be denied employment for membership in the LGBT community.  Bullard seems more like a caricature after he spews his homophobic venom:

I would much rather have.. and I will say this to anybody’s face… somebody who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children.

Because that ain’t the damn way it’s supposed to be. You know.. you got people out there — I’m telling you buddy — I don’t agree with some of the lifestyles that I see portrayed and I don’t say anything because that is the way they want to live, but I am not going to let my child be around…I’m not going to let 2 women stand up there and hold hands and let my child be aware of it. And I’m not going to see them do it with 2 men neither.

My goodness. So according to Mayor Earl Bullard children are far safer riding in a car with a drunk driver than a sober lesbian police chief? I must confess, I am having some difficulty grasping the logic here.  I suspect our Bullard also believes there is a Big Gay Agenda trying to take over the world — bwah-ha-haah!

CALL TO ACTION: Bullard’s behavior only proves how desperately we need to pass ENDA and protect the LGBT community from discrimination. Currently, it is legal under federal law to fire someone for being gay. Under state and local law, it depends on each state and municipality whether gay people are protected in employment. Act locally AND nationally — if you have local protection laws, ensure they are enforced; if not, work to get them passed. This year’s midterm elections are a great opportunity to ensure that the next Congress will be ENDA supporting.

DISHONORABLE MENTION this week goes to Georgia’s legislature and Gov. Nathan Deal. In their infinite wisdom, they have passed the most generous concealed carry law in the nation, allowing guns in schools, libraries and numerous other public places. The law also starkly reduces penalties for being caught with a firearm in an airport making the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, one of the most dangerous.

16 Responses to “Bigot of the Week, April 25: Earl Bullard”

  1. seaangel4444 April 25, 2014 at 5:36 am #

    Thank you for consistently bringing awareness to everyone about this sort of ‘individual’. What comes to mind is the old saying, “know thine enemy.” Muchly appreciated as always! Big hugs, Cher xo

  2. Jennifer Carey April 25, 2014 at 5:45 am #

    One positive about the Bullard story. The community and the City Council have rallied around the sherif. In fact, the city council has stated that the Mayor has over reached and are refusing to recognize her termination. There are rallies at the capital. So not only do people disagree with him, they are standing by their Sherif who has been a pillar of the community for years. Hopefully, this is a mark of things to come – that people will not tolerate bigotry in their government and recognize the rights of all.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 25, 2014 at 6:37 am #

      Jennifer, thank you for sharing this lovely part of the story–helps to see people standing in solidarity with the sheriff. Thank you also for your constant voice for social justice.

      • Jennifer Carey April 25, 2014 at 6:50 am #

        Just to share the positives:
        “In a show of support for a small South Carolina town’s fired police chief, Latta, S.C. council members voted unanimously Tuesday to block the mayor from hiring a replacement.”

        “But if the firing weren’t enough of a shock, something else unexpected happened: Her community — a tiny conservative town of about 1,410 residents — is rising to her defense and demanding that she get her job back.

        Dozens of people have picketed outside town hall and held prayer vigils. Kids she met while patrolling at a school have told her they support her. Members of the town council voted to take action to go around Mayor Earl Bullard and try to reinstate her job. Her former team of officers calls her every day to lend their support. And teachers, preachers and counselors in town have all approached her to tell her she deserves her job back and that her sexual orientation should have nothing to do with her job.

        “People call us the Bible Belt in the South, and to have so much support is awesome. I’m going to tell you, it’s amazing,” Moore told The Huffington Post. “The good Lord has really blessed me with a lot of family and friends.””

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 25, 2014 at 7:18 am #

        Jennifer, thank you. This quote is quite inspiring.

  3. prideinmadness April 25, 2014 at 5:46 am #

    Seriously….as someone who cares for children I am disgusted by his comment on multiple levels. I don’t even really know what to say, it’s just so irresponsible and abusive.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 25, 2014 at 6:38 am #

      Yes, abusive is the correct word. I do worry for children that would be under his care. Yours in solidarity, Michael.

  4. Central Oregon Coast NOW April 25, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

  5. IdealisticRebel April 25, 2014 at 7:35 am #

    All people need to be protected. That includes gays and lesbians. Equality is the right of all people and protection under the law. Hugs, Bara

  6. Jueseppi B. April 25, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

  7. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez April 26, 2014 at 5:22 am #

    I never ends, does it. 😦

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 26, 2014 at 7:24 am #

      Jackie, I am hoping that with more voices and kindness, social justice will prevail! Yours in solidarity, Michael.

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