Orrin Hatch: “Gays and lesbians don’t pay tithing, their religion is politics.”
Hatch pleads for his job and proves he will say anything to avoid Bennett’s fate:
Tea Party members I know by and large are good, honest, decent people, but out of anger should not disrupt the few GOP [candidates] who can win, he said. He said the Republicans need to organize and pull together just as unions, environmentalists, personal injury lawyers and gay rights activists do for Democrat [sic] candidates.
Gays and lesbians dont pay tithing, their religion is politics, said Hatch.
Almost as funny as that time Orrin pretended to be a Washington outsider.
I’m guessing it’s a calculated ploy by Orrin to attract the ire of the Utah LGBT community so that he can then put on a show playing the martyr for the Tea Party crowd, but I don’t think it’s gonna work. It’s such a clumsy insult that all it’s going to trigger is a bunch of eye-rolling now and more schadenfreude later when Orrin gets the boot from the same folks he’s trying so hard to impress with his playground taunts.
By the way, so far, this has been my favorite response to Hatch’s nonsense:
… I saw today that Sen. Orrin Hatch recently told a crowd at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, “Gays and lesbians don’t pay tithing, their religion is politics.”
That’s just false. According to a 2009 survey by the Barna Group, 60% of gay adults say faith is “very important” in their lives. The study also found that gay and lesbian Americans are less likely to be registered to vote than heterosexuals.
I suppose one can’t fault Sen. Hatch for not having Barna’s data at his fingertips, but if he cared to understand the role faith plays in the lives of LGBT Americans instead of just spouting false stereotypes, he’d find gay and lesbian people of faith in diverse congregations across the country. He wouldn’t have to go very far, either. Sen. Hatch’s office is 3 miles from my church, which has numerous LGBT members. I don’t snoop around in the collection plate to see who tithes and who doesn’t, but I know that my neighbors in the pews worship God, not politics. Sen. Hatch doesn’t have the standing to dismiss their faith or anyone else’s.