Utah State Senator Chris Buttars (R-West Jordan), wearing a disgusted look on his face as he listens to a lesbian in the above photo, and the subject of previous discussion on this blog in February 2008, is in the news and under fire once again for his politically incorrect views. This time he's taken aim at the homosexual movement - and he doesn't mince words.
Buttars was interviewed by Reed Cowan, who is making a documentary to be entitled "8: The Mormon Proposition". During this interview, he made some strong statements against homosexuality, which triggered a local firestorm of criticism when Cowan briefly released a YouTube video airing the statements. Buttars now claims that Cowan agreed in advance to allow Buttars to review content prior to being used in connection with the documentary, but a report by KSTU Channel 13 in Salt Lake City indicates no such agreement is in force. The documentary, which includes interviews with other Utah political figures, is not set for release until 2010.
Some of Buttars' more controversial statements include the following:
-- "It's the beginning of the end. Oh, it's worse than that. Sure. Sodom and Gomorrah was localized. This is worldwide".
-- "Homosexuality will always be a sexual perversion. And you say that around here now and everybody goes nuts. But I don't care".
-- About gays: "They're mean. They want to talk about being nice. They're the meanest buggers I have ever seen".
-- Comparison to radical Muslims: “It's just like the Muslims. Muslims are good people and their religion is anti-war. But it’s been taken over by the radical side”.
-- "What is the morals of a gay person? You can't answer that because anything goes."
A YouTube video of a report from KTVX Channel 4 is embedded below:
In addition, another media outlet, KVNU, reports that in the video, Buttars apparently describes homosexuality as “pig sex". This is in reference to the other YouTube video which was pulled down. That second video has now been put back up, and is embedded below:
Some Utahns have called for Buttars' resignation. Well over 600 comments have been appended to the KSL Channel 5 story. He is getting some support, though, and can use some more. In response to his post on the Senate Site blog, you can post a supportive comment; registration not required.
Update: On February 20th, Utah Senate President Mike Waddoups announced that he had stripped Senator Buttars of the chairmanships of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Judicial Confirmational Committee. In response, Buttars took it like a pro, but refused to recant his sentiments on homosexuality.
Read a detailed post on Voice Of Deseret for more information and a host of additional local Utah media links. And read HERE to remind yourself as to who is disproportionately involved in the homosexual movement in the United States.