Dave Agema is a member or the Michigan Republican National Committee and had served as a state representative from 2007 until December. His party has asked him to resign from his post. 21 Michigan Republicans have called his act “deplorable”. It appears that the gay marriage debate has separated Republican Dave Agema from his Party.
So, what did he do? He was simply being honest and was showing his true colors. He posted anti-gay remarks on his Facebook page. The title of the article is “Everyone Should Know These Statistics On Homosexuals”, an article written by Dr. Frank Joseph. It’s apparent that with the Supreme Court hearing arguments to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, Agema is committed to having his opposing voice heard, even if it separates and puts him at odds with the Republican Party. The Joseph article is merely an extension of that voice.
Part of the article claims that gay people “account for half the murders in large cities.” The article, which cites studies from the 1980s for many of its claims, also attributes high medical insurance rates to caring for AIDS patients.
But Agema told The Associated Press he maintains his belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, and said he will “absolutely not” resign. Agema said he posted the excerpt in light of the arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this week on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. He maintains that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman.
Asked why he posted what he knew would be controversial: “It’s something that we need to be aware of when we are looking at this,” he said. “It affects people’s lives.”
A faction of the Republican Party is attempting to fall in line with the majority of Americans on several social issues including immigration reform, women’s rights, and the LGBT community.
So is Agema a mainstream Republican or is he off the charts to the right. Are Republicans who have changed their position on social issues sincere, or merely voicing what the majority of voters want to hear? Is Agema the honest branch of the Party, or is he simply radically homophobic?
The answers to those questions will surface with time. After Bush was put to pasture and Republicans witnessed the swing of voters away from Republican policy, the Party has been in flux. Radical branches, having no resemblance to the GOP, primarily demonstrated by the TEA Party, who are attempting to create a path to the past. Are we seeing a true resurgence of the “Grand Old Party”, of a dedicated and idea-led-membership, and are the extreme right wing detractors losing their hold on the right side of the aisle? Is Agema one of them and a fading name on the Republican party’s list. For those too young to have understood the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s, take a ringside seat, as the Gay Marriage debate will give you ample examples of the profound bigotry and ignorance that has cursed our culture, preserved in the fabric of America’s malignant political history. Law makers, like Dave Agema, are symptoms of this malignancy, which must be addressed before it divides, separates and tears our great nation apart.
“I have a dream”.
Columnist-The Guardian Express