Local radio host attacks Utah gay rights organizations

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Backing a South Jordan woman who wrote a letter to the editor comparing homosexuality to drug use and prostitution, local radio host Rod Arquette attacked local gay rights groups as exclusionary and hypocritical. Speaking on his 105.7 KNRS afternoon talk show, Arquette said the gay rights community is stifling freedom of speech and hosted guests who said homosexuality is akin to alcoholism and cancer.

“This is what confuses me about the gay rights community in our city. They want us to respect them and understand them. But do they come across on our side of the street and try to respect and understand us? I don’t think so,” Arquette said.

One caller from Saratoga Springs, identified only as Ernie, said he’s been pursued by homosexuals his whole life and said homosexuality and pedophilia are one and the same.

“Celebrating gay pride is like celebrating cancer. It’s a sin. We should be at war against this. Everything homosexuals are involved with is immoral and predatory in nature. They are destroying lives. Tolerance of the behavior is absurd. This is a cancer on our society,” Ernie said while Arquette voiced his approval. “They are going to undermine our civilization.”

The original letter was written to the Salt Lake Tribune on June 9 and attacked the members of the Mormon Church who participated in the Utah Pride Parade.

“We members of the LDS Church are taught to always stand in holy places and to stand up for truth and righteousness. We would not march in a parade supporting pornography , prostitution, fornication and adultery , just as we would not march in a parade legalizing drug use. There is no difference: Sin is sin, and we must stand against it,” the letter read.

Wallace’s letter was met with thousands of online comments, some destructive and violent, which brought the letter to Arquette’s attention, he said on his show.

“We need to stop being tolerant of everyone around us. It is destroying our nation,” she said on the show. “I hope people understand that our nation will only survive if we follow God. And if we don’t we will be destroyed.”

Arquette quoted Boyd K. Packer concerning gay rights and said: “The virtue of tolerance has been distorted and elevated to a position of such prominence as to be thought equal to and even valued more than morality. It is one thing to be tolerant, even forgiving of individual conduct. It is quite another to collectively legislate and legalize to protect immoral conduct that can weaken, even destroy the family. There is a dangerous trap when tolerance is exaggerated to protect the rights of those whose conduct endangers the family and injures the rights of the more part of the people.”

Statements made by Packer, including saying that being gay is a choice and something can and should be changed, have been protested by queer rights activists. Packer has also advocated violence against gays in the past.

Arquette’s broadcasting station, 105.7 KNRS is owned and operated by Clear Channel Communications, Inc., which was taken private by Bain Capital in 2008. The station also broadcasts shows by nationally syndicated hosts Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.

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  1. Wow these people are absurd, but they don't even know anyone that is gay, and are just making it up as they go along.

  2. I wonder if Arquette's God supports hate and ingorance? I love and respect the all human kind. The most loving, resepectful and supporting people that I know are heterosexual. They stand tall and proud of me and my accomplishments ;as I do of their's. The LGBTQ community, that I am apart of, is nothing but resepctful to ALL members of OUR community…the community we ALL share and are apart of. We stand up for the rights of children and eldely; of people fighting addiction, cancer and other diseases, for the rights of every human no matter sexaul orientation, color, or belief system. We walk in unison with those that strive for a better future for the generations that follow. I have yet to hear of heterosexual bashing, but am very familiar with gay bashing. Heterosexuals are genrally not discriminated against in the work place….but I personally have been, as well many others. Unfortunatly there are no cures for alcoholism or cancer; the expectation that there would be a cure for homosexuality is plain ignorance. HETEROSEXUALITY IS NOT A DISEASE! Celebrating gay pride is in no way like celebrating cancer. However, there are walks, runs, and fundraisers across the country that are committed to bringing attention to those with cancer as well as other disease that my LGBTQ borthers and sisters participate in. My father died of cancer…we did not celebrate his cancer. However, after he passed I celebrated him and his diligent fight, by becoming a bone marrow donor in hopes of saving a life in his memory. My LBGTQ community is not immoral or predatroy. I AM NOT IMMORAL OR PREDATORY I focus my life on assisting others to reach fur and obtain, their fullest potention. GAY or STRAIGHT, I hold positive regard for them all. The LGBTQ community…my community, does not merely seek tolerance, but ACCEPTANCE. Tolerance is not destroying our nataion…but hate and ignorance is making it weak. My creator would not have created me any other way then the way I am; I follow my creator's example; I have love and empathy for all human kind. I can't get myself to comment on the ignorance of Packer; I can tell you that I am grateful to not be the homosexual from his family; but I will love and support them!

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