Local radio host attacks Utah gay rights organizations
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.