While few are paying close attention to Fred Karger, the first openly gay Republican to run for President, Fred Karger is going around and giving plenty of attention to the endless number of audiences that he has been chatting it up with in New Hampshire and even Iowa. Meanwhile there are more than few outlets who don’t mind giving Fred a little bit of the limelight.
Take for instance Comedy Central’s “Undcision 2012″ segement.
They recently sat down with Fred for what proves to an amusing piece.
While much of what Karger says is innocuous, he tends not to be very amusing when he digs in to the man he has been gunning for ever since the primary process began ——-Mitt Romney.
With Karger, competing against Mitt Romney is more personal than anything else. Karger takes offense to Romney’s Mormon faith, the same people who used their faith to help defeat a gay marriage referendum in California Karger was in the forefront of the battler for. In some ways, Karger has a legitimate beef with Mormons. The faith has taken on an anti-gay tone and level of activity that doesn’t just discriminate against gays and lesbians, it almost seems that it is going out of their way to insure that gays are treated like second class citizens.
If that is the case, they are quite wrong for such actions. But much to Karger’s charging, however wrong their actions may be, when compared to some moral standard, it is not illegal. So as indicated in the brief interview below this post, Karger has taken on the role of the Mormon Church in his own attempt to persecute Mormons. In some instances, when talking about Mormons, Karger almost sounds as far fetched as Rev. Jeffress, the loony stereotypical fire and brimstone preacher who states that Mormons are suited to run this country.
Like Jeffress, Karger even suggests what Jeffress charges, which is that Mormonism is a cult. In Karger’s case he claims that Mormons are controlled by their church and tha Mitt Romney is the best example of that.
Personally I am not sure how far Fred Karger can get by trying to combat discrimination and negativity towards by being discriminatory and negative, himself. Perhaps it is best to make his case, by not practicing that which he preaches is against. Oddly gays and Mormons have a few things in common. They are one of the few religions that is fair game when it comes to intolerance for in America. Romney’s Mormonism is one reason why evangelicals are unwilling to give Romney a chance. And the same problem exists for homosexuals. It would almost seem that homosexuals are the last group in society to be taken seriously enough to be represented in the federal government by more than just a handful of gay and lesbian members of Congress. Perhaps at soome point, they can work to combat the discrimination that both sides are the victims of.
Through it all though, Karger keeps it fun and as seen in the interview below, makes for quite an interesting presidential candidate. Although I do not know how well his parting chuckle will go over with members of the evangelical community. Im not sure how joking at the end of the clip, about Michele Bachmann’s husbanmd seems gay will play out. I’d love to see a Rasmussen poll on that one.
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