Breitbart Publishes Unsourced Claim Of Assault Over Indiana’s RFRA Law

Citing an anonymous email, Breitbart columnist and hate group leader Austin Ruse is claiming that a gay housekeeper “assaulted” his 76 year-old employer because he was furious about Indiana’s RFRA law. From the email, which was allegedly written by the woman’s son:

John (not his real name) came to our home as usual to help clean the house. He comes every 2 weeks. My mother greeted him and was met with cursing, aggressiveness, and fury. John was very angry about the [Religious Freedom Restoration Action] just signed by Governor Pence. John yelled f-bombs and called my elderly mother a bigot and accused her and all “religious” people of discrimination. She called me after 15 minutes of his tirade and she was reduced to tears and horribly scared by him. I could hear him yelling obscenities in the background at her. John would not get on the phone and I told my mom to ask him to leave or I would call 911. He left. I raced home to find my mom still shaking. She suffers from heart disease, cancer, and can barely see. She is completely vulnerable.

Contrary to Ruse’s headline, the email does not accuse “John” of actual physical assault and there’s nothing about gay marriage in the email either. Hundreds of Breitbart commenters are reacting to Ruse’s story as you’d expect, with only a few questioning its anonymous and unsourced nature. 

PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Austin Ruse was fired
by the American Family Association last year after a guest-hosting spot
on their radio network during which he declared that liberal university
officials “should all be taken out and shot.” Ruse also claims that a
Vatican priest once offered him absolution if he were to murder Hillary Clinton. Ruse is the head of C-FAM, the Catholic Family & Human Rights
Institute, which is a member of the World Congress of Families, the
coalition working with NOM and others to export anti-gay hatred to
foreign counties. During a speech at CPAC 2012, Ruse denounced the United Nations for issuing a resolution against the gay death penalty.

  • Elroy

    Writer went to the same school Eugene Delgaudio attended.

    • HZ81

      Dear Joe…

    • libran24

      Beat me to it.

    • s2dbaker

      I noticed that too. Shaking, reduced to tears, horribly scared.. It’s pure Eugene.

  • zhera

    I’ll believe this story just as I believe the fairytales in the bible.

  • Gustav2

    When they have to make shit up, we have won.

    Keep your cool and they will be the fool.

  • Treg Brown

    They refuse to name this gay assailant?

    That’s hilarious! If this had actually happened they’d have his full name, address, email address, etc included in this “article” in an an effin moment.

  • bkmn

    I get the feeling that Mr. Ruse is in great need of mental health services not old time religion.

    • HZ81

      And what a comically descriptive last name.

      • Mister Don

        “Ruse?” Couldn’t possibly have chosen better!

        • HZ81

          Right? Love it when jokes write themselves.

      • Jeffrey

        I hope the next letter is from Fred Herring

  • Treg Brown

    Doesn’t look like a lying liar AT ALL…

    • oikos

      It would appear that Mr. ‘Ruse’ uses the services of the same stylist as Ayn Rand Paul.

  • HZ81

    These idiots are how shitty pizza-makers rake in a cool million.

  • Cousin Bleh

    That story is faker than Chewbacca’s left nut.

  • joe ho

    christers lying? no surprise there. their gospels were written by people claiming to be someone they weren’t.

    christianity is rotten from the ground up, encouraging its followers to confuse myth with reality.

  • carswell

    Lies are all they have left.

    • Jamie_Johnson

      When did they have anything but lies?

      • carswell

        Point taken. We’ve always known that. The difference these days is that a growing majority of Americans knows it too.

  • Richard Rush

    Whether this story is true or not, it is another example of how speaking up to discriminatory bigoted Christians constitutes the persecution of Christians.

    i.e., when a bully’s victim speaks up against him, he is persecuting the bully, and that cannot be allowed.

  • Paula

    Yeah, I call bullshit on this story.

    • Gustav2

      And it sounded better in the original German.

      • barracks9

        Come on, you know it sounds better in the original Klingon.

    • oikos

      I don’t know Paula. An anonymous letter published by a man named Ruse on Breitbart. The odds of it being untrue are very low.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Citing an anonymous email,

    See, you need a signature on those things, like my latest offer of a cash advance from the former president of Nigeria.

    • oikos

      My long lost cousin, the prince, has promised me great riches. I just have to give the routing number for my acct. So looking forward to collecting my million$.

      • HAAAAAAA

        And the Prince has given them to you……..

      • KnownDonorDad

        Take this job and shove it, am I right?

        • oikos

          No the Nigerian prince who sends me email.

  • Robert

    Well shit, if it’s that easy to get them to post anonymous emails, there should be a competition to see who can get the most ridiculous email printed on their website.

  • Jeffrey

    OMG what a terrible thing to have happened to that poor old lady who was totally just minding her own business in her own home when a GAY attacked her for no reason at all! Thank goodness someone had the courage to write and anonymous email about the attack instead of actually doing something about it. Ugh, the world we live in today where the number one problem is gays attacking us in our homes for no reason. Thanks Breitbart!

    • popebuck1

      Good point. Not to mention: I know MY first reaction to hearing that Mike Pence had signed this law was to go out and scream at elderly ladies who didn’t have a damn thing to do with it. Especially those who know me well enough to hire me to clean their houses, but somehow missed knowing that I’m gay.

      • Jeffrey

        Yeah, old ladies had it comin’

      • delk

        He had to scream, she was hard of hearing.

  • beatin up sum grannies! i like it! cause that’s totes what i do every day. for real.

    i also eat puppies. but i’m telling you, it’s damn hard, getting the marinade right.

    • delk

      Adopted baby blood makes the perfect marinade.

      • Gustav2

        Quit making public ‘The Gay Agenda Recipes, Part Deux’ They are to be secret.

  • Ninja0980

    Nice piece of fiction.
    Too bad the idiots on Breitbart will believe every word of it.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Also…is there a better Dickensian name than “Ruse” in this case?

    • cheakamus

      Kinda of Dickensian looking, too, judging from the picture below.

  • NMNative

    I call Bull Shit!

  • BeaverTales

    This is a rough morning, I didn’t know human IQ’s went this low…even with religious bullshit added in the mix

    • Jamie_Johnson

      Wake up and smell the coffee… we haven’t seen anything yet. Just wait ’til June.

  • Todd20036

    Police report?
    Shall I hold my breath until it’s released?

    • lattebud

      Ask Pat Robertson to…

  • lymis

    An employee behaved rudely, and when asked to leave, did so.

    Even granting for the sake of argument that it happened exactly as stated, first, where’s the assault, and second, what has this to do with anything?

    And what would the RFRA being left unmodified have done to change this?

    If it had anything to do with anything, it would seem to be more about “if you don’t want your poor elderly mother at risk, don’t pass an RFRA in your state” parable.

  • meanwhile they dismiss actual violence against LGBT people as lies and propaganda. Riiiiiight

  • Kim Davis’ Impotent Tears

    I’m renaming it The Batshit Report and all those crazy hateful fucks aligned with it are now Shitbats!

  • Hue-Man

    wiki: “An assault is carried out by a threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm. It is both a crime and a tort and, therefore, may result in either criminal and/or civil liability.”

    “The term is often confused with battery, which involves physical contact.”

    • Mike Rasor

      Except of course no where in the email does it say the man threatened bodily harm.

  • delk

    Synonyms for RUSE

    game plan
    booby trap

    Antonyms for RUSE


    • John P.

      I think you got it covered!

    • barracks9

      I like a bit of legerdemain myself.

      • StSean

        what i love most about barracks is his HUGE vocabulary.

        • Joe in PA

          pictures please. Oh wait…

      • Joe in PA

        First, you’ve never JUST had a yearning for a ‘bit’ of anything.

        Second…is that one of them there furrin words that you cajuns use?

        • barracks9

          Guilty on the first account – my appetites for most things are voracious.

          Yup, furrin – but I’m no Cajun, just a damned Yankee who was lucky enough to make a home in New Orleans! (Originally from VERY northern NYS)

    • Schlukitz

      I’m old-fashioned.

      I’ll go with tomfoolery.

  • Gigi

    Surprisingly I’ve not yet been banned from posting at Bratbart. I gave them my two cents.

  • Mike Rasor

    I have received an anonymous email detailing how Austin Ruse sexually pleasures himself while dressed as Cersie Lannister and penetrating himself with a 2 liter sized dildo he calls Jamie.

    • oikos

      I’m sure Brietbart (is still dead) will publish that. What a scoop! 🙂

    • John30013

      A “golden fist”, as it were….

  • LDinMN

    Closeted Breitbart says what?

    • Jamie_Johnson

      There are closets in Hell?

  • Gigi

    Haha they think Joe and I are the same person at Bratbart because we’re not calling for all gays to be killed.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      I know! I had lot’s of fun over there too. Glad I have the day off from my other job!

  • BearEyes

    Seems like yelling fire in a crowded theatre.

  • oikos

    I’m sure the police report will be posted shortly.

  • Michael Smith

    Tomorrow’s headline:
    Breaking News: Bill Gates will give you money if you forward an e-mail.

  • JohnAGJ

    If true, a big “if” I’m sure, than he’s an asshole. So what? We never claimed to better than anyone else just because we are gay, only that we should all be treated equally. We have our good ones and assholes like every other group of humans.

    • IamM

      All that, plus if this imaginary attack had occurred it wouldn’t have been entirely unprovoked. If Indiana had passed a Racism restoration act it, would be understandable if a Hispanic gardner told the old lady that if that’s the kind of law she supported she could mow her own damn grass.

      • JohnAGJ

        Perhaps. Yet regardless, again assuming the “facts” are correct, not in the old lady’s home and especially not in a way that might make any reasonable person might feel personally threatened. I may disagree with someone or even think they’re a POS, but I’m not going to do what was described in this article – even if it exists (more than likely) only in the fevered imaginings of the author.

  • Given how much the other side likes to play the victim card we are supposed to believe that this actually happened? Nothing about the story is believable, and of course it is unsourced
    so it can’t be validated. If there is no documentation then there is no justification for running the story.

    • oikos

      “What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.”

    • Jamie_Johnson

      Breitbart’s credo: “no source, no documentation, no problem!”

      (And it’s a good day in America because Breitbart is still dead.)

  • D. J.

    You have to be seriously delusional to get fired by the AFA for something you say on one of THEIR radio programs.
    I just haven’t been able to discover how the AFA determines what constitutes “too delusional”.
    For me, it remains one of life’s mysteries…..
    As for the essay, C+ , B- tops.
    The spelling was okay.

  • pj

    i assume the gay guy had his yellow gloves on when this happened…

  • Dave B

    An anonymous email. That’s all the proof they need?

    • Schlukitz

      Word of mouth will suffice for these liars.

      • Dave B

        Or a crafty imagination?

  • The Professor

    And he is friends with Maggie Gallagher. So anything he says is immediately suspect.

  • D. J.

    Heart disease, cancer and nearly blind? Sounds like somebody needs to phone hospice, not a housekeeper.

  • JJS_prime

    As we usually say here, Police report or it didn’t happen.

  • SoCalVet

    the way the right uses gay people and debates our lives and our rights, even debates our right to a life, I’m surprised more gay people don’t succumb to the daily pressure and flip out like we see people do every day in America. The fact that it’s rarely a gay person should be a testament to the ability of gay people to maintain their calm amongst the constant barrage of bigots and homophobes in the press, and in the media.

  • Dagoril

    Yawn. Wake me when the police report surfaces. Because obviously the victim of assault would file one, right? I mean, they wouldn’t just make something like this up…would they??

  • Macbill

    Perhaps we need to remind homophobes of the physical harm they have done to gays. Rape with a crowbar. Rape with a baseball bat. Broken bones, burned houses, etc. All in the name of Christ, or at least, his minions.

    • Schlukitz

      And the response of the homophobes might well be…

      “You say it like it is a bad thing.”

    • grada3784

      That’s just Christians being loving.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Disqus over at Breitbart. Join in the fun.

  • Octoberfurst

    So let me get this straight—pun intended. A woman knowingly hires a gay housekeeper. He faithfully comes to clean every two weeks. (I’m going to assume they like each other since she has kept him on.) But suddenly he shows up at her door screaming and cursing at her and calling her a “bigot” all because Indiana signed into law the RFRA. The woman is terrified. Does this story make sense to ANYONE? She hired him knowing he was gay so why would he be calling her a “bigot”? This story just reeks of bullshit. And the son’s name is Austin Ruse? RUSE? Oh please. If the writer were her daughter would she be Ima Kiddin? Of course the knuckledraggers who read Breitbart will believe this story as gospel truth. >sigh<

  • Mr. Fixit

    Sounds like Ruse’s (what an apt name) mother should apologize for whatever she did that offended the housekeeper, and that she should stop being an anti-Equality bigot. There! Problem solved!

  • Tom Tallis

    Show us the police report. I call fraud.

    • Schlukitz

      No police report needed.

      As Octoberfurst so well pointed out, “the knuckeldraggers who read Breibart will believe this story as gospel truth.”

      The lies work…and they know it.

  • Cuberly

    Love the comments over at BB. Of course it’s the usual, libs and progs ar always vicious and know no mercy. Then you scroll down a bit further and sure enough there’s a death threat, blowing someone away if they ever spoke to their mother that way. Actually there’s more threats of violence than usual.

    Charmingly oblivious as usual over there. /s

  • Mihangel apYrs

    for info: in English law at least, assault is the verbal aggression with battery the physical “battering”

  • Galvestonian

    Once upon a time in a far-away kingdom there was this sweet old lady who suffered terribly from bad spirits & who was visited by this evil youth …

  • cowboyinbrla

    Haven’t read all the comments, but “assault” has nothing to do with physical contact. “Assault” is a credible threat to do violence – shaking your fist in someone’s face, if they want to get technical about it, is assault. Battery is the general term for carrying through with that threat and striking someone.

    So the headline is probably technically correct, IF this incident actually happened.

  • Terry

    Watch him get a gig on Fox “News”