AUSTRALIA: “Stop The Fags” Hate Posters Appear In Advance Of Postal Plebiscite On Same-Sex Marriage

The Guardian reports:

Materials labeling homosexuality a “curse of death” and claiming 92% of children of gay parents suffer abuse have surfaced in two separate incidents of homophobic campaigns against same-sex marriage.

Advocates have condemned the material, which included a poster urging Australians to “stop the fags” in Melbourne and a leaflet printed in English and Mandarin found in Hurstville, Sydney. The posters, found in Heffernan Lane in the Melbourne CBD, claimed that children of gay parents are disproportionately abused, suffer depression and are obese.

The vast majority of studies show children with LGBTI parents are no worse off than those with heterosexual parents, including a survey of academic literature by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. The poster depicts two figures menacing a blond child with rainbow belts.

Labor Party leader Bill Shorten reacts:

“Labor opposed this postal survey because we feared exactly this kind of hurtful filth would emerge,” Mr Shorten posted on Facebook. “This kind of garbage isn’t ‘debate’, it’s abuse. I’m so sorry that LGBTI Australians have to put up with it. Let’s make sure there’s an overwhelming ‘Yes’ vote in response.”

Those “belts” also look like nooses to me. The posters have been traced back to a neo-Nazis message board.

  • bkmn

    My first impression is that they were going to beat a child with a rainbow strap.

    • Jonathan Smith

      that was SUPPOSED to be your first impression.

  • Jonathan Smith
  • Mordred LeFey

    Opposing the plebiscite because of fears of this kind of thing isn’t really a valid excuse to not do it. I’m American, but I think we can all agree that we’re strong enough to get through this shit. I’m also only 20, but history has taught me that we’ve been through much worse.

    • Mikey

      The plebiscite is completely pointless and useless. It has no binding effect, regardless of the outcome, the government will see it purely as “suggestive” of the public’s will. The gov. don’t have to act on it, even if it came back with 100% approval of marriage equality, the gov. could choose to ignore the result.

      It’s a massive waste of money for a non-binding plebiscite.

      The normal rules of elections don’t apply, as can be seen in the above article the opposition can lie out its ass all it wants, and no one can do anything about it.

      THIS is why people are against a non-binding postal plebiscite.

      • I can see why! What is truly horrid is the ability to lie on the plebiscite marketing materials.

  • margaretpoa

    That’s disturbing. I loved visiting Australia but they are backward in many social areas. I much prefer New Zealand to their more conservative cousins to the northwest.

    • N.Z was the FIRST country to give women the vote. They have marriage equality. I would like to see ONE- just ONE incident where a gay marriage so severely affected a straight marriage that it led to divorce. As Oprah said on a show to straight married people, “when you get your act together, when your families are free of domestic abuse and incest, then come and talk with gay people – married or not!:”

      • George Waite

        I thought that was colonial New Jersey, but I could be wrong…

  • Ernest Endevor

    Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher, your work is done.

    • margaretpoa

      Manatee Gallagher: 1960s pro abortion poster child is the reason I stopped reading my local newspaper.

      • Ernest Endevor

        And let’s not forget that it’s entirely likely that she has a gay son. While not everyone who aspires to write for the musical theatre, it has been known.

        • margaretpoa

          Perhaps she prayed his gay away….

          • barrixines

            Or ate all of his boyfriends.

          • grada3784

            She probably dusted them with some holy powdered sugar first.

    • Gallagher is a Roman Catholic. Her Irish heritage, alone, should have told her that the Irish fought for years for freedom from Britain. Now, the Irish Catholic church has certainly less power – the child abuse from priests – opened the way for Irish marriage equality. Gallagher should know that her grandparents saw signs – “NO IRISH” need apply for accommodation. We are ONE human race that Jesus told us NOT to JUDGE>

      • Strepsi

        Turnbull is staunch Catholic too, natch.

  • Ninja0980

    Sickens me LGBT people in Australia have to go through all of this crap for a vote that is non binding.
    Several of the bigots have made it clear their votes will always be no and who is to say Turnbull won’t continue to cater to them?

    • margaretpoa

      I’m sure he will in fact.

    • Look, if Southern States had been left to vote on segregation – there would still be NON-WHITE toilets and restaurant sections.

      • My hubbys horridly repellent grandfather, would march right into any restaurant kitchen to see if any of the workers were black. If there were, he would leave. After awhile, he refused to eat out except at a local sandwich counter. And even more sadly? My mother in law thought his actions were semi acceptable! How my dear sweet hubby isn’t 100% racist is beyond me, as his entire family is.

        • FAEN

          Seriously? He used to walk into kitchens? What a tool.

          Say hi to your hubby from me.

          • Oh, his entire family, on both sides were tools. Not that mine was all that much better!

            Will do!

        • Strepsi

          Credit the power of biki 😉

          • Awe shucks! thanks

        • Schlukitz

          My parents and grandparents, on both sides, were avid racists.

          The only word that I ever recall hearing to describe the black community was the “N” word.

          That I did not turn out 100% racist like them, is beyond me as well.

          • Well, I’m glad you escaped their hate!

          • Schlukitz

            That makes two os us, bidi. 🙂

      • olandp

        Hate to tell you this, but there still are.

    • Of course he will. His political survival depends on the religious right.

  • Bad Tom

    THIS IS BLOOD LIBEL.
    Like all sorts of hideous claims made against minorities throughout history.
    Propaganda Minister Goebbels is smiling somewhere in Hell.

    • (((GC)))

      I almost wish hell existed so those lying sadists could be condemned to there.

  • Dagoril

    No, daddy, not the rainbow belt!

    As awful as this is, that’s just some pathetic marketing, I’m sorry.

    • Gustav2

      Really, gay parents having fat children? NEVER! /s

      • Dagoril

        “I only beat my children with my Lacroix! Lacroix, Sweetie, Lacroix!”

        • Jay Silversmith

          Thank you, Eddie sweetie.

      • Strepsi

        Have you noticed this is the third or fourth Nazi thing the last couple weeks against fat people?

        If we can get the obese on our side, we have a MAJORITY

        • Gustav2

          Especially in Ohio.

    • Todd20036

      OMFG, read the “stats”. 92% of children raised by gay parents are abused!
      WTF!!! And they’re allowed to put this stupid lie on a poster?

      • Dagoril

        Really. And with a number that ridiculously high, it would be easy enough to disprove. Not that facts matter with such people.

        • Facts? We don’t need no stinkin’ facts!

      • clay

        Even if it weren’t made out of whole cloth, the tense is open-ended– abused BEFORE they were adopted by loving lesbian or gay couples;
        abused by the STRAIGHT spouse before the divorce;
        abused by homophobic neighbors?

        • Bad Tom

          Good point.

          • (((GC)))

            The rainbow straps remove that wiggle room.

      • FAEN

        This is the SAME shit the Liberty Council et al used to throw around here.

        Could this be their Prop 8 moment where it gets worse before the facts win out in the end?

        • David Walker

          So we’re the Leader of the Free World in hate exportation. Swell.

          • FAEN

            We’ve held that distinction for a while now. Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, Russia and plenty of other countries-the Xtian right have been spreading their hate, bigotry and lies because they know they can’t make it work here. And when I say work I mean they can’t make nearly as much money as they can peddling this shit to countries where LGBT’s are still on the fringes.

          • George Waite

            Those places had plenty of domestic hate already.

          • FAEN

            Your point being?

          • George Waite

            I’ve no idea; your defensiveness can surely supply something, though.

          • FAEN

            You have no idea of the point you’re trying to make?

        • Strepsi

          Yes it can

  • Gustav2

    We knew this would happen because the laws don’t stop this in a by mail plebiscite.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I’m just gonna sit here and cry. The level of hate and lies in the world. I’ll be in the corner in the fetal position of anyone is looking for me.

  • Todd20036

    Looks like a young gay boy about to be attacked.
    In any event, the apathetic masses are seeing who the opposition to LBGT rights are.

    • Silver Badger

      Unfortunately, many will believe the crap too.

    • (((GC)))

      Someone should photoshop the poster to show that horrible bit of reality.

    • clay

      Suggesting one way our opposition believes they can “stop the —-

    • Bluto

      That was my 1st impression, beat the gay out of your children. Either way, this is repugnant.

  • Silver Badger

    They’re surprised? It is a given that their own RWNJ population is going to lie and use what ever dirty campaign tricks they can think of.

    • (((GC)))

      Reality has a well-known liberal bias.

  • Tawreos

    If they had an actual good reason to oppose gay marriage they would not have to resort to scare tactics and lies to win the point. Of course, they always use scare tactics and lies and just keep trying to keep upping the ante to win with gullible and ignorant voters.

    • Harley

      Well, christians lie and the more religious parents are the more likely THEY will be beating their children. Just like it’s the priests and ministers of god that sexually abuse children all the time as well. So they blame “the gays”.

  • SoCalVet

    They have this because Australia tolerates it. It’s why their mardi gras parade is so fabulous. Societal oppression on a grand and fairly quiet scale.

  • All they have at their fingertips is lies and deceit, and any thinking person would see thru this campaign. However, sadly enough Australia has their complement of ‘know nothings’ like the USA. And for those fools, these posters will work wonderfully.

    • clay

      Those posters aren’t aimed at persons’ thoughts. I wonder if they are as gut-wrenching for people who weren’t tortured as kids, or if the posters’ target-audience is one disproportionately abused?

      • boatboy_srq

        Speaking as one who had a pretty happy childhood with supportive parents, oh hell yes it is gut-wrenching.

        And speaking of which, isn’t this garbage from the same volk who advocate for corporal punishment? Just a tad double-standardesque IYAM.

    • Reality.Bites

      Those folks were lost to us anyway.

      Frankly I’m hoping open expressions of hate like this will persuade people to vote. I’m not in the least concerned with public opinion changing, just in people not voting.

  • grada3784

    No surprise here, except that it took this long for the hate to appear.

  • Ninja0980

    But remember, if we call them out in anyway, we’re the intolerant ones who are going to make yes votes switch to no.
    Was the argument used here during out battles and the one being used there now, what a joke.

    • Dagoril

      First Amendment Argle Blargle!

    • FAEN

      I have no problem telling them I am intolerant of intolerance.

  • If humans have to resort to ‘hateful names’ then they lose the title of humans! Marriage equality exists in over 20 countries.
    And ‘why the lies.’ Europeans have had marriage equality starting in 2001. All records show that kids in a same-sex family are well adjusted and have extra ‘family values’ such as tolerance and love towards their neighbours. If anything, it is the kids of same-sex families that are name-called and bullied.

    • (((GC)))

      Those extra values – increased acceptance of people not exactly like themselves; less adherence to arbitrary, traditional gender roles; greater likelihood to come out if they’re LGBTQ* themselves – are exactly what the homophobes fear.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Seriously, I’m out of compassion or understanding where these vile creatures are concerned. I just don’t have the patience anymore.

    https://twitter.com/sirlthr69/status/899645765907173376

    • Rebecca Gardner

      i’m with you jon. so much violent imagery used against innocent and loving families. it’s insane.

      • FAEN

        It’s because they fear us and fear their way of thinking going the way of the Dodo.

        • (((GC)))

          “…they fear… their way of thinking going the way of the Dodo.”

          Exactly. It’s human nature to seek consistency, not truth. If deeply held beliefs or disgusts are challenged by facts (such as loving, healthy, thriving families with LGBTQ* people raising kids), it might be easier to dismiss or reframe reality (as in “gay parents are actually secret monsters” or other objectively unbelievable crap) than to change the beliefs.

          Not that it makes that right!

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaUhR-tRkHY

          • (((GC)))

            For example, after I’d mentioned knowing several happy and healthy poly families to my mother, she insisted that every single polyamorous relationship was actually a disaster behind the facade – based on us knowing someone in a clearly UNhealthy poly relationship, and on her strong conviction that nobody who respected themselves would ever share a partner.

            (People all too often confuse “That’s not for me!!!” with “Nobody should do that!!!”)

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            “I’m on a diet. You can’t have that dessert!”

          • (((GC)))

            Reposting — unfortunately still relevant in much of the world, and even in parts of the US:

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ca2eb35e46e71406db702efbfcc4ba5a99c5bf5adab15652bab84c82bf451162.jpg

    • Ninja0980

      Same here and I’m tired of the people who claim there are good folks on both sides.
      No, you oppose equality, you’re a bigot.
      And I don’t give a shit what religious text you use to justify it either.

      • Todd20036

        That’s why Trump’s speech fell flat.

        There aren’t good people on both sides.

        There are liberals on one side, and Nazis on the other.

        Liberals want to give people equal rights, Nazis want to either make themselves superior, or outright kill undesirable people.

        Liberals believe in the scientific method, Nazis do not.

        It’s why the statues are coming down. The disguise has come down. The statues aren’t about history, they’re about Nazism

    • (((GC)))

      There are many committed Christians who actually get that “love your neighbor as yourself” thing. (And not in the sense of “any lie, any cruelty is acceptable to save them from hell.”)

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        The problem is, they choose to remain conspicuously silent for the most part. As such, I have no desire to split that hair anymore.

        • David Walker

          I tend to agree with both of you — I’m Libra, so what do you expect? The problem with our Christian allies (as opposed to our xn enemies) is they either don’t know how to or won’t act up, do something outrageous to get attention, let people know they are advocates for the words in red in the bible. They need to make noise on our behalf and on their behalf. The fucking xns knew that from the git-go because of their racist background. (Both Falwell and Robertson had to change their tune after the Civil Rights Act put race and religion in the same protected class.) I am grateful for our Christian allies, but they’ve got to make noise, attract attention, do something outrageous but not sinful. Otherwise, they’re just another avatar on NALT.

      • Strepsi

        Those Christians need to do more.

    • FAEN

      They’ve lost which is why they’re pulling this shit. At the end of the day there are more allies on our side than theirs. Australia WILL be a marriage equality nation. It’s just a shame and frustrating that as LGBT’s we have to constantly push.

    • Strepsi

      Me too, since it’s been FOURTEEN years since we’ve been married.
      No possible excuses for not having marriage equality.
      Religion poisons everything.

  • Snarky

    Reminds me of the awful “what about the children?!?!” tactics used by everyone from Anita Bryant to Proposition 8 in California. They love to trot out the scare tactics about gay people victimizing children in one way or another, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen them imply physical abuse like this.

    • clay

      When they imply rape, they imply physical abuse, just not identical to this.

      • Snarky

        Which is why I said “physical abuse,” not “sexual abuse” – to differentiate the two. A lot of what these assholes have always implied from the earliest days of the LGBT civil rights movement has been thinly veiled (or not-at-all-veiled) scaremongering that, if The Gays win this vote or that right, they will be put in a position to sexually abuse children. That’s always been at the center of their playbook. What I was saying is that they’ve now flipped the script into a metaphor for physical violence, as opposed to an outright warning of sexual violence.

    • David Walker

      That’s because there are no Roman Catholics in Australia. Otherwise, there would be examples of child rape by The Extremely Holy. What? Oh, that’s right. And he had a Made in the Vatican beanie, too.

      • boatboy_srq

        [cough cough] Cardinal Pell [cough]

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    I’ll read this fake statistic the proper way; 92% of parents of gay children suffer abuse The snowflakes are afraid of what they’ll have to tell others.

  • Jacob

    So much for suspending malicious electioneering rules.

  • disgusting, but not unexpected. step up and fight this hate, Aussies! if we can do it, you can too.

  • I’ll repeat what I told some of my Australian internet buddies: Turnbull owns this. Make sure everyone knows it.

    • billbear1961

      YES!!

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  • billbear1961

    You and your coalition are a DISGRACE, Turnbull, for unleashing this filthy hatred–this campaign of ugly LIES– in Australia!!

    BASTARDS!!

    May you be EXPOSED and raked over the coals for the EVIL you’ve enabled!!

    • (((GC)))

      May nothing eclipse your commitment to truth, justice, and love!

      • billbear1961

        And yours, sweetheart!

        • George Waite

          What about the CAPS???

  • Derrick Johns

    Insanity.
    I have only heard of one incident where an LGBT person committed violence against a child. The was in New York City about 4 years ago. A man went to jail, and left his little boy in the care of an LGBT girlfriend. She tortured the little boy and she killed him. That’s the only time I ever heard about such a case committed my an LGBT person. I hear about Straight folks killing children every day.

    • (((GC)))

      Heterosexual’s are a DANGER to our precious CHILDREN!!!!! Those filthy breeder’s should NEVER be allowed around kids!!!!!1!! /s

      • David Walker

        But we can’t make them stop having kids. They (happily unwillingly) help populate our tribe.

    • Ninja0980

      I’ve read a few but those are outweighed by the straight couples who injure/kill their children every single day.

    • Ben in Oakland

      There was a case a few years ago of a married gay couple sexually abusing their son. I don’t know what happened to it, or how substantiated it was.

      That makes a grand total of 2.

      Putting it into a good sports metaphor:

      Heterosexuals: 9,854,328
      Gay people: 2

      • Derrick Johns

        Yes, my knowledge is very limited on this subject. But the alt-right Australian campaign against LGBT folks is sickening…and a fvcking lie.

        • Ben in Oakland

          Absolutely. I suspect this case never went anywhere, because of it had, the christofascists would be screaming it from the ooftops.

          • David Walker

            Like the attempted mass murder at PerKKKins’ place of business years ago…still a lie, still overlooks the denouncing statements by every gay group in the country, but still gets trotted out.

    • alguien

      well, it’s certainly fair to say that among gay people, accidental pregnancies exist only very rarely.

      in other words, gay folks REALLY want kids when they have them. i think one of the primary motivators for child abuse is accidental pregnancies/births that foster resentment among parents towards “those kids who came along and ruined their lives.”

      • (((GC)))

        I haven’t seen child abuse up close. It was still shocking to me, many years ago, to see a mother in a supermarket not just speaking to her kid harshly, but clearly treating her as an annoyance she wished she didn’t have.

        I hope that girl was loved and cherished by other adults!!

    • CB

      More insanely, how does one know that her pathology that allowed that was defined by her sexuality?

      • (((GC)))

        “Teh gheyz are dangerous!” vs. “Just a bad apple.”

      • Priya Lynn

        Her pathology that allowed that was almost certainly not defined by her sexuality.

  • zhera

    I want to know more about that ‘source’. Paul Sullins? gotta go google, brb.

  • Friday

    So, Christianist liars and cowards in government, how does this vicious incitement and blood libel by Christianist liars and fascists square with your whining claims that somehow Christians are ‘the oppressed ones?’

    Obviously it was set up as a ‘postal vote’ so they could get minimum participation, maximum propaganda mileage, and of course nothing at all binding about it when the result isn’t what they want anyway.

    And, yes, Australia, it’s all based on lies. In fact 98 percent of pedos are *straight* identified, they’re using the statistics that victims Church abuse by priests are 40 percent females, despite the fact same Church tries to claim it’s *all* boys, so they can falsely claim that gay people should be blamed for their own actions against kids while trying to push the blame off on minorities and women etc etc etc.

  • FAEN

    Dear haters-you’ve already lost this war, you just haven’t caught up to that fact as yet.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I was routinely beaten by heterosexual parents.

    • Friday

      Christianists don’t actually care about beatings, in fact they favor them. They only care about *sexual* abuse cause they can call that a ‘sin’ and scapegoat others for what they and their ideology do to people.

      • Strepsi

        …and yet they ALSO love sexual abuse. It’s just 100% projection

        • Friday

          Essentially their eligion is about some ntion that ‘blame’ is some kindof cosmi commodity that cn be pushed offon others via painful ‘sacrifice’ however unwilling.

    • zhera

      ((((((((Mike)))))))

    • (((GC)))

      I’m so sorry. Nobody should have to go through that.

    • KarenAtFOH

      I was also on the receiving end of belts, none of them rainbow-colored. Glad you made it through.

    • Treant

      ((Mike)) My best to you and your current chosen family!

    • andrew

      Thankfully, like most children of heterosexual and homosexual parents, I was loved and never beaten’

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Posters like that, and all slander, say so much more about the person spreading them than their intended targets. I hope Australians see through this.

  • j.martindale

    I can’t describe in words the politics of my older sister. I am going to have to disown her. I have always thought family first, and believed anyone was ultimately redeemable, but find this situation has arrived at a head. Anyone that can support tRump and who believes both sides are responsible for Charlottesville is insane and dangerous. And I can’t abide dealing with it anymore. These people in Australia are repulsive.

    • rextrek

      don’t blame u – I did not lose family over the election, but did lose some friends…..but ohhh well…..show’d their TRUE colors….to me , this past election was about MORALS..period!

    • Strepsi

      You should. I had to after decades: simply cut them off, no explanation, radio silence. It hurts but you will feel WAY better. No gay person can truly believe blood is thicker than our chosen family.

      PRO TIP: do NOT tell them in advance so they have your hissy fit to hold against you — wait til your sister says something offensive, and silently hang up. Then they will ALWAYS remember whose last words broke the camel’s back. 😉

      Good luck! 😘

  • The_Wretched

    More right wing hate from projection / obfuscation. It’s much more likely the other way around where the LGBTQ child is getting assaulted from the “let’s make them straight” parents.

  • David Walker

    How strong is the “ex-gay therapy” torture movement in Australia?

  • bambinoitaliano

    The Catholic is really fighting hard to preserve their right to pedophilia.

  • Halou

    Technically speaking this isn’t a vote but an opinion survey carried out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics rather than the Parliament, and it’s results will be “advisory” and “non-binding” (Or an irrefutable expression of the public’s will if the bigots win it). As a result of this the standard electoral rules do not apply. Hate speech rules do not apply. Honest campaigning rules do not apply.

  • Michael R
    • David Walker

      Thank you. I can never see that without smiling, applauding, and remembering.

    • Halou

      Same can be said of “celibate” priests.

      • (((GC)))

        And in their churches and schools, Catholic priests openly RECRUIT young men into that lifestyle!!!

    • Treant

      She overused “As a mother,” the way my cousin overuses, “As the mother of a child with cancer.” (More accurately, a child who had cancer thirty years ago).

      “As the mother of a child with cancer, I feel the water shouldn’t have chromium-six” is acceptable.

      “As the mother of a child with cancer, I’ll have the salmon and egg fries,” is not.

      • Michael R

        ” As a hateful person , I’m not above using my
        children to advance my political agenda “

  • geoffalnutt

    Sounds just like the U.S. – 30 years ago.

  • Mikey Ruck

    …and I thought assholes like this were only in the US.

  • pj

    stop the “fags”? seriously? my estimation of the australian people has dropped a lot since this began. have a debate if you feel you need to but dont call us fags. have some respect.

  • Michael

    What I get from that picture is a gay kid being beaten by his Nazi parents who don’t want him to be gay

  • vorpal 😼

    claiming 92% of children of gay parents suffer abuse

    I doubt this figure, but even if the reality is higher than average, it’s because of the dumb fucks who perpetuate the notion that gay people deserve to suffer by using tactics like putting up signs saying “Stop the fags.”

    • JWC

      Now there you have fake news no supporting facts

  • RickCabral

    The poster looks more like it is urging parents to stop faggotry by beating it out of kids. That was my first impression.

    • Michael

      that’s because it’s exactly what it is

  • Adam Stevens

    Stay classy, heteros. ALWAYS stay classy.

  • RealityBass

    Shouldn’t those posters say ‘No poofters!’?

  • Highmoremotel

    I think these posters are so disgusting they may actually help our side. Like that

    Sarah McLachlan PSA. We are the abused puppies who need your help. 🙁

  • Schlukitz

    This level of abuse and outright lies that have no basis in fact, would be met by extreme outrage and legal sanctions were it directed at any other minority group.

    But, when it is directed at the LGBT community, all we hear is a few mild tut tuts!

  • Cackalaquiano

    I hope liberal Australians have a better turn out than in the US.

  • fuzzybits

    These mother fuckers are disgusting!

  • Richard Rush

    I could go along with “Stop the Fags FAGS (Fanatical Anti-Gay Syndrome)”.

  • Westcoast88

    You know this was going to happen.
    “We have to protect the CHILDREN.”

  • Ogre Magi

    Kind of ironic given that christians are the ones so supportive of corporal punishment of children

  • andrew

    When rats are cornered they are the most dangerous.

  • It didn’t take them long, did it?

  • kaydenpat

    For shame!

  • JCF

    Despicable. Doxx, name, shame—for life.

  • Commentator8

    As David Boies said “It’s easy to make all kinds of wild claims in debates or campaign literature because it won’t be cross examined, but when they have to defend it, their reasons just melt away. The witness stand is a lonely place to lie. We put bigotry and fear on trial here today”