The race for Florida’s Hillsborough County Commissioner is quite interesting. The incumbent is homobigot and former pro-wrestler Brian ‘Killer Bee‘ Blair. You might recall that Blair made headlines for his public conniption over the Day of Silence held in his county’s schools this past April in honor of 15-year-old hate crime victim Lawrence King.
“I have always believed that all citizens are equal and should be treated accordingly. On the other hand, no group of citizens should be given government sanction and support to promote their social and sexual agenda upon the rest of us and especially, on our children.”
In keeping with his tradition of opening his mouth and inserting his Killer Bee boot firmly in it, Blair appeared on a local news show called Flashpoint with openly gay challenger Kevin Beckner. Blair declared that he would vote for the anti-gay marriage Amendment 2 to follow the former grappler’s “Christian” beliefs, and he also decided to use the airtime to show he, um, doesn’t have a prejudiced bone in his body:
“There were very few white people in my neighborhood. I didn’t know what prejudice was. Probably the only two white people in my neighborhood were myself and Michael Jackson. My friends were all black. … You’re flat-out wrong.”
…BECKNER: This is part of Mr. Blair’s agenda of marginalizing people in our community. He’s had a history of it. He’s marginalized the Muslim community. He’s pushed for banning books in our libraries. He slighted our African American community. Mr. Blair has done more to drive down the socio- and economic value of our community than anybody other than former commissioner Ronda Storms.
Oy. Yes, that was supposed to be about the singer Michael Jackson. Beckner refers to the marginalization of the Muslim community. Blair, unfortunately, cannot erase his appearance on the O’Reilly Factor where it’s pretty clear he’s not down with the Muslims.
BLAIR: Well, in December of 2004, a gentleman representing the Muslim religion came before the school board and asked if Eid, which I believe is part of Ramadan, be recognized as an official school holiday. That went to a subcommittee, a calendar committee that’s comprised of 28 members. Where these members come from, we still don’t have the exact answers. I guess they’re citizens, friends of the school board members, various people like this. As a matter of fact, I think there’s a Jewish representative and a Muslim representative on the board. Of the 28, only 12 showed up, as I understand it. They gave them very little feedback other than the option of taking President’s Day and turning it — they basically gave —
O’REILLY: So a Muslim wanted a Muslim holiday, which is absurd in a Judeo-Christian country. I mean, we can’t be having Hindu and Buddha. I mean, come on. I mean, this country is founded on Judeo-Christian traditions.