An ultra-conservative Michigan mayor is facing the threat of recall after coming under fire for a series of bizarre proclamations about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
As CBS Detroit is reporting, Troy Mayor Janice Daniels stirred controversy yet again on a morning radio show this week, after comparing the dangers of the "homosexual lifestyle" to smoking cigarettes.
"What I said while I was mayor…I was in a business meeting, I come from a business perspective…I said that I would bring a doctor into a meeting that would say that the homosexual lifestyle is dangerous," Daniels told host Charlie Langton on Talk Radio 1270, according to CBS. "Had I been with a group of smokers I might have said I would like to bring a doctor into this meeting to say that smoking is dangerous."
After Langton asked whether or not the mayor felt it was dangerous to be gay, Daniels said she had no opinion, but noted, "I think that doctors can make a case for it, certainly."
Daniels' latest remarks come just as a social media-led effort to recall the embattled mayor is reportedly picking up steam. As Patch reports, members of the political action committee Recall Janice Daniels gathered Tuesday morning outside the Oakland County Elections Division offices in Pontiac to celebrate the filing of a petition to recall Daniels.
If 7,985 of the group's signatures are verified, the recall issue will be put to Troy voters in the Nov. 6 general election, according to the report.
"It's wonderful to see a collaborative effort being put together by a group of volunteers that didn't know each other, that believed in a cause," Troy resident Toby Gosselin is quoted as saying as she waited outside with other group members. Added Sue Morgan, another resident and recall volunteer: "I feel very satisfied that we reached enough of the Troy voters so that they got an opportunity to express their opinion about the job performance of the mayor."
Daniels first sparked the ire of local LGBT advocacy groups in December 2011, after an earlier Facebook status from her personal page went viral in the blogosphere. "I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there," the status, which was reportedly posted in June 2011, read.
In January, Daniels met with members of the Troy High School Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) reportedly to reach an understanding after the status update went viral, but that effort also failed when local students came forward with claims that the mayor had suggested putting together a panel of psychologists to show that homosexuality is dangerous to your mental health, Patch reported.
Daniels quickly denied making the suggestion, calling it instead a "misrepresentation entirely." She told the Detroit Free Press: "What I said was, there's a higher incidence of [overall] disease in the homosexual community. I believe in full disclosure."
Take a look at other anti-LGBT comments made by right-wing pundits below:
Pastor Worley: Gays And Lesbians Should Be Put In An Electrified Pen And Ultimately Killed Off
The pastor, identified on YouTube as Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C., condemns President Obama's much-publicized endorsement of same-sex marriage while calling for gays and lesbians to be put in an electrified pen and ultimately killed off. "Build a great, big, large fence -- 150 or 100 mile long -- put all the lesbians in there," Worley suggests in the clip, reportedly filmed on May 13. "Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can't get out...and you know what, in a few years, they'll die out...do you know why? They can't reproduce!"
Pastor Suggests Gays Should Be Prosecuted Like They Were Historically
Ron Baity, founding pastor of Winston-Salem's Berean Baptist Church and head of the anti-marriage equality organization Return America, referred to homosexuality as "a perverted lifestyle" in a Sunday sermon before telling his congregation that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people should be prosecuted, Good as You is reporting. "For 300 years, we had laws that would prosecute that lifestyle," he is quoted as saying. "We've gone down the wrong path. We've become so dumb that we have accepted a lie for the truth, and we've...discarded the truth on the shoals of shipwreck!"
Pastor Sean Harris: Parents Should 'Punch' Their Effeminate Children
"So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, 'Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,' you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed."
Pastor Slams Gay Marriage, Suggests Unions Between 'Person And A Beast' Could Be Next
Tim Rabon, pastor at Raleigh's Beacon Baptist Church, condemned states such as Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maryland which have already "re-defined" marriage to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples. As heard in this recording, Rabon asked his congregation, "What is stopping them from refining marriage from a person and a beast? We're not far from that."
Robertson Compares Polygamy, Bestiality And Pedophilia To Gay Marriage
Tony Perkins: 'If You Want A Military That Just Does Parades,' Allow Gays To Openly Serve
James Robison: 'The Enemy' Is Using 'Glee' To Destroy America
Newt Gingrich: Gay Marriage A 'Perfect Example Of What I Mean By The Rise Of Paganism'
Daniel Lapin: Gays Should've Been Quarantined To fight AIDS
Pat Robertson Advises Father To Seek Ex-Gay Conversion For Gay Son
Liberty Counsel Warns That Macy's LGBT Policy Could Lead To Rape, Sexual Assault