NewsThu Jul 26, 2007 - 12:15 pm EST
Mayor Issues Apology Demanded by Homosexuals - But Not One They Expect
By Peter J. Smith
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, July 26, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A major metropolitan mayor has finally issued an apology that has homosexual activists enraged and pro-family advocates cheering for his defense of decency.
Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle called a press conference at City Hall Tuesday afternoon telling reporters that he intended to make an "apology." Homosexual activists and reporters expected Naugle to retract comments published earlier in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in which the mayor said that a proposed self-cleaning, automatic toilet the city was going to buy for the beach would have an added benefit of deterring "homosexual activity.’’
Naugle, the city’s Democratic mayor, had also gone on record as saying that he preferred to use the term "homosexual" not "gay" since homosexuals are "unhappy" touching off calls from homosexual activists that he resign or apologize.
Mayor Naugle finally did apologize, except that instead of retracting his controversial statements he instead apologized to the citizens of Fort Lauderdale for failing to do more to put an end to the public homosexual activity taking place in Fort Lauderdale’s parks, beaches and public restrooms.
"I was not aware how serious the problem was of the sexual activity that is taking place in the bathrooms in public places and parks around Broward County, particularly in the city of Fort Lauderdale," Naugle told reporters Tuesday.
"I’ve been educated on that and I want to apologize to the children and to the parents of our community for not being aware of the problem."
Naugle’s office had been receiving information from all over the country, but Naugle said the most important information came from a local homosexual activist and "a guy I call a friend", Norman Kent, who wrote an article condemning the practice of sex in public places and alerted Naugle to a website called "cruising for sex."
The site lists 13 printed pages of "cruisy" places in the Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area for anonymous homosexual hookups. The website itself is bedecked with homosexual pornography and references to parks, fitness centers, department stores, shopping malls, farmers’ markets, beaches, etc. (A greatly sanitized list can be viewed on the American’s for Truth website - warning even the sanitized content is offensive and inappropriate for children: http://americansfortruth.com/news/homosexual-male-cruising-site-lists-12-pages-of-anonymous-sex-hook-up-locations-in-ft-lauderdale-alone.html)
"This to me is totally unacceptable," the Mayor told reporters. "I don’t think that in the name of being inclusive or tolerant that anyone in the community should have to tolerate this."
"My goal is to get the city parks removed from these lists," concluded Naugle, who urged all citizens to contact the police department if they witness any illegal activity.
Naugle also called upon "responsible members of the homosexual community" to help the city put a stop to this public homosexual behavior. He stated that the county health department recently announced that Broward County is leading the nation in new HIV/AIDS cases in the MSM (men having sex with men) category and criticized the Tourist Board for inviting homosexuals to Broward County with the HIV/AIDS health crisis ongoing.
"I’m really asking the homosexual community to join with me, to cease this activity, for the benefit of the children, the parents, and the community."
When a homosexual reporter asked him if he had any apologies to offer homosexuals, Naugle deftly replied, "I apologize for not having brought this earlier, maybe some lives could have been saved."
As he left the conference, angry homosexual activists began shouting at Naugle saying "shame, shame" and "you’re an embarrassment to our city."
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth said Mayor Naugle should be congratulated for his courageous stand against a "vocal fringe and the liberal media."
"Finally, a public servant with the courage to stand up to the homosexual militants and their fellow travelers in the media," LaBarbera said. "Imagine: a big-city mayor tries to stop gross perversions from occurring in public places - and the pro-‘gay’ lobby says HE is the problem and is embarrassing the city!"
A video of the news conference can be found here at the Sun-Sentinel:
Those who wish to contact Mayor Naugle to thank him for his actions may do so at this e-mail address: [email protected]