Dennis Richardson's bizarre comments that put last Monday's massacre at Virginia Tech and last Tuesday's vote on equal rights legislation under a common umbrella of "Tragic Week in Review" have picked up lots of reaction across the blogosphere.
Gay Rights Watch: "This is surprisingly low--even for Rep. Richardson. ... Rep. Richardson owes Oregonians an apology."
Politics Plus: "Only a true Bush Sweetheart would equate justice for same-sex couples with a hideous mass murder. Sadly, we even have Bush Sweethearts here in Oregon."
Queerty: "Richardson's words are tasteless. Not to mention totally idiotic. But, sadly, not surprising."
As you all probably know now, I go to Virginia Tech. I was therefore incensed to the point of wanting to hit things when I saw [his comments.] ...
That's right, Richardson equated granting same-sex couples domestic benefits and basic civil rights with the massacre of 32 innocent people here at my school. This is unconscionable, atrocious, and just plain wrong.
We get it Rep. Richardson, you hate gay people. But to equate granting them the same rights as every other citizen to mass murder is beyond sick, beyond disgusting, beyond the pale. Don't try to excuse yourself: you're a monster and there's no getting away from it.
But wait, there's more!
At LiveJournal, blogger 'jaylake' said "On behalf of the people and state of Oregon, I apologize" and asked, "Are you still proud of your Republican party?"
Also at LiveJournal, blogger 'fvinnash' asked, "What the Hell is Wrong with our Government?" and continued:
Thank you, Republican Oregon State Representative Dennis Richardson. I enjoyed reading that you equate *civil union rights and domestic benefits for same-sex couples* as equally tragic as *30 students being slaughtered while trying to attend class*. You know what? Fuck you. ... Just. Ugh. I'm trying very hard to not say, "Fucking Republicans", but it's getting harder and harder.
If you haven't yet, contact Dennis Richardson at 503-986-1404 and firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him what you think.