Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Randall Terry’s Family Values

Recognize these folks?


It’s Randall Terry and his family. The picture is taken from the mailers he sends out in his campaign for the State Senate in Florida. But it’s missing two of his children, Jameil and Tila, both adopted. Why aren’t they in the picture? Well, Jamiel is gay. And Tila had a baby out of wedlock. And we wouldn’t want to spoil that image of a perfect family, would we? For that matter, there’s no mention of the wife of 19 years he divorced only to marry his 22 year old personal assistant 7 months later either. Tell us all about your “family values” again, Randy.


  1. #1 Mark Paris
    August 24, 2006

    I don’t understand your problem with this. Everyone knows that this is exactly the sort of thing everyone means when they talk about family values: women are sex objects to be discarded when a better one comes along, gays are evil and should be cast into the outer darkness, and sex out of wedlock should be punished by stoning the woman to death. What could be clearer?

  2. #2 Skip Evans
    August 24, 2006

    Vote Randall Terry, Hypocrite Party

  3. #3 Prup aka Jim Benton
    August 24, 2006

    Admittedly it is a small picture, but I can’t tell which is the step-mother and which is the daughter.


  4. #4 Chris Hyland
    August 24, 2006

    Just remember the Devil made him do it, probably.

  5. #5 llDayo
    August 24, 2006

    This seems like the typical political lifestyle. All that’s missing is a dead prostitute and he’ll win by a landslide!

  6. #6 Neil H
    August 24, 2006

    Jamiel is gay.

    Another one? Does someone have a scorecard on how many high-profile theoconservatives have gay children?

  7. #7 carpundit
    August 24, 2006

    While Randall Terry is clearly a hypocritical sack of garbage, I’m not entirely comfortable with the story. Neil H’s question is the reason:

    Does someone have a scorecard on how many high-profile theoconservatives have gay children?

    I get his point, but there’s something unseemly in trying to identify gay people on any sort of list. If the gay child outs him/herself and the association to the hypocritical theocrat, then so be it. But, otherwise, I think we should leave such children alone. Unwanted attention can’t possibly help what may be a difficult family situation.

  8. #8 Rufus
    August 24, 2006

    Randall won’t even allow the gay son in his house. Daddy says that’s not because he’s gay, but rather that he’s openly gay, and “he betrayed our families privacy” by coming out.


  9. #9 Stogoe
    August 24, 2006

    Maybe the dead hooker was buried in a landslide. Of tar. In his backyard.

    “Now, some have suggested that Randall Terry has a dead hooker buried in tar in his backyard, and I think Randall Terry needs to confront these allegations immediately or cast doubt on his whole candidacy.” Any pundit, anywhere, anywhen.

  10. #10 J-Dog
    August 24, 2006

    Stogoe – Christ! You can’t just randomly Coulterize people, unless you give a fair waring!

    I spit water out of my nose and all over my keyboard…

    At this point I think it could be “Several people have suggested that Randall Terry has…”

    Tomorrow, “As most people realize, Randall Terry has several dead hookers burried….”

  11. #11 Paul T. in Florida
    August 24, 2006

    Randy’s a real humantarian, when someone’s life was on the line old Randy managed to make a few bucks;


  12. #12 Zeno
    August 24, 2006

    Randall Terry has also joined up with the Catholic Church, which used to be a bunch of doomed papists to him. How does he reconcile his new no-divorce-allowed religion with his divorce and remarriage? Easy! It merely requires a proper appreciation of dogma:

    “There were tragic problems that were inherent to the marriage,” said Terry. “According to Catholic doctrine as it has been taught to me, those problems made it an invalid sacrament.” (National Catholic Register)

    See? It was never even valid in the first place! And he didn’t have to go through annulment hearings either. Praise be.

  13. #13 GH
    August 24, 2006

    Look if the man ended his marriage he is entitled to do so, his ex-wife is better off without him. But what he has done to his children is much worse. He is their father for goodness sakes. Not only that but he is the grandfather of a child he apparently wants nothing to do with in his home.

    Only religion can do this to people on so many different levels.

  14. #14 c.tower
    August 24, 2006

    So let me get this straight…his daughter got pregnant out of wedlock, CHOSE NOT TO HAVE AN ABORTION, and he SHUNS her for it?

  15. #15 Ed Brayton
    August 24, 2006

    Oh, it gets worse than that, c tower. This girl was adopted by Terry after he talked her mother out of having an abortion. So when she gave birth, she gave it up to Terry for adoption (and kudos to him for adopting her). Then she ends up pregnant 20 years later and decides not to have an abortion, and he throws her out of his life. There’s pretty much no lower boundary for how ridiculous this man can be.

  16. #16 Kristine
    August 24, 2006

    I tell you, I don’t want to hear any more about “gaps” from these characters…

  17. #17 SharonB
    August 24, 2006

    The interest in the gay children of these ‘luminaries’ of the RR stems from looking at the irrationality of these parents towards gays in general. The psychological anger of the RR parent at the child is transferred onto gays in general and may motivate them to become active anti-gay rights supporters, for example.

  18. #18 Russell
    August 24, 2006

    “Does someone have a scorecard on how many high-profile theoconservatives have gay children?”

    Almost makes one believe in karma. I’m waiting for one of the Bush twins to come out. 😉

  19. #19 Gerry L
    August 25, 2006

    I’m waiting for the Bush twins to start popping out snowflake babies. They’d better get on it. There are a lot of embryos waiting to be adopted.

  20. #20 Pic
    August 25, 2006

    I’m waiting for both of the Bush twins to come out, it’s not incest if it’s non-penetrative, right?

    But just so this post isn’t labelled spam, trolling, flaming, whatever – I think what Randall Terry did is disgusting.

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