Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Buttars Stripped of Commitee Assignments

It seems that even his fellow Republicans are tiring of the rank idiocy of Chris Buttars:

The Senate reprimand came after Buttars said to a documentary filmmaker that homosexuals were the “greatest threat to America,” compared them to radical Muslims, said they lack morals and want special rights.

“It’s the beginning of the end,” Buttars said. “Oh, it’s worse than that. Sure. Sodom and Gomorrah was localized. This is worldwide.”

The outrage prompted a frank, closed-door discussion among Senate Republicans on Thursday, and Senate President Michael Waddoups said he decided to boot Buttars off of two committees — the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee and the Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee — both of which Buttars leads.

Buttars is characteristically dense:

Despite being stripped of his membership and chairmanship of two Senate committees for his anti-gay rant, Sen. Chris Buttars was defiant Friday.

He strongly disagreed with the decision by Senate leaders from his own party to reprimand him and refused to apologize to those who said they were hurt by his comments.

“I don’t have anything to apologize for,” the West Jordan Republican said.

In a statement posted on the Senate GOP’s Web site, he went further.

“When it comes right down to it, I would rather be censured for doing what I think is right, than be honored by my colleagues for bowing to the pressure of a special-interest group that has been allowed to act with impunity,” Buttars said.

And the Republican leader in the Senate seems to agree with him, even though he was the one who stripped him:

“I want the citizens of Utah to know that the Utah

Senate stands behind Senator Buttars’ right to speak, we stand behind him as one of our colleagues and his right to serve this state,” Waddoups said. “He is a senator who represents the point of view of many of his constituents and many of ours. We agree with many of the things he said. …We stand four square behind his right [to say what he wants].”

Waddoups refused repeatedly to clarify which of Buttars’ opinions are shared by himself or Senate leaders.

He said the decision to remove Buttars from the committees was ultimately his own as president, a move he made so the Senate could function smoothly. The judiciary committee, in recent years, has heard most of the bills dealing with gay and lesbian rights, and removing Buttars from his position would remove the “personalities” and focus on the issues, Waddoups said.

The hits just keep on coming.