Conservative pundit Dick Yarbrough (photo) is fond of the phrase, “sic ‘em dogs.” But when he utters it, take cover. He wants to unleash the hounds on the gays.
Yarbrough writes in a recent column for the Marietta Daily Journal that city officials should train dogs to attack gay men in two of the city’s parks known for gay cruising. His rant comes just a month after Grif Chalfant, a member of the Marietta City Council, called the men who frequent A.L. Burruss Nature Park for sex a “perverted bunch.”
So, the eloquence continued on Saturday, when Yarbrough offered this snippet in a column about Marietta’s park problems:
With a little instruction, dogs could be taught to severely dislike the gay lovers in Burruss and Wildwood and bite them in the fanny and do what City Council should have done years ago—chase them off to Atlanta where they belong. Assuming that works, we will then tell the canines that cell phone users are really just possums with bad attitudes. The dogs will take it from there and then maybe the rest of us can have a little peace and quiet in Glover Park.
Yarbrough hasn’t looked in Midtown lately. The gays are being pushed out by suburban straight couples from Marietta (and other places Outside the Perimeter) moving to the city to get closer to, well, progressive people that understand that the last time dogs were used on people, it didn’t go over too well. Jim Crow era, anyone?
Yarbrough isn’t bashful, writing that he’s not concerned about spewing his solution. After all, “somehow, I don’t think I am ‘must-read’ in the gay community.” Hmm, that justification reads something like this: I’ll offer an improbable solution to mask my anti-gay attitudes since the object of my hate won’t read it.
To be clear, anti-public sex is not synonymous with anti-gay. But suggesting dogs be trained to attack gay people having public sex is anti-gay. Just a little. Turning the city of Atlanta into an internment camp for gay lovers? Yeah, that’s anti-gay, too. That also didn’t work out well the last time it was used in the U.S.
Yarbrough’s column drew several responses. But sadly, when one reader says the column upholds Cobb County’s reputation as a bastion of homophobia, the commenter is shouted down by people who, well, support Yarbrough. Kinda proves the point, doncha think?