Georgia’s anti-gay Hater in Chief is back

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That Cobb County Sunday school teacher filled to the brim with homophobia is back, this time to lobby lawmakers to pass a bill so her anti-gay religious shenanigans are protected by law.

We've missed you, Tanya Ditty. We haven't seen Georgia's Hater in Chief since 2012 when she launched her anti-gay rhetoric during a hearing over a proposal that would offer workplace protections to the state's LGBT employees.

But the state director of Concerned Women of America never grows tired of an anti-gay fight. She's back, fighting for former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran and lobbying for a “religious freedom” bill so she can continue to impose her beliefs on you without consequence.

On that “religious freedom” bill already stirring controversy at the State Capitol over its anti-gay undertones, Ditty offered this to the AJC:

“Religious freedom is the bedrock of all liberty, and it must be defended now for the sake of the generations that come behind us. …

“Without a state RFRA, Georgians operate at a disadvantage when it comes to potential religious discrimination lawsuits from state entities. This legislation is thus necessary to protect the liberty of all Georgians to practice religion – which includes living their faith, not just worshipping on one particular day in a designated place – without fear of government retaliation.”

And in a letter to the Marietta Daily Journal, Ditty worried about the epidemic of religious discrimination across Georgia. (Spoiler: There isn't one.)

Readers should also be aware that Georgians are already being subjected to religious discrimination. From Savannah to Ellijay; from Pine Mountain to Suwanee, religious discrimination is more common in Georgia than most people realize.

For Ditty, there's no better case to argue her point than that of Cochran, fired Jan. 6 for running afoul of city policies, including one offering protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Ditty stood with hundreds of anti-gay supporters during a rally for Cochran earlier this month.

Via the Concerned Women of America:

All freedom-loving Americans must stand against such gross government abuse. In this case, it starts with the people of Georgia. CWA’s Georgia State Director Tanya Ditty told me, “Chief Cochran’s story should send a chill down the spine of people of all faiths. In this current anti-religious climate, simply being a person of faith could cost you your livelihood. We stand behind Kelvin Cochran, as should all Georgians.” But this must now become a fight for all of us, because this is just one of the many incidents where we are seeing an increase government hostility towards religion.

To recap: Ditty is OK with the gays being fired, she thinks the gays are pedophiles, she doesn't back gay marriage, she's no fan of gay-married soldiers and she's concerned about LGBT people preying on children.

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