A pro-family activist is outraged that former Senator Chuck
Hagel has apologized for essentially telling the truth about
The Nebraska Republican has already drawn criticism from
pro-Israel groups for some of his comments related to the Jewish
state (see earlier story). Now he is being blasted by
radical homosexual groups for remarks he made in 1998 related
to then-President Bill Clinton's nomination of aggressive
homosexual activist James Hormel to be ambassador to
Hagel questioned Hormel's fitness for that post, pointing out to
The Omaha World Herald that ambassadors represent
America's lifestyle, values and standards. "I think it is an
inhibiting factor to be gay," he stated.
But now, realizing those
comments could prove damaging to his bid to become Obama's next
secretary of defense, Hagel has apologized for the remarks, calling
them "insensitive." But Peter LaBarbera of Americans for
Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH) contends that he was only
telling the truth.
"James Hormel is an aggressive homosexual activist -- that's a
fact," LaBarbera submits. "And for Hagel to now be apologizing and
saying his comment was insensitive is just outrageous. But now we
see people like Senator Hagel pandering to the Obama
And the AFTAH president maintains that it is not a good idea for
an open homosexual to serve as a U.S. ambassador.
"We don't want homosexual activists to be our ambassadors abroad
because it's a disaster," he argues. "Now we have an American
foreign policy which is pro-homosexual and forcing our decadent
values on the third world and countries that still have Christian
or traditional values."