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02/16/2005

Floridians, know your radical extremists

by Jeremy Hooper

 O'Neal Dozier Meet O’Neal Dozier, pastor of Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach, FL. Dozier is an NFL football player from days gone by, but his focus in recent years has been directed less on pigskin and more on lobbing hate speech toward homosexuals.

Speaking at a Feb. 14 news conference announcing the launch of Florida's anti-gay marriage petition drive, Dozier characterized homosexuality as “shameful and appalling” and said:

“The radical homosexual activists are hiding behind the mask of the civil rights movement. They are hiding a socially destructive agenda.” [2/15/05 BPNews.net]

Well that's bad, but nothing compared to some of his past remarks. In November of 2003 Dozier referred to homosexuality as "something so nasty and disgusting that it makes God want to vomit," and was quoted as saying:

"Why is it one of the paramount of sins? Well, it is a very bad kind of sin because it really hurts society in so many ways. God, however, found a way to punish the homosexuals through HIV-AIDS. It is a type of judgment for such a sin as this one, homosexuality." [11/27/03 NewsTimesBPB.com]

Okay, so he spews ridiculously ignorant hate speech - he's not exactly alone in that category. At least he doesn't serve on any sort of government committee where his intolerant attitudes may affect the mass of Florida.

Oh wait a minute, YES HE DOES!

In 2001 Governor Jeb Bush appointed Reverend Dozier to the Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, which screens and interviews applicants for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Judgeship.

Well he certainly does seem judgmental. If Dozy keeps up the fiery homophobia and aggressive ignorance, perhaps Jebbers will make him his running mate in '08. ::shudder::

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