A candidate running for one of Michigan’s seats on the Republican National Committee wants gays “purged” from the GOP and claims homosexuality is a “perversion” created by Satan.
According to the Huffington Post, Mary Helen Sears, vice chair of the Michigan Republican Party’s 1st District, wrote a post last year on the Schoolcraft County GOP website claiming that homosexuals prey on children, arguing that “Satan uses homosexuality to attack the living space of the Holy Spirit.” She also said that Republicans “as a party should be purging this perversion and send them to a party with a much bigger tent.”
Sears is currently running for a seat on the Republican National Committee recently vacated by Terri Lynn Land who resigned her seat, saying she wanted to focus on her U.S. Senate campaign.
In her post on the Schoolcraft County GOP website, Sears wrote that Communist college professors were guilty of indoctrinating young people and claimed that Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory “gave rise to Hitler’s Third Reich, Mussolini’s Italy and Stalin’s Russia.”
“If the GOP continues down this trend and stand for perversions and the daily social fad,” Sears wrote “The GOP will be truly dead and Satan will have had his day,” .
Michigan Republican Party communications director, Darren Littel, told The Huffington Post that, while the GOP supports a traditional definition of marriage, ” we also believe that all people should be treated with dignity and respect and these comments clearly don’t reflect those principles.”
Should she be elected, Sears would join former state lawmaker Dave Agema, who has a history of anti-gay statements, in representing Michigan on the RNC.