Following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir drew parallels Sunday between the anti-LGBT rhetoric of radical members of the Republican party and the language of terrorist groups like ISIS.Whether it's Muslim extremism, Christian extremism, Jewish extremism, or Buddhist extremism, the religions are not the problem, the extremism is.
Weir issued his remarks at this weekend's Bonnaroo Festival, where he accepted the Les Paul Spirit Award for Innovation and Achievement. "As we know, there was a massacre in Florida, not far from here," the famous guitarist said towards the end of his acceptance speech. "I'd like to point out that last week, a distinguished representative from the State of Georgia went on the floor of the House of Representatives of our country and started quoting Bible verses in which he basically promoted, or at least rationalized, death to gay people as a reward for the way they were born."
Weir was referring to an incident that took place on the House floor at the end of May, when Georgia Rep. Rick W. Allen reportedly read from Romans 1:18-32 and Revelations 22:18-19. These passages include lines suggesting that LGBT people are "worthy of death." The reading drew a rebuke from the Human Rights Campaign. "At a time when LGBT people face staggering rates of discrimination, harassment and violence, Representative Allen's comments spread hate that does real harm," HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof said in a statement.