Candidate for Congress: Phil Robertson is Our Rosa Parks

Ian Bayne, hoping to represent Illinois in Congress, thinks Robertson is a great civil rights leader.

BY Neal Broverman

December 25 2013 2:19 PM ET

A far-right candidate for Illinois's 11th District waded into the Duck Dynasty controversy by saying antigay Phil Robertson, who thinks African-Americans had it easy in the South in the 1950s and '60s, is our generation's Rosa Parks.

“In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians,” reads the website of Ian Bayne, a businessman and one of four Republicans gunning for the nomination to run against Democrat Bill Foster. "What Parks did was courageous," Bayne said of the Alabama woman's refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man. "What Mr. Robertson did was courageous too."

The media is turning the words of the bible into "hate speech," or so claims Bayne. The 11th District is located in northern Illinois, due west of Chicago.

 

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