By Daniel Reynolds
Originally published on Advocate.com August 02 2013 3:23 PM ET
Archie Bunker, Socrates, and Roman emperors come under the fire of former president Richard Nixon, who ranted against gay people in a tape recently unearthed by CNN.
In the recording, Nixon recounts how the broadcast of a “damn baseball game” was interrupted by an episode of All In the Family, which he mistook for a movie. The former president went on, incredulous that “two magnificent, handsome men” were “glorifying homosexuality” on public television.
Warning against the harmful influence of the media, Nixon then credited homosexuality with the downfall of the Greek and Roman civilizations.
“You know what happened to the Greeks,” Nixon said. “Homosexuality destroyed them. Aristotle was a homo, we all know that. So was Socrates. But he never had the influence television has.”
“The last six Roman emperors were fags," the former commander-in-chief continued. “You see, homosexuality, immorality in general, these are the enemies of strong societies. That’s why the Communists and the left-wingers are pushing it.”
Listen to the remarks below.