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Glenn Grothman

Glenn Grothman

State Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, has a message for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry: Send missionaries to Africa, not scientists to tell leaders “how normal homosexuality is.”

In February, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill that could put people in prison for life for committing “aggravated homosexuality.” Museveni said he was prompted to sign the law after a report by Ugandan scientists concluded that homosexuality has no genetic basis. Kerry called the law “tragic” and later said he would send scientists to Uganda to help them understand homosexuality.

“I mean, what must God think of our country if now … rather than sending people to Uganda to explain better agricultural techniques, sending missionaries to Africa, educating people on Christianity, we send scientists to Africa to say how wonderful the homosexual lifestyle is?” Grothman told Voice of Christian Youth America. “It is just unbelievable what has become of our country.”

Grothman, who is gunning for moderate Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Petri’s seat, has made headlines in the past for, among other things, saying single parenthood is equivalent to child abuse, calling Kwanzaa a “fake holiday,” opposing Martin Luther King Jr. Day and calling for a roll-back on restrictions to a seven-day work week.

In the Voice of Christian Youth America interview, Grothman said Republicans are “losing the issue” of opposing homosexuality because “the Republicans and conservatives, and quite frankly too many church leaders, are heading to the hills. But I think you have to look at what’s become of our country ... We had such a great country in the relatively recent past. Now America, supposed to be the light of the world, instead we’re the light going in the opposite direction.”

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Steven Elbow joined The Capital Times in 1999 and has covered law enforcement in addition to city, county and state government. He has also worked for the Portage Daily Register and has written for the Isthmus weekly newspaper in Madison.