Radio Nut Case Michael Savage on Prop 8

Thank you Media Matters for bringing this to our attention:

Savage: “If you’re insane, hate the family … hate your mother and father, hate the Bible, hate the church, and hate the synagogue,” you oppose CA gay marriage ban

Summary: On his radio show, referring to a California ballot initiative that would amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage, Michael Savage stated: “If you’re insane, hate the family, hate man and woman, hate your mother and father, hate the Bible, hate the church, and hate the synagogue, of course you’re in favor of ‘no’ on Proposition 8.” The next day, Savage said that “people who don’t have families … don’t understand what the family unit is. It’s the strongest bond on Earth, which is why homosexual marriage is such a threat to civilization itself.”

On the October 29 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage said of a California ballot initiative that would amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage, “[T]here’s a ballot initiative on homosexual marriage that is more important than you could imagine. It’s called Proposition 8, and you must vote ‘yes’ if you’re sane. If you’re insane, hate the family, hate man and woman, hate your mother and father, hate the Bible, hate the church, and hate the synagogue, of course you’re in favor of ‘no’ on Proposition 8.” The next day on his program, Savage stated: “[T]he people who don’t have families don’t understand that, as difficult as family life is, life is impossible without it. They don’t understand that. They don’t understand what the family unit is. It’s the strongest bond on Earth, which is why homosexual marriage is such a threat to civilization itself.”

Media Matters for America has documented Savage’s history of making on-air anti-gay statements. For example, on October 1, Savage
asserted that “the government has no right to force people to accept homosexual marriage. It is why the West is dying. It is why we’re melting down as a nation.” During that broadcast, Savage also said of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom: “Today it’s the gays, tomorrow it’ll be a man marrying a horse. If he could get elected saying that a man should be allowed to marry a mule — a donkey or a mule, he would do that, too, saying it’s a civil right to marry a mule — that any man should have the right to have sex with an animal, because that’s his right and the animal isn’t complaining about it.” Media Matters also noted that on his June 16 show, Savage said, “It’s not a joke when you pervert an institution like marriage, which is in trouble enough,” and added, “Our children are being destroyed by this.”

Additionally, as Media Matters noted, Savage formerly hosted a television program on MSNBC but was fired after he described a caller as a “sodomite” and told him to “get AIDS and die.” Savage has also repeatedly referred to “the homosexual mafia,” claimed that “the homosexual dance of death” is the “seminal issue of our time,” compared gays to “drug addicts,” and repeatedly called gay parenting “child abuse.”

Talk Radio Network, which syndicates Savage’s show,
claims that Savage is heard on more than 350 radio stations. The Savage Nation reaches at least 8.25 million listeners each week, according to Talkers Magazine, making it one of the most listened-to talk radio shows in the nation, behind only The Rush Limbaugh Show and The Sean Hannity Show.

From the October 29 broadcast of Talk Radio Network’s The Savage Nation:
SAVAGE: Now, in the state of California, which leads both for the good and the bad in many ways politically, there’s a ballot initiative on homosexual marriage that is more important than you could imagine. It’s called Proposition 8, and you must vote “yes” if you’re sane. If you’re insane, hate the family, hate man and woman, hate your mother and father, hate the Bible, hate the church, and hate the synagogue, of course you’re in favor of “no” on Proposition 8, which is where most of the Democrat politicians are, because they are exactly what you think they are.

From the October 30 broadcast of The Savage Nation:

SAVAGE: What it is, is that a family man knows that life is filled with briars and stones and this and that, and that the — they have — the people who don’t have families don’t understand that, as difficult as family life is, life is impossible without it.
CALLER: Yes, yes. On Daryl —
SAVAGE: They don’t understand that. They don’t understand what the family unit is. It’s the strongest bond on Earth, which is why homosexual marriage is such a threat to civilization itself.

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Mega Donors From Out of State Press Coverage

News Alert October 29, 2008 Contact: Fred Karger 619-592-2008

Top Yes on 8 Donors Written Up in Home Town Papers
John Templeton, Jr. – $1 Million & Elsa Prince – $450,000

LOS ANGELES, CA – Californians Against Hate would like to share some excellent news coverage on two of the top four largest individual contributors to California’s Yes on Proposition 8 campaign. John Templeton. Jr. of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, who together with his wife contributed $1,000,000 to the campaign to take away same-sex marriage in California, were the subject of a big feature story in yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer by David O’Reilly

The Templetons have given more money to take away marriage equality in a state 3,000 miles away from there’s than anyone with the exception of California’s Howard “Howie” Ahmanson of Newport Beach. These two are ranked #1 and #2 on the “Dishonor Roll” posted on Californians Against Hate web site. The “Dishonor Roll” lists all 741 contributors of $5,000 and more to the Yes on 8 campaign as of October 18th

John Templeton, Jr. of Bryn Mawr, PA

In the last week, Elsa Prince of Holland, Michigan who gave $450,000 to the Yes on 8 campaign had two big stories written about her in prominent Michigan newspapers. The first appeared in the Detroit Free Press in the paper’s leading political column, Politically Speaking on October 22nd

The story covered her mega contribution of nearly half a million dollars, and also the commercial that Californians Against Hate produced staring an Elsa Prince look-alike. The commercial was produced by John Keitel and his Shelter Productions and is appearing on Current TV. It depicts a little boy playing her grandson, who looks up innocently and asks her, “Why did you give so much money, Grandma?”

Aunt Paula playing Elsa Prince in the commercial

In yesterday’s Grand Rapids Press, there is also a feature story on Elsa Prince by Ted Roelofs

The story covers Mrs. Prince’s $450,000 contribution to Yes on 8 and her son-in-law Dick DeVos’ $100,000 contribution to Florida’s Amendment 2, which would also prohibit same-sex marriage in that state. DeVos is the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos and was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor of Michigan in 2006. Elsa Prince’s son, Erik is the most famous family member. Erik Prince is best know as the founder and head of Blackwater Worldwide, the highly controversial private defense firm hired by the US Government in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“These out of state mega donors sure don’t like gay marriage,” said Fred Karger, Campaign Manager of Californians Against Hate. “It seems like there are far more important causes to give their millions of dollars to instead of sending it all the way to California to hurt so many people in our state, whose only crime is wanting to get married just like they can.”

Californians Against Hate began in July of this year, and its mission is to let the world know who are the major contributors to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign.

Videos Targeting Black Voters

From Super Star Vincent Jones:

I co-produced some No on 8 PSAs targeting Black voters. I was wondering if you could post them on your blog with an urgent plea to pass this one on any GLBT friends:

And these two on to any of their friends, especially Black women:

Three Generations of Women Against Prop 8

No Matter Who You Are Vote No on Prop 8

These are really good!



TO: Maggie Gallagher, President, National Organization for Marriage
Brian Brown, Executive Director, National Organization for Marriage

FROM: Fred Karger, Campaign Manager, Californians Against Hate 619-592-2008

DATE: October 27, 2008

RE: Glad to See You Now Support Same-Sex Marriage!

I have received countless emails from both of you over the last several months. You have always attacked newly married couples, donors to No on 8, elected officials, others who support equality and me as a way to raise money. Well, imagine my shock and awe when I visited your web site the other day and saw that you apparently have a lesbian couple in flash mode who appear on your home page. Below is a photo of what looks like two women who are interspersed with non same-sex couples on the NOM site. We at Californians Against Hate applaud your support for equality by featuring this happy looking couple on the NOM web site:

Photo Courtesy of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Web Site

I certainly hope that you won’t take this couple off your web site now. It is such a wonderful statement to have a same-sex couple on the web site of the National Organization for Marriage. Now that we’re playing for the same team, I am sure that you will want to officially oppose Proposition 8. Maggie, stand with us and applaud California for leading the way as it did 60 years ago when it stood first among states and allowed interracial marriage. You see Californians are used to doing the right thing and leading the nation in civil rights and equality.

Also, Maggie, since you literally wrote the book, The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially (Doubleday, 2000), it makes sense that you would embrace gay marriage and feature a same-sex couple on your web site. Are they lucky enough to be married? Is that why they are smiling? Are they now happier, healthier and better off financially, too? By the way I snapped up a copy of your book on Alibris. It was a real steal at only $1.99,%20Maggie

I have been curious about something when I get all of your emails. You say that you are the National Organization for Marriage California, but most of the emails from Brian are signed using your New Jersey address:

Brian S. Brown,Executive Director
National Organization for Marriage
20 Nassau Street, Suite 242
Princeton, NJ 08542

Your latest email (copy below), has your California address on it. So I thought I’d drop by 1530 East First Street, #218 in Santa Ana. What a surprise, no sign up or any NOM presence. It instead is the tiny CPA office of John G. Brown. Any relation? Is the NOM California office also in New Jersey?

As we move into the final week of the campaign, I keep thinking about how your early backers and you placed Proposition 8 on the ballot here in California. You both helped lead the effort to qualify this initiative constitutional amendment by raising $2 million to hire the thousands of paid signature gatherers to put his hateful initiative on the ballot. What a shame it is that over $60 million has been spent by both sides in this election. It seems to me that the $60 million could have been spent in so many other ways to help people instead trying to hurt them.

I hope that you will realize the error of your ways and join with us in the final days of this election and do the right thing, and back Marriage for All, so that the millions of gays and lesbians in California have the opportunity to be, in your words, “Happier, Healthier and Better off Financially.”

Copy of Brian Brown email from October 24, 2008

I come to you today with one final, urgent appeal for Prop 8. The need has never been greater. Working with and the Yes on 8 campaign, we have just 5 days to raise the $3 million needed to put Prop 8 over the top.
Please use this hyperlink to make one final emergency contribution of $50, $100 or even $500 in support of Proposition 8. Please click here today to make a generous contribution to help put Prop 8 over the top! (
Over the past two weeks, our opponents have raised an amazing $11 million, as Hollywood liberals, labor unions, and gay marriage activists have responded to a last-minute fundraising blitz.
Just over the past month, the No on 8 campaign has received major gifts from: * Brad Pitt ($100,000) * Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw ($50,000 each) * George Lucas ($50,000) * Ellen deGeneres ($100,000) * Suze Orman, TV financial expert ($10,000) * T.R. Knight of Grey’s Anatomy ($50,000) * Monica Rosenthal of Everybody Loves Raymond ($25,000) * John August screenwrite for Charlie’s Angels ($50,000) * California Teachers Association ($1,000,000) * Hollywood Producer Steve Bing ($1,000,000 matching gift) * California Teachers Union Issues PAC ($2,000,000) * California Nurses Association ($40,000) * Service Employees International Union ($100,000)
And just Tuesday night Barbra Streisand, Melissa Etheridge and Mary J. Blige highlighted a $25,000 a plate fundraiser that raised $3.9 million for the No on 8 campaign. Unfortunately, these last-minute millions flowing in to the No on 8 campaign are being used to buy ads that deceive voters about the truth of same-sex marriage.
It’s already clear the only way our opponents will win is by deceiving voters about gay marriage. Right now they are working frantically to ensure voters that gay marriage will never impact their children in schools — despite the reality of what is going on right now in Massachusetts. We can’t let them get away with it.
The No on 8 is now spending $1 million a day to mislead California voters about Proposition 8. . . . And if we can’t match them, we will lose. It’s that simple.
Please use this hyperlink to help stop Hollywood liberals and labor unions from deceiving California voters. Please make a last-minute emergency contribution today to combat these deep pockets funding the gay marriage campaign. ( ( I can’t overstate the significance of this last-minute fundraising push. Over the past 2 weeks, our opponents have out-raised the ProtectMarriage coalition by a 9-1 margin, taking back the overall fundraising lead.
More importantly, without additional funding for Prop 8, our opponents will outspend the Yes on 8 campaign by as much as $3 million per week between now and November 4th. The latest polling shows the Yes on 8 campaign ahead — but barely — as the latest CBS News poll shows Prop 8 winning by a narrow 48-45 percent margin. We know that TV ads make a big difference in the campaign, as our own TV ads have been widely credited with producing a 10-point swing in the polls as Prop 8 surged into the lead earlier this month.
We simply cannot afford to let ProtectMarriage and the Yes on 8 campaign be outmanned and outfunded in these final two weeks. Already our coalition is historic in terms of the grassroots support we have received from all across the state. If we fail to step up now, all may be lost. We simply cannot take that risk.
So many of you have already given so much to stand for marriage. Yet we are now coming back to all of our supporters for one more, last-minute, donation to save Prop 8. Will you join me in doing all we can to make sure Prop 8 passes, preserving marriage in California and sending a clear message to the rest of the nation?
With just two weeks left until the election, this will be our final fundraising appeal for Prop 8. But as part of the Yes on 8 Coalition, we need your help today.
Please don’t wait. . . . Please make any contribution you can. And please do it today. Working together we can build a strong margin of victory to send a message to the nation. Don’t risk looking back with regret on November 5th. Use this hyperlink to make your most generous contribution today. ( (
We need your help today through a last-minute emergency contribution. Thanks for all you are doing.
Brian S. Brown Executive Director
National Organization for Marriage California
1530 East First Street, #218
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Toll-Free: (888) (

Utah Mormon Money

NEWS RELEASE October 24, 2008 Contact: Fred Karger 619-592-2008

Mormon Money Watch: Utah Mormons Gave $159,500 to Yes on 8 Campaign in Last 2 Weeks

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Mormon Power grab continues in California to eliminate same-sex marriage. Some big contributions have come into the Yes on 8 campaign in just the last 2 weeks in $1,000 and over amounts. Utah Mormons have given $159,500 just since October 10th. This represents 52% of the overall total of $307,840 that has come in from Utah Mormon families in over $1,000 increments alone. There have also been thousands of additional dollars in under $1,000 contributions contributed.

There are some well know Mormon names among the major contributors. Carol Smith of Murray, Utah gave $50,000 on October 17th. Jay Clark, a Salt Lake produce dealer gave $25,000 on October 13th. Brent Andrus, owner of Huntington Hotels of Park City, Utah gave $20,000 on October 16th. Katherine Carter of Salt Lake donated $15,500 on October 17th. Francis Magleby of Provo gave $25,000 on October 20th.

The Mormon Church has mobilized its members like never before in their quest to take over the Yes on 8 campaign. On June 20th, three days after same-sex marriage became legal in California, the top leadership in the Church, known as the First Presidency, sent a letter to be read to all Mormons to “do all you can to pass Proposition 8.” The Wall Street Journal reported on September 20th, that church members were told “their souls would be in jeopardy” if they do not donate money.
Peggy Fletcher Stack of the Salt Lake City Tribune did a great story on all the Mormon money coming into the Yes on 8 campaign:

And Rick Jacobs’ Courage Campaign has started a letter writing campaign to Mormon President-Prophet Thomas S. Monson called “Thou Shalt Not Lie.” Here is the link: According to their web site; “It is designed to “fight back against the lies and protect fundamental rights of Californians.”

For lots more coverage on the Mormon Power Grab, the Mormon Money Watch and many other stories on Californians Against Hate visit our blog:
Californians Against Hate will continue to monitor the money and other activities of the Mormon Church during the closing days of the campaign.
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NEWS RELEASE October 22, 2008 Contact: Fred Karger 619-592-2008

Mormons Continue to Dominate California’s Yes on Prop 8 Campaign
New Total of $19.15 Million!!!

LOS ANGELES, CA – Californians Against Hate calculated the latest major contributions of $1000 and up to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign over the last 3 week period: October 1st – 21st. The updated figures continue to show that Mormon families are dominating the campaing by giving a staggering 77% of all money raised. The new Mormon total is $19.15 million contributed by over 59,000 Mormon families in just over 3 months. This Mormon power grab continues at the same level — 77% of the $24.89 million raised by the Yes on 8 since July 1, 2008. Non-Mormon donations are now at $5.74 since July 1, which represents 23% of the total.

There have been some large donations by Non-Mormons such as another $95,000 from Howard “Howie” Ahmanson of Newport Beach, bringing his total to just under $1 million at $995,000. Josephine Templeton of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania ($100,000) bringing that family’s total to $1 million and Robert Hurtt of Orange, CA, owner of Container Supply Company who gave an additional $250,000 bringing his total to $550,000. However, during the past 3 weeks, the majority of money continues to pour in from Mormon families in California and now many big donations are coming in from Utah.

Elsa Prince Commercial

NEWS RELEASE October 22, 2008 Contact: Fred Karger 619-592-2008

Michigan Millionaire Elsa Prince Staring In New Commercial
She Gave $450,000 To End Gay Marriage
Commercaial is On Current TV
She is the Mother of Blackwater’s Erik Prince

LOS ANGELES, CA – Californians Against Hate released its 2nd television commercial today staring Yes on Propositon 8 mega donor Elsa Prince of Holland, Michigan. Prince whose contributions total $450,000, makes her the 4th largest individual donor to the campaing to eleminate same-sex marriage in California. Here is the link to the Elsa Prince commercail on Current TV:

Elsa Prince serves on the Board of Directors of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family and Dobson’s Washington, DC lobbying arm, the Family Research Council (FRC). She is one of Dobson’s most loyal followers and has given millions of dollars to his organizations.

The Real Elsa Prince at James Dobson’s FRC Grand Opening

Prince’s son is far more famous than she; Erik Prince is the founder and head of Blackwater, the private security firm that has a $500 million annual contract with the US Government to provide private armies in Iraq and Afghanistan. Erik Prince appeared before Congress last year, which concluded that Blackwater was, “…staffed with reckless, shoot-first guards who were not always sober and did not always stop to see who or what was hit by their bullets.” [New York Times, October 1, 2007]

The Californians against Hate commercial features the innocence of Elsa’s young grandson bewildered by his grandmother’s mega contribution to Yes on 8. It is very similar to “Daisy Girl – 2008”
which stars San Diegan Terry Caster whose family gave $293,000 to Yes on 8. Both commercials are patterned after President Lyndon Johnson’s famous ad “Daisy Girl -1964” with a little girl, a daisy and a nuclear bomb explosion. That is arguably the most famous political commercial in American history.

Filmmaker John Keitel and Paula playing Elsa Prince

The commercial was filmed, directed and edited by John Keitel of Shelter Productions. Some of John’s other work can be seen at:

Californians Against Hate was formed in July of this year to bring attention to the major donors to the Yes on 8 campaign.

Mormons Donate 77% of Money To End Gay Marriage

NEWS RELEASE October 20, 2008 Contact: Fred Karger 619-592-2008

Mormon Families Donate 77% of Money to California’s Yes on Prop 8 Money Since July 1st – Mormons Take Over the Campaign

LOS ANGELES, CA – Californians Against Hate today released the results of its latest tabulation on the contributions to Yes on Proposition 8. Campaign Manager, Fred Karger released the numbers in his column in today’s Huffington Post

“We have identified the Mormon contributions to Yes on Prop 8 and it totals $18.64 million contributed by 59,000 Mormon families in just over 3 months. This Mormon power grab represents 77% of the $22.88 million raised by the Yes on 8 campaign since they qualified their initiative for the November 4th ballot,” said Karger. “It is a staggering amount of money and an even more staggering percentage of the overall campaign receipts. The Mormon Church based in Salt Lake City, Utah has hijacked the campaigns in both California and Arizona where voters face constitutional amendments to end same-sex marriage. Mormon families have given nearly all of the $6.9 million in the Arizona effort to pass Proposition 102.”

Karger wrote about the effects of these massive contributions on families who are forced to make huge contributions to Yes on 8 by Mormon Church elders. “These public donations to ban same-sex marriage are tearing apart families,” concluded Karger in today’s blog entry.

Full Huffington Post Story Below and at this link: