If Christine O'Donnell has confounded some observers with her troubled financial history, her overstatements about her education level, her doubts about evolution , her concerns about satanic worship , and her efforts to stop people from masturbating , her sister may well prove nearly as interesting. We are learning now about Jennie, a "spiritual psychologist, actor, meditation teacher," and "doctor of metaphysical universe studies," who is reportedly gay and has also reportedly helped campaign for her sister , the new Republican nominee for senator from Delaware. David Corn and Suzy Khimm have done some poking into Jennie O’Donnell’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages and find that her "likes" include the National Center for Lesbian Rights and that she considers herself a "conservative liberal." Most recently, they report, Jennie posted the following message to her Facebook page:
"to all my friends and family..thank you for your great wishes […] and support of my sister,no matter what lies were made up about her...oh.. p.s. haave you heard the latest? she's homophobic... gotta laugh"
Here are a few things Christine O’Donnell has said on the issue of homosexuality: She has said that gays get away with "lasciviousness" and "perversion ." She has said that a "disproportionate" amount of money goes into AIDS treatment and prevention and characterized AIDS as the result of a " lifestyle which brings about this disease ." She distanced herself from a Web ad (by a firm she’d previously employed) that suggested her primary opponent Mike Castle might be gay -- by saying such stick-in-your-brain things as " I never said that Mike Castle was gay ." She also called Castle "unmanly." She once, according to a Web archive of a photo gallery , lead a press conference protesting the nomination of openly gay James Hormel to be an ambassador, based on concerns about his "ties to the pedophile rights movement." She once, also according to Web archives, lumped homosexuality in with pedophilia and eating disorders, and suggested that the fact that the word "gay" means both homosexual and "joyful," suggests a Hitler-like "plan" to "engineer" the English language.
What is homophobia, again?
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