May 17, 2019/Press

Forest Friendship Friday: Dan Forest Joins Speaker Lineup with Social Extremists John Amanchukwu and Patrick Wooden

RALEIGH – Last week, Dan Forest, always eager for a platform to air his extremist social beliefs, addressed a crowd near the Legislative Building to undermine the reproductive rights of women and criminalize doctors. Flanking Forest were two extremist pastors, and frequent speakers at the HB2 Keep NC Safe rallies, with troubling histories of hate speech: John Amanchukwu and Patrick Wooden.
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A HISTORY OF HATE
  • In a 2016 speech in fervent support of HB2, Amanchukwu announced, “I will be a homophobic bigot until the day that I die.” (Senate Committee, 3/23/16)
  • In the company of HB2 supporters at the Keep NC Safe Rally in May of 2016, Wooden proclaimed, “Transgenderism deals with people imagining to be who and what they are not.” (WNCN, 5/24/16)
  • In a YouTube rant, Wooden reasoned that if people knew the truth about homosexuality “[they] would literally gag.” (Listen to the full YouTube video HERE.)

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Dan Forest continues to display his own special brand of extremism dedicated to dismantling anti-discrimination protections for North Carolinians. It’s not too far off from the extremism of Amanchukwu and Wooden. Forest has described“transgenderism” as “a feeling” adding, “it could be a feeling just for the day.” He is also known for his enthusiastic support for HB2 as newspapers and editorial boards have highlighted for years:
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  • “Dan Forest – who was one of the most ardent supporters of the disastrous House Bill 2.” (Southern Pines Pilot10/12/16)
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  • “He was a chief architect of HB 2 and has called efforts to keep North Carolina’s water clean ‘environmental terrorism.’” (Asheville Citizen-Times, Editorial, 10/17/16)
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  • Most objectionable is Forest’s defense of HB2, the disastrous ‘bathroom law’ that he and some other Republicans have tried to characterize as protecting women and children from predators, when in fact it was an unnecessary attempt to slap down anti-discrimination laws.” (News & Observer, Editorial, 10/27/16)

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Will Dan Forest continue to take pages out of this pair’s playbook or will
he denounce hate speech and put the rights of all North Carolinians first?

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