Eight horses were burned alive this weekend in an anti-gay arson attack when vandals struck the farm of a gay man in McConnelsville, Ohio.
Seven adult horses and one foal died as a result of an arson fire at 874 West Richards Road in McConnelsville just after 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. Owner Brent Whitehouse said he woke to discover the barn engulfed in flames and immediately called 911, but it was too late. “I couldn’t get the door open I could still hear the horses kicking and I tried as hard as I could to get them out and I just couldn’t get them out in time,” he said. Those who know Brent believe this was a hate crime, explicit words relating to his sexuality were spray painted in large white letters on the side of the barn before the fire was started. “They obviously don’t know him very well, because he’s a sweet-hearted person and how he lives his lifestyle is nobody’s business but his own,” said friend Bobbie Nelson.
The words “Fags Are Freaks” were found spray painted on the remnants of the side of the barn.
Horrible and disgusting. It illustrates the deep hatred that permeates homophobes. Killing animals like that is as brutal as killing a person
As for Ohio in general. Make no mistake OHIO is a redneck state, with some of the most restrictive laws in the US against civil unions and equal marriage. It’s the Alabama of the Midwest and has suffered a brain-drain over the last 20 or so years. Public attitudes are openly homophobic, with “religious” groups such as “The Citizens For Community Values” who have deep ties to the not only the American Family Association, the Family Research Council and the states Republican Party fueling much of the hostility.”