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Operation Rescue founder Randall “I hate my dead live dead gay son” Terry beat President Barack Obama in the Democratic primaries in 15 Oklahoma counties. That’s all well and good — NOobaAma, and etc. — but what does Randall Terry think of his gay son? Did you answer “disgusted” and “ashamed”? DING DING DING winner winner step right up!

Longtime anti-abortion activist Randall Terry in recent years has campaigned against gay marriage and homosexuality. So it was of some embarrassment to him when his son Jamiel published an article in the May issue of Out magazine revealing that he is gay. Terry responded by writing an op-ed, sharply criticizing his son and saying, “He is no longer welcome in my home.”

For good measure, Terry called his son full of fraud and deceit, and asked all good Christians to pray for his redemption, so that’s nice. We’re sure his deceitful, fraudulent son would appreciate it, if’n he had any manners at all.

Wonkette Sadness Update, OH NO! Your editrix, in making a very clever Heathers joke about gay sons, unfortunately had not googled deeply enough to find that Terry’s gay son did in fact die this past December. Our true condolences to whomever might have acted as his real family.

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  • nounverb911

    They have sane people in Oklahoma?

  • SexySmurf

    If he didn't want his son to be gay, why did he name him "Jamiel"?

    • LesBontemps

      He thought his son was black.

      Ok, I'm an asshole. Mea culpa.

    • Texan_Bulldog

      Really. Is he half blah?

    • it was actually supposed to be "JailMe" Terry, but his Birth Cert has a typo.

      • UW8316154

        Show us the bird Certificate!!1!

    • ph7

      Jamiel was an adopted son of mixed race. Jamiel died in an auto accident last November.

      • LesBontemps

        Whoa. A little fact-checking before snarking would have been nice. (Both me and our editrix.) Especially since it's apparently ok to un-disown your dead gay half-black but-still-immoral son:

      • hunnybee

        that is a tragedy and i am sorry that he died. i wonder how his 'father' felt knowing how much he had hurt his son?

        • tessiee

          People like that don't care how much they hurt others. If they have a family member that they disapprove of, for whatever reason, they think *they*'re the real victims.

      • tessiee

        I'm only surprised that it was an auto accident, rather than one of Terry's lunatics throwing a bomb at the poor guy or something.

  • Randall “I hate my dead live gay son” Terry caught doing the wide-stance tap dance with Larry Craig in 3, 2, 1…

  • need some sort of easement so there could permanently be men making love in his front yard.

    • Eminent domain exproprianus?

    • beavertank

      Hm… it IS for the public good.

      I'll allow it.

    • tessiee

      ATTN Hell, Ironic Punishments Division:
      Please ready the "clockwork orange" film loop setup for homophobes in preparation for Randall Terry.

  • Texan_Bulldog

    So does he think Jamiel should have been aborted? Sophie's Choice, indeed, for this hater.

    Growing up in OK, I'm familiar with their thinking. I knew a Church of Christ preacher who totally disowned his son when he found out he was gay. The mom would sneak visits to him in OKC (what we call 'the city'), but I remember thinking at a young age that that was a weird way to express God's love. Okay, snark back on.

    • rickmaci

      Snark off. Often wondered why these folks think that a deity they praise as a God of ultimate love and compassion could want them to be always venting so much hate. And at their own children. Very sad, pathetic. Something pathological about that much anger. Snark on.

      • tessiee

        My theory is that when you repress all the energy and life force that would normally go into something as powerful as the sexual urges, it's bound to come out somewhere, like a pressure cooker, and usually in a much less pleasant form. All that repressed libido that the religious nutbags inflict upon themselves and others vents itself as anger and sadism.

        • Tundra Grifter


          And really foul Christian rock "music."

          • tessiee

            I'm pretty sure that making and/or listening to that crap falls neatly into the "sadism" category.

  • And then Oklahoma wonders why God keeps sending so many tornadoes their way…

    • nounverb911

      Tornadoes are people too, my friends.

    • widestanceromance

      OK tornadoes are nature's little cleaner uppers.

  • Family Values, people!

  • SorosBot

    Is this the first time we've had an actual terrorist make a vanity run for President?

    • David Duke, last of the Dixiecrats.

      • What about Duelin' Zel Miller? He should at least get an honorary terrorist nod.

    • chicken_thief

      If you ask the Brits, they might go with the first dozen or so Preznits.

  • philpjfry

    WTF is wrong with these people? Do they ever live in the real world? Bail outs started under Bush, and they were a good thing, mostly, Barry wants high gas prices so he can wean us off foriegn oil, but he also wants to keeps us addicted to foriegn oil to serve his muslim masters. Barry risked a government shutdown, not the morons in congress If I gave these assclowns any thought they would make my head explode. How do they sleep at night? How can anyone be that stupid? Is it too early to drink?

    • Serolf_Divad

      It's never too early to drink.

    • LesBontemps

      Never too early, always too late.

  • memzilla

    "…asked all good Christians to pray for redemption…"

    I haven't prayed for redemption since I wanted a really cool balsa wood glider and Mom was collecting S&H Green Stamps.

    • tessiee

      But then she ended up getting that really ugly lamp instead.

    • PhilippePetain

      I used to think those were food stamps.

  • Serolf_Divad

    Terry acknowledges he can't win the presidency but says he hopes to cause Obama's defeat in the fall.

    The plan:

    step 1: gain 18% of the primary vote in OK, losing to Barack Obama by 29% points.
    step 2: ???
    result: Obama loses the election

    A viable and dastardly plan, to be sure.

    • nounverb911

      Butterfly effect?

    • memzilla

      You forgot

      step 3: profit!

  • Joshua Norton

    Ah, Oklahoma. Even if you sent them back to the stone age you'd only set them back about 6 months.

  • finallyhappy

    Oklahoma- the only good thing about it is the musical

    • beavertank

      And even that's overrated at best.

    • nounverb911

      And the corn is just the right height.

      • Fare la Volpe

        For He Who Sleeps Among the Rows.

    • IncenseDebate

      At least Gheymericans still love Oklahoma, the musical.

    • stanpan

      And the Flaming Lips.

    • tessiee

      Okiedokiedog libel!

    • orygoon

      Don't forget the shaggy dog joke (based on the musical) about the Furry With The Syringe On Top.

  • fuflans

    terry terry terry. i realize YOU were saddled with a girl's name, but really. Jamiel?


    that's got musical theatre written all over it.

  • Blueb4sunrise


  • beavertank

    "Campaigning against homosexuality" always reads as "hiding deep in the closet" to me.

  • fuflans

    oh and also, i'm not clicking on anything with 'randall terry' and 'ad' in the banner.

  • 2161911

    He is still welcome, however, in the slaves' quarters.

    • chicken_thief

      And my house, anytime Michele is at work.


      ~ Marcus

  • Somebody named "Randall Terry" does not sound like a redneck bigot at all…

    • cheetojeebus

      don't you mean; twisted fucked up self hating gay redneck bigot who rapes himself regularly with a pop bottle while dreaming of John Wayne.
      Afterwards, he cries just like a little girl.

    • Biff

      Would L. Randall Terry III work?

  • DaRooster

    "No son of mine is going suck a cock out in the open!! It needs to be done at the video booths out on Hwy 12… doh…"

  • freakishlywrong

    Wasn't Jebus gay? He never got married…

    • According to the Book of DaVinci Code, he was at least bi. But he did make out with Judas more than he should. And John was a little too much against teh ghey, if you know what I mean.

  • SayItWithWookies

    I think it was Nietszche who said "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, is still there." Your son's orientation is a biological fact, Mr. Terry, and as such it trumps The LORD every single time.

    But if you really want to speak to your son again, find some damn Bible verse that lets you accept him — I know you can do it — you people find every goddamn manner thing in that book, so give it a try.

    • Chichikovovich

      Not that I want to defend Terry, who's nothing but 100% hate and hypocrisy from head to toe, but for accuracy's sake I'll note that in the interview he says that he is continuing to talk to Jamiel, and (despicably, to be sure) compares the situation to being the father of a drug addict who wants him to stop, but still cares for him. So he hasn't stopped speaking.
      [Terry claims – implausibly, to be sure – that the "not welcome in the home" decree is just because Jamiel gave family photographs to CNN, so he meets him elsewhere, not in the house.]

      • tessiee

        "Terry claims – implausibly, to be sure – that the "not welcome in the home" decree is just because Jamiel gave family photographs to CNN"

        Yeah, hateful loony Randall Terry is OK with the gay son actually, you know, being gay and having sexytime with other gay men — but the family pictures? THEN he went too far!

    • GemlikeFlame

      Philip K. Dick. Also.

  • Steverino247

    I remember seeing Terry hauled away at the 1992 March for Women's Lives in DC. He was raving at Jesse Jackson when about six police officers grabbed him and drug him away. Jesse just smiled and kept walking. I've seen some insane people in my life, but Randall Terry's right near the top of the list.

  • elviouslyqueer

    Wait. Randall Terry was running as a Democrat? With that campaign ad? Oh, this is SO your move, Santorum.

    • Doktor Zoom

      Of course, Lyndon LaRouche generally ran as a nominal Democrat, too.

  • LesBontemps

    So, Mr. Terry, how did your son catch teh ghey, with all that good Christian upbringing and everything? Why would he make such a lifestyle choice?

    • Doktor Zoom

      Don't you know, Satan targets the holiest families because when he wins one of their souls for perdition, he gets bonus miles. Or he does 3x Spiritual Damage, or something. I know there's a multiplier in there somewhere.

      • tessiee

        Like in Dangerous Liaisons when Valmont wanted to seduce a *virtuous* woman. /Book Geek/

    • Chichikovovich

      In the interview, Terry says that Jamiel was adopted at age 9, and Terry blames his sexual orientation on abuse that he suffered before then. (Not that Terry gives any evidence that there actually was abuse, apart from obviously made-up numbers about the supposedly 90% of lesbians who he claims say they were abused as children.)

      Jamiel, for his part, says he knew of his orientation since childhood, but it was only seeing his self-righteous father commit adultery with his secretary and then divorce Terry's adoptive mother to marry the secretary. Terry denies that he committed adultery, but of course the divorce is a matter of public record. Rather than opine on who is telling the truth (though I have an opinion, as I imagine you do as well), I'll just let Jesus have the last word (Luke: 16:18, parallel passages in Matthew 5:32, 19:3-10 and Mark 1:12, 10:7-9):

      "Every one who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery…"
      (Remember Randall – that's the Savior speaking.)

      • Doktor Zoom

        According to the Chick tract "Wounded Children," the ghey is caused by looking at straight porn. The actual mechanics of this are not fully understood, although it appears to require the Devil Himself standing next to you and telling you to do shit.

        • Chichikovovich

          Thanks for the tip. I haven't seen that one yet, but I am a bit behind. I've been too busy reading just the ones about the Satanic origin of Mormonism and Catholicism and leaving them in the pews of local fundamentalist churches.—

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Memo to Mr. Terry: the Devil did not make him do it.

    • James Michael Curley

      I think the Parenting License should be yanked for every parent who starts a sentence with "I don't know how s/he turned out like …"

      Wait, they don't give Parenting Licenses. Maybe there is a message here.

  • Joshua Norton

    We should all send Mr. Terry emails telling him it's his fault his son is gay. That's what really frightens the "holier than thou" 'phobes. Especially if they're hiding a little of the down-low themselves.

    • chicken_thief

      Just because he sported wood every time he spanked little Jamiel doesn't mean it's all his fault Jr has a hankering for the buttsecks.

  • BornInATrailer

    This thread needs more youtube of Vermin Supreme trying to turn Randall Terry gay with a pixie dust attack.

  • Not_So_Much

    Thanksgiving is going to suck in the Terry household.

    • tessiee

      Like it didn't to begin with?

      OK, that's kind of a cheap shot. I mean, is there a household in the world where Thanksgiving is not a comedy/tragedy?

  • It's just sad. A father who has no love for his son. This probably connects to Jesus' sky-dad having Him put to death, but don't we try to hold ourselves to a higher standard when it comes to our own children?

    Terry and others like him say they love the unborn. But too often — always, really — they clearly don't love the already-born. Whether it's food stamps or education or health or war, they view gift of life as secondary to some political or financial consideration.

    Remind Terry to "love the sinner but hate the sin". He may find that hard to do, but a real father is strengthened by love for his family.

    • OneYieldRegular

      I really can't find any snark here (sort of astounding, given that it's Randall Terry we're talking about). But: A father disowns his son, that son is now dead, and there's zero chance for redemption. It's like a Eugene O'Neill play (without the humor).

  • Redhead

    "if you put principle ahead of party" – um, errr, Terry? Yeah, you got the teabagger party and the democratic party mixed up again.

    • Guppy

      Yeah, the Democratic Party doesn't put much of anything ahead of anything.

  • Well since people that Randall Terry complain about often end up dead because his words are "misunderstood" by his followers, I would be careful near windows if I was Jamiel

  • Will Rogers:

    "When ignorance gets started, it knows no bounds."

  • GortRay

    Ya can't spell "Christians" without "ass itch"

  • Doktor Zoom

    Terry? Gross.

    I need some fresh air in here.

    • LesBontemps

      I see what you did there.

      • Guppy

        Wait, wait, don't tell me…

    • MadBrahms

      All things considered, he's a bad choice.

  • chicken_thief

    Clearly, if you want to have a fucknut for a son, put "Terry" somewhere in his name – Randall Terry, Terry Jones, Terr(y)ell Owens…..

  • An_Outhouse

    Shit, I always wanted to be good at something but now I have to change my nick name to 'Bad Christian'.

  • sailingthestyx

    looks like the sort of guy we'll be reading about in year or so…meth, male hooker…usual scenario…

  • WiscDad

    So if we pray for his son's redemption, are those prayers funneled through Bachmann & Associates where some of the prayer is siphoned off and bottled as a cure for gheyness?

    • MadBrahms

      I am going to pray for his son to have a happy, normal married life in the suburbs, with kids… and a husband, while pops goes through a string of divorces and vicodin binges.

  • Doktor Zoom

    “I love hate my dead live gay son”

    Heathers reference for the win!

  • Callyson

    /snark off
    You know, there are people who lost their children to wars, street violence, diseases and the like who would give their *own* lives just to have a few more minutes with their kid.
    Then there's this asshole…

    • Rotundo_

      That sums it up nicely.

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  • ElPinche

    Randall Terry probably has a collection of dead fetuses who he cherishes more than his own gay son. What a failure of a father and man.

  • Biff

    Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian©, does not approve.

  • GOPCrusher

    Oh, so this is the clown that has all the Yahoo commenters beating their chests over Obama not being a sure re-election. Nobody bothered to mention that it was this murderer for Christ.

    • DarwinianDemon

      Yes, Obama is doomed without the Oklahoma vote! (of which he didn't win a single county back in 2008)

  • unclejeems

    Actually, there is some sanity left in Oklahoma . But it's a voice crying in a wilderness.

  • joobajooba

    That's a hell of lead in the story about his son:
    "LILBURN — When the Plymouth Breeze slipped a couple feet across the center line Wednesday morning, slamming head-on into a Nissan Rouge, Jamiel Terry's potential as a human being and the rift he was mending with his presidential-candidate father came to a tragic halt."

    Why can't Richard Cohen write like that.?

  • ttommyunger

    Everybody who gives a fuck what this turd says or does raise their hazzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • DahBoner

    If by 'beating Obama', you mean losing SPECTACULARY, maybe Obama could get him a job in the White House coat check room.

    Because of all the hangers…

  • owhatever

    First, name your son Jamiel in Oklahoma. Second, buy him lipstick.

    First grade: "Hey, there's JAMIEL…Let's go beat the shit out of him."
    Second through twelfth grades: Same.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Very sad that Jamiel was killed — my heart goes out to his loved ones. Life is too damn short to spend it judging people for pointless and arbitrary reasons.

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