Tampa Tribune Fires Homophobic 'Reagan Country' Author Douglas MacKinnon
October 28, 2014

Last week I wrote a piece about Douglas MacKinnon, the former Reagan speechwriter who penned a new book highlighting his anger at the gay community by calling for traditional values voters to secede from the Union.

MacKinnon specifically cited advances in gay rights as a reason for Southern states to leave the U.S. and create a new country.

CL Tampa is now reporting that this lunatic, who writes that the South should secede from America and start their own country called "Reagan," was fired by the Tampa Tribune.

Douglas MacKinnon, one of the most conservative and controversial columnists to grace the pages of a Tampa Bay daily newspaper in many a year, has been fired from the Tampa Tribune, sources tell CL.

The Trib isn't saying anything officially. Metro Editor Dennis Joyce told CL that "It's a personnel matter," and refused to confirm or deny MacKinnon's firing. But his name and work have been scrubbed off the paper's website (On Tuesday his work was back on the site).

In all probability it's because of the embarrassment to the paper.

That's because of a book he's just published in which he calls on the Southern U.S. states to secede from the rest of the country, because of the South's more conservative stance on same-sex marriage and other rights pertaining to the LGBT community. Entitled The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country…Now, the book envisions a new Southern region called Reagan,after our 40th president, and would consist of Florida, South Carolina and Georgia. Not Texas, however, because, well, frankly, there are too many Mexicans there.

It's really quite something how a virulent hater....

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...such as this would have a job for as long as he did. They hide quite nicely in the Traditional Values camp of the religious right.

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