Anti-gay businessman targets Dallas Voice after Hill County sheriff speaks out against anti-gay ads

An ad taken out by Hillsboro businessman Alvin Kaddatz targeting Dallas Voice after Instant Tea spoke to Hill County Sheriff Jeff Lyon about his distaste for the anti-gay ads Kaddatz has published for years.

Earlier this month we reported that Hill County Sheriff Jeff Lyon was speaking out against  anti-gay ads businessman Alvin Kaddatz had been putting in local papers for years.

In the last month Kaddatz, who owns Kaddatz Auctioneering & Farm Equipment Sales, has posted ads in the online “trading post” section of the Hillsboro Reporter condemning sodomy and abortion.

But a local reader of the Reporter brought us a hard copy of an ad that now targets us for publishing the sheriff’s comments.

The ad mentions that the sheriff has reached a “new low” by getting us to “attack him.” He refers to a “Texas Tea,” by which we think he means Instant Tea, unless a beverage is apparently writing about him too.

He also refers to “vulgar” emails he’s received before clarifying that “God said this lifestyle is wrong” and referring to us as a “lesbian, gay, bi-gender and transsexual organization.” If he means the only email Instant Tea has sent him, he must think asking for a list of companies to boycott because they are pro-gay is vulgar if a gay publication asks for the list. Our bad.

As far as I’m concerned, we simply reported the anti-gay ads when they were brought to our attention. Although I should point out Kaddatz’s wife is one of a few county employees who are accusing the sheriff of sexual harassment. But with three other Republican candidates running against Lyon in the primary, sources tell us the accusations are most likely political.

—  Dallasvoice

Hill County sheriff speaks out against anti-gay ads by businessman who ‘spreads hate and contempt’

The above ad, paid for by Alvin Kaddatz's company, appeared in the Hillsboro Reporter in March, according to Hill County Sheriff Jeff Lyon, who is speaking out against the anti-gay ads.

Alvin Kaddatz

Last August we got wind of anti-gay ads appearing in the Hillsboro Reporter and the Lakelander in Whitney, Texas. The ads apparently are ongoing and have been for quite some time.

Hill County Sheriff Jeff Lyon told Instant Tea on Thursday that Alvin Kaddatz, who owns Kaddatz Auctioneering & Farm Equipment Sales, has been running the anti-gay ads for years. He even shows up every second and fourth Tuesday at Commissioners Court to voice his concerns for gays’ immorality at the open forum, “where he spreads hit hate and his dissent,” Lyon said.

“I don’t like anyone who spreads hate and contempt,” the sheriff said.

Lyon said he has four openly gay employees and other county offices also have gay workers. His issue with the ads is the hate they foster in the community and the thread of Christianity that contorts God’s message.

“If you love someone, you love someone,” Sheriff Lyon said. “God teaches us to love everyone.”

While Lyon said the attitude among the community and Hill County is “tolerant” of the LGBT community, he said there is an “active gay and lesbian community on the lake and in the whole county.”

As sheriff, he said he has not had any hate crimes reported, but he’s always encouraging a mindset that accepts to prevent violence.

“I don’t believe it’s my job to judge someone on their orientation,” he said. “My responsibility as sheriff in this county is to protect everyone.”

Kaddatz’s latest ads are on the Reporter’s trading post ad webpage and demand a boycott of companies that support the “homosexual agenda.” Two other ads protest sodomy and the conflict of being pro-choice and a Christian. Read the text of the ads below:

—  Dallasvoice

When he’s not hawking tractors down in Hillsboro, Alvin Kaddatz is busy peddling ‘ex-gay’ therapy

Alvin Kaddatz

Last week we told you about an anti-gay ad that appeared recently in The Lakelander newspaper in Whitney, Texas. Before posting the item, we put a call in to Kaddatz Equipment, the Hillsboro-based auction and farm equipment company that took out the ad, and requested the information they were offering about “companies to boycott because of their support of perversion.” We even gave them our Dallas Voice email address, but they didn’t catch on, and we received a response on Monday. The email from Alvin Kaddatz, the owner of Kaddatz Equipment who also apparently serves as chaplain for the Texas chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Auctioneers, contained a link to the Human Rights Campaign’s Buying for Workplace Equality 2011 as well as two links to the web site of the “ex-gay” group Exodus International. Our initial reaction was two-fold: first, don’t put yourself out on the research, boys; and second, this redneck clown is probably Rick Perry’s BFF. Here’s the full text of Kaddatz’s email:

Thank you for your request.

We are attaching the list of companies who support immorality. This list can also be found on the Human Rights Campaign website at http://www.hrc.org/documents/2011_BuyersGuide.pdf.

Also attached is a link to some information from Exodus International. This may also be found at their website at http://exodusinternational.org.

We pray for all those in this lifestyle. Christ grants forgiveness to all those who repent. In scripture, John 8, verse 11 states:“She said, No man, Lord.” And Jesus said unto her, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” KJV.

We hate the sin but love the sinner, just as Jesus taught us.

If you need any further assistance, please let me know.

Sincerely,
Alvin Kaddatz

http://exodusinternational.org/2009/12/whats-your-success-rate-in-changing-gays-into-straights/

—  John Wright