Utah Republican State Senator Chris Buttars is in the news again. I wrote about his antics previously when he supported a bill to mandate that all Utah businesses greet their customers during December with “Merry Christmas” only.

Think Progress has gotten ahold of a leaked interview with Buttars where, thinking his words would never be heard by the general public, he makes a plethora of rabid, factless statements about gay Utahans.

– To me, homosexuality will always be a sexual perversion. And you say that around here now and everybody goes nuts! But I don’t care.

– They say, I’m born that way. There’s some truth to that, in that some people are born with an attraction to alcohol.

– They’re mean! They want to talk about being nice — they’re the meanest buggers I ever seen. It’s just like the Moslems. Moslems are good people and their religion is anti-war. But it’s been taken over by the radical side. And the gays are totally taken over by the radical side.

– I believe that you will destroy the foundation of American society, because I believe the cornerstone of it is a man and a woman, the family. … And I believe that they’re, internally, they’re probably the greatest threat to America going down I know of. Yep, the radical gay movement.

The occasion of Buttars’ learned commentary? He was celebrating the defeat of several bills in the Utah state legislature that would have given a few rights to its gay citizens.

Listen for yourself.

UPDATE 2/20/09: Buttars has been removed from the Utah Senate Judiciary Committee due to these comments. Hooray!