Boehner’s Spokesman: Belonging To A Religion Is Not A Choice, Being Gay Is

The shameless willingness to bullshit in the name of discrimination and special treatment makes the blood boil:

You were born a Christian, not born gay. Religion is not a choice.

Or so the spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) would have you believe. Questioned about why the House’s top Republican opposes a hate crimes bill penalizing violence against gays, his spokesman said he “supports existing federal protections (based on race, religion, gender, etc) based on immutable characteristics,” just not protections for things like being gay — which conservatives occasionally claim is a choice.

“He does not support adding sexual orientation to the list of protected classes,” Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith added.

via Pam’s House Blend
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  • http://sendaianonymous.wordpress.com sendaianonymous

    This might be the most pathetic brain-dead piece of un-self-aware drivel I’ve seen this week.

  • Buffy

    Yeah, religion is an immutable characteristic. That’s why Christians spend so much time proselytizing to get converts, and fretting that their own will stray from the flock.


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