As potential candidates jockey for position and seek to set themselves up for a successful campaign, Jeff Allen of BarbWire has identified the one thing you have to do to be a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination: Say ignorant things about gay people.
Following the Texas Republican state convention’s encouraging stance in favor of sexual normalcy and the family, potential Republican presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry spoke on Wednesday night at the Commonwealth Club of California, a business event in San Francisco that was focused primarily on economic issues, as part of his trip to lure jobs and businesses away from California to the Lone Star State. However, in response to questions from the audience and interviewer Greg Dalton, he defended his state party’s recent embrace of reparative therapy for the sexually confused. He identified homosexual behavior as a choice by drawing an insightful comparison between homosexuality and alcoholism. And the obsessive-compulsive/addictive nature of both behaviors actually makes for a very compelling correlation.
The conversation veered off topic when Gov. Perry was asked in a written question by an audience member about whether he believed homosexuals could “be cured by prayer or counseling.”Perry responded, “I don’t know. I’m not a psychiatrist, I’m not a doctor.”
“Is it a disorder?” pressed club member and moderator Greg Dalton.
The former presidential candidate then proceeded to cite his 2008 book On My Honor in which he defended the recently-abandoned heterosexual values of the Boy Scouts. “I talked about that people make choices in life, and whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” Perry explained as he affirmed the existence of human free moral agency over our actions.
The Texas governor continued, “I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”
The Los Angeles Times reported that Perry’s comments resulted in a “smattering of groans and hisses” from the crowd. Perhaps his fearless fortitude, displayed while speaking in the hostile territory of the “gay” Mecca of San Francisco, will inspire a few other Republicans to grow a spine — but don’t hold your breath…
Fortunately, Gov. Perry’s latest remarks demonstrate his resolute refusal to back down to the bullies of Big Gay. That’s what presidential poise under pressure looks like.
Well sure. Because saying ignorant and bigoted things about gay people is the definitive qualification to run the country.