Herman Cain: Homosexuality Is A Sin, And A Choice

Yet another comment that. sadly, is unlikely to hurt Herman Cain among the GOP base:

H/T: Mediaite

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Comments

  1. TG Chicago says:

    Looks like Cain has an opportunity to take Dan Savage’s Choicer Challenge.

    (fair warning: the language at that link goes beyond OTB standards).

  2. Steve Verdon says:

    When exactly did Herman Cain decide to be heterosexual?

    I never made such a choice, I just found women attractive and not men. So if homosexuality is a choice, is heterosexuality a choice?

  3. Jay Tea says:

    I guess Mr. Cain isn’t that interested in the support of the Pro Gay Rights Agnostic (generally) Conservative vote in the New Hampshire primary (current membership: one)…

    J.

  4. Neil Hudelson says:

    Jay,

    But with the plethora of candidates that will be on the New Hampshire ticket, that constituency of one is looking mighty important.

    You could be the basis for the next Kevin Costner movie.

  5. James Joyner says:

    @Steve Verdon: Exactly. I just picture a 12-year-old boy weighing his options, looking at the pros and cons of various genitalia on the market, and making a rational judgment as to which he prefers. Most of us take the easy way out, figuring that the vagina’s inter-operational capabilities vis-a-vis the penis are superior to the other options on the table. But a few boys–call ’em the 2 percenters–think outside the box.

  6. sam says:

    “But a few boys–call ‘em the 2 percenters–think outside the box.”

    Heh.

  7. Bleev K says:

    A sin… What a pathetic moron. That’s exactly why I’ll NEVER vote for a republican. They live in another dimension. Too bad they don’t stay there.

  8. Murray says:

    How ironic to see Cain be to today’s GOP what the Dixiecrats were to the 1960s Democratic party.

  9. Gustopher says:

    Do you know who makes a choice about their sexuality? Closeted gays, bisexuals, and the various transexuals* — and they don’t make a choice about their sexuality, but about how they act on it.

    So which is Herman Cain?

    *Nothing against the various transexuals by calling the various, there are just way too complicated and varied to fit nicely into one word.

  10. Steve Verdon says:

    But a few boys–call ‘em the 2 percenters–think outside the box.

    Good one. I admit I lol’d.

  11. Hey Norm says:

    I’m probably a bit more open minded than is good for me…but I’ve always preferred to look at it as a sexual/asexual duality. You either are into it or you ain’t. After that it can be broken down into attractions. I like redheaded women. Andrew Sullivan likes “bears”. Santorum likes a frothy mix…

  12. An Interested Party says:

    It’s ironic that the same person who thinks that homosexuality is a “sin” could have been made a slave, with biblical justification, just a few short centuries ago…ahh, religion…it can be used to justify so many lovely views…

  13. anjin-san says:

    Yet another Republican who will trade hate for votes. Not exactly an endangered species…

  14. barbbtx says:

    Here’s some of what Chris Barron of GoProud had to say.

    http://therealredbarron.com/2011/06/09/herman-cain-the-gays-and-the-group-hug/

    Am I pleased with this answer? No. Do I agree with Mr. Cain? No. I know being gay isn’t a choice and I know it firsthand. I also do not believe that homosexuality is a sin. Does any of this change how I feel about Herman Cain? Not at all. The bottom line is that Herman Cain’s personal position on whether being gay is a sin or a choice has no bearing on whether the policies he supports would be good for gay and lesbian Americans.
    For the gay left none of this will matter. All that matters is the group hug. For the gay left, it isn’t important whether the policies pursued by a candidate or a party actually improve the lives of gay people, all that matters is that they get the pat on the head – the assurance that they are ok. I don’t need the group hug, nor do I need affirmation from the government that I am ok. What I need is a President and a Congress that will pursue policies that will make life better for me and my family.
    It is time the gay community put real policy before emotional theater, and that is exactly why gay people should be willing to listen to and consider the candidacy of Herman Cain.

  15. An Interested Party says:

    Does any of this change how I feel about Herman Cain? Not at all. The bottom line is that Herman Cain’s personal position on whether being gay is a sin or a choice has no bearing on whether the policies he supports would be good for gay and lesbian Americans.

    Oh absolutely! Every one should vote for the candidate that will supposedly put more money in your pocket, even if that candidate thinks that the way you were born is both a “sin” and a “choice”…it’s like, 50 years ago, blacks, if they could, should have voted for every segregationist as long as that segregationist promised them a tax cut…oh, and the people really drinking the stuff in the pitcher are those who think that Cain has a chance of going anywhere in the GOP primary…