1/13/2009

Ken Blackwell: Ignorant Ol' Uncle Tom

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 7: Republican gubenato...Image by Getty Images via DaylifeMichael Signorile recently cornered the new darling of the Religious Right's arm of the Republican party, Ken Blackwell.

Blackwell, an African-American and former Ohio Secretary of State has been known to spout incredibly ignorant and simple-minded drivel. That makes him perfect for the job of GOP Chair in the eyes of the Religious Right. After all, he's an African-American meaning they can "prove" they aren't really racists and he hates all the right people that aren't African-American.

Blackwell has compared homosexuality to arson and kleptomania in the past and Signorile pressed him on the subject. Here's the exchange:

I caught up with Blackwell in all of his evangelical enthusiasm at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul back in September, where he called homosexuality a "compulsion" which can be "contained," among many things he told me in an interview. You can listen to the full 13-minute interview, which we broadcast back in September, below. Here are some choice bits:

KB: I believe that our sexuality is, that we have two orientations: you're female or you're male. A union between a male and a female produces babies. I thought that is was a mistake to start to equate the union between one man and one woman with a marriage between two men and between two women.

MS:I realize that that was on the issue of marriage, but you compared homosexuality to kleptomania--

KB: No, if you go back and you look, at what, no, at what I said--

MS: Well, here's what you said, "Homosexuality is a lifestyle. It's a choice. And that lifestyle can be changed. It's a transgression against God's law." And you compared it to arsonists and kleptomaniacs, that those things were criminal activities...a compulsion, right?

KB: No. What I said is that, in that regard, you can choose, people choose to be who they are, as they choose to break civil law and God's law...I think you can choose not to be homosexual...

MS: Did you choose to be heterosexual? Did you wake up one day and say I want to be heterosexual?

KB: The answer is that I've never had to make the choice because I've never had the urge to be other than a heterosexual, but if in fact I had the urge to be something else I could have in fact suppressed that urge.

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MS: But you realize people were insulted when you compared [homosexuality] to arson and kleptomania. I would like you to explain that because, how does that get into this whole "choice" issue? I mean, kleptomania is a compulsion.

KB: Well, the fact is, you can choose to restrain that compulsion. And so I think in fact you don't have to give in to the compulsion to be homosexual. I think that's been proven in case after case after case...

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KB:Where you and I disagree is that I do not think homosexuality manifested in behavior is a behavior that should in fact make us change the laws of this land.

MS: But many laws have been changed already. The Supreme Court says that homosexual behavior is not illegal. Arson is a crime. If somebody burns your house down, that's hurting you, hurting other people. The Supreme Court has said if it's in your bedroom it's not hurting anybody else.

KB: If in fact you would feel better for me to say to you that, one, I believe homosexuality is a compulsion that can be contained, repressed or changed, and that makes you feel better, then that is what I'm saying in the clearest of terms.
Oh yeah, please nominate your token Uncle Tom for the job so we can be sure the Republican Party remains the pawn of the nutjob crusaders who have all but destroyed it! Come on guys, the job isn't finished. You're just on life support. Nominate this moron and pull the plug!

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