Be sure to click the link and watch the short video so you can hear how he responds. Herman Cain Speaks Bluntly: ‘I Believe Homosexuality Is a Sin … Their Choice’.
In an interview on CBS News:
“I believe homosexuality is a sin because I’m a Bible-believing Christian, I believe it’s a sin. But I know that some people make that choice. That’s their choice.”
Woo-hoo! A politician who can give a straight answer and not apologize for it. Oh, and he gets the Bible right, too:
- 100% of the verses addressing homosexual behavior denounce it as sin in the clearest and strongest possible terms.
- 100% of the verses referring to God’s ideal for marriage involve one man and one woman.
- 100% of the verses referencing parenting involve moms and dads with unique roles (or at least a set of male and female parents guiding the children).
- 0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to homosexual behavior in a positive or even benign way or even hint at the acceptability of homosexual unions.
It is not. That. Complicated.
And I like his Libertarian edge. He isn’t out to demonize gays or restrict their relationships, he is just stating the biblical truth. And he is smart enough to know that the people who will vilify him for saying that weren’t going to vote for him anyway! I wish other Christians weren’t so gutless in denying those truths.
I really hope Cain does well. I’d love to see him on the Republican ticket somewhere. (Having said that, I’ve been very impressed with Pawlenty lately. The knock on him was that he was boring, but he has been bold and clear thus far.)
More from Stacy McCain:
Cain is trying to focus his campaign on jobs, the budget and economics — these are his strengths, as a business executive — but he necessarily gets asked by reporters about all sorts of issues. A key factor in Cain’s appeal is his plain-spoken nature and, when asked about homsexuality, he stated (a) his personal belief as a Christian, and (b) his libertarian understanding that people have to live their own lives according to their own choices.
For two decades at least, gay activists have used the “born that way” argument in an effort to gain civil-rights protection for homosexuals, attempting to make sexual preference a hereditary factor analogous to race. So Cain’s remark about sexuality as a “choice” is likely to offend gay activists as much as his remark about “sin.” But I think it’s important to grasp the libertarian sense in which he uses “choice.”