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Charles Barkley Supports Gay Marriage, Slams 'Fake' GOP Christians

Former pro basketball star Charles Barkley appeared on CNN's The Situation Room on Friday and talked about why he's voting for Obama. He also excoriated members of the GOP who use the bigotry and hate of the religious right to move their agenda forward, calling them "fake" Christians. It's not the first time Barkley has spoken out about gay marriage. He gave an interview in August 2006 to Chris Meyers on FOX sports in which he said, "I think if they want to get married, God bless them. Gay marriage is probably 1 percent of the population, so it's not like it's going to be an epidemic. Hey, trust me, I'm never going to kiss you and say, 'Chris, you're sexy.'"

CharlesbarkleyHere's a transcript of Barkley's comments from last week, clip AFTER THE JUMP...

BLITZER: All right. One quick point before I let you go. You used the phrase "fake Christians" for conservatives. Explain what you're talking about.

BARKLEY: Well, I think they -- they want to be judge and jury. Like, I'm for gay marriage. It's none of my business if gay people want to get married. I'm pro-choice. And I think these Christians -- first of all, they're supposed to be -- they're not supposed to judge other people. But they're the most hypocritical judge of people we have in this country. And it bugs the hell out of me. They act like their Christians. And they're not forgiving at all.

BLITZER: So you're going to get a lot of feedback on this one, Charles.

BARKLEY: They can't do anything to me. I don't work for them.

BLITZER: You feel comfortable saying all that?

BARKLEY: I feel very comfortable saying I'm pro-choice, and I'm for gay marriage. Very comfortable.

BLITZER: But you can't lump all these conservatives as being fake. A lot of them obviously -- most of them are very, very sincere in their religious beliefs.

BARKLEY: Well, they should read the part about they're not supposed to judge other people. They forget that one when it doesn't fit what they want it to say.

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Hell Yes!!! Thank you, Charles!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Feb 18, 2008 8:04:03 AM


  2. Could Wolf Blitzer get any farther up the a@@ of the religious right? This is "objectivity" and credible journalism, parroting the "ideas" of some of the most paleolithic members of the human community?

    Charles Barkley deserves the support of the LGBT community. It's not easy to go against that powerful wing-nut constituency, which has long sought to corner the black vote by playing to homophobia.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 18, 2008 8:14:46 AM


  3. Could Wolf Blitzer get any farther up the a@@ of the religious right? This is "objectivity" and credible journalism, parroting the "ideas" of some of the most paleolithic members of the human community?

    Charles Barkley deserves the support of the LGBT community. It's not easy to go against that powerful wing-nut constituency, which has long sought to corner the black vote by playing to homophobia.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 18, 2008 8:15:16 AM


  4. While I've always viewed CB as somewhat of a kook, like I do most GOP members and athletes on gay issues , thanks to him for telling it like it is! I have yet to figure out these co called Christians who have so much hate in their tiny hearts, because, sorry, you as a human can't hate the sin and love the sinner, and, sex with another man is hardly a sin in my book of love!

    Posted by: Sebastian | Feb 18, 2008 8:16:24 AM


  5. But I dislike the "gay marriage" and "pro-choice" in the same sentence. Both issues are not related, except both being common attacks by the extremist Christians, but there are some people for equality marriage and, at the same time, against abortions. Besides, vice versa.

    Posted by: BETO | Feb 18, 2008 8:23:21 AM


  6. Beto, clearly he wasn't talking about abortion. He meant he's pro-gay people having the choice to get married.

    Anyway, nice for someone to be forthright about it.

    Posted by: EireKev | Feb 18, 2008 8:45:37 AM


  7. I've always loved Charles Barkley simply because he says whatever he wants, whenever he wants and doesn't care about the reprocussions. Good for him!

    Posted by: another matt | Feb 18, 2008 9:07:32 AM


  8. Charles Barkley ROCKS!!!!

    Posted by: peterparker | Feb 18, 2008 9:09:26 AM


  9. Go Charles! Perhaps his comments will help guide some of our youth to not turn into uncaring bigots.

    Posted by: Rad | Feb 18, 2008 9:15:32 AM


  10. Charles Barkley's CNN interview was the most realistic down to Earth I have seen in a long time. In particular, his reference to "fake Christians" rang true with me. When I hear of these vast groups of Evangelicals and Born Again Christians I get totally disgusted. I was exposed to these types through friends many years ago. I was invited to a Bible Study and then to walk through some of the highest crime areas in town in an attempt to "covert" some of these people. When the group started rolling around on the floor in a trace like state asking for the power of Jesus to enter them, told them they needed to be in a mental institution and walked out never to return. Who are these people and how did they become so insane? Contrary to any belief, this is not religion, this is are very small minds following cults.

    Posted by: Brandon | Feb 18, 2008 9:15:44 AM


  11. Charles gets it...he really gets it! I wish the rest of homophobic, ignorant America could be as understanding and awake as Mr. Barkley. He might get "a lot of feedback on this" but I applaud him for being forthright and unafraid to state his views to the world.

    Posted by: Nathan James | Feb 18, 2008 9:16:10 AM


  12. I've always loved Charles.

    Posted by: NIL | Feb 18, 2008 9:27:09 AM


  13. Sir Charles is his own man. He doesn't put on some hyper-masculine show like so many other athletes.
    And he certainly doesn't put on a "Stepin' Fetchit Show" like some tired narcissistic queen from Philadelpia.

    Hey, Oscar, pretty strong independent black man, hunh?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 18, 2008 9:27:58 AM


  14. Hopefully Charles Barkley can be an inspiration to the many religious black communities across America, where homosexuality is deemed a sin of the highest order.

    Oh, who am I kidding.

    Posted by: PC | Feb 18, 2008 9:55:06 AM


  15. SUPERB response Mr Barkley

    :-)

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Feb 18, 2008 9:59:30 AM


  16. PC, there's more whites that hates gays than blacks, trust me.

    Posted by: Guess Who | Feb 18, 2008 10:01:46 AM


  17. I always disliked Barkley for the ruckus he stirred up when he played for Miami and made trouble for the Knicks, but this interview makes me totally change my tune.
    And PC, Guess Who is right: religious black communities are much more tolerant than white ones in the US.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Feb 18, 2008 10:25:54 AM


  18. While I can appreciate Barkley's stance on gay marriage etc., he comes off as a total dummy in regard to his outlook on politics and his support for Obama. His arguments are so lame.

    I especially love how he justifies that Obama will be a great president on issues like national security because he'll have a "tons of advisers" who know what to do to help him. And about his taxes and Obama's call to raise them: "It won't affect me. I'm rich like a Republican." Classy.

    I suggest all of you to compare his remarks with those of Magic Johnson, who Wolf interviewed right after Barkley. Much more educated and sincere.

    Posted by: James, DC | Feb 18, 2008 10:50:34 AM


  19. @James, DC

    Obviously, how "great" a president any of the remaining candidates will be is purely personal opinion and speculative at this juncture. However, Barkley's statement about Obama having many advisers who will be able to help him is right on the mark. So what if Obama doesn't have the experience? He just needs to possess the skills and smarts to surround himself with those who do have the experience. And I take his comment about higher taxes not affecting him as saying, even if he had to pay higher taxes, it wouldn't bother him because he can easily afford it.

    Barkley might not sound educated but he's definitely sincere - no self-censoring platitudes ever come out of his mouth. Some people don't care for his bluntness but that's the way he is.

    Posted by: RJ | Feb 18, 2008 2:52:49 PM


  20. Make no mistake, the best thing about his comments are that he is a hero to many young black and white men. These kids listen to their sports idols. Good for him.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Feb 18, 2008 6:46:42 PM


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  22. PATRICK NYC,

    exactly.

    Posted by: nic | Feb 19, 2008 4:05:21 AM


  23. For Brandon: I grew up in the "pentecostal-charismatic" church and I tell you, this is the dominant form of evangelical christianity in America today--and the most fervent supporters of the Republicon Party. Pat Robertson, James Dobson, GW Bush, Karl Rove, Tom DeLay, etc., etc. and their millions of followers/voters DO roll around on the floor in self-induced states of "ecstasy", believing that the "holy ghost" has entered them and that they do "speak in tongues". The snake handlers of Appalachia and the Deep South is another example of the Republicon "base". These people are no joke. As firmly as they believe that they can receive the "holy ghost" and "speak in tongues", they just as firmly believe that the "bible" is inerrant and literal and that queers are "an abomination" and should be put to death; women should be submissive to men and never work outside the home; and that we are in the "end times". They also believe that GW Bush (just as Bush does) is anointed by God to bring about the beginning of the "end times". Scary stuff. I walked away from it as you did, but unfortunately too many desperate frightened people have not. They vote and they procreate. And, they still might prevail. Keep that passport handy.

    Posted by: mike | Feb 19, 2008 6:42:37 AM


  24. First of all, I'm glad Charles has the courage to come out and speak his mind. Honestly, I've never liked him, but this gives me a new respect for the man. In general, the opinions of athletes (pro or not) make no difference to me, but I know that he holds sway with his fans nd the sports community at large, so this might be a good thing for society.

    Secondly, Wolfe is also correct in saying that many Christians are very sincere in disapproving of gays. I am a Christian gay man who knows this first hand. I have a few former friends who won't talk to me since I came out, but I also have Christian friends who disagree with me on the subject of homosexuality but still choose to be my friend. I'm grateful for them.

    Posted by: timotito | Feb 24, 2008 12:44:02 AM


  25. To Mike:

    I, too, left the Pentecostal-Charismatic church, tho maybe for diffeent reasons. (I'm more concerned with accurate theology than what i did or did not experience.)

    Anyway, I'm really writing about your comment that these people do vote and still hold influence in the GOP. As you probably know, Gov. Huckabee still has a strong minority in his party and still expects to win a few more states before the primary election season is over. What's more, Sen. McCain, the moderate that he is, is trying to prove that he's really a conservative so that he can win over the extremists in his party. If he doesn't succeed in that, he knows that he'll never be elected as president (which is ok by me!). And, if HC wins the nomination (unlikely), the GOP will certainly unite behind ANYONE in their party to defeat her. They hate her with a passion and will go to great lenghts to keep her out of the white house. Meanwhile, if Barack gets the nomination, I believe many from the GOP will gladly vote for him, thus leaving their own party in the cold. I personally do not want McCain *or* HC in the white house. I'm 100% behind Barack!!

    Posted by: timotito | Feb 24, 2008 12:58:36 AM


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