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Watch: Right Wingers Defend GOP Candidate Ken Buck's Comparison of Homosexuality to Alcoholism

Over the weekend, Steve posted about Colorado GOP Senate candidate Ken Buck's Meet the Press remarks comparing homosexuality to alcoholism. Here's some reaction from the wingnuts.


Right Wing Watch reports that Focus on the Family is defending Buck, saying he is absolutely right:

Comments on homosexuality by Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck have received some harsh criticism, including from state Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.

Bennet said on “Meet the Press” Sunday that Buck saying homosexuality is a choice and his drawing an analogy between it and the disease of alcoholism are “outside the mainstream of views on this.”

But Buck’s views are closer to the mainstream in Colorado Springs. For years conservative Springs ministry leaders have compared alcoholism to homosexuality.

Jeff Johnston, Focus on the Family social policy analyst, said Monday, “Alcohol affects your whole body, and so does sexual behavior. The highly addictive (aspect of both) is an apt comparison.”

In related news, on The Ed Show in a discussion of Buck's remarks., Former GOP Congressman Ernest Istook agreed with Ken Buck, saying gay activists say gay is a choice "because it improves their legal position."


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  1. "Alcohol affects your whole body, and so does sexual behavior"

    You know what else affects your whole body? Water, food, oxygen, chemicals, radiation, etc. Such idiotic statements these people make.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Oct 19, 2010 1:26:22 PM

  2. Jeff Johnston, Focus on the Family social policy analyst, said Monday, “Alcohol affects your whole body, and so does sexual behavior. The highly addictive (aspect of both) is an apt comparison.”

    So how would Jeff know that homosexual behavior is highly addictive unless he were a closeted gay guy trying to refrain from the addiction. Sorry sweetie, but you've just outed yourself ;o)

    Posted by: David in Houston | Oct 19, 2010 1:29:29 PM

  3. This is OT but am I the only one who thinks that "alcoholism is a disease" is just made up BS in the first place.

    Regardless, the point here is that ONCE AGAIN the right is breaking down homosex to be about nothing but sexual acts. Like as long as I dont engage in sexual acts I'm not gay.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 19, 2010 1:31:15 PM

  4. Misquote on Ed Show segment, Andy.

    Istook continues to say, gay activists say that being gay is NOT a choice in order to help their legal arguments.

    Actually a good segment and exposes the stupidity of Buck's "not-ready-for-primetime" distortions.

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Oct 19, 2010 1:31:15 PM

  5. RAVEWULF, you're right. Those right-wingers keep making absurd statements. Here's another: "For years conservative Springs ministry leaders have compared alcoholism to homosexuality," -- as if some ministers saying something improves the claim's truth value!

    The real fallacy here is the implicit claim that both behaviors are voluntary. Science actually shows that at least some individuals are born with a predisposition to alcoholism. Of course the right wing can't concede that point or they'd have no basis for choosing to hate alcoholics, too. (And let's not get started on the whole "hate the sin, love the sinner" nonsense.)

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Oct 19, 2010 1:35:37 PM

  6. @David
    Exactly my thought. This isn't the first time one of these characters commented in the addictive and exciting properties of gay sex. It's like they are constantly tempted themselves.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 19, 2010 1:39:41 PM

  7. @ Chuck... DONT GET ME STARTED

    Funsy side of the family fully embraces the Love the Sinner Hate the Sin concept. Mainly because gays are open now and they have to deal with gay family members!

    The question I always have is what exactly is the sin. Is it just the sex? SO if I dont bump nasties I am not sinning. What if I love a guy but dont have sex? Is that a sin?

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 19, 2010 1:47:05 PM

  8. What does GOproud have to say?

    Posted by: John Normile | Oct 19, 2010 1:49:17 PM

  9. Being Gay is never a choice. Being Hateful is.

    And I, too, immediately picked up on that telling "highly addictive" statement - I guess we've got something good going on.

    Posted by: Greg | Oct 19, 2010 2:03:40 PM

  10. The thing I found most insulting:
    "There are those in the same sex community who don't like being told 'you can't help it' and 'you have no choice'"
    As if acknowledging that certain traits are inborn or develop independent of conscious choice or behavior was anything like saying you have a problem or issue you need to help! Listen you idiot, I don't NEED help!

    Posted by: jtaskw | Oct 19, 2010 2:42:44 PM

  11. They have no argument, as usual.

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 19, 2010 2:54:41 PM

  12. Homosexual sex is to Homosexuality as Drinking is to Alcoholism, as Heterosexual sex is to Heterosexuality, as Abstinance is to All of the above.
    Some people believe that Homosexuality is a sin, others not. Some people believe that Alcoholism is a disease, others not.
    Homosexuality, Heterosexuality and Alcoholism are not, in my opinion, choices; acting or abstaining from acts are choices.
    Some religions or philosophies teach that drinking alcohol is a sin, others speak so of homosexuality, and some sects or orders believe all sexual acts are inappropriate and that celibacy is the only righteous practice. But believing in those religions or philosophies is also a choice, and our Constitution does not let other people's religious or philosophical choices dictate our own.

    Posted by: PhilipMe | Oct 19, 2010 3:08:50 PM

  13. @ Ravewulf; I agree.....

    and in this guy's case stupidity is something that affects your whole body and your mind as well. Buck off.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 19, 2010 3:19:07 PM

  14. @David, @Steve: as a recent comment I read somewhere goes, conservatives treat homosexuality as only about sex, but heterosexuality is about love.

    @Ravewulf: like pregnancy is 100% safe, you know?

    Posted by: latebrosus | Oct 19, 2010 4:03:30 PM

  15. Ok... using this guys logic SEX w/ chicks is ICKY gross.

    Because if hetro sex were more or just as addictive as homo sex, then just banging a girl or two should put us all on the straight and narrow. Or at least be kind of a methadone treatment

    Also by his logic homo-sex has the power to make "normal" men grow addicted and not engage in "natural" sex. So homo-sex must be way better than "normal" sex which apparently doesnt effect your whole body. Given the choice - teehee- I would definatly choose the full body option rather than the mild vanilla one.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 19, 2010 4:46:56 PM

  16. "But Buck’s views are closer to the mainstream in Colorado Springs. For years conservative Springs ministry leaders have compared alcoholism to homosexuality."

    Gotta love Focus on the Family for this one. Most other Coloradoans view the residents of Colorado Springs as religious nutjobs.

    Way to go, FotF!

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 19, 2010 10:22:20 PM

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