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Tim Pawlenty Flaunts Christian, Anti-Gay Marriage Views: VIDEO


In a new video, presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty pushes his Christian values and views on marriage:

"A traditional marriage between a man and woman is a moral building block of our society. It's in the Bible. God teaches us that. He values traditional marriage as between one man and one woman. That's something I personally believe strongly, and have always stood for that in my public life, and my personal life."


The WSJ notes, today:

Mr. Pawlenty is desperate to pull off a strong performance in Ames as he continues to lag in most public polls, both in Iowa and nationally. His campaign reserved nearly $200,000 in broadcast television time ahead of the Iowa straw poll as he continues to introduce himself to Republicans in the Hawkeye State, according to the same tally of media buying. That brought his total spending on radio and television advertising in the state to $436,991, or roughly a tenth of all the money he raised in his first three months as a candidate for the White House. This week, Mr. Pawlenty will tour Iowa in an R.V., with most of the stops less than an hour’s drive from Ames.

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  1. As usual I fail to understand how two women or two men marrying in any way affects straight couples marrying.

    Is Pawlenty suggesting that LGBT couples marrying will stop straight couples from marrying?

    All of these meaningless buzz-terms are making me sick.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 18, 2011 12:25:16 PM

  2. Since when is America to be the christian version of Iran? We're not electing a Theocrat in chief. Timmy needs to get a life!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jul 18, 2011 12:28:53 PM

  3. "A traditional marriage between a man and woman is a moral building block of our society."

    So, Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh must be REALLY moral with 7 marriages between them. If they can get to 10 marriages, they automatically qualify to get into heaven.

    The fact that non-religious straight couples are allowed to marry, never seems to cross these people's minds.

    Of course, the implication that Pawlenty is making is that gay people are immoral.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Jul 18, 2011 12:53:46 PM

  4. Wow, using the name of Jesus Christ to sell your name and to get a vote is disgusting. If you are a Christian we’ll know through your actions not your commercials.

    Tim Pawlenty, you’re making the baby Jesus cry. Shame on you.

    Posted by: Frankie | Jul 18, 2011 12:56:43 PM

  5. How anyone, in the 21st Century can seriously believe in god jesus or allah or other fictional beings is amazing to me. That they will use these fictional creations to murder abortion doctos, kill gay people or deny gay people their rights is pathetic

    Posted by: Kevin Thor | Jul 18, 2011 1:09:34 PM

  6. More garbage rhetoric. Meanwhile, global climate change continues...


    Posted by: ESA | Jul 18, 2011 1:11:24 PM

  7. "A traditional marriage between a man and woman is a moral building block of our society. It's in the Bible"

    Or, one man and seven wives (King David)

    Or, one man, three wives and any number of concubines (Abraham)

    Or, 700 wives and 300 concubines (King Solomon)

    Posted by: Really? | Jul 18, 2011 1:15:14 PM

  8. Wow, uhm, why not just film themselves having sex? Before sexual congress, the man/woman sex that is so good for society. Awe.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 18, 2011 1:35:59 PM

  9. C'mon people. What did you want Pawlenty to say on camera? That he is fully supporting same-sex marriage and that the bible is just a children's book of fairy tales? There is not a single presidential candidate in America who will say any of that on camera today.

    Anyone running for office has to appeal to the public. The public is stupid, yet it gets to vote and if you want people's vote you have to tell them what they want to hear. It's as simple as that. And this is what the public wants to hear. 90% of the people believe in a god, the bible, or some form of supernatural power. Likewise a majority of the public is misinformed about and morally opposed to homosexuality. That's just the way it is folks.

    (yea yea yea I know some polls have been showing 51% support for gay marriage but why don't u try and see if you can get someone elected to office who is loudly and unambiguosly supporting gay marriage. We're not there yet people, much as I'd like us to be).

    Posted by: Mark | Jul 18, 2011 1:41:08 PM

  10. So you want to be president and you have not figured out not everyone is a "Christian" like you? And I put that in " as not all Christians are as backward as you are. You are there for everyone and your beliefs may help guide you but not everyone shares them. I am at the point they say that Marriage is between a man and woman and push the religiousness of it so make it just a Religious ceremony and not that it does not mean anything legal and then just have the government do civil union and you have to have that to get tax breaks or do income tax with federal or state. This way you do separate the church and state best way to do it and they can get married in a church but to make it legal they have to have a civil union which all citizens can have.

    Posted by: Erick | Jul 18, 2011 1:41:56 PM

  11. OMFG! She's just as boring as he is!

    Posted by: Joe | Jul 18, 2011 3:24:36 PM

  12. What bible is he reading? Not the one laden with references to polygamy and concubines, it would seem. Good for him.

    Posted by: Rebel Agenda | Jul 18, 2011 4:49:37 PM

  13. Who did Jesus teach YOU to hate?

    Posted by: Rebel Agenda | Jul 18, 2011 4:50:40 PM

  14. His campaign appears to be on last legs.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 18, 2011 5:00:00 PM

  15. Notice how the right accuses liberals of squashing dissent yet you go to this video on YouTube and it states, "Commenting on this video has been disabled." LMFAO!

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Jul 18, 2011 5:40:00 PM

  16. Really@ has nailed it. The Bible is not a middle-class American text. It's as filled with sexist versions of marriage as it is of references to a petty, jealous and violent God. And when we come to Jesus there can be no doubt on who's side he would be in the equality struggles. He and all of his male apostles (save Judas perhaps) would be at the front of the gay pride march where in spirit they are anyway.

    Posted by: uffda | Jul 18, 2011 7:25:27 PM

  17. "We hope our children will follow the path the God has laid out for each of them -- um, unless, of course, their path is to be gay."

    What astonishes me here is not that no politician would scream out his support of gay rights in front of a camera for fear of alienating voters, but that a politician would make a nearly 6 -1/2 minute video explaining why he should be president ONLY within the parameters of his faith. Is there a video with pretty music and gauzy photos of flags somewhere where this guy explains what he might do to, you know, run the country and solve our fiscal or international problems?

    Posted by: LACineman | Jul 18, 2011 9:30:15 PM

  18. Milquetoast. Culturally irrelevant, and going down in flames for it. People bashing gays to appeal to conservatives are having less and less luck with it as they seem more and more out of step, even among conservatives.

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 19, 2011 6:30:57 AM

  19. Sadly, millions of bigotted Christisn Americans will vote for this bigotted Christian product.

    Between the homophobia and misogyny contained in millions of fundamentalist followers of both Christianity and Islam, I don't hold out much hop for the future.

    These religious organisations need to be doing much much more to separate themselves from such bigotted followers' beliefs, but they do not do this, because, I guess, deep down these organisations hold the same beliefs.

    If this is true, these religious organisation should be challenged relentlessly, like the bully in the schoolyard should be challenged, and finally, they should be let rot...

    Posted by: John | Jul 25, 2011 5:15:20 AM

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