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Congressman Allen West Defends Remarks Comparing Homosexuality to Choosing an Ice Cream Flavor

In an interview earlier this week with Florida's Sun-Sentinel, Congressman Allen West insisted homosexuality is a behavior and compared it to choosing an ice cream flavor or riding a scooter.

Allen_west "You cannot compare me and my race to a behavior. Sexuality is a behavior. I cannot change my color. People can change their sexual behavior. I've seen people do that. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. So Ive seen a very different perspective on human behaviors. That's where I'm coming from with that. Everyone has the same basic rights. And no one is telling people in the gay community that they don't have the same basic rights that anyone in America has."

When asked if he thinks gay people should change their behavior, West responded:

"No. I don't think that. You know, I like chocolate chip ice cream. And I will continue to like chocolate chip ice cream. So, there's no worry about me changing to vanilla. I like to, you know, ride my motorcycle. What do you want me to do, change my behavior and ride a scooter?"

Watch the video HERE.

Yesterday, after being condemned by Rep. Lois Frankel for the remarks, West insisted they were taken out of context, and defended them, adding an attack on the repeal of "Dont' Ask, Don't Tell".

"I think that what I said was that is behavior. And so what I talked about is, I prefer, I like chocolate chip ice cream. And I'm not going against what someone prefers as their behavioral preference in their life. But when you start to understand about the United States military. The United States military serves one mission and that is to fight and win our nation's wars and if we start to take the military and try to conform it to individual behaviors no matter what those individual behaviors are we're going to lose the essence of what the United States military is."

Watch the video HERE.

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  1. While behavior is a choice, orientation isn't. Your sexual orientation is automatic, not chosen. Your sexual interests and feelings come automatically. This is something that Allen West has failed to address.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 11, 2011 10:22:06 AM

  2. This Uncle Tom is certainly in the right party. What a bigot!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Aug 11, 2011 10:24:48 AM

  3. I'm confused by his statement about growing up in Atlanta. Is there something about Atlanta we don't know?

    Posted by: mike128 | Aug 11, 2011 10:29:10 AM

  4. And to add insult, there is a Allen West donation ad right below this comment box.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Aug 11, 2011 10:29:49 AM

  5. Dear Congressman West,

    I'm lactose intolerant... and by lactose, I mean vag.

    -- S

    Posted by: shaun | Aug 11, 2011 10:32:49 AM

  6. The behavior / orientation question is the primary debate in any conversation about LGBT equality. People who think it's a behavior oppose equality. People who think it's an orientation support equality.

    Asking my straight friends and family: "Could you change your sexual orientation? Could you stop being attracted to people of the opposite sex?" has done more to change their perspective and understanding than anything else. The answer is "no" and "no."

    Experimenting with a same-sex encounter does not change a person's sexual orientation. Stopping having sex altogether doesn't either.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Aug 11, 2011 10:37:52 AM

  7. Oh, my Lord, help me. I acually agree with and respect something that JASON posted. Are you the same JASON who hates that straight guys like female to female porn , but find male to male porn disgusting? If you're not that JASON, I apologize.

    Congressman West is a conservative, and he is stupid on the issue of homosexuality. He is not alone in his stupidity in this country. He and Michele Bachman should indulge in misegenation together. Her husband can join them to make it even more sinful to the conservative American mind.

    I really don't feel like race stuff today, so this is a preemptive strike.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 11, 2011 10:40:13 AM

  8. "miscegenation" is the correct spelling. Who the hell needs to know the correct spelling of such a stupid word anyway?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 11, 2011 10:43:49 AM

  9. And what did we learn about Allen West from this interview? We already knew he doesn't like gay people.

    Now we know he's not into vanilla.

    Posted by: james | Aug 11, 2011 10:50:07 AM

  10. and why is anyone surprised that he said this? the man is a sexist and a homophobe and pretty much an idiot to boot

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Aug 11, 2011 10:58:37 AM

  11. Somebody should point out to him that, although he cannot change his color, he could change HIS behavior to eliminate every aspect of it that reflects African-American culture and the way it differs from the majority culture. They should then point out that if all African-Americans were to do so, it would make society a much more harmonious place, since it would reduce the potential for conflict and misunderstanding.

    That being the case, should he not, in the interests of what is best for society, completely assimilate?

    One should also point out that "behavior" is not a determining factor in whether people are granted the basic rights of citizenship--if it were, then all kinds of people could be denied it if the majority did not like them for some reason.

    These are the best ways to counter the hypocrisy of bigoted African-Americans whose belief in "civil rights" is motivated only by their desire to further their own self-interest, rather than by devotion to any principle.

    They are, indeed, the lowest of the low.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 11, 2011 11:02:35 AM

  12. "And no one is telling people in the gay community that they don't have the same basic rights that anyone in America has."

    Gay people don't need to be told we don't have the same basic rights as other Americans - we live with our 2nd class citizenship every day. Even here in NY, where we have the right to marriage now, DOMA prevents married couples from exercising the same federal rights that any other married couple would have.

    This is not unlike, say, the situation of black people in America before equal rights legislation.

    Mr. West is a very stupid man who is talking himself into a hole.

    Posted by: ant | Aug 11, 2011 11:05:06 AM

  13. okay, so because you like chocolate chip ice cream you cannot have the same rights and benefits as those afforded to people who like vanilla. Now explain to me why that makes sense.

    Posted by: Matthew | Aug 11, 2011 11:05:20 AM

  14. @Derrick Well, you know, Derrick, there is an easy way around that. Just call Mr. West the hypocritical a-hole that he is, the same way you would with a white politician who said exactly the same thing. Pretty simple, really, and I don't see why you should feel conflicted about it.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 11, 2011 11:07:31 AM

  15. He's had lunch with Rick Santorum recently, hasn't he?

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 11, 2011 11:12:33 AM

  16. so he is admitting he might have had and very likely will have sex with a guy

    There are many times when someone wants butter pecan ice cream but it available isn't available so will eat rocky road just because it is the only flavor available

    Posted by: say what | Aug 11, 2011 11:19:48 AM

  17. rick

    You know what Derrick from philly meant, don't play dumb

    He doesn't feel like dealing with the 1-2 GOProud racists under different post names trying to make this a race thing

    Posted by: say what | Aug 11, 2011 11:30:18 AM

  18. The biggest issue you have in the US especially that you will keep on having is of preference vs orientation.

    Not once have I heard a straight gay ally or a gay activist say that it is NOT a preference.

    Many times you guys are drooling over some straight 'ally' who has used the word and everyone on this blog is gushing over them.

    So what do you expect these guys to think?

    Another thing is that because there are so many pious gay men/women who marry people of the opposite sex, these people again think that well if they can, why can't you?

    Lastly, with so many gay men either sleeping with their fag hags or women but claiming to be gay, again what are these guys supposed to think?

    Didn't Andy have that post about the gay guy that wants to sleep with his best female friend to have a kid? And it's this hilarious comedy? Well, as far as these guys think-if gay men can sleep so easily with their female friends, then why isn't them choosing to call themselves gay a preference?

    Posted by: Rowan | Aug 11, 2011 11:35:52 AM

  19. Breyer's New Flavor: Allen West's Tea Party DipSh*t Ice Cream; a delicious blend of extremely vanilla ice cream, chocolate flavored chips, roasted Bill of Rights, imitation Constitution flavor and bits of shredded Medicare and Social Security cards. Purchase one and get a coupon for a free half-gallon of Breyer's gay flavors--the one's GOP members can eat on the down low.

    Posted by: Lew | Aug 11, 2011 11:36:32 AM

  20. @Say What Well, Mr. West himself made it a "race thing" by trying to draw a distinction between race and sexual orientation, saying that one is a state of being and the other is a behavior. It would certainly be helpful if a gay African-American would confront him with the kind of argument I laid out above rather than for me to have to do it.....

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 11, 2011 11:36:57 AM

  21. Uncle Ruckus in the hizzle!

    I think he and Santorum are just making analogies of whatever they see in front of them--napkins, ice cream--they'll just choose whatever they see in front of them "homosexuality is like metal folding chairs!"

    Posted by: db | Aug 11, 2011 11:38:10 AM

  22. Someone inform this dumbass of some history. The U.S. Military wouldn't be the U.S. Military without homosexuals. It was a 'mo who wrote the Military Handbook for the Continental Army and taught them how to be a REAL army. Major General von Steuben.

    Posted by: scollingsworth | Aug 11, 2011 11:39:32 AM

  23. Thanks, Say What, for giving a clearer statement about what I was trying to say.


    You're going to force me to go there, arent' you? Very few Black Floridians like Congressman West. He won with a majority White conservative vote. The vast majority of Blacks would vote for a White Democrat over this Republican idiot (and that has happened before).

    Don't mess with me today, Rick. I not in the mood--I still have that time of the month.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 11, 2011 11:46:25 AM

  24. @Rowan Good points. The fact is that most people do not choose their basic orientation, BUT the orientation of most people is not totally homosexual or totally heterosexual, as Kinsey discovered in his groundbreaking work.

    What we need to do at this juncture in history is encourage the removal of all artificial sexual taboos so that people can pursue whatever combination of sexual activities suits them best, which for most will include at least a degree of bisexuality, albeit with a strong preference for homosexuality or heterosexuality.

    The tired old defensive posture of "We are born this way", which presumes that there is something "immoral" about anything other than pure heterosexuality......has become outdated....and even dangerous, since, if a "gay gene" ever really were discovered, it would open the door to the possibility of homosexuality being made extinct through genetic engineering.

    Time to embrace the 21st Century and leave the 20th and 19th centuries behind......

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 11, 2011 11:46:43 AM

  25. "Don't mess with me today, Rick. I not in the mood--I still have that time of the month"


    Posted by: Rick | Aug 11, 2011 11:49:39 AM

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