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Herman Cain Rejects 'Common Sense' That People Don't Choose to Be Gay: VIDEO

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Piers Morgan questioned presidential hopeful Herman Cain last night in a long post-debate interview.

Morgan asked Cain about his view that homosexuality is a sin.

Said Cain: "I think it's a sin because of my Biblical beliefs. And although people don't agree with me, I happen to think that it is a choice...That said, I respect their right to make that choice. You don't see me bashing them or anything like that. I respect their right to make that choice. I don't have to agree with it."

When Morgan suggested that his comments were like a gay person telling Cain that he chose to be black, Cain replied, "Piers, this doesn't wash off. I hate to burst your bubble."

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  1. Morgan consistently brings up the issue of equal marriage and gay rights which is great. I think his line of questioning would have been more impactful if he had asked Cain when exactly he "chose" to be straight?

    Posted by: Stewart | Oct 20, 2011 9:20:07 AM


  2. Dear IDIOT Herman Cain, being gay doesn't wash off either, FOOL!

    Posted by: SONNIE | Oct 20, 2011 9:35:12 AM


  3. I can't imagine the GOP not tearing out their hair in private over candidates like Cain, Bachman and Santorum.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 20, 2011 9:38:56 AM


  4. There's that damn yellow tie again. His sin is that he doesn't have a wardrobe.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 20, 2011 9:40:14 AM


  5. Pathologicals and Prejudice

    In The Anatomy of Prejudices Elizabeth Young-Bruehl looks at such "primary prejudices" as sexism, racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia. She argues that they fall into one or another combination of categories: obsessional, hysterical, or narcissistic.

    Obsessional (Malcontent) prejudice, by her definition, sees its objects as omnipresent conspirators or enemies set on one's destruction, who therefore must be eliminated.

    Hysterical (Histrionic) prejudice interprets the hated individuals as "other, as inferior, and as sexually threatening". Racism is the best example of hysterical prejudice.

    Narcissistic prejudice "cannot tolerate the idea that there exist people who are not like them". She argues that homophobia alone fits all these categories, and this might help account for its persistence and prevalence.
    --Vannessa Baird, The No-Nonsense Guide to Sexual Diversity, pg 72

    Posted by: I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff | Oct 20, 2011 9:48:23 AM


  6. I absolutely agree with Stewart. If sexual orientation is a choice, then ALL sexual orientation is a choice. Like Cain has chosen to believe that his crazy version of a bronze age mythology developed in the Middle East millenia ago is an appropriate template for navigating the world today.

    Posted by: kit | Oct 20, 2011 9:52:51 AM


  7. I guess that the flamboyant personality that seems to become exaggerated after coming out is also from birth. It is a choice, and yes being straight is also a choice. Man has free will to choose as he pleases. You may have certain tendencies due to environment, however, what you do with those tendencies is your choice!

    Posted by: ronmac | Oct 20, 2011 9:55:00 AM


  8. Technically with some procedures it can "wash off". Look at Michael Jackson.

    Posted by: TyN | Oct 20, 2011 10:01:46 AM


  9. Ignorant Uncle Tom fool

    Posted by: Mhmm | Oct 20, 2011 10:04:54 AM


  10. Cain has gay staffers working for him. His religious views are those of many people. Why pretend that that isn't true? Catholics, Mormons, Evangelical Christians, and Mormons all are taught that homosexuality is a sin.

    Why should gays care about their religious views as long as they don't try to embed their beliefs into law? It makes more sense to go after these people to prevent them from making their views the law of the land.

    Sadly, if we look at how the Right have been (trying to) passing anti-abortion laws, like Sen. Jim DeMint trying to make it illegal for doctors to speak to women about abortion over the Internet, we have to be diligent against them. There really is a difference between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to our freedoms.

    However, trying to force people to change their religious views is dangerous. Wars have been fought over it. Separation of Church & State is the key argument here. Will these candidate impose their religion on us?

    P.S.

    All of the GOP candidates are a joke. They're ignorant, arrogant, or willing to change their positions on a dime (Mitt Romney is Captain Flip Flop!). Sadly, as the economy continues to remain in decline, the greater the chance for GOP victories on the local, state, and federal level.

    Posted by: Janice | Oct 20, 2011 10:16:08 AM


  11. That headline would be more accurate if it simply read Herman Cain Rejects Common Sense."

    Posted by: MT | Oct 20, 2011 10:17:32 AM


  12. Of course you'll never get an interviewer to ask....."So Herman, because you like vagina, and muff dive on it and pound pussy" - you think this mysterious SKY GOD you worhsip, that no-one has ever seen loves you more?"

    Posted by: Gay American | Oct 20, 2011 10:20:36 AM


  13. Re abortion: Cain says that regardless of his opinion on abortion, it is "each family's choice" on how to deal with abortion. I wish Piers had then asked Cain if he supports preserving legalized abortion. If Cain said he wants abortion illegalized, then ask him if that isn't big government.

    Posted by: Texistentialist | Oct 20, 2011 10:21:19 AM


  14. Compared to all other GOP candidates' positions on homosexuality and gay rights- save Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, and Ron Paul-Herman Cain's position on gay issues is relatively moderate for the bunch. You can see him try to play it off as live and let live- as long as you don't demand equal marriage or employment rights. That said- his is a still an inherently discriminatory view- and his tax plan- if enacted if he was elected- would catapult this country into an economic Dark Age. It would destroy the middle class and cement that uber-rich 1% forever.

    Posted by: Scott | Oct 20, 2011 10:33:30 AM


  15. Cain = flavor of the day, next. Ah the circus of it all

    Posted by: NE Rich | Oct 20, 2011 10:54:55 AM


  16. So why the hell don't one of these 'journalists" have their peons do a little homework, and when Cain predictably says that there is no evidence being gay is not a choice, say "yes there is" and hand them the stack of scientific study that shows it. why? Why?? WHY??!!

    Posted by: Ian | Oct 20, 2011 11:20:18 AM


  17. Cain is a master marketer. That is why he made millions off of crappy pizza. 999 - studies show people love the number nine. They think it represents a bargain. He plays the race card better than anyone since Justice Thomas, and he knows how to speak out of both sides of his mouth. Gays are sinners and chose to be gay... but as long as they don't get uppity then we will leave them alone.

    Posted by: Joey | Oct 20, 2011 11:38:32 AM


  18. The guy is an a**hole, his campaign is Palinesque in that he has no intention of running he is doing this to get attention for his books and his motivational speaking gigs. The more controversy he kicks up so he can stay in the spotlight the better for his books and speech gigs. he is not giving thsoe up for the measly $400K of the White House and the spotlight that will put on him, no way. He is as big a whore as Palin and Coulter.

    Posted by: Jerry | Oct 20, 2011 11:41:22 AM


  19. He's an author on the most elaborate book tour ever devised. Republicans are literally looking under rocks at this point for an alternative to Mittens Romney. That Herman Cain is even considered remotely a possibility should underscore the embarassing desparation at this point.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Oct 20, 2011 12:05:27 PM


  20. Worry about poverty
    Worry about black on black crime
    Worry about teenage pregnancy
    Worry about murders and killings that happen hourly in our country
    Worry about the Catholic priest and their pedophilia
    Worry about the thousands of other sins that the bible teaches that are broken every minute of the day not JUST Homosexuality.
    Worry about separating church and state
    Worry about wanting to be a president for ALL of your countries citizens....But stop bullying and picking on the Gays. We make up MILLIONS of your population. and we are ALL races of people. Black Gays, Asian Gays, White Gays, Latin Gays, Indian Gays, Native American Gays, Christian Gays, Jewish Gays, Muslim Gays, Buddhist Gays... every continent, every country, every race and yes every religion. so be a REAL leader and bring us all together for a common goal of humanity not devide us and if you can't do that...SHUT UP!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Dorishin | Oct 20, 2011 12:13:36 PM


  21. Why doesn't anyone press Cain to state WHY it's his opinion? I hate the fact that people get away with defending opinions by saying "that's just my opinion" -- ok, but WHY is it his opinion? Pier Morgan provided common sense as an example of why he holds the opinion he holds. (He could also have referred Cain to the APA). Let's get Cain on Chris Matthews' show. Matthews doesn't let people off the hook so easily. He makes people answer questions, at least.

    Posted by: MDK | Oct 20, 2011 12:15:16 PM


  22. Cain is not anti gay. He does not understand it. Few do. Who can blame a guy that has not had people try to talk to him? I did talk to him about being a gay republican and found him warm, funny, and receptive to my discussion with him. He thinks choosing a same sex partner means you choose to be interested in the same sex. You choose to live openly, you do not choose to be attracted to the same sex.

    He is a reasonable and smart guy, and is teachable.

    Posted by: ted | Oct 20, 2011 12:15:55 PM


  23. Ted you make Cain and his ilk sound like unruly Labrador Retreiver puppies, they're not, they are bigots that think you are a second class person, a sub-human if you will, that does not deserve the same rights that they have. The fact that they are warm and friendly to your face means nothing absent their being willing to extend the same rights to you that they have.

    Posted by: Jerry | Oct 20, 2011 12:40:46 PM


  24. "I did talk to him about being a gay republican..."

    topped reading.

    Posted by: Mike8787 | Oct 20, 2011 1:04:17 PM


  25. did you hear cain try to defend his tax plan .he kept going in circles then started getting
    defensive. these are not qualities for president.

    Posted by: walter | Oct 20, 2011 1:12:53 PM


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