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CNN's Ashleigh Banfield Calls Homosexuality a 'Voluntary Lifestyle Choice', Tweets Clarification: VIDEO

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At the end of a segment about Kansas Pastor Curtis Knapp, who made headlines this week over a sermon in which he said the government should kill gays, CNN's Ashleigh Banfield declared homosexuality "a lifestyle choice" that "is voluntary", Mediaite reports.

Said Banfield

Pedophilia is not by choice, last I checked. In his sermon, Pastor Knapp blamed the Bush administration for its tolerance of gay people. Says that he claims that set the stage, in fact, for the Obama administration to endorse same-sex marriage.

Like I said: they can’t make this stuff up. Unbelievable. Speechless, right? [...]

Again, we gotta outline here, when he says “they punish incest and pedophilia”… Please. Those things are often not by choice and are crimes. Homosexuality is a lifestyle choice by people; it is voluntary.

Watch the segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

Banfield later said, via Twitter,

"Need 2 clarify. Incest and pedophelia are CRIMES & victims have no choice. Being gay is not. Relatnshps r by choice. Way of life not crime...Being gay is not a choice. Being in consensual relationship is. I support LGBT people. I do not support pastor who says its a crime."

GLAAD tells Towleroad that Banfield will be addressing the remarks on her newscast tomorrow.

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  1. These so called "journalists" bring in the HATE mongers without anyone to debate them. Plus they don't do their homework. What is wrong with these jerks? ENOUGH!

    These religious fanatics belong to the BAPTIST church or some crazy EVANGELICAL cult are a HATE group. No amount of justification for their hate when they want other people killed will certify them as "Christian". They continue to ignore the THOU SHALT NOT KILL and therefore deserve all the criticism and more (hopefully lawsuits and federal investigations) for the violence they are instigating.

    Posted by: FunMe | Jun 1, 2012 4:46:49 AM


  2. I heard her when she said it. Her co-anchor looked at her a little strange but I knew what she MEANT, although it sounded a little strange. They only have so long to say something and she truncated the point so much that it was unclear but come on! She's one of the most liberal newscasters out there. If you watch the whole segment you can see how disgusted she found that pastor's comments while her co-anchor just sat there like a bug.

    Posted by: mervin | Jun 1, 2012 5:12:22 AM


  3. Ashleigh, please stop "helping"

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 1, 2012 5:33:46 AM


  4. The problem is ive heard these things said before. I realise it was a mistake on her part, but some mean it. I have a religious co-worker who says me being gay is not a sin, me acting on it is. In his view i should 'be, and act straight', get a wife and have children whether i want to or not, and that would be ok by God.

    Posted by: rovex | Jun 1, 2012 7:28:30 AM


  5. My problem with this is the new trend of using Twitter to apologize for something said in a different venue. You don't reach the same audience with the apology and/or explanation as you did with your original statement. So, it really isn't much help.

    Her explanation and apology should have been on-air on CNN during the same programming block of time to ensure that as many of the same people who heard the original, hear the explanation.

    Now, on to her explanation..... She really didn't do us any good here. Her follow-up explanation that being gay isn't a choice but being in a relationship is... is the same argument that many anti-gay bigots now use. They say that even if being gay isn't a choice, having gay sex is a choice and since the Bible says it's a sin, we should just "choose" to be celibate. Just like pedophiles are expected to choose not to act on their sexual desires, the bigots expect gays to not act of their desires.

    Posted by: Tim NC | Jun 1, 2012 7:33:07 AM


  6. My problem with this is the new trend of using Twitter to apologize for something said in a different venue. You don't reach the same audience with the apology and/or explanation as you did with your original statement. So, it really isn't much help.

    Her explanation and apology should have been on-air on CNN during the same programming block of time to ensure that as many of the same people who heard the original, hear the explanation.

    Now, on to her explanation..... She really didn't do us any good here. Her follow-up explanation that being gay isn't a choice but being in a relationship is... is the same argument that many anti-gay bigots now use. They say that even if being gay isn't a choice, having gay sex is a choice and since the Bible says it's a sin, we should just "choose" to be celibate. Just like pedophiles are expected to choose not to act on their sexual desires, the bigots expect gays to not act of their desires.

    Posted by: Tim NC | Jun 1, 2012 7:33:08 AM


  7. Great, make a stupid statement on national TV and then tweet your "clarification" to the couple hundred people who follow you. She's a perfect example of why the dumb blond stereotype just won't go away. She obviously shouldn't be writing her own copy.

    Posted by: ThomT | Jun 1, 2012 8:35:57 AM


  8. There are far too many of these morons on CNN. People who can barely string words together but look good on camera. Not only do they say things that are incredibly stupid (like this) but they let bald-faced lies go unchallenged from their guests. Enough already. She needs to be fired along with about half of the on-air "talent" at CNN.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Jun 1, 2012 8:48:17 AM


  9. So much for love the sinner....I got my gay by saving cereal box tops, by the way, it took years! What a bunch of sorry ass mopes!

    Posted by: billmiller | Jun 1, 2012 8:58:26 AM


  10. They take their bible too literally!!!

    Posted by: Jeffrey Dunivant | Jun 1, 2012 9:27:30 AM


  11. Who is "Ashleigh Bandield"? Isn't she a character on a sitcom? Oh, that's right, she's a model for rediculous eyeglass fashions.

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Jun 1, 2012 11:02:57 AM


  12. Who is "Ashleigh Bandield"? Isn't she a character on a sitcom? Oh, that's right, she's a model for rediculous eyeglass choices.

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Jun 1, 2012 11:02:58 AM


  13. Ashley should not get a pass. Anyone who claims pedophilia is NOT a choice obviously supports child molesting catholic priests-despicable! She's a homophobe who has joined the deranged Tony Perkins and Baptist 'preachers' advocating death for gay American citizens. She needs to be made an example of, this madness has to stop!

    Posted by: TexasCowboy | Jun 1, 2012 11:19:37 AM


  14. So page number two of comments is literally just trolls who choose to ignore the facts and condemn a woman who is clearly an ally and just flubbed her words.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 1, 2012 1:14:40 PM


  15. Ok, enough already, these people should be FORCED to sit down and finish eighth grade. What incredible ignorance! How do we get through to them that NO ONE chooses to be gay??

    Posted by: John | Jun 1, 2012 1:24:46 PM


  16. Another ignorant conservative!!!!!! Please, the Rapture, please, now!

    Posted by: Rinsac | Jun 1, 2012 5:39:21 PM


  17. Texas, did you forget to take your meds. Your statement is insane and seems to be completely disconnected from reality.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 1, 2012 5:57:37 PM


  18. Wait a minute here -- why is Banfield confusing pedophilia with homosexuality?

    Most pedophiles are straight -- heterosxual -- not gay -- but her conflating of the two is a clever ruse extremists use to plant the seed that gays=perverts.

    Gay and pedophilia have nothing to do with one another.

    Posted by: wimsy | Jun 3, 2012 11:07:05 AM


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