1. Sean in Dallas says

    I’d like to know who he chooses to f*ck on the side. Perhaps an ambush journalist could investigate…then he’d understand just what ambush journalism was.

  2. Chaos says

    Maybe he should keep in mind that his ridiculous “religion” is a choice and shouldn’t warrant “special protections”.

  3. Alex Parrish says

    Since when did “ignorance” become a valid viewpoint? Just because he ‘believes’ something that goes against all reputable scientific findings and the clear experience of millions of LGBT people doesn’t make it true. He might ‘believe’ he can fly, but that won’t repeal gravity. The problem here is not intelligence — he seems intelligent and well-spoken — it is willful ignorance. Whether that ignorance stems from lack of exposure to sexual orientation issues or from some quasi-religious sources, it is ignorance just the same. Shame on your ignorance. If you expect the public’s trust you need to learn and grow.

  4. Francis says

    Mr. Lankford clearly makes the choice not to be gay, daily. Actually, to put it more accurately, not identify as gay. But you still, deep inside, are a gay man, James. The pinging is a little too strong to deny that with this one.

    Should have asked him what special protections our community seeks and why the choice of religion is protected in our country and how that differs from sexual orientation. The interviewer gave Mr. Lankford too many softballs.

  5. Dastius Krazitauc says

    “Did they single you out because you are a Christian?” What?! Was that a FoxNews affiliate, or a Christian Broadcasting Network?

    I swear this guy must have Phelps blood in him. His features look very much like the Phelps.

  6. ichabod says

    Funny how cockroaches like Lankford scramble when they get caught in the daylight.

  7. Jack M says

    I know this is a superficial comment, but why does this guy look like a space alien?

  8. MikeMick says

    “… an example of ‘ambush journalism’ and an extension of President Obama’s pro-gay marriage agenda.” Or an extension of this rest stop closet queen being an asswipe.

  9. paul says

    why did this news anchor not actually ask this idiot outright….’Should someone be fired for being gay?’ – they totally avoided the main issue….

  10. Brian says

    Why is he talking about marriage? The subject is workplace discrimination. And since when is gay only about gay sex? These socially repressed people can’t get beyond our bedroom. Being gay is an identity, not a sexual act. I didn’t have sex with my boyfriend this morning, so does that mean today I’m not gay?

  11. JD says

    So… He didn’t say it. He only *said* it. Gotchya.

    Protip – if your “clarification” just ends up being the same thing people thought you said, don’t bother making it.

  12. Jonathan says

    A terrible example of journalism, far worse than the so called ambush journalism practiced by Think Progress. Simple question, “if you believe homosexuality is something that does not deserve special protection are you saying that those fired simply for being gay should have no legal recourse?” For the record, that’s what “protects gay people from being fired for being gay” means. It has nothing to do with marriage, birth or preferences. It’s just about whether employers should have the right to fire someone.

  13. stevenelliot says

    This gentleman gives me the creeps. He looks like the product of a Goebbels focus group. Like some type of arian spokesperson.

    I always laugh when I see on TV the groups of people standing behing a republican candidate/speaker. They are all white. No shades of brown in the room.

    And this guy is the epitome of that.

  14. YankeeFan says

    DASTIUS: that channel is an NBC affiliate, actually. It’s just journalism in Oklahoma.

  15. Tom in long beach says

    poor, poor victim….
    You want to “protect” an employers right to fire the “icky” people who act on their sexuality. How is that living up to the “golden rule”?

  16. Caliban says

    Are sure his last name isn’t Palin? “Stop oppressing me by asking me questions then showing my answers unedited!”

  17. John says

    Maybe someone should ask him if it would be okay to fire someone based on their religion. After all, practicing religion is a choice and, using his logic, he clearly doesn’t think that there should be special protections for that choice.

  18. Peter M. says

    Wow… everything is there: Homosexuality is a choice, a behaviour, a lifestyle; he was targeted by people with a homosexual agenda, babbles without being questioned about it of his belief that a family is one man one woman and children… sigh
    And the only reason why someone who’s gay is fired is because of his or her poor record at work. Yes, sure. But he totally supports special protections for Christians, because we all know, you’re born Christian.
    And the bias of the “interviewer” is certainly showing. More than 3 minutes of interview and he asks questions like “Did they single you out because you are a Christian?” but he’s not able to ask the only question this interview was all about:
    “Do you think employers should be ABLE to fire an employee simply because she or he is gay?”
    In short, 3 minutes of ignorance, bias and anti-gay drivel by a local Oklahoma TV station. Is anyone surprised?

  19. Dale says

    Why are Evangelicals always victims when they are asked a question? Do they not like how it sounds when it’s repeated to them?

  20. Rob says

    A choice huh? Why would someone choose to be singled out for persecution, hate, etc? Sir I would like to know the moment you CHOSE to be straight. Can you identify that date? Why is it OKLAHOMA that that you get all the hard core crazies from.

  21. says

    speaking of “private behavior”, in the Sermon on the Mount, Christ is rather explicit in His declaration that prayer must be done in PRIVATE (in your closet) and not made into boastful public spectacle.

    therefore Lankford’s own ties and support of the “national day of prayer” is a direct disobeying of Christ’s word, and thus an attack on Christianity.

    oh who am i kidding? this plebe doesn’t know his own bible, nor what he’s talking about. and he is, alas, clearly one more closet ‘mo. not that we want him on our team anyway. ugh.

  22. andrew says

    While I certainly don’t agree with Rep Langford, he seems like a good guy who could be won over to our side by reason and logic.What he really needs is someone in his life who is gay to sit down and talk with him about their life and its journey.To those of you who just write him off as a hater, think about your own families. I’ll bet that many of your parents and more certainly your grandparents would have expressed the same views he has expressed. What, if anything has won them over. Don’t write people off with mean spirited rhetoric, engage them.

  23. andrew says

    What have your own parents and grandparents said about homosexuality? Are they just haters? Or are they good people who can be won over by reason and logic?

  24. andrew says

    Stop the hateful rhetoric. Pretend that it is Thanksgiving Day and you are having dinner at Moms house.

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