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Barney Frank Explains Why He Would Ban 'House of Cards' If He Was in Charge: VIDEO


Appearing on Conan last night, former Rep. Barney Frank explained why, if he had to make an exception to the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech, he would ban House of Cards. Frank also talked about why he's drawn to the underdog in situations, his feelings that his early closeted days were marked by "cowardice," and his thoughts on Indiana's RFRA controversy.

"In America its nice to have the morally committed people on your side," Frank explained. "But when the profit motive comes into the fight then you're in great shape."


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Barney Frank Advises Politicians to Stay in the 'Atheism Closet': VIDEO

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In a new video for Big Think, former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank offers some subtle advise for atheists with political ambitions: be careful referring to yourself as an atheist, Frank cautions.

Frank acknowledges the importance of stopping oppression of "nonbelievers," and that he himself doesn't have a particularly "theistic approach." But Frank asks political hopefuls: "Why pick a fight that doesn't have to be waged?"

Says the former congressman:

The problem with atheism, politically, starts with the phrase. I've advised people who are themselves nonbelievers not to use the word "atheist." It has a harshness to it. Not necessarily literally, but it comes off as a repudiation of religion. And religion is very important to many people, a source of good feelings for many of them. It is not always, unfortunately a motive for good behavior.

Other topics in the clip include Frank's Judaism and the volatility of religion worldwide. Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Barney Frank Speaks Out Against 'Abysmally Ignorant' Ben Carson and Closeted, Anti-gay Politicians: VIDEO


In an interview with CNN's Gloria Borger earlier today, former Rep. Barney Frank touched on a wide range of topics: his early conversations with colleagues on the Hill about his sexual orientation, why he didn't "conform to a gay stereotype," his thoughts on current, closeted gay lawmakers, his incredulity with neurosurgeon Ben Carson's views on homosexuality, why Democrats have a white male problem, and more. 


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Barney Frank Doesn't Know If Aaron Schock Is Gay, But Admits He 'Spends An Awful Lot of Time in the Gym'


Speaking to The Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift this week, former congressman Barney Frank was asked to comment on the "vitriol" directed against anti-LGBT Rep. Aaron Schock in the lead-up to his resignation due to mounting criticism of his lavish spending habits.

Said Frank:

Schock4Here’s the deal, I don’t know if he’s gay or not, but I admit I did say if he’s not gay he spends an awful lot of time in the gym. I don’t know a lot of straight guys who go to the gym and parade around with their shirts off. Generally gay men do that to attract other men. There is a principle that I take credit for enunciating a long time ago: There is a right to privacy but not a right to hypocrisy. You have every right to privacy but you do not have a right to go into public office or any other office and enforce rules that are against your own behavior. During Prohibition the media would hide the fact that prohibitioners were drinkers. What I would say to people is, if a leading anti-abortionist had an abortion, you’d write about it. If Sarah Brady owned an Uzi, you’d write about it—especially now. Maybe 40 years ago—coming out, what a terrible thing. But there is no justification now if you’re gay punishing other gay people for what you’re doing. I don’t know if he is, but that’s the basis for the anger.

Frank went on to say that being an openly gay politician in the Republican Party is "still very, very difficult."

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Barney Frank on How LGBT People 'Beat the Prejudice' and Changed Hearts By Coming Out: VIDEO

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Former Democratic Rep. Barney Frank appeared on Sunday's episode of Meet The Press and gave his viewpoint on changing attitudes toward LGBT people and Congress. Rep. Frank reasoned that the increasing visibility of LGBT people in everyday culture is because of LGBT people's refusal to stay in the closet, which is helping erase stereotypes and change perceptions.

As for Americans' views on Congress, Rep. Frank told host Chuck Todd that the anger directed toward Congress stems from peoples’ shattered beliefs in a system they truly believed to work.

Watch Rep. Frank elaborate on the two topics, along with how his fellow representatives reacted to his marriage to husband James Ready, AFTER THE JUMP

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Barney Frank on Using Humor as a Political Weapon: VIDEO


Barney Frank, who is no stranger to using barbed comedy to get his point across, shares his philosophy on the therapeutic and polemic power of humor.

We've also included some of Frank's more memorable televised moments in ridicule for your viewing pleasure.

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Previously in the series: "Barney Frank Explains Why Marijuana Legalization Will Follow In Gay Marraige's Footsteps"

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