Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Joe The Plumber Wouldn't Let Gay People Near His Children

In an interview with Christianity Today, Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka "Joe the Plumber," spoke about same-sex marriage and stated that he wouldn't allow gay people "anywhere near my children":

Christianity Today: In the last month, same-sex marriage has become legal in Iowa and Vermont. What do you think about same-sex marriage at a state level?

Wurzelbacher: At a state level, it's up to them. I don't want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it's wrong. People don't understand the dictionary--it's called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It's not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we're supposed to do--what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we're supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I've had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn't have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they're people, and they're going to do their thing.

Exactly why are gays–even Wurzelbacher's supposed "friends"–so dangerous that they'd be off-limits to his children? Is he reflecting the nonsensical proposition that gays need to "recruit" children to the "homosexual lifestyle" in order to boost the "queer" population?

The interview also considered the possibility of Wurzelbacher as a politician:

Christianity Today: Do you have plans to run for public office?

Wurzelbacher: Not right now. God hasn't said, "Joe, I want you to run." I feel more important to just encourage people to get involved, one way or another. If I can inspire some leaders, that would be great. I don't know if I want to be a leader.

Whether or not God tells Wurzelbacher to become a political leader, he already has a following in conservative circles. He has shilled for the anti-union Americans For Prosperity against the Employee Free Choice Act and spoken at the Conservative Political Action Conference and to the Conservative Working Group.

With spokespersons like Joe the Plumber, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, is it any wonder that the Republicans are losing support and are in such disarray?

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