Rick Perry Believes That Homosexuality Is Like Alcoholism And Can Be Treated

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Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry addressed the Commonwealth Club of California Wednesday night. The former Presidential candidate, who is thinking about running again in 2016, spoke to the crowd in San Francisco about a variety of topics, ranging from climate change to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s recent primary loss. However, he shocked the crowd, and perhaps put the final nail in the coffin of his Presidential ambitions, when he compared homosexuals to alcoholics and suggested that gays should just refrain from homosexual activity, much like an alcoholic should not drink.

Perry was on stage being interviewed by the Commonwealth Club’s Greg Dalton. During the interview, the Texas GOP’s official platform was brought up, which includes the widely-discredited practice of reparative therapy for gays. This is where a gay or lesbian person is taught, typically by a ‘person of faith,’  to reject and repress homosexual impulses and embrace heterosexuality. Perry said he was unsure if the therapy worked when an audience member asked Perry if the therapy works . Dalton then followed up by asking Perry if he thought homosexuality was a disorder. Perry answered with the following:

“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that. I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”

Yep. Perry feels that gays and lesbians just need to not be themselves because it is bad behavior. I guess Perry thinks that by comparing homosexuality to alcoholism or other substance abuse, it isn’t nearly as offensive as the normal conservative route of bringing up bestiality and pedophilia when talking about gay people. He likely thinks he is showing some type of empathy.

This isn’t the first time that Perry has claimed that homosexuality and alcoholism are similar and that homosexuals just need to learn to not engage in their “lifestyle.” In 2008, Perry wrote the following in his book, “On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts are Worth Fighting For”:

“Even if [homosexuality] were [a genetic predisposition], this does not mean we are ultimately not responsible for the active choices we make. Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink. And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender.”

Perry’s view is extremely offensive, but he is hardly alone. Many religious conservatives feel that homosexuality is merely a ‘lifestyle choice’ and gays and lesbians need to just to learn to have a stronger desire to break away from that behavior. They feel that sexual activity should only be between a man and a woman and anything else is an abomination in the eyes of God. Therefore, the laws of our states and nation need to reflect God’s will, and we need to do whatever possible to get the sinners to adhere to the only true laws, which are those written in the Bible. And the Bible’s laws need to be directly reflected by our nation’s laws.

The viewpoint of the religious right is that we need to torture young men and women to think ‘the right way.’ They also feel that this is a Christian nation and that, whether you are Christian or not, you need to follow the guidelines of the Bible, and specifically, the evangelical interpretation of Christian ideology. Therefore, you will have the moral crusaders and Christian warriors like Perry and Mike Huckabee pushing themselves into the national conversation. The thing is, the vast majority of this country isn’t buying what their selling anymore.

34 Replies to “Rick Perry Believes That Homosexuality Is Like Alcoholism And Can Be Treated”

  1. Just keep’em talking, all the way to 2016. They can’t help but spew their nonsense. Hey Reince, how’s that rebranding thingy working out? Ha Ha Ha!

  2. He’s Dumb as a rock.
    He owns a Chateau names N***erHead.
    He thinks Women don’t deserve equal Pay.
    He Won’t endorse sex ed or free condoms but outlaws abortion.
    He doesn’t have an immigration plan but allows illegals to apply for and attain degrees in Texas Universities and kicks them out after.
    He emptied Lake Travis with Greenhouse effects. He has watched several towns explode, burn down or completely ghost out but won’t regulate any corporate activity and is quickly turning Texas into a dustbowl.
    He DESERVES THE GOP 2016 PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION!!!!!

  3. Since it’s like Alcoholism and can be treated, there should be state and federal funds spent on the treatment. Since the only people doing the treatment will be churches, this is a big win/win for putting tax dollars into church programs.

    Or am I the only one who sees this?

  4. There are countries, Uganda and Saudi Arabia come to mind, where being homosexual is virtually a death sentence. If being gay is a choice, why the Hell would anyone in those countries choose to be gay? Yet there are gays in those countries.
    Perry is crassly pandering to the needs of his bigoted constituency to justify their bigotry.

  5. I used to think that STUPID could
    be treated with a large dose of FACTS.

    I was Wrong.

    Because The STUPID Want to STAY that Way.

    Just look at Rick Perry and ALL the people
    that put him into public office.

  6. Little Ricky has himself been accused of being a closeted bisexual man who occasionally and gleefully follows his homosexual inclinations, and a book was even written about that issue (Head Figure Head, ISBN: 9781468025989). The author, Glen Maxey, the first and only openly gay state legislator in the history of Texas, has never been sued for publicly making the accusations. Where there’s smoke, there must be fire.

    So if Rick Perry just decides to quit being Rick Perry, will he be cured? No, not at all — there’s nothing curable about Rick Perry. That’s a sad fact for Texans.

  7. Rick Perry like his ilk have a mental disorder that cannot be treated by pharmaceuticals or even counseling. They just need to put down the Buy-Bull and step away.

  8. Why do I find it unbelieveable in the 21st century that people in a country that promotes itself as forward thinking has idiots like him spouting such backward thinking?????

  9. We had loony’s in office when I was growing up. And they got re-elected every time. The problem was even after they gave voting right from the age 18, the only people who go out to vote are older people. If the 18 to 35 age group ever got together and went to vote, then you would see change in Government! Rock the vote is geared toward that age group. Didn’t they teach this in high school, or just the answers to the FCAT tests. So in essence they teach what the state wants them to know, Isn’t this Government controlling what it’s up coming voter will think?

  10. along with his alcoholic gene and his homosexual gene, he has a stupidity gene which he can’t control.

  11. Homosexuality is not “treatable”. It is hard wired in. We are what we are. Therefore any discussion of treatment is heading the wrong way.

  12. Liz, any talk of treatment is just their way of trying to grind you down.
    There should be no talk of treatment, no talk of this in the courts, nor talk of this in politics. Every person should have equal rights. There is no need to talk of this at all, it should be as normal as heterosexuals

  13. Righteous Rick believes that there is a 12-step plan to cure homosexuality … but he can only remember the first two steps.

  14. Ask him when he decided – when he made the conscious choice – to be straight.

    He won’t be able to answer other than to say, “I was just born that way.”

    In which case, people who are gay are “just born that way.”

    It’s who they are. YOU don’t have to be gay, but what on earth gives you the right to tell someone else they can’t be gay?

  15. This isn’t about the “2016 election.” Who honestly cares about that?
    This is about a mindset that won’t go away, no matter who “wins” an election. Move past the stupid political parties and onto the concept of a whole nation of people being subjected to ignorance from people who are perceived as leaders.
    If all you have is hope that the GOP will somehow “lose” an election, you really miss the point. They keep talking even after the election. Teabagger ignorance is like graffiti.

  16. Rumor has it that…

    Rick Perry has learned how to quit sucking on another males member a few times now…

    If you get my drift!

    Probably more than 3.

  17. Our Great President the other day said…

    The United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people…

    but I say…

    The Republican Party does.

  18. Everyone has a choice of who, when, and where when it comes to sex. So it is a choice and always will be a choice.

  19. What about rape and sexual assaults? There were many times I didn’t consent, beginning at the ripe old age of nine.

  20. Rick Perry said, “I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.” He should know.

  21. One chooses to be gay. Weather you want to be or not is up to that person. It’s not a disease or a sickness or any of that…

    Speaking of diseases, what Perry has is called ‘idiotcy’. It’s much like cancer: Once it spreads, it’s very difficult to get rid of it unless you stop it at an early age.

  22. Man, I hope he does run. The last time was side splitting comedy, with the OOPS and being stoned hugging the bottle of Maple Syrup talking like I do to my grandbaby.

  23. The interesting thing about this comment is that it’s actually a backing down from the religious right meme that homosexuality is not a genetic predisposition but purely a choice. Since Rick Perry obviously never had an original idea in his head, I assume this is the retrenched position of the religious right; that even though being gay is, in fact, genetic you can and should choose against it, because it’s a disease. They are conceding a huge chunk of ground here and have increasingly little room to defend their bigoted position from. This is a victory to be noted!

  24. I find it interesting that people readily expound that homosexuality’s source is genetic or “hard wired”. Yet they don’t seem to appreciate what that truly implies… that it can be theoretically altered genetically. Meaning, that someday soon, an embryo that is presenting the “gay gene(s)” can be altered to straight.

  25. Once again Rick Perry is proving that GOP/Teabaggers=21st Century Nazis:

    Persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_homosexuals_in_Nazi_Germany_and_the_Holocaust

    Estimates vary widely as to the number of gay men imprisoned in concentration camps during the Holocaust, ranging from 5,000 to 15,000, many of whom died.[1] In addition, records as to the specific reasons for internment are non-existent in many areas, making it hard to put an exact number on exactly how many gay men perished in death camps. See pink triangle.

    Gay men suffered unusually cruel treatment in the concentration camps. They faced persecution not only from German soldiers but also from other prisoners, and many gay men were beaten to death. Additionally, gay men in forced labor camps routinely received more grueling and dangerous work assignments than other non-Jewish inmates, under the policy of “Extermination Through Work”. SS soldiers also…

  26. Perry can continue peddling this BS. It might win him the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, but it won’t win him the WH, and it will be the same for Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Ben Carson, or any of the other far right ideologues. These people never learn. Most Americans favor gay marriage, but they’re stuck on stupid and keep insisting that what they believe represents what the majority of us believe.

  27. So, Rick Perry, you think those spectacles make you LOOK intelligent? Your remarks prove otherwise as the unintelligent remarks travel from your brain and issue forth via your mouth.

    Homosexuality is genetic. Remember, Mr. Perry, we are ALL children of God – brothers and sisters.

  28. It is really hard for me to understand, how Perry got into the position he is in?

    It is beginning to get really spooky, that people like him, are popping up, all over the US.

  29. When he announced his candidacy for president I told my wife “well now the rest of the country will be able to see the idiot we have running Texas”. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe he would stumble so badly the way in which he did. The recent attempt to look scholarly by wearing nerdy glasses is a rough sell. We all know what is really behind those glasses. He makes Herman Cain look like Einstein.

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