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


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.


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    • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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?

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

      • 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

      • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?????

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