Yesterday following a segment about Kansas Pastor Curtis Knapp, who believes the government should kill gay people and that we should all be out into concentration camps. CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield called homosexuality a “voluntary lifestyle choice”
“Pedophilia is not by choice, last I checked. In his sermon, Pastor Knapp blamed the Bush administration for its tolerance of gay people. Says that he claims that set the stage, in fact, for the Obama administration to endorse same-sex marriage. Like I said: they can’t make this stuff up. Unbelievable. Speechless, right? Again, we gotta outline here, when he says ‘they punish incest and pedophilia’… Please. Those things are often not by choice and are crimes. Homosexuality is a lifestyle choice by people; it is voluntary.”
Banfield realizing she made a horrible mistake and used a very poor choice of wording immediately took to Twitter to apologize.
Today Ashleigh took it one step further and on her CNN newscast today, attempting to clarify what she said and let it be known it wasn’t what she meant at all.
I made some comments yesterday that ended up getting a lot of traction out there, not only on Twitter but elsewhere. And I want to be very, very clear about what my comments were about. I probably misspoke and mangled words, but I want to be very clear.
When I said that incest and pedophilia involve people who don’t have a choice — victims who don’t have a choice — and then said a gay relationship, you do have a choice, they are not crimes. Gay people involved in relationships are not committing any crimes at all. However, those who perpetrate incest and perpetrate pedophilia are committing crimes. I don’t know that my comments were taken in that light and I certainly hope they were, but in no way did I ever want to suggest that being gay is a choice. It is not. And I probably used the word “lifestyle choice” — not what I meant to say at all. Being gay is not a choice; being in a voluntary gay relationship is a choice. It is not a crime. So I hope that at least clears up any of the comments I made after that story of the pastor. And in no way do I agree with or stand by any of the comments that that pastor made either.
The media should never schedule a far-right anti-gay partisan for an on-air discussion, without a “fair and balanced” approach and having gay advocate on-air at the same time to provide the counter argument. (I am available and will do much better with the counter argument than any stuffed shirt spokesperson from the HRC by the way.)
Or better yet. In cases such as Kansas Pastor Curtis “Govt. Should Kill Gays” Knapp just show the clip. His bigotry and insanity, insanity and hateful words will make its own best case against him.
You can watch Banfield try to correct her statement below: