Another night and another installment of the Sarah Palin trainwreck on the CBS Evening News. In last night's nine minute segment, the Republican vice presidential candidate tells Katie Couric that homosexuality is a "choice."
The right-wing social conservative governor also took issue with reports that her church, the Wasilla Bible Church, sponsored an "ex-gay" conference where gays could be made straight through prayer. Video and transcript:
Palin: Well, it matters though, Katie, when the media gets it wrong. It frustrates Americans who are just trying to get the facts and … be able to make up their mind on, about a person's values. So it does matter.
But what you're talking about, I think, value here, what my position is on homosexuality and you can pray it away, because I think that was the title that was listed on that bulletin. And you know, I don't know what prayers are worthy of being prayed. I don't know what's prayers are going to be asked and answered. But as for homosexuality, I am not going to judge Americans and the decisions that they make in their adult personal relationships. I have one of my absolute best friends for the last 30 years happens to be gay, and I love her dearly. And she is not my "gay friend," she is one of my best friends, who happens to have made a choice that isn't a choice that I have made. But I am not going to judge people.
No surprise that Palin believes homosexuality is a "choice." The right-wing governor is an evangelical—she is opposed to choice and denies global warming and evolution—and most fundamentalists and evangelicals believe homosexuality is a "choice." Now, this is very interesting: Palin not only trots out the "one of my friends is so and so" footnote but she qualifies the story by claiming "one of her absolute best friends" made the "choice."
Not sure which is worst. The anti-gay governor's (alleged) gay BFF or the fact that "30 years" of friendship has given Palin no insight into the discrimination and bigotry that gays and lesbians routinely endure.