Back during the fall campaign, I was impressed with Joe the Plumber for better criticizing then-candidate Barack Obama’s tax plan than did the Republican Presidential nominee. He explained in simple terms how higher taxes on the “wealthy” discouraged others from working hard as they aspired one day to be so rich.
But, just because you can understand the perils of high taxation doesn’t equip you to discuss all issues. In a strange response to a question by a reporter from Christianity Today on same-sex marriage, the erstwhile campaign celebrity rambled from favoring a state-by-state approach to same-sex marriage to calling gay marriage wrong, or was he calling homosexuality wrong or was he calling expression of one’s sexuality wrong?
[QUESTION]: 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?
[JOE] 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’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.
I mean, it’s just not clear what he believes to be wrong, just that it’s something involving homosexuality. And that he doesn’t want those homosexuals near his kids (without explaining what harm they could do). Let me know if you can decipher it. Maybe he was just trying to say something original and regain the favor he once had on the right.
I don’t think it’ll work.
Seems like someone is trying to prolong his fifteen minutes.
UPDATE (JohnAGJ): Yes, he did.