Guess Who Said It? May 4, 2009

Guess Who Said It?

The 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?

The response:

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 — it’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.

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  • Troll


    The Plumber Guy.

  • ethanol


    I guessed Michele Bachmann

    but to be fair to christianity today, almost all of the comments, which may or may not be representative of their readers, were overwhelmingly negative about the interview.

  • Oh geez…. WHY WON’T THIS GUY GO AWAY? Why are people still giving him press coverage? He is an expert on absolutely nothing. He has no interesting insight on any topic. There is no reason for him to be anywhere in the media. Let him go back to being a pretend plumber again.

  • Gabriel

    So he is a liar and a bigot also. Wow what a christian.

  • lindsey

    I know this is a hallmark of conservative discourse now, but I’m sick of this “up is down,” “black is white” kind of rhetoric. It pisses me off. From the interview:

    Why does conservatism appeal to you as a Christian?

    Conservatism is about the basic rights of individuals. God created us. As far as the government goes, the Founding Fathers based the Constitution off of Christian values. It goes hand-in-hand. As far as the Republican Party? I felt connected to it because individual freedom should not be legislated by the federal government.

    WHAT? if individual freedoms shouldn’t be legislated by the federal goverment, why are people opposed to Roe v. Wade and the legalization of same sex marriage and a myriad of other issues. The only thing that sort of gets this statement off the hook is that he says ‘federal government.’ So, I guess if he went on to make a case for state government then, I suppose I could go with that. But I couldn’t exactly call his argument 100% cogent.

  • Thilina

    Damn, I guessed Bush or Michele Bachmann.

    And Mr. the Plumber you do not have any gay friends. The people who are against gay marriage need to stop saying that to try and seem PC while being a bigot.

    Why is this guy allowed to speak at all anyway, from what i can see he’s unqualified to even give plumbing advice!

  • Isn’t cognitive dissonance a fascinating thing.? Individual rights apparently should only be respected by the federal government, states not so much.

    It’s clear he doesn’t even understand the meaning of many words, even simple ones like “friend”. I’m pretty sure any gay person who knows him, knows his views, and isn’t allowed near his children doesn’t consider him a friend.

  • Abner Cadaver II

    Joe the Plumber also has black friends. And he respects them! He just wouldn’t leave them alone with his daughter. But he has no problem with them being black!

  • SarahH

    WHY are people still asking this guy questions? Thanks so much, McCain.

  • 4oz of reason

    He’s not even a plumber anymore! He does book tours!

  • Jodie

    My money was on Bristol Palin…Here’s hoping she ends up evolving a bit past her genetic heritage.

    Also, I cannot tell you how many dear friends won’t let me near their children. I don’t take as a sign of distrust or hate, but as the definition of friendship.

  • Weemaryanne

    The commenters at that Christianity Today interview do not seem to be uniformly impressed by our Joseph. This is to their credit. I fervently hope that at least one of Joe’s kids is smarter than his/her old man.

  • Matthew T.

    That man is the epitome of stupid Christian America. Ugh!

  • dsnamibia

    I saw the first three sentences and thought “Ron Paul.” After that, I was confused.

  • Matto the Hun

    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.

    Don’t you love it when anti-gay bigots make the “I have gay friends” claim. “I have gay friends… and now I’m going to say every ignorant, bigoted, and hateful thing I can think of to dehumanize them… but HEY! Don’t call me bigoted because having gay ‘friends’ gives me some sort of magical free pass.”

    Congratulations Joe the Plumber, you’ve joined the ranks of other noteworthy hatemongers like Dr. Laura and the esteemed Ann Coulter. People who also have imaginary gay friends that only come up in conversation just before they say something hateful about them.

  • jmmmm

    As Buddy Cole once said, he sure looks like rough trade to me.

  • lynn

    Why is anybody still talking about this guy?

  • Joe the Plumber. I guess he’s all jealous that Miss Ta Ta’s for Jesus is getting all of this attention and he faded away so long ago, so he’s trying to get into the limelight again. What a tool. Next thing you know he’ll be posing nude….

  • Formerly a plumber, and now he’s just a tool.

  • Pedro in the Netherlands

    What a wanker !! How can people come up with shit like this .. it actually made my blood boil…. He’s the one who shouldn’t be alone with’s christian bullshit like this that’s child abuse… and 90% of child abusers are heterosexual….

  • Robyn

    “I’ve had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know I wouldn’t have them anywhere near my children.”

    Some friend.

  • atomjack

    In all fairness to his alleged friends, maybe his kids are monsters like him. In which case I can understand why the friends don’t go near the kids… he just has it backwards.

  • Joe the Sam lives less than 150 miles from me. I actively encourage him to keep his kids away from me.

  • Marissa

    God damn it.

    Why do people keep listening to what he says?

  • marfita

    Joe the Plumber has read a book?!

  • cathy

    Pedro, it’s actually more than 90% (the APA has a long history of referring to any male abuse of a boy as homosexual abuse, but actual cases of adult gay men abusing boys are freakishly rare. Heterosexual identified men are statistically more likely to molest little boys).

    And the queer thing, if you are self identifying as queer, or referring to queer theory, it’s not a slur. If you are using it as an insult, you are using it as a slur. The whole point of people self identifing as queer is to turn those insults on there head, to say, yes, I’m not straight, I’m not just like you, and I’m damn proud of it.

  • Kurt

    I would love to hear our leaders actually check with God before he does stuff.

    Joe, I don’t think that subject-verb agreement means what you wanted…

    On the other hand, it might be nice if our leaders checked with god before he does stuff… “Say, God, Gordon Brown here. Just checking with You about that famine You were planning for Rwanda next year? Not to question Your unfathomable and infinite wisdom, but could You just hold off on that for a decade or two, ’cause they’re doing pretty good right now? Thanks.”

  • Beth B.

    To be fair, I maintain many a true friendship with people I wouldn’t let anywhere near my children.


  • Anna

    Palin/Plumber 2012!

  • If Joe. the P. has any gay friends, I’ll eat my hat. He’s either lying or dangerously self- deluded.

    News flash, Joe: You don’t have any gay friends. In the immortal words of Jon Stewart: Your gay friends don’t like you.

  • I posted this on my facebook account after I saw that a relative was a fan of the “one man-one woman marriage” group.

    Can any Christian tell me how it is OK to discriminate against gays? Can you tell me how prejudice is justified? Can you honestly tell me that Jesus would be against **any** true love in a world that is so filled with hate and anger? Can you tell me how keeping two people who truly love each other apart and stopping them from getting married and forming a family promotes “family values”?

    This is the second time I’ve posted a similar question, because I have a lot of Christian friends on facebook and we talk about different issues from time to time. I don’t want to pick a fight. I just want an honest answer. But so far not one person has given any response.

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