Bil Browning

Signorile's Must-Hear Interview with NC Fundie Politician

Filed By Bil Browning | September 28, 2011 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: James Forrester, Michelangelo Signorile, radio interview

I don't know that I can give this clip justice as well as Michelangelo Signorile does:

james-forrester.jpgThis interview has to be heard to be believed: Forrester not only could not back up his claims with any evidence -- after first trying to source the Centers for Disease Control, only to be debunked by me -- but he actually acknowledged that he could be wrong. He eventually credited a Christian activist named Frank Turek (who is associated with Maggie Gallagher and the National Organization for Marriage) as his source of this bogus public health information. Forrester had said in his town hall some of his patients were gay men who died early deaths, yet didn't seem to know anything about public health, including that, on a global level, AIDS drastically affects heterosexuals more than gay men. Later, he couldn't answer why he wasn't proposing a divorce ban if his goal is to save marriage, and couldn't explain why gays harm marriage. He accused me at that point of trying to "trip" him up, after I asked some basic questions, and even said he wasn't going to answer any more questions -- though he stayed on the line when I said it would be cowardly of him to leave.

Listen as Signorile eviscerates general jackass North Carolina legislator and doctor, James Forrester. The state senator has been the main force behind the state's proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.

You can listen to the entire interview (audio only) on Mike's blog or watch video of the exchange from inside the studio after the break.


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Angela Brightfeather | September 28, 2011 4:40 PM

I am so ashamed that living in NC, I am represented by this person. But he is so typical of Republican legislators in this state. I live in Raleigh and when I see some of them almost every day and approach them with some of the same questions, they look at me like I dropped of the planet Mars and turn their back while giving me a sideglance like I am not worthy of getting an answer from them.

It all boils down to one thing in NC. They are counting on the rural areas of the state, including one large populated area in Charlotte, to pass this amendment. If I had to bet on numbers if the vote was held tomorrow, I would say they stand at 60% for and 40% against. It is an uphill battle in North Carolina for sure.

The fact that the Republican majority did not get the vote to be taken at the next Presidential election in November of 2012, makes this vote all the more important for those against the amendment. The Spring of 2012 election, which has a notoriously low turnout, means that if we want to defeat the amendment it is all about getting out our vote. Any GLBT North Carolinian who does not vote next Spring is literally cutting their own throat at any chance of it not passing. The least we can do is vote and the most we can do is get others to vote who would not normally go to the polls. Every church will be plugging for this amendment from every pulpit. We have to speak out in the churches and debate the ministers on their home turf and become vocal and out on the streets at every opportunity. In this case they are counting on us to be vocal out side of the churches but not to show up for the fight that has to take place inside the churches. They are banking on our fear of being out and exposing ourselves.

The unvarnished hatred of the religiofascists in government is appalling. 2013 will see the end of this crap at both the state and federal levels when we start winning federal cases.