Ex-gay activist and Exodus executive vice president spoke at a press conference last Friday to oppose the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Video courtesy of People For the American Way.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXcWz8o1jDA[/youtube]
Here are some excerpts.
I know what it is to be an out and proud gay-identified man … I was out and proud in the workplace …
I know what that’s like first-hand.
But I also know what it’s like to say … If I’m doing a bad job, then I definitely need correction, but if I’m not, she does. And it was taken care of right then. And I actually got promoted over her. What I’m trying to point out is this was 1990.
I do respect civil rights. I do respect Dr King. And for ENDA to create a special class, or a protected class, undercuts civil rights to the core.
As a former gay man, I see this from the perspective of knowing what it’s like to be a gay man in the workplace … But I also see it from the perspective of “I want my religious liberties protected.”
Update: Commenter Emproph provides a transcript of Thomas’ full remarks.
Thomas’ argument has no logic. His line of reasoning jumps from admitting that homosexuals can be discriminated against, admitting that it’s wrong to discriminate, to “but I want my religious liberties protected.” Which is it? He wants to have his cake and eat it.
Did he really just defend a right of Christians to commit wrongs — sins — against others?