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Ex-Rep. Foley to GOP Hopefuls: Being Gay Not a Choice

By    |   Tuesday, 07 April 2015 12:39 PM

Republican presidential hopefuls who believe that being gay is a choice that allows others to cite religious beliefs to "demonize" homosexuals need to reconsider their position if they want a shot at occupying the White House in 2016, former Florida Congressman Mark Foley said Tuesday during an appearance on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

"I didn't choose this nor does anyone else," said Foley, who is gay. "The thought that someone would belittle me because of a sexual orientation is the discrimination. You can choose to be racist, you can choose to be anti-Semitic, you don't choose to be gay.

"Trust me, it's not a fun experiment. But at the same time, what is troubling is when people quantify a religious feeling and suggesting you can polarize or demonize a homosexual because it's your religious belief is strange to me."

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"Some of the most important precepts of our faith is love your neighbor, not subjectively or discriminatorily."

Foley said that he hopes the national uproar over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which prompted Republican Gov. Mike Pence to quickly sign a "fix" clarifying that gays and lesbians were protected from discrimination, "rings loud and clear" for others in the party.

"Mike Pence was a dark horse for the presidency in 2016," said Foley. "He's now playing damage control to re-institute a loving, friendly Indiana to tourists. He's having a difficult time and when you demonize people based on something you're either fearful of or don't know about, it's a troubling thing for 2016 as we hope to recapture the White House."

Foley noted that he's "all for free enterprise" but takes exception when that involves discriminating against targeted groups.

He also discussed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's announcement Tuesday that he is running for president in 2016.

Paul, considered a foreign policy dove, will not have an easy road based on his non-interventionist positions considering the state of the world, Foley said.

"When ISIS started rearing its head, and this just didn't occur over night, this has been going on for several years, people now recognize Homeland Security and international security are very well linked," he said. "I like Rand Paul and we've got a tremendous, stable candidate. I'm not going to discourage nor necessarily encourage any one participant, but I can tell you we're going to have a dynamic debate and a party with multiple choices."

The notion of disbanding the military and that the Middle East is not a threat is naïve, he added.

"Paul needs to be a little bit respectful of the fact that freedom isn't free, it's not without cost and consequence, but it absolutely is the fundamental principle of the United States," said Foley.

"If we give up on Israel and don't provide them the cover, then we'll give up the world. Israel needs our help and they need our protection and the notion that we somehow we can negotiate with Iran and hope and pray that Israel remains intact as a state and a free nation, is scary to me.

"We elected a naïve president six year ago, who believed if you just shook hands and made Muslims feel welcome, that we'd change the world calculus. We have walked into what is the most dangerous period in the United States history, both domestically and internationally, because of naiveté."

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