Herman Cain should take his own advice on gays


In the interview Herman Cain did with CBN News over the weekend — the one during which the GOP front-runner tried to shift blame for his nonsensical abortion position(s) — chief political correspondent David Brody told him that social conservatives were saying they wanted a president who would use the bully pulpit on the life issue.

Cain’s answer, transcribed below, was interesting. If you take abortion out of the equation, he makes sense, generally speaking.

I believe the office of the president and the bully pulpit should be used for that because I happen to believe that we have many instances where if you appeal to people’s hearts you can change their minds. . . .
If you touch the hearts of people you can get people’s minds to change. But you have to show them the beauty of not aborting a life. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the greatest leaders this country has ever seen. How did he bring about the movement that resulted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964? He touched the hearts of people. That’s what a president needs to have the ability to do in order to change people’s minds. . . .

But if that’s the case, then when it comes to gay and lesbian Americans, Cain has no heart at all. His statements on homosexuality being a choice flies in the face of science and countless personal stories. No need for me to beat this dead horse. I’ve said enough already. But I’ll add this. If a man who hopes to use the bully pulpit of the presidency to change hearts isn’t himself open to having his heart changed, why on earth should he be entrusted with the presidency?

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.

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