American Family Association issues analysis director Bryan Fischer has told a non-practicing gay man on his radio show that his sexuality is a choice – but then immediately denied he could make that kind of choice.
‘I do not believe people are born homosexual. I believe it is a matter of sexual behavior and conduct which is always a matter of choice,’ Fischer told the caller.
‘Could you have sex with a man?’ the caller asks
‘No!’ Fischer answers, laughing at the idea.
‘I thought it was a choice?’ the caller asks.
‘Well sure it is, I’m just saying its emotionally, morally, mentally impossible for me … I couldn’t do it. There is nothing in me that would let me do that.’
‘How do you think I feel about women?’ the caller asks.
‘I don’t know,’ Fischer replies.
‘There is no way [I could sleep with one.]’ the caller replies.
'My point is that if an individual does not have a legitimate way to satisfy their sexual impulses then the path that God has designed for them is the path of abstinence and chastity and celibacy,’ Fischer replies.
Fischer refused to answer if he had ever had same-sex attractions in May of this year while appearing on The Alan Colmes show on Fox News Radio.
‘I am not going to talk about that,’ Fischer told Colmes.
‘I’m not going to go there. Give it a rest.’
'It’s a simple yes or no question,' Colmes said pressing Fischer again.
‘Maybe if you’ve been able to overcome your gay impulses and you’ve been successful in doing it, you could be a model for other people you’d like to see act the same way.’
‘Everybody experiences sexual impulses that if they acted on those impulses, it would destroy them,’ Fischer said, adding ‘ask Tiger Woods about that,’ but he refused to give an example from his own life.
Fischer said his focus was on sexual behavior not on ‘sexual impulse.’
‘So you won’t tell me whether you yourself have been able to overcome a gay impulse?’ Colmes asked but Fischer refused to answer again.
‘I don't think I've ever had sexual impulses that would destroy the society or the culture or make me a deviant in some way,’ Colmes said.
‘I wonder what impulses you're talking about. If you've had them, I'd love to know what they are.’