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Watch: George W. Bush Uses Bible To Say People Shouldn’t Judge Same-Sex Marriage

by David Badash on July 7, 2013

in Marriage,News,Politics,Religion

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Former President George W. Bush this week used the Bible to tell a reporter that people shouldn’t judge those who are in same-sex relationships. Bush, famous for driving voters to the polls to win election and re-election by ensuring bans on same-sex marriage were on state ballots, responded to a question on same-sex marriage while in Africa by saying, “I shouldn’t be taking a speck out of someone else’s eye when I have a log in my own.”

Later, still in Africa, in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl that aired this morning, Bush had this exchange:

KARL: I saw a journalist in Zambia asked you about gay marriage and whether it is compatible with Christian values. And you had an interesting response.


BUSH: I shouldn’t be taking a speck out of somebody else’s eye when I have a log in my own.


BUSH: I meant that I’m not going to answer the question then and I’m not going to answer it now in terms of the political question about whether or not, I just don’t want to weigh back in the debate. I’m out of politics.

But I meant it’s very important for people not to be overly critical of someone else until you’ve examined your own heart.

KARL: Have your views on this evolved at all? I mean you were –

BUSH: Jon, I didn’t, you didn’t hear my answer. I’m not going to weigh back into those kinds of issues. I’m out of politics. The only way I can really make news is either criticize the president, which I don’t want to do, criticize my own party, or weigh in on a controversial issue. And I’m off the stage. Unless I’m promoting something I strongly believe in, and I believe that what we’re doing in Africa is incredibly important. And will continue to do so, so long as I’m ambulatory.

The same-sex marriage exchange begins at 6:14 in this video:



Bush’s wife, former First Lady Laura Bush, recently announced she has long supported the right of same-sex couples to marry, even while her husband was president. President Bush used anti-gay hatred to win election and re-election, by promising to support and pass an amendment to the Constitution banning same-sex marriage, in a scheme created by Karl Rove, whose father was reportedly gay.

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Str8Grandmother July 7, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Karl Rove's father was gay? Lordy, Lordy!

thomwatson July 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Honestly, I think that many in the LGBT blogosphere are making too much of this as a positive sign. For me, what's most telling is that Bush insists that equality for all Americans and civil rights are "political" issues, and that "politics" is somehow an excuse for not standing up and speaking out for equality for all. There's nothing at all in that to be praised or to be considered progress or evolution. And if he really believes that following the Bible means people shouldn't judge same-sex marriage, he should apologize for having spectacularly failed to follow that biblical principle himself, for having used judgment of same-sex marriage as a callous political tool, and for causing real serious and lasting harm to millions of Americans by doing so. He's never done that. His statement now is less than worthless.

SFNickie July 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm

First of all, this man called on all Americans to pass a Constitutional Amendment against these couples, so that's an extremely relevant fact to this story that is simply missing. It also makes it seem quite cowardly that he now has now comment.

DesertSandwitch July 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm

he was a puppet… ruled by the party to do what the party thought would be best for them in the long run.
If you heard him speak there was a great big difference between how he spoke and how his speech writers spoke. I find that his remarks suggesting that marriage equality was somehow political and not a human rights issue showed his ignorance on the subject. I find too that his wife appear better educated and more articulate than he. Any person that believes the earth is only 5 thousand years old, and that creationism should be taught as scientific area of study in pubic schools is an idiot. That about sums it up.

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