Chris Matthews asks the tough questions:
FALWELL: I don't think any -- I don't think anybody is born a bank robber or born a hostile left-winger or a hostile right-winger or gay or a promiscuous heterosexual. I think there comes a time in childhood where environment may be a part of it, whatever, teaching, instruction, one chooses, I will do this or that. And that's why good, godly parenting... (CROSSTALK)
MATTHEWS: How old were you when you chose to be heterosexual?
FALWELL: Oh, I don't remember that.
MATTHEWS: Well, you must, because you say it's a big decision.
FALWELL: Well, I started dating when I was about 13.
MATTHEWS: And you had to decide between boys and girls. And you chose girls.
FALWELL: I never had to decide. I never thought about it.
DOVBEAR: Is there anyone in America besides the blowhard minister who still thinks homosexuality is a choice???
And put aside the politics for a second. What do religious people GAIN by insisting it is not a choice? Couldn't they continue to insist that homosexuality is immoral even if they agreed that it wasn't a choice? I agree that homosexulaity is prohibited by the Torah. How does the fact that it's not a choice obviate Leviticus?