May 4th, 2009
10:41 PM ET

Joe The Plumber: I Would Never Let "Queers" Near My Children

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/20/art.getty.joe.the.plumber.jpg caption="Joe the Plumber, aka Samuel Wurzelbacher, recently spoke out against gay marriage."] 

Joe the Plumber, aka Samuel Wurzelbacher, sat down for an lengthy interview with Christianity Today to discuss his views on the future of the Republican party. Wurzelbacher took the opportunity to speak out against gay marriage, which he says is wrong. The unlikely conservative spokesman went so far as to say he doesn't allow openly gay people "anywhere near" his children.

The word "queer," Wurzelbacher noted, "means strange and unusual."

Christianity Today: In the last month, same-sex marriage has become legal in Iowa and Vermont. What do you think about same-sex marriage at a state level?

Wurzelbacher: At a state level, it's up to them. I don't want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it's wrong. People don't understand the dictionary–it's called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It's not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we're supposed to do–what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we're supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I've had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn't have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they're people, and they're going to do their thing.

In the vein of George W. Bush and Michael Steele, Joe the Plumber also indicated that he wouldn't run for public office until the Lord had given him a cue. "God hasn't said, 'Joe, I want you to run.' I feel more important to just encourage people to get involved, one way or another. If I can inspire some leaders, that would be great." Joe added: "I don't know if I want to be a leader."


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Randall

    Joe says "I've had some friends...wouldn't have them anywhere near my children...at the same time, they're people". This again explains why racism and discrimination survive generations. We need to try more empathy, less fear. A little open-mindedness wouldn't hurt either.

    May 4, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  2. Dr Donna K Buechler

    Why is mainstream media still giving this man who represents no one but bigots continued national attention? He is a laughing stock but very poor representation of the USA. I'm embarrassed by him.

    May 4, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  3. eli

    Well, I would never let my children near Joe the Plumber.

    May 4, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  4. CalGal

    I can't beileve in this day and age that there are still people with JOE'S mind set. For a country who claims to be the best at everything.. literally, ......you lack the most basic of human values.

    Oh yea and here's a message directly to Joe.... better check the closets of all of your relatives to see if someone is hiding out there. I know if I was one of your gay relative's I'd hide!

    May 4, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  5. becky

    Joe just keeps pushing the GOP further down, if that is possible. What an idiotic thing to say. Just go to the sewer Joe, that's where you belong. Sad.

    May 4, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  6. Bob

    Way to go for speaking out what he believes, One day mark my words, all of you will see...

    May 4, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  7. Craig

    I think that just because some people are confused or make the wrong decision with how the human race is supposed to Procreate not eradicate we as people should not have to tolerate it. But we should be able to have our say as we do.
    Thank you, Craig

    May 4, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  8. barton

    i'm gay, i wouldn't let Joe the Plumber near me. what a shame for him. ignorant, and not reflective of most decent people. Mark my words, gays will be the 'THEM" in the GOP scheme to create a division.

    May 4, 2009 at 7:11 pm |
  9. A. Trotter

    The other day, I saw a woman at the store buying tampons. She obviously was having her menstruation cycle.... I waited for her to go outside and I stoned her to death for appearing in public during her monthly cycle.

    Just like the bible says, eh. Joe?

    May 4, 2009 at 7:11 pm |
  10. Ivet

    I would never let my kids near a idiot like Joe the Plumber. Proves what kind of moron he is, and this is the type of person the Republican Party caters to.

    May 4, 2009 at 7:11 pm |
  11. ann

    We care what he has to say because...???He is not worth a blog space.
    Maybe with any luck,the Good Lord will tell him to disappear,and instead of giving him a cue,give him a clue.Right now he doesn't have one.Maybe he should get together with 'Miss-What's-Her-Face breast implant pageant contestant non-winner' and compare notes.

    "I don't know if I want to be a leader." Now there is the stuff nightmares are made of.Enough of this clown already please.

    May 4, 2009 at 7:10 pm |
  12. Jon - Melbourne, FL

    What a winner this guy is. He is the poster boy of the conservative of yesterday and, in my opinion, the reason that Republicans are losing steam. I think that if the Republicans and religious conservatives want to appeal to a broader audience they should really consider toning down the derogatory terms. His whole "queer" statement is not just offensive to gay people but to a nation that wants to command the respect of a world that is opening its mind much faster than we are.

    May 4, 2009 at 7:10 pm |
  13. Nick

    I am ashamed to be from the area as this shmuck. Joe, get a clue.

    May 4, 2009 at 7:09 pm |
  14. jeremy m

    What a total moron. Being gay is not a disease or a crime. I pay taxes and I deserve the same rights all tax payers get. Unless they offer the gays exceptionha ha

    May 4, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  15. Michael

    The word "queer" does indeed mean 'strange and unusual.' But homosexuals did not choose that word as a label for themselves. This is a word that was used by homophobes like "Joe the Plumber" to describe gays because they thought homosexuality was "strange and unusual." I feel sorry for his children, who will be forced to grow up in a household where they might have to repress themselves because they don't know if they'll be kicked out when their father finds out their lifestyle isn't what he wanted.

    Everyone else is right. Joe the Plumber was never relevant. He was a ploy used by the McCain campaign to try to appeal to "ordinary" people, and we see how that worked out for them, didn't we?

    May 4, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  16. A. Trotter

    The everyday, average American Hard working man, Folks! Aren't ya proud?

    "Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt"
    - Mark Twain

    May 4, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  17. Maureen Mower

    Joe the Plumber (who isn't really a plumber, and his name isn't really Joe, etc.) is an idiot. He was used, manipulated, and exploited by the McCain/Palin camp – all the while smiling like the idiot he is, and thinking they actually gave a damn about him or his opinions. Then, the more his complete lack of anything resembling independent thought became clear – they dropped him like the hot potato he was.

    He's so ignorant he doesn't even know that he was used, or that he makes a complete fool of himself every time he opens his mouth, or that the whole nation (and a lot of folks around the world) are laughing at him (NOT with him).

    So why are we still talking about him? Why does the media care what he has to say now?

    How about posting quotes from people who actually have something useful to say?

    Joe –

    May 4, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  18. Qusan

    Turn off the microphone.

    May 4, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  19. Linda

    Joe, what a 'queer' fella you are....

    May 4, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  20. jon

    joe the plumber seems to know alot about what the bible says. I guess then he should know that it's a sin to eatshell fish. that it's ok to sell your children into slavery. wearing clothing of two different types of threads such as polyester/cotton polos is a sin. if he worked on sundays, he showed be stoned to death. if his wife spoke in public she too should be martyred. but I guess he knew all that already and is aware of the unconditional love that his Jesus preached about.

    May 4, 2009 at 7:05 pm |
  21. Fay - California

    Not that we needed any more evidence, but JTP's latest idiotic statement is another confirmation of his sheer stupidity and bigotry. If the GOP really wants to remake their image, they'd better start by distancing themselves from fools like Joe – he is a complete disgrace.

    May 4, 2009 at 7:04 pm |
  22. Valbuena

    This isn't right at all. This is what makes republicans look foolish and stupid.

    May 4, 2009 at 7:04 pm |
  23. Brett

    I wish Joe would snake a drain instead of spewing ignorance and hate.

    May 4, 2009 at 7:03 pm |
  24. Cristina Aldridge

    But you have friends that are supposedly gay and they know you wouldn't allow them near your cildren? Just shut up. You had to say that just to make it seem like you have some sort of a heart. Who the hell tells their friends that you are not allowed around my children? What kind of friend is that?

    May 4, 2009 at 7:02 pm |
  25. Chervone

    Oh and by the way if he has "friends" that are gay then he is indeed NO friend to them. Wont let them around his kids, why? Is gay contagious now. Idiot! It is just like someone being racist and saying "but my good friend is black or latino etc."

    May 4, 2009 at 7:01 pm |
  26. jessica

    lol J Curtis!!! hahahha

    This guy is beyond a jerk.

    May 4, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  27. Tammi

    Ditto J Curits!! Enough said!

    May 4, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  28. Commander Xenu

    I wouldn't let Joe near my children

    May 4, 2009 at 6:58 pm |
  29. Colleen

    Seriously, though - why are people still listening to this guy!? I can think of plenty more important issues in the world than Joe fearing the plague if I happened to be "anywhere near" his kid!

    May 4, 2009 at 6:58 pm |
  30. Alex

    "Queer means strange and unusual."

    Yeah, and it's roots have nothing to do with homosexuality.

    May 4, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  31. Heidi

    this guy is a nobody. he was used by the GOP, it didn't work, and now they're done with him.

    with his ignorant, fearful opinion, i wouldn't let Joe anywhere near MY children.

    May 4, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  32. Cristina Aldridge

    I would never let my kids near "Joe the Plumber".

    May 4, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  33. Jonny, KY

    Useless man is useless.

    He is seriously a caricature of his party now, isn't he? Or maybe just its usual fare.

    He's so... stupid.

    May 4, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  34. Chervone

    Ok this man is a first class idiot. Queer means "stange" what an a**

    May 4, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  35. Alyzabeth

    I, personally, would not like plumbers around my children.

    May 4, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  36. Susan

    He's such a slick, sick, person filled with poison and trying to make $ and a name for himself and doesn't care what he says. Yukkk, the news media should just ignore him.........

    May 4, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  37. Joe Z

    Why do I feel like this comment from "Joe" doesn't surprise anyone on the left OR right... I guess he wasn't "recruited" by gays when he was young and wants to make sure the same for his children...

    May 4, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  38. R. Walden

    I agree with "J Curtis". You are and have always been irrelevant. You're nothing more than the GOP's pawn. Sit down and shut the hell up. Good riddance, you sad sorry excuse for a human being.

    Love, a "queer"

    May 4, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  39. trish

    love j curtis's comment 🙂

    May 4, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  40. Jrq

    This is GOD....be nice to others and zip the lips.

    May 4, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  41. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I could not believe my eyes for a moment. I thought the headline read, "I would never let beers near my children. " Um, had to read that one twice from Joe the Dumber, oops plumber.

    May 4, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  42. Kathy W.

    DISGUSTING !!! EVERY SINGLE PERSON on this planet deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. "Joe the Plumber" says Queer is not a slur, perhaps when it was first used in the English language is was not but he cannot possibly believe it's not a slur in this day and age, does he live in a cave? He won't let gay people around his children – he needs to check his statistics – MOST pedophiles, child molesters, and other such predators are straight NOT gay.

    I am a heterosexual white woman – certainly NOT a minority. It very much saddens me when people cannot open their minds even just a little bit in order to accept people for who they are and for being people instead of putting a label on them. Very very sad.

    May 4, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  43. Myra Boyd

    I just know that the GOP is so glad they have him in their corner! ROFL!

    May 4, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  44. J Curtis

    Joe – God called and said, 'Sit Down and Be Quiet. You're 15 minutes of fame are over."

    May 4, 2009 at 6:47 pm |