October 28th, 2010
10:06 AM ET
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. James

    Yes, a person has a right to freedom of speech but only up to the point that his exercise of that freedom restricts someone else's freedom or puts their life in danger. The real issue here is not that he openly hates gays, that's his business. The problem is that he is an elected official who is responsible for the well-being of children and he has openly said he believes that some of those children should kill themselves. Does that seem right to you?

    October 29, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  2. Linda

    To Jim; your comment is hardly worth the effort of responding to... but I will this one time- God created and loves everyone-

    October 29, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  3. Linda

    To Deborah Chaney; Don't worry; people won't judge your whole state by the vicious words of this one moron. The only people that would do that would be people like this clearly uneducated redneck and for what those individuals think, who really cares. I"m sure there are alot of very good, normal people in Arkansas.

    October 29, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  4. Steve

    As a Christian I certainly can't agree with what this man said as far as the implied threat. I wouldn't wish death on anyone, quite the reverse.

    But God said time and again this lifestyle is an abomination. It is wrong, it is not natural, you are NOT born that way, and it should be illegal.

    October 29, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  5. Cindy

    It makes me sick. Why is it that when a minority is ticked off they riot, destroy property. The guy expressed his opinion (which wrong) and the homosexuals are upset. So,they send hate mail and threatened his family whih AC didn't comment and ignored when told.. The Christian father said he wasn't a Christian. How un-Christian is that? Judging others. Would Jesus do that? The smallest of children are taught 2 wrongs don't make a right. I am a native Arkansan and remember well when gay meant one was Happy. Homosexuals were also called queers. I woke up one day and saying that made me bad persom. How is his opinion on facebook make him bully?? Sounds as if the guy was tired of all the PC. For the record I don't condone what he said but the purple ribbons was going too far. For good measure, if you don't have a child in Midland schools, leave it alone and clean your own backyard....and no more hate mail and threats.

    October 29, 2010 at 4:11 am |
  6. Dnewfl

    This guy should step down. If he didnt get caught I am sure he would not be sorry he said it. Its narrow minded people like this that make the world a side place. God is our judge not man. God created all man equal. I am a gay male and think we are all entiled to our believes but we have no right to push our belives on no one. This man needs to seek help,our kids are dieing because of narrow minded people.

    October 29, 2010 at 1:30 am |

    I am 81 yrs. old and have been a Christian for 50 + years until NOW!!
    I DO NOT want to be called a Christian due to the HATE that is being
    spread BY CHRISTIANS . Yes we have the right to say what we want to
    but in GODS EYES what we say BETTER LINE UP WITH GODS WORD. How I
    would love to sit down with this man and remind him "if you say you are
    a christian that is why I am leaving that FAITH. Christian Faith IS A FAUTH OF LOVE not HATE!!! I am now a WHOSOEVER BELIEVER . Gods Word says "WHOSOEVER calls upon the Name of the Lord WILL BE SAVED".
    That is Salvation with Gods Love.
    HATE is a CANCER of the mind and spirit working out through INGORANCE!!! I have children , but they have MY LOVE for them come what may!! May God have mercy on him and he does not reap through his children!!! Juanita Pike

    October 29, 2010 at 12:03 am |
  8. Marty Dowds

    Hi ...

    What triggered / angered this man Clint Mc Canse's to write this stuff . There has to be a reason dose not make sense. at ALL.

    October 28, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
  9. Roger jones

    He's sorry because he got caught and he's on the other end of the bully stick backtracking and running scared

    October 28, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  10. alan

    you have the right to believe in a book that tells you there is a god, but you have zero right to imagine that your personal choice of belief should have any bearing whatsoever on any other person's life.
    your belief in God is a personal choice, keep it to yourself.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  11. Tracy

    Two wrong does not make a right... so people stop harassing the man and his family... use this incident as a time to educate others about respecting others ... red yellow black white big little gay or not ITS ALL ABOUT RESPECT

    October 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  12. Marie

    This is such an exciting time. I look forward to the day no one is called a queer. Also when (I have to say this) it isn't acceptable to degrade the mentally ill with degrading phrases.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  13. Dydx4

    I feel very bad for him & respect him for going on CNN to explain. Listen to the guy speak, he was reacting based on his beliefs. He clearly didn't intent to hurt these kids and families or was at least remorseful. I hope people will forgive him. He said he made the comments out of ignorance & has learned from the experience. Listen to the father who lost his son and show this man and his family compassion.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  14. Greg Canuck

    The last comment is funny... "I am not going to condemn any one", and then condemns in such vile way!

    Even Canadian history tells us that the United States celebrates its separation of church from state, and that there will be liberty and justice for all.
    Then individual state governments, and the US federal government through its DOMA and DADT laws infuse ancient biblical teachings into current laws.
    Is it the history books that are wrong, or is it that so many Americans have decided that those parts of the Constitution are not important?
    God Bless America, and ALL Americans.

    October 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  15. Annie Kate

    School officials, teachers, principals, coaches, and other education professionals have as authority figures a great deal of influence on our children. For one to post his opinion (which yes he is entitled to)on a public board for all to read shows such a disregard for his professional responsibilities and the children that he influences indirectly that there should be a way to dismiss him even from an elected office. If he had been elected to a Congressional seat there are things the Congress can do to a colleague (such as censuring, refusing to seat the Congress person) who might do something like this – I don't see why on the local level they would not be able to do something to this official.

    October 28, 2010 at 8:03 pm |
  16. Jacob

    I am hoping for peace in all. Why hate? Why judge? Get a hobby or do something usefull, and for everyones sake just LIVE!

    October 28, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  17. gderrty02

    I,am going to condemn any one,we leave all judgment onto God but one connot atest that they love God and say that gay is good. homosexual is freekihg nasty. My point is that homosexual is the most vile sin of humankind, that some nasty#$$$*&,but remumber this God wipe out entire nations because of homosexuality,or they support it.Finally, gays, homo, lesbians if it was up to them,humanity would die out in one generation, because they will never ableto replenish the earth

    October 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  18. Deborah Chaney

    As a parent of a child in an Arkanas school I have written to our state Department of Education to condemn this man. If not at work I would be up there protesting myself. This is so sad. My child wore purple last week to school and so did 90% of her classmates. This makes our whole state look so bad.

    October 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  19. Ian

    I think should step down I think its not right he doing say its ok do that he like gay kids hurts them themself. He really step down. they need better person that. he need know what like be gay and deal with it

    October 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  20. Jim

    Last I checked a Person Had The Right of Freedom Of Speach & opinion- He Thinks Homosexuallity is Wrong- There are many who do . Just because You don't like what He said or the way He said it Does give you the right to mock his opinions and beliefs just as he has the right to to tell you It is wrong in His sight & the Site of God- Don't like it ? Take it up with The All Mighty When You stand before him on Judgement day
    God Called the Life Style a " Abomination "
    & He does not care if 6,000,000,000 on earth say it is right, ok, acceptable- He Who created The Universe Made the Rules – If He says it is wrong then it is PERIOD.

    October 28, 2010 at 11:56 am |