Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is
speaking out against Clint McCance's anti-gay rant, saying he's
hiding behind his religion.
McCance is the 30-something Midland
School District board member who announced on CNN's Anderson
Cooper 360 on Thursday that he's agreed to resign after coming
under severe criticism for posting anti-gay comment on his Facebook
The comments included mocking
Spirit Day, the day set aside to remember gay teens bullied to death,
cheering the suicides, saying he “enjoys the fact that [gay people]
they often give each other aids and die,” and declaring that he
would disown his children if they were gay.
The openly lesbian DeGeneres told
Cooper that straight people needed to speak up against McCance.
“When the civil rights movement
happened, it took not just the community of blacks to make a change,
but white people needed to step in and say this is unacceptable.”
“And, I think, as a gay person, I
would like to personally ask every heterosexual person out there who
is appalled by this to – we need your help now.”
DeGeneres added that she believes
McCance is hiding behind his religion, which he used to justify his
viewpoints in his Facebook postings.
“It gives religion a bad name,” she
said. “I don't know what kind of religion he follows, but that is
not [being] a good Christian.” (The video is embedded in the right
panel of this page.)
Later on the program, Cooper
interviewed McCance. He
said he was sorry for making “those ignorant comments,” adding
that he would resign from his post as school board vice president.