OKLAHOMA – The Flash Point team tackled some of the biggest topics in politics this week, and now one of the analysts is under fire.
Rep. Emily Virgin joined analyst Kirk Humphreys and moderator Kevin Ogle to discuss the upcoming second special session (before Gov. Mary Fallin’s date announcement).
The team also talked about Sen. Al Franken resigning after groping allegations as well as the president recognizing Jerusalem the capital of Israel, among other subjects.
That is when the discussion turned controversial. Watch the video below:
Virgin's post on Facebook is referring to comments made by Humphreys during the discussion of high-profile allegations of sexual harassment in Congress.
The former Oklahoma City mayor and current OU regent voiced his opinion regarding whether homosexuality is "right or wrong." Some who watched the show said Humphreys' opinion ended up linking homosexuality to pedophilia.
KFOR reached out to Humphreys on Sunday. He said he had no additional comment at the time but later released the following statement Monday:
"I regret that my comments on Flash Point regarding homosexuality were not clear and led some people to believe that I was equating homosexuality with pedophilia. That was not my intention or desire. I apologize for my lack of clarity and realize this has resulted in a strong reaction by some and has hurt people’s feelings.
For clarification, my moral stance about homosexuality is that it is against the teachings of scripture. Although I know this upsets some people, it is my belief. In America we have the right to believe as we choose and to freely express that belief.
For those that I have hurt, I’m sorry. For those who do not share my beliefs, I will defend your right to have a deeply held belief even if yours is different than mine."
'Freedom Oklahoma,' a gay advocacy group, is calling the comments shocking and dangerous.
KFOR has invited 'Freedom Oklahoma' to News 4 to discuss the comments. The 'Freedom Oklahoma' executive director will be our next guest on Flash Point.
The OU Board of Regents also released the following statement Monday:
“The Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma is charged with the honorable duty of care and loyalty to our beloved institution. We take great pride in the value of the many diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experiences of our students, faculty and professional staff. The Board disagrees with the recent public statements made by Regent Kirk Humphreys regarding homosexuality and we reiterate our commitment to fairness and inclusion throughout the University community.”
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