Forrester stands by “cesspool of sin” comment; insults Wilmington, Chapel Hill too

State Sen. James Forrester, one of the main sponsors of the proposed anti-same sex marriage amendment, is standing by his remarks calling Asheville “a cesspool of sin,” according to a report from M2M radio. Forrester also dubbed Asheville, Chapel Hill and Wilmington as competitors for “the worst place in the state.”

Forrester made the original remarks at a church rally in support of the amendment.

“It was kind of brought up in a church meeting we had and I don’t know what prompted me to say that, but I distinctly remember a couple of weeks ago they were all out baring their breasts and everything up in Asheville,” Forrester says in the report. “They have a lot of very liberal people. They have a lot of homosexuals that live in the Asheville area.”

He added: “I think, it used to be you think of Wilmington with all the movie people down there would be the worst place in the state or Chapel Hill where they have a lot of liberal people and so forth. But Asheville is just doing a lot of things that I don’t like and I don’t think a lot of people in the Asheville area like.”

Forrester’s remarks triggered an apology from the mayor of Gastonia, and t-shirts designed by local artists.

The amendment, which would also prohibit civil unions and domestic partner benefits, will be on the statewide primary ballot in May 2012.

M2M published this interview with Sen. Forrester from which the above quotes are taken:

— David Forbes, senior news reporter


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

29 thoughts on “Forrester stands by “cesspool of sin” comment; insults Wilmington, Chapel Hill too

  1. D. Dial

    Forrester’s obviously just fallen off the turnip truck, if he thinks we’re a cesspool of iniquity.

  2. Jason Wills-Starin

    No sir, as always, the worst people in North Carolina are in the Senate and the General Assembly.

  3. sharpleycladd

    I guess not having a lot of crystal meth is the Greatest Sin of All. I mean, compared to Gastonia.

  4. viperoy

    Mr. Forrester is the worst kind of “Christian” Nazi. His opinions follow the assumption that our country’s founders wanted a place to practice Christian fundamentalism at the exclusion of all other thought. In fact, they were fleeing fundamentalism of all kinds. What they were risking everything to pursue was “freedom”. Mr. Forrester hopes you are ignorant enough to not know this.

    It is important to not vote for changes in the Constitution to suit Mr. Forrester. It is also important to not vote to change the Constitution just because the majority of us agree with the idea. The Constitution protects us all, not just the majority as he would have you believe.

    I am a heterosexual Christian and I see clearly the error of his thought. If Mr. Forrester has his way, long after he is dead (which is not like to be that long) freedom will suffer because of his closedmindedness.

    Watch his video above and listen to the words he chooses. The next amendment he or his kind come up with is just as likely to limit one of your freedoms. What he is against is anything that goes against what he sees as upstanding.

  5. bill smith

    I hope Sen. Forrester knows that he is welcome to come join in the shenanigans any time he allows himself to. He will be embraced in big, strong, loving arms.

    And now, another awesome quote:

    “they were all out baring their breasts and everything up in Asheville”

    This really couldn’t be a better viral marketing campaign for Asheville.

  6. Lamont Cranston

    Forrester is a prime example of why this country has gone awry, and we all just need to work on getting rid of him, and his small minded, hateful ilk. His view of the world is so myopic and provincial that it is embarrassing to live in this country with such intellectually challenged cretins who are in positions of power. Let’s dump this dumb “goober” once and for all and send him packing to that “perfect place” where all is lily white, and the streets are paved in gold.

    What a political train wreck for his district, this state, and for this country.

  7. saf

    My basic view of government is that it should not be making decisions for citizens, it should be educating them without bias and making sure the decisions they make are as safe as possible.

    For example – bungie jumping. If I want to do a high risk activity like this, the government shouldn’t prohibit it. The government should make sure the company I pay to jump has minimum safety requirement in place.

    Granted, there are some areas that are not as clear cut as this, but it’s my starting point for all political decisions.

    As far as gay marriage – I think the government should get out of the marriage business. As long as it’s human and of age, your church can marry or not marry who it wants. why is the government wasting it’s time on trivial crap like this when there are a thousand more pressing issues?

    • Kilgore

      Saf, the reason that government is in the marriage business is that marriage is a contract. As it stands right now, anyone can get ‘married’ in a church. But that marriage is not recognized by the government unless they get a marriage certificate. When that happens, a whole list of legal rights are entitled to the partners, including social security benefits, tax benefits, inheritance benefits, et cetera. Do you think that no one should be able to enter into this contract?

    • saf

      I don’t think the government should treat people differently if they are married, single, widowed, divorced, etc. Why should there be any tax benefit to being married? Inheritance benefits should be to whomever the will says – the government, again, should not be making decisions for citizens.

      I think everyone should be able to get married, but I don’t see how marriage should change your status as a citizen.

      Social security is a whole other story – it was meant as an income stream for the government to assist covering the cost of supporting the disabled. 65 was chosen as the retirement age because that was the expected lifespan at the time. It was never intended to be a retirement fund and shouldn’t be treated as one.

  8. Bill

    Not to worried about this fool of a Senator, how he got elected is beyond anyone’s comprehension. The thing I find amusing is that he, like all those before him, will be caught in his own web. Probably by means of his gay lover pulling him out of the closet or cheating on his wife. Then we’ll all have a good laugh when he is found floating in the “cesspool”.

    • saf

      You don’t understand how he got elected? You should leave Asheville once in a while – we are in the bible belt. We’re an anomaly in the bible belt, but we are in the middle of it.

      I don’t know why you are expecting him to be a closet homosexual. Possibly because a few fundamentalist supported elected officials have been found out to be. Expecting the rest to be the same is the definition of prejudice – the same thing you are complaining about him doing.

      Don’t let him drag you down to his level, he’ll beat you with experience down there.

    • B

      I leave Asheville all the time. Really?!? The Bibile belt, I had no idea? Been living here for the past 11yrs and have been coming in and out of this town since ’91. NOW someone tells me it’s the “Bible Belt”, damn. Have you heard of a thing called SARCASM! Just thought it would be rather funny if the skeletons in his closet were like those before him. As for “prejudice” sorry, not in any way….again, SARCASM! I don’t care if he is gay or not, it would be amusingly hypocritical to me. What I find even funnier is that someone took my statement a little to seriously and was seemingly offended by it. Dragging me down to his level….gimmie a break. Can’t someone just make an amusing little quip. The fact that I am even responding to this has me being dragged down to your level of no experience. KIdding, I’m just in that kind of mood today. Cheers. Enjoy the Day!

  9. austin high

    When a person speaks the truth of Gods word, the Bible you will always get a reaction from the haters of God, Christ, Truth, and the Gospel… Jesus death burial and ressurection is for the cesspool of all humanity because all humans are sinners… To be forgiven from sin and go to heaven when a person dies they must “repent of their sins and place all their faith ,hope, and trust in Jesus Christ alone… He paid the full sin debt to set captives of sin free…God bless

    • cwaster

      I think this is more of a “hate bigotry” kind of thing rather than hating God.

  10. vaccinium

    How bout lets start teaching academia in school and let the families handle their own private lives.

  11. Dionysis

    “…all humans are sinners…”

    Well then, what special dispensation did sinner Forrester get (and why) to give him standing to dictate that others (far removed from him) should adopt views and behaviors that he personally “likes?”

  12. austin high

    yup,,, mr. forrester is part of the cesspool of sin but in 1cor 6:9…. Gods word says but you have been cleansed, but you have been washed and the point is that the cleansing from sin is available to whosoever will turn from those sins and place their complete faith and trust in Jesus Christ; the son of Gods payment on the cross… please read 1 corinthians 6:9…. to see the before and after regarding all of humanities cesspool of sin…God bless

  13. Travis

    Last I read anything from him, Jesus was pretty “liberal”, or at least preached in favor of views and behaviors that are labeled as such. What is with anti-liberal Christians? Don’t they read the words of the guy they claim to emulate?

  14. Eric darnal

    This is a joke. Asheville is the Most reserved not over the top gay city in the US. “cesspool of sin”? this tard has evidently never been to a heavy gay culture. Asheville is a city of respectable gay couples and such. Go to FT.Lauderdale or West Hollywood. Then you will see piles of people on one another. This guy is an old man to far out of date to make an argument.

  15. Dionysis

    “yup,,, mr. forrester is part of the cesspool of sin but in 1cor 6:9…. Gods word says but you have been cleansed, but you have been washed and the point is that the cleansing from sin is available to whosoever will turn from those sins and place their complete faith and trust in Jesus Christ; the son of Gods payment on the cross… please read 1 corinthians 6:9…. to see the before and after regarding all of humanities cesspool of sin…God bless”

    Yep, that clears it all up alright. Just accept early man’s interpretation of what they perceived as supernatural (with heavy plagiarism from earlier texts, such as the Sumerians), and presto, you too can tell others how they should live, think and act.

  16. dpewen

    I can’t believe this old fool … wish I was in “ceespool city” right now to enjoy the fun this idiot has started. We have to watch out for the so called christians … some are very ignorant and considered dangerous!

  17. gosmoke1

    Well, look at this guy…he has one foot in the grave. His generation will die off and with it, most of the bigotry and hatred they have espoused from their backwoods churches. Shine a light on him and his dying generation and prepare for enlightenment. He has fought a losing battle and he probably knows it.

  18. John Frazier

    mr. forrester is a disgrace for North Carolina. Wilmington, Chapel Hill and Asheville are some of the greatest communities in our state. his days need to be limited as a representative in our govenernment. We all need to stand up for equal rights for all our citizens. he needs to think about all his friends, relatives and neighbors that are gay. As blind as he has to be, I am sure he has never met a gay person.

  19. Marc

    LOL, Facts are facts. Just do not list the native people with the outcast, we play no part in the ignorant shame that these people bring to our city. I believe in equal rights, that’s why I pray for these outcast just the same!

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.