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05/26/2010

FRC's senior fellow called for gays' exportation/criminalization. Yet *we're* the "radical' ones!?!

by Jeremy Hooper

The Family Research Council -- a group whose leaders are on record calling for gay exportation, backing gay criminalization, and referring to gays as "being held captive by the enemy" -- is continuing the unprincipled fight to keep gays held captive by the military closet. And in a truly disingenuous turn, Tony Perkins and Co. are now cherry-picking certain testimonies to make them sound like they're the prevailing opinions on DADT repeal, a subject that holds large public support:

No no, military commanders aren't on board. Except for, oh, you know: The nation’s top two defense officials, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates! Plus there's former Joint Chiefs Chairs Colin Powell and General John Shalikashvili, Iraq war vet Patrick Murphy (D-PA), or former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney. Not to mention the Commander in Chief. And even the folks that FRC uses as examples actually do support the Pentagon's implementation review, even if they are reluctant to come out for repeal/immediate moratorium.

Oh, and as for James Conway, the one whose quote FRC most highlights? Well, his personal views are so stalled on the issue of open service that he actually went on record to say that gays should have separate barracks:


Conway Concerned With Gays in Barracks [Military.com]

But then again, this is FRC, a conservative organization whose senior policy fellow backs our exportation/criminalization (a point we cannot make enough times). Perhaps we should just be glad that it's only barracks that they're pushing Baracks to leave biased (for now).

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