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09/01/2011

Conservative politics, seasoned with pro-criminalization Sprigg

by Jeremy Hooper

With the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer getting lots of attention for his comments calling on homosexuality to be criminalized, I thought it'd be a good time to remind folks of how far beyond Fischer this pro-criminal-sanctions opinion goes. In fact, it's the very opinion the Family Research Council's Senior Policy Fellow, Peter Sprigg, expressed on "Hardball" back in the fall of '09:


[*SOURCE: MSNBC]

The same Peter Sprigg whose organization will soon host a so-called "Values Voters Summit" featuring every leading GOP presidential candidate, the Speaker of the House, the House Majority Leader, and an assortment of Republican electeds. The same Peter Sprigg who routinely testifies against marriage legislation. The same Peter Sprigg that still gets booked on both mainstream and conservative television. The same Peter Sprigg who is very much entrenched in conservative politics. The same Peter Sprig who has also called on "EXPORTING" American gays.

Bryan Fischer is known for saying insane things, and we should be sure to cover them all. But few far-right organizations are as connected and respected as FRC, which gives Peter Sprigg's crude slights an extra weight. At the forthcoming Values Voters Summit, the GOP luminaries will be tacitly supporting this weighty, extremist rhetoric. An informed public demands to know why.

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