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10/13/2011

Video: MSNBC courts 'cult' controversy, overlooks glaringly apparent one

by Jeremy Hooper

Tony Perkins heads an organization that is responsible for positioning gays as a kid-threatening disaster in need of "ex-gay" therapy, churning out brochures that compare same-sex marriages to those bonds which might exist between a man and a horse (complete with horse photo), directly likening equality activists to terrorists, calling LGBT rights a battle of "good versus evil," saying DADT repeal proponents are "willing to jeopardize our nation’s security to advance the agenda of the radical homosexual lobby," claiming gay teens kill themselves because they know that they're "abnormal," saying the gay activists who challenge FRC are "held captive by the enemy," writing that same-sex marriage will be "opening the door to all manner of moral and social evil, tweeting that gays don't need to "be a slave to feelings," and fundraising around the idea that gay kids are immoral and telling them otherwise is "disgusting," and calling for U.S. gays to be either "exported" or criminalized (to name just a few of FRC's more recent attacks). And all of these things came down in the name of religion.

But rather than deal with any of that, the mainstream media -- this time MSNBC, though most all networks have done so in the past few days -- instead focuses on what is (or at least should be) a relatively mild religious controversy in comparison:


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I've said it a million times before: If I or someone from one of our organizations uttered even half of the things that Perkins and his subordinates (particularly Peter Sprigg) have uttered about LGBT people, directed at any other kind of group in this country, we'd be unlikely to ever again see the light of a television camera. But with social conservatives like Tony, there's a complete and utter pass -- one that's allowing labels like "values voter" to go on, while tax-paying LGBT citizens (and vulnerable children not yet of a wage-earning age) continue to suffer unbelievably crude devaluation.

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**Oh, and since Tony seems focused on the fact that Jeffress' "cult" comment wasn't made on the Values Voter podium, let's turn to some comments that were, by a man from one of the summit's co-hosting organizations:

Fischer went on to call for a President who'll deem homosexuality a public health hazard.

But yeah -- that "cult" thing's probably the big story here. Right?

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