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12/06/2011

Rick Perry pits 'Americas [sic] of faith' against 'those lifestyles'

by Jeremy Hooper

Gov. Rick Perry is running an abysmal presidential campaign. So now the GOP backrunner is turning to the tactic previously employed so many GOP candidates (and one gubernatorial predecessor): Good ol fashioned gay bashing, natch:

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement:

“Just when you thought Barack Obama couldn’t get any more out of touch with America’s values, AP reports his administration wants to make foreign aid decisions based on gay rights.

“This administration’s war on traditional American values must stop.

“I have proposed a foreign aid budget that starts at zero. From that zero baseline, we will consider aid requests based solely on America’s national security interests. Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money.

“But there is a troubling trend here beyond the national security nonsense inherent in this silly idea. This is just the most recent example of an administration at war with people of faith in this country. Investing tax dollars promoting a lifestyle many Americas of faith find so deeply objectionable is wrong.

“President Obama has again mistaken America’s tolerance for different lifestyles with an endorsement of those lifestyles. I will not make that mistake.”
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Obama Administration’s Use of Gay Rights to Make Foreign Aid Decisions [Rick Perry]
(H/t: Joe.My.God.)

Well no, Governor, you won't make that or any "mistake," because your road to the White House has been a laughable parade of bumbles and fumbles. But that you're even trying to score points by positioning gay people's basic protections as a "silly idea" and the current administration as "at war with people of faith"? Well that one's far more dangerous to far more than just your own poll numbers!

For shame. Seriously and deeply: You should be ashamed.

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*EARLIER: READ: President 'deeply concerned by the violence and discrimination targeting LGBT persons around the world' [G-A-Y]

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