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05/11/2012

Video: Al Sharpton hosts one side of Harry Jackson; now meet the other

by Jeremy Hooper

Since so many of my friends and colleagues are so ably covering the serving of his own booty that Tony Perkins ate on-air last night on "Hardball," I'm going to take another direction and cover another MSNC spot that featured yet another social conservative. Namely, Bishop Harry Jackson, who was a guest on Al Shaprton's "Politics Nation," where the good Bishop played the nice, sweet, marriage pundit role:

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This Harry Jackson is little more than a commentator with a certain view. Disagrees with President Obama, sure. But not disagreeable.

Only problem? This is a completely different Harry Jackson than we LGBT folk see when Harry rallies against us in less prominent forums. For instance, there was the time, just this year, when Harry went to a Maryland church rally and told the gathered that and that “The Enemy wants [same-sex marriage] to be a legacy, or a seed that is planted in this generation that corrupts, perverts and pollutes.” Or there was the time he called it "“a satanic plot to destroy our seed." And he routinely uses hyperbolic words like "Armageddon" to scared folks into seeing this national marriage conversation as some sort of make or break it time for Earth. (See more in Harry's GLAAD CAP profile)

This is the Harry I want to see on national TV—the one who tells James Dobson that "the nation has walking pneumonia and if we don't stop [same-sex marriage] this thing could become fatal." It is, after all, the very rhetoric he uses to garner enough of a profile to get on TV in the first place.

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