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07/23/2012

And now children, a lesson in false equivalency with Tony Perkins

by Jeremy Hooper

From the Family Research Council's latest "Washington Update," the subjecting being the Pentagon's allowance of soldiers to march in uniform at the San Diego pride parade:

The administration is now ordering its military to yield, not just to the special rights--but demands--of homosexual activists. And while they may be willing to bend the rules for this fringe, you can bet Christian soldiers wouldn't enjoy the same "exemption" if they wore their uniforms to a church voter drive. Unfortunately for them, the administration's idea of "equality" is a one-way street. [FRC]

A church voter drive? That's the same thing as an apolitical, non-faith-driven, non-electioneering event like a parade? Yeah, Tony? That's what you're going to go with, my frowningly frequent fibber of a friend?

Look, Tony, I know that people as engaged (read: bizarrely consumed) with stopping LGBT people as you are tend to believe that any time a gay man steps out of the house, he is committing an act of political protest. However, this B.S. doesn't stand for "bold sincerity" simply because you want it to. In truth, the decision to stand up, be counted, and celebrate who you are in a pride parade is the equivalent of marching in any other kind of celebratory event, not the equivalent of trying to steer an election on personal faith grounds. That's not a hard distinction to comprehend. It's just that you, Tony Perkins, know that obliterating distinction, nuance, and rationale assessment of LGBT matters is your only card in a "culture war" conversation that is very much on to your side's decades of, um—"bold sincerity."

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