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08/15/2012

For those rushing to blame 'tone' 'on the left'—I give you 'serious concerns' from the right

by Jeremy Hooper

This is very pertinent in light of the rush-to-blame game I am seeing from Matt Barber, the American Family Association, conservatives on Twitter, Brian Brown, and others following the senseless and deplorable act of violence against the Family Research Council. The following email was sent to me earlier this year. The "Tony" in question is FRC president Tony Perkins:

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At this point, we still don't know motivations. Our focus should be on getting the facts and getting closure on this senseless act. That was my instinct and intent all afternoon.

Unfortunately, there are people working overtime to fault rhetoric for one mad man's actions. I, a principled opponent of both FRC's tone and a disturbed person's violence (whatever the motivation), will not sit back and let that happen! If the person who sent me this email (and others like him) would stand up and be a little more forthright about their behind-the-scenes concerns, we'd all be a lot better off.

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*UPDATE: The more I think about this email, the more it bothers me. All afternoon I've been reading social conservatives like Brian Brown try to lay blame for today's resoundingly deplored act at the feet of people on my "side." But what are people on my "side" seeking, by and large? For an end to the reliably hostile FRC messaging! So if people at Focus on the Family saw similar things—and I know they did, and I know it from more than just this email—then why have they not stepped up to tone it down?!

Tony Perkins, Peter Sprigg, and Kenyn Cureton (to name just three) have one of the most hostile quote banks in all of this "culture war." They are the ones firing daily missives at LGBT psyches. They need to stop.

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