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02/06/2013

Yes, Tony Perkins, you are in fact conflating homosexuality and child sexual abuse. Own it.

by Jeremy Hooper

Tony Perkins insists he's not attempting to link gays to child sexual abuse. Then he does exactly that, wondering "why we would want someone who is attracted to men camping with our boys" before suggesting that allowing openly gay scoutmasters would "make [the abuse] worse":


[SOURCE: Perkins Live, 2/5/13]

Tony, whether he owns it or not, is conflating an attraction to adult men with an attraction to boys. This is reprehensible and offensive! No one sexual orientation geared towards adult humans is just a hop, skip, and jump away from an attraction to little boys. Tony, led by both his political agenda and his documented animus for LGBT people, is 100% suggesting that homosexuality is just that short hop away from pedophilia. The least he could do is own his game plan!

And no, I will not take a shred of responsibility for the straight-identified heterosexuals (often married, often Christian, often conservative) who abuse children. Most all of us, LGBTQA or S, condemn this behavior in the strongest way available to us. Tony knows this. It's just that Tony also knows that he can get some mileage out of making gay people seem like the pathway toward complete child violation, corruption, or even destruction, so he intimates and hints and just throws these kinds of things out there in hopes that enough people will hear the dog whistle that he's delivering behind the layer of protestation (e.g. "No one's saying all gay men are pedophiles") that he thinks gives him cover. We see right through it, Tony.

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*RELATED: CNN Host Destroys [Perkins] For Equating Pedophilia With Being Gay [ThinkProgress]

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