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09/13/2013

Peter 'I'd much prefer to export homosexuals' Sprigg will now lecture you on tolerance

by Jeremy Hooper

Peter SpriggPeter Sprigg has said that he'd "much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them into the United States," that he thinks "there would be a place for criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior,” that the way to prevent adolescents from trying suicide is to "discourage teens from self-identifying as gay, lesbian, or bisexual," and that "it’s long past time for public health authorities" to apply the policies they use to stop smoking toward homosexuality. To name just a few of Peter's biggest hits. More here.

His record being verifiable, you'll have to forgive me if I roll my eyes at this Family Research Council senior policy fellow's attempts to turn his movement into the supposed victims of intolerance:

“It's not a question of tolerance anymore,” Sprigg warns OneNewsnow. “What we're seeing is what I call the tyranny of tolerance, tyranny which forbids even any expression of opposing opinions. That's not what America is all about and certainly Fox Sports should take a stand in favor of free speech rather than in favor of this kind of tyranny.”
Free speech for sports…but not gay retorts? [AFA's ONN]

The comments Sprigg is defending are the ones in which sportscaster Craig James, in his past bid for U.S. Senate, said homosexuality is a choice and that gay people will "have to answer to the Lord for their actions." Because "what America is all about" to Sprigg, apparently, is a land where certain, self-appointed moral arbiters can just condemn us (or "export" us, as it were) until they are blue in the face, but where we gay folk/allies are big ol' meanies—tyrannical, even—when we stand up and say, "Um, but we don't want to be forcibly exported or jailed, Mr. Sprigg!"

For Peter Sprigg, it was never about tolerance—it was about dominance. He's mad because he and his allies were not allowed to create the America of their own discriminatory vision. I, for one, am thankful for that. America's already overcrowded prison system is probably also breathing a sigh of relief that Sprigg's "place for criminal sanctions" never found its place in law.

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