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12/19/2013

Tony Perkins wants companies free to deny service to gays—but not to react to an employees' press statements?!? #StandWithPhil ?

by Jeremy Hooper

Exceedingly anti-gay Family Research Council president Tony Perkins surely doesn't see the hypocrisy in this. I trust that you will:

"Phil Robertson has been targeted simply because he expressed his religious beliefs but there is a clear double standard that is being applied. Nothing was done when homosexual activist Dan Savage screamed profanities at Christian high school students and called them 'pansy-(expletive deleted).' However, when Christians simply say homosexuality is wrong and they don't agree with it, there are demands that they be fired and silenced.

"We have also seen wedding florists, bakers, photographers hauled into court, fined and even ordered to violate their religious beliefs by participating in same-sex weddings. It is time for all Americans to take a stand against the cultural elites who want to destroy the livelihood of people and remove God and His truth from every aspect of public life.

—FRC prez Tony Perkins, in an emailed press statement

First off, the Duck Dynasty patriarch didn't say he simply doesn't "agree with it." He equated us with people who have sexual intercourse with animals, among other colorful language. Big difference.

But the bigger point for me here is Tony's insistence that companies should be free to deny their services to gay customers, simply because those people are gay customers, yet TV networks are not free to put employees on hiatus when they make offensive press statements. I mean, what?! And why?! Why is it a "right" for a public business to turn away customers simply because of who they are and who they love yet it's supposedly wrong for a company to temporarily suspend an employee who makes jaw-dropping comments about gays and the Jim Crow south?!

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