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C-SPAN becomes latest outlet to give Tony Perkins an undeserved, egregious pass

by Jeremy Hooper

At around the 9:45 mark, the Family Research Council president addresses the marriage debate by claiming that "nobody is for making somebody a criminal—at least most people are not." This despite the fact that Tony's own number two guy, Peter Sprigg, has gone on MSNBC and *directly called for criminal sanctions against homosexuality*!

At around 14:10, Tony says that he doesn't see inciting rhetoric coming from organizations like his. This coming from a man who has said all this (and more) about LGBT people:

-- Says about gay people: “They are intolerant. They are hateful. They are vile. They are spiteful"..."pawns" of the "enemy.” (See 1:30 mark.)

-- Lumps together Aurora shooting, kidnapping, and openly gay soldiers
as three examples of a "nation gone under"

-- Says many gays have an "
emptiness within them" (:55) because they are "operating outside of nature" (1:09)

-- Says that gay young people “have a higher propensity to depression or suicide because of that internal conflict; homosexuals may recognize intuitively that
their same-sex attractions are abnormal.

-- Despite what health experts have said,
insists that pedophilia is “a homosexual problem.”

-- The Family Research Council has distributed a pamphlet that claims gay men are more likely to molest children, and supports
"reorientation therapy" for gay people

-- The Family Research Council has distributed a pamphlet that begins by
likening the logic behind same-sex marriage to the logic behind man-horse marriage (complete with horse graphic)

Compares gay legal advocates to terrorists (at 0:31 mark): “[B]ack in the 80s and early 90s, I worked with the State Department in anti-terrorism and we trained about 50 different countries in defending against terrorism, and it’s, at its base, what terrorism is, it's a strike against the general populace simply to spread fear and intimidation so that they can disrupt and destabilize the system of government. That's what the homosexuals are doing here to the legal system.”

-- Says: "
It doesn't matter what society does, I think within the homosexual, most of them know that this behavior, it's just not right, it's not what we were created to do and it's against God's plan and it's contrary to our nature and the way were were created."

-- Says: “The truth is that we cannot redefine marriage without opening the door to
all manner of moral and social evil.

-- Called the It Gets Better project "disgusting," claiming it tells children "
that it's okay to be immoral" and constitutes a "concerted effort to persuade kids that homosexuality is okay and actually to recruit them into that lifestyle"; also called the project a "deceptive lie"

-- Paid $82,500 to use the phone bank of former
Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke for an election run-off.

-- Warns
about marriage equality and trans acceptance: "As parents across Massachusetts fume about the new rules, the controversy certainly reinforces an important point: this is the future of same-sex ' marriage' in America. It may take teenage boys invading girls' locker rooms to prove it, but redefining marriage is about a lot more than two people who love each other. This is about the fundamental altering of society. Maybe some of you have fallen for the lie that same-sex ' marriage' won't affect you. I guarantee that you'll feel differently when you're trying to pull your second grader out of a lesson on homosexuality--and end up in handcuffs instead. Or when your daughter comes home in tears because she's been suspended for telling someone she felt uncomfortable using the bathroom with a male teacher inside. By then, it will be too late."

-- Claims "blood of young marines" is
on hands of legislators who voted to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell.

-- Claims "
people know intuitively that [homosexuality] is morally wrong"

-- Says
"it's a fact" that homosexuality leads to "eternal damnation"

-- Linked
Secret Service prostitution scandal directly to open service: "[O]ver the weekend we saw the news of the President’s Secret Service detail in Colombia and the issue of them hiring prostitutes and now the White House is outraged about that. Actually in a meeting this morning my staff asked, ‘why should the President be upset’? It was actually legal; it was legal there to do that, so why should we be upset? Well, the fact is we intuitively know it’s wrong, there’s a moral law against that. The same is true for what the President has done to the military enforcing open homosexuality in our military. You can change the law but you can’t change the moral law that’s behind it. You can change the positive law, the law that is created by man, but you can’t change the moral law, it’s wrong. So what you have is you have a total breakdown and you can’t pick and choose. Morality is not a smorgasbord; you can’t pick what you want. I think you’re absolutely right, this is a fundamental issue going forward because if we say ‘let them do what we want,’ what’s next? You cannot maintain moral order if you are willing to allow a few things to slide."

-- Says gays and lesbians are
"held captive by the enemy"

-- Claims his kids couldn't be gay because he is "
teaching them the right ways that they are to interact as human beings" (3:15-3:39)

-- Compared Mayor Bloomberg's proposed ban on supersized soft drinks t
o the "need" to ban homosexuality: "On one hand, he's happy to legislate people's food choices, using the dangers of obesity as justification. On the other, he not only promotes--but forces others to embrace--a sexual behavior that carries just as many public health risks. If that isn't hypocrisy, I don't know what is....On the "Today" show, Bloomberg reiterated that all he wants to do is improve life expectancy. If that's the case, then perhaps the Mayor should reconsider his endorsement of homosexuality, which, as Peter Sprigg explains, is one of the greatest public health hazards in America.

-- Equates LGBT pride
with drunkedness and adultery: "The month of June is Gay Pride Month. Now, I have not yet seen where they have declared Adultery Pride Month, I have not seen where they have declared the Drunkenness Pride Month."

-- Dedicated seven minutes of a recent radio should to framing scientifically-discredited "ex-gay" therapy
as "successful," encouraging gays to "escape the homosexual lifestyle"

Claims: "Even if society embraced homosexuality, there would never be that sense of self-fulfillment because it's outside of how God created man and woman, and that's the bottom line. They can't erase that."

-- Tells "funny" story about his church
converting "big women" into "ex-gays"

-- Claims Uganda bill (with death penalty attached) simply
"upholds moral conduct"

-- Equates gay people
with drug addicts, adulterers: "...[W]e need to be praying for those who are bound up in these lifestyles whether it is homosexuality, whether it is drugs, whatever it might be, anything that is outside the design of God for mankind, it could be adulterous relationships, it doesn’t matter."

-- Compares the
"unfortunate experience" and "lifestyle choice" of homosexuality to that of drug abuse

-- Claims court-tested marriage equality
will lead to a "revolution" in America

-- Says marriage equality will
be "the nail in coffin of marriage" and will "take society down with it"

-- Says Republican Senator Rob Portman should not support his gay son's "
choices that are both harmful to [him] and to society as a whole"

-- Says Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy
should be impeached simply because of his marriage ruling

-- Says
the Ten Commandments should be the law of the land

-- Claims servicemembers' same-sex weddings
"desecrate" military chapels
Tony Perkins [GLAAD CAP]
(Also see the things Tony's FRC colleagues have said: Peter Sprigg, Kenyn Cureton, Jerry Boykin

At a couple of points, he claims that people are being victimized by same-sex marriage, citing those cases where certain vendors wanted to flout state local nondiscrimination laws (often in states that don't even have marriage equality). No one calls him out on this.

That is just some of my takeaway form watching Tony Perkins' appearance on C-Span's respected NewsMakers program. Go watch this latest attempt to make the anti-gay activist a seem like a mainstream conservative and see what else jumps to your mind:

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Tony Perkins [C-Span Newsmakers]

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