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Hate Group Head Tony Perkins: American Soldiers Endangered by Gay Pride Flag in Afghanistan


Hate group leader Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has his homophobic panties in a bunch over a photo that appeared last week on the Wipeout Homophobia Facebook group of a soldier raising a Gay Pride flag at an Afghanistan base camp. The photograph was of the husband of a woman named Nicole Jodice.

JodiceWrites Perkins:

The Obama administration doesn't typically run its agenda up the flagpole, but at a military base in Afghanistan, the soldiers did it for them. There, in the dusty desert of war, an Army outpost saluted the colors of the homosexual lobby by flying a rainbow flag in place of Old Glory. Back home in America, a woman named Nicole Jodice posted the picture on Facebook, praising her husband for promoting, not the stars, but these stripes...

...Just three weeks after President Obama publicly apologized for offending the Islamic community with the accidental Koran burning, this base is pledging its allegiance to an act that is nearly as incendiary. Where is the concern now for angering Afghan Muslims, who vehemently oppose homosexuality? The issue is as much an issue of military security as it is of religious morality. After February's accident with the Korans, American lives were lost. What price will we pay because some want to use the military to show their gay pride?

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  1. Perkins can suck it

    Posted by: Gilbert | Apr 2, 2012 12:19:36 PM

  2. While I'm all "YAY!" for the picture. I can't help but think, what is exactly the point of raising the flag?

    Posted by: steve | Apr 2, 2012 12:24:16 PM

  3. what a plebe. gotta love how Perkins is now taking the side of the "extremist Muslims" he's spent years vilifying.

    I'm not sure why he's worried about a "loss of lives", however. He's not minded the LGBT suicide rates one bit....

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 2, 2012 12:25:16 PM

  4. It's very unlikely that Afghans will understand what the rainbow flag means. The troops are probably more in danger by the raising of an American flag.

    Posted by: Hank | Apr 2, 2012 12:26:42 PM

  5. The Afghans don't even know what the flag means. There was a story some time ago about them taking a liking to rainbow stickers on imported cars. Until someone explained their meaning to them

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 2, 2012 12:27:02 PM

  6. You know, I'm not so sure that it's a good idea. Yes, we can be out in the military, thank god now, but you don't see Christians raising cross flags or Jews raising the Star of David. Yes, we are not a religion, but a minority. We are all supposed to be fighting for the same country. My long time partner is a decorated Vietnam Veteran and he doesn't agree that the rainbow flag should be raised at all.

    Posted by: Peter | Apr 2, 2012 12:34:21 PM

  7. Afghanis are ignorant as dirt of the outside world. They're still living like it was the middle ages.Sorry if that offends the narrative and agenda of some 'progressives', but it's the [God-Damn] truth. It's the truth about a lot of the places in this world.

    Be thankful you're living in North America, Western Europe, Australia/N.Z., parts of Asia,parts of South America.

    And I suspect this story will irritate some 'progressives' further because it involves the U.S. military, who of course are uniformly evil.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 2, 2012 12:37:16 PM

  8. Peter,

    The only relevant question is if soldier wear, bear, or display other flags while at war abroad, and indeed they do.

    Follow this link to see the Confederate flag displayed in various military locations abroad. The Confederate battle flag is a symbol of the regional identity of the south, and as such is little different from a Rainbow Flag's role as an symbol of gay pseudo-ethnicity.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 2, 2012 12:40:04 PM

  9. hey tony "cock blocker" perkins STFU!!

    Posted by: aj | Apr 2, 2012 12:40:22 PM

  10. Peter, your "long time partner from Vietnam" doesn't know what he's talking about. Flying this flag doesn't mean that some of us are fighting for a "different country" - it's in fact a solidifier that we're all in this together. Or should be.

    No, you don't see Christians flying their flags. You see them proudly and visibly adopting the iconography of their faith and talking about it and never once shying away from the fact that they have that faith.

    In case you hadn't noticed, many gay people have yet to have the same fearless confidence in being gay.

    That's one reason, of many, why flags get flown - a reminder that we're all in it together.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 2, 2012 12:41:18 PM

  11. ratbastard, you need to stop blaming "progressives" and muslims for the fact that your white Christian father hated having you for a son.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 2, 2012 12:44:12 PM

  12. @Little Kiwi,

    You need to stop being such a smart-a** with a big mouth. I can't believe I'm the first person to tell you, you behave like a little b*tch.

    You can say what you want about me, but have the decency to leave anyone else, including my dead father, out of your smack talk, please.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 2, 2012 12:47:46 PM

  13. i have no sympathy for the not-read dead dad of a fake profile.

    you're a dumb@ss who posts like a coward. prove me wrong, wimp.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 2, 2012 12:59:15 PM

  14. Yes, because flying a rainbow flag will anger the extremist Muslims more than occupying their country and blowing up their relatives will.

    Posted by: Mawm | Apr 2, 2012 1:13:58 PM

  15. We have the rainbow flag, the Afghanis have Boy Thursday. It's like two ships passing in the night.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 2, 2012 1:14:39 PM

  16. @littlekiwi You need to calm down, it's his opinion, you sound like the republicans who think their opinion is the only one that matters. Sad littlekiwi.

    Posted by: Adam | Apr 2, 2012 1:19:27 PM

  17. And my friend, also a decorated Vietnam veteran, agrees with the raising of the rainbow flag.

    We could go back and forth all day, Vietnam vets, WWII vets, Iraqi war vets, friends and lovers of veterans, each with an opinion and a justification of that opinion, but I thought HANK made a good point that "The troops are probably more in danger by the raising of an American flag."

    If, as Tony Perkins, and the GOP, are fond of saying that our very way of life, and love of liberty, our culture, is an affront to Muslims then surely the good old Stars and Stripes will convey much more than the pretty rainbow flag, the latter only confirming everything they suspect about us.

    The point is moot.

    To understand, STEVE, the point of raising the rainbow flag, you need only a rudimentary understanding of military pride, historically and most traditionally shown by the flying of flags, banners, and standards.

    Every Group has its own distinct flag, banner or standard, as does each distinct brigade, battalion, and company, when marching, carried by a standard bearer.

    And yes, PETER, there are Christian flags, flags with a cross, flown proudly on the jeeps of chaplains, and outside their tent when in the field, or in a war zone, much like what we see in the above picture.

    Perhaps not the most apt comparison, but the planting of a flag, or running it up the pole, is much like a dog marking its territory by urinating.

    Military pride is not always something civilians appreciate, but even for those with a military background, even gay "decorated" veterans may feel that military bearing should still be reserved for Christians and heterosexuals.

    The thing is the genie is out of the bottle. You old gay vets with your fond memories of the closet, and you homophobic vets and civilians are never going to convince a military gay man or woman not to mark his territory.

    Besides killing the enemy, it's the military way!!

    Posted by: Ricco | Apr 2, 2012 1:27:04 PM

  18. They're not exactly big fans of the American flag either. The Eddie Izzard "have you got a flag?" routine comes to mind.

    Posted by: Craig | Apr 2, 2012 1:29:20 PM

  19. @Little Canadian,

    I don't have to 'prove' anything to you, boss. I simply expect [as should you] a modicum of respect on these posts. I may say stuff you disagree with, that doesn't mean you should respond like a D-bag and a punk [only a punk would talk smack about someones mom, dad, children, etc.]

    My father is dead. He was in a wheelchair for many years because he was the victim of a violent crime. He was a good, decent guy. Stop behaving like a little pr*ck, Little Canadian.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 2, 2012 1:31:09 PM

  20. Tony is grasping at straws. He opposed the repeal of DADT and said it would give us a military that would do only parades well. He also said it would make re-enactment of the draft necessary because straight soldiers would cease reenlisting. None of his awful predictions are happening so he doesn't know what to say. This navy veteran is thrilled DADT is dead.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 2, 2012 1:58:14 PM

  21. Ok, Little Kiwi, I'm one of your biggest fans on this site. And I'm no fan of Ratbastard, Rick, Jason, Tank, or any of the other trolls, trollish-posters or sock-puppets of same who post here with annoying regularity - - but please stop with the ad hominum attacks on people's family members. It's not cool, and it's tiresome already. Your pop psychology about everyone with opinions we find absurd and disdainful uniformly boiling down to gayboy vs. papa issues is freudian quackery of the worst order, reduced to imbecility by your constant parading of your crystal ball omnipotence to see into the souls and histories of people you don't even know.

    Please knock it off already. You're making an ass of yourself.

    Posted by: Zlick | Apr 2, 2012 2:02:44 PM

  22. The gay flag is going to piss them off??? Huh? You mean their love for America will be no more???

    Btw it says it all its a heterosexual man raising this flag. Suck on it Perkins.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 2, 2012 2:07:43 PM

  23. Peter, look up the Swiss flag - it flies over every Swiss embassy and consulate, including Afghanistan, Egypt, Algeria, Bangladesh, etc.

    I always knew "flagpoles" were sacred ground...

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Apr 2, 2012 2:08:15 PM

  24. Zlick, - it'd be quackery were it not the truth about rickjasontankbastard.

    you wanna know why insecure racist self-hating homophobic men come onto sites like this to blame blacks, liberals, progressives, women and others for their problems, all from a place of anonymity?

    because what i'm saying about them is sadly true.

    ratbastard will continue to lie and post his b.s. under various handles. and it's obvious why. and pathetic.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 2, 2012 2:13:08 PM

  25. @Little Canadian,

    I O.N.L.Y. post as 'ratbastard'. At one time I had another handle. That's it; I'm not jason, tank, etc.

    Neither am I a troll. I simply have some opinions different from yours. This doesn't make a poster a de facto or any other kind of troll.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 2, 2012 2:59:11 PM

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