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Here Is A Refresher On Tony Perkins' Greatest Anti-Gay Hits

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Rather than getting all hot and bothering writing a response to Tony Perkins' opportunistic claim that LGBT organizations share blame for the shooting at FRC's headquarters this week, Jeremy at Good As You simply reprinted Perkins' file from the GLAAD Commentator Accountability Project.

I've reprinted it AFTER THE JUMP as well, just in case you need a refresher.

From the GLAAD Commentator Accountability Project:

Facts

- Says about gay people: “They are intolerant. They are hateful. They are vile. They are spiteful...pawns of the enemy.” (See 0:43 mark.)

- 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 erroneously depicts gay men and lesbians as physically and mentally ill pedophiles who can be cured.

- 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 people 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.”

- "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."

- “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."

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

- 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 to 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"

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

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  1. This needs to be distributed to every mainstream news organization that seems to think that the FRC is somehow a victim.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Aug 17, 2012 12:22:26 PM


  2. I'm sure this has been distributed...and ignored

    Posted by: QJ201 | Aug 17, 2012 12:26:37 PM


  3. Prince Tony uses the word "Enemy" alot.
    We are pawns of the Prince of Darkness the devil. Huh! And the Prince wonders why his organization has been labeled a hate group. To label millions of fellow citizens of this great country pawns of the Prince of Darkness is reprehensible. Hmmmm. I haven't spoken with or seen the Devil. Have any of you? How much money does this guy make by promoting this crazy viewpoint. And that's all it is. No facts or evidence, but totally fact resistant. Fricking fantasy!!!

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 17, 2012 12:29:28 PM


  4. And let no one forget:

    He is a proud GOP and Romney voter.

    Evil

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Aug 17, 2012 12:31:19 PM


  5. And let no one forget:

    He is a proud GOP and Romney voter.

    Evil

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Aug 17, 2012 12:31:22 PM


  6. of course it'll be ignored.


    we've had incredibly high numbers of hate-attacks on LGBT people for as long as can all remember, and then suddenly his Merry Band of Bigots is freaking out because, for once, something happened to *them*

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 17, 2012 12:32:55 PM


  7. Let no one forget, Tony Perkins is a Ku Klux Klan supporter

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2012/08/frc-president-tony-perkins-supported.html

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 17, 2012 12:34:30 PM


  8. His most un-American stance is everyone must abide by his religion's rules.

    Posted by: Gus | Aug 17, 2012 12:35:46 PM


  9. Hey littlekiwi, is it true you are a hermphrodite?

    Posted by: Rob robertss2009 | Aug 17, 2012 12:51:04 PM


  10. Hate to nit-pick, but would it be too much trouble to proof-read these blog entries before posting them? Are you using a Swype keboard on your phone or something? So unprofessional.

    Posted by: JOHN | Aug 17, 2012 12:51:49 PM


  11. @Rob Roberts2009, What the heck kind of question is that?

    Posted by: esperando | Aug 17, 2012 1:00:16 PM


  12. I believe Mr. Perkins is in dire need of one of Minny's special pies.

    Posted by: ESA | Aug 17, 2012 1:06:53 PM


  13. the most obvious piece of intellectual dishonesty is the way bigots like Perkins ignore one very real fact - someone being gay has never torn a family apart. only people being anti-gay has torn families apart.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 17, 2012 1:29:24 PM


  14. Well, someone needs to hand him a bible and point out those verses on pride. He's certainly full of it (pride) and the bible says pride is a major sin. But since it is "his sin"it's a-okay.

    Posted by: James | Aug 17, 2012 1:29:51 PM


  15. @John - does the presence of a few errors invalidate the point of the article? Or the evidence provided in the article? Certainly doesn't to me.

    @Rob Robertss209 - I believe it's spelled 'hermaphrodite'... and is this some pot-shot to divert attention away from the article? Sounds suspiciously like it.

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Aug 17, 2012 1:48:11 PM


  16. Needs to be sent to Chris Matthews @ MSNBC
    who continually tells Miss Perkins he is" always welcome
    on Hardball, & that (he) admires him "for sticking to his principles."

    Posted by: Rocco | Aug 17, 2012 1:59:30 PM


  17. Mr. Towle,

    Your blog is amazing, inspiring and insightful. But mostly, in this case, its helpful.

    Jacques

    Posted by: Jacques Rosas | Aug 17, 2012 2:34:34 PM


  18. Again, it's the mainstream press that's largely at fault for elevating Tony and the FRC beyond their true stature.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 17, 2012 3:49:34 PM


  19. @Rocco: Chris Matthews, an obvious liberal, has a great show. How unthinkable that unlike Fox Noise he actually invites people of divergent social and political views to opine on his show. Does he think this is America?

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 18, 2012 8:40:25 PM


  20. Another Right Wing fanatic:
    "•Bryan Fischer continues his crusade against the SPLC and, in the process, perfectly demonstrates why he was almost single-handedly responsible for getting the AFA is designated as a "hate group."
    (quoted from RightWingWatch.org)
    The URL with his "evidence":
    http://www.afa.net/Blogs/BlogPost.aspx?id=2147525808

    "You can change the positive law, the law that is created by man, but you can’t change the moral law[.]"

    Where in the moral law is this:
    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/grudem-freedom-religion-doesnt-mean-its-morally-right-people-be-non-christians

    BTW - What ever happened to the fact that two Gospel writers recorded that Jesus said divorce was a sin of adultery (slightly simplified)?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 22, 2012 8:38:23 AM


  21. Just sent a letter to the New York Times telling them interviewing this guy and framing him as a 'conservative Christian' was a mistake.

    Write in: letters@nytimes.com

    Posted by: madeline | Nov 18, 2012 5:59:46 PM


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