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Tony Perkins Tells Parents 'Don't Condone' Homosexuality: VIDEO

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After speaking at the National Press Club yesterday, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins was asked whether or not he would disown one of his children if they came out. Calling the question a "gotcha question," Perkins claimed he would still love a gay child, but would tell them that their "lifestyle choice" damages them and society as a whole.

"If we [parents] really love them, we’ll be willing to tell them the truth that the choices that they have made, continuing what they’re doing, are both destructive to them personally and society as a whole,” Perkins said. "And so while I would disagree with my child getting involved in that lifestyle, I would not in any way — nor would I ever encourage a parent — to disown a child because of something like that that occurs. Love them compassionately, pray for them, but don’t condone and enable that behavior, whatever it might be."

He went on, as conservatives do, to compare being gay to being a drug addict, and threw in a little condescension in there, as well: "That’s not to say that those whose children may have ended up in homosexuality were not good parents. We can’t guarantee that. We can do our very best job as a parent and still something may happen, whether they end up in drugs or whether they end up in some other lifestyle that they end up."

I've included video of Perkins' remarks AFTER THE JUMP.

 

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  1. Tony wants gay kids dead. He makes a living from it.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Sep 13, 2012 12:23:12 PM


  2. Tony Perkins is a terrorist

    Posted by: RMc | Sep 13, 2012 12:23:17 PM


  3. A uneducated terrorist who doesn't know how to use the word "lifestyle" correctly.

    Posted by: RMc | Sep 13, 2012 12:24:30 PM


  4. terrorist. INDEED. this man has blood on his hands.

    know what i've never ever heard, in more than a decade of LGBT youth outreach? some kid calling us up on a support line and saying "I don't know how to come out to my parents, they're really liberal and i just don't know how they'll take it.."

    it's never happened.

    this man is the enemy. i was actually angry at how the country got behind attacking Dharun Ravi when the reality is that it's men like Perkins and Santorum that are to blame - they're the ones that inspire bigotry in Ravi, and theyre the ones who instill fear and shame and feeling of hopelessness in Clementi. THEY are the root. they are the cancer.

    all bets are off. when this man dies a horrible protracted death I will crack open a bottle of champagne.

    it would be better that he redeem himself in life and make amends and do the right thing. he won't. so when he keels over i hope he takes his hatred with him.

    this is unacceptable in 2012.

    no family in history has ever been torn apart because of homosexuality. families being anti-gay are the reason for that.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 13, 2012 12:27:28 PM


  5. He SHOULD say "If we [parents] really love them, we’ll be willing to tell them the truth: that his father is an idiot and is both destructive to them personally and society as a whole,”

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Sep 13, 2012 12:33:40 PM


  6. y'know, while my parents may have raised me to be gay (Massive Eye-Roll) there's a very important lesson that my parents still managed to impart on me - "don't let guys ejaculate inside you"

    if only Sarah Palin had imparted that message to her daughter, eh?

    although, word on the street is that her original advice was "Just make sure he finishes up your rear that Todd should have when we made Trigg"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 13, 2012 12:37:44 PM


  7. Oh look, it's Marcus, Rick, and "?"'s friend blathering away about wonderful Republican values are.

    Posted by: jht | Sep 13, 2012 12:40:17 PM


  8. Oh lord... more of the "choice" and "lifestyle" and "behavior"... As gays we really need to up the focus on making these words similar to "welfare queen" or "lazy mexican". They are wrong, demeaning and offensive.

    Haveing a branch of the family thats really fundy its been funny watching them deal with the gays over the years. They settled into the the love the sinner, hate the sin mindset but then that doesnt hold up overtime and it gets hard to talk about sinful this and that when they start getting gaybies for grand kids...

    Sadly, even though the many of the parents have dealt and joined us in the 21st century there are still older people they just hide it from. Like the lesbian wife of 15 years cant come to christmas because no one can explain why she is there to grandma. As if grandma hasnt clued in that she isnt a "roommate"

    Anyway, Perkins rhetoric needs to be equated with racist KKK talk from 50 years ago. It should not be acceptable. He shouldnt be getting a pass from the media simply because he hides behind Jesus.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Sep 13, 2012 12:40:58 PM


  9. How are my partner and I, living quietly in an apartment with two cats, who go to our jobs each day and then come home, occasionally spending time with family or spending an evening out, harm society as a whole? I really want that explained.

    Posted by: Jay | Sep 13, 2012 12:42:02 PM


  10. the thing is these bigots and the fools who listen and agree with them are not in any way immune from having gay children.

    growing up with bigots like this for parents? this is what results in far too many grown-@ss men becoming closeted Andrew Shirvells.

    hating gay people won't make your kid straight. but it's a surefire way to lose a child, in one way or another.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 13, 2012 12:44:49 PM


  11. Uh...WHY was Tony Perkins speaking at the National Press Club yesterday? For what possible reason was he there other than to spread his execrable litany of hate.

    Posted by: Bryan | Sep 13, 2012 12:46:37 PM


  12. When a partent tells a gay kid that he or she is inherently self-destructive and a danger to society, it's child abuse.

    Posted by: Trev | Sep 13, 2012 12:49:47 PM


  13. I wonder what Perkins thinks about the research showing that gay kids who are rejected by their families are 8 times more likely to attempt suicide.

    Posted by: Q | Sep 13, 2012 12:53:35 PM


  14. Perkins is a textbook case for a self-loathing, repressed homosexual. He detests the traits in others that he so desperately wishes he didn't possess.

    "Maybe if I show my hatred for these gays no one will suspect I'm hiding a secret of my own".

    5G!!!!
    (Good God Get a Grip Girl!)

    Posted by: Ryan | Sep 13, 2012 12:54:40 PM


  15. I hope he dies.

    Posted by: DanSwon | Sep 13, 2012 12:56:34 PM


  16. I imagine we should consider ourselves lucky that he doesn't advocate eliminate progeny of that lifestyle by drowning.

    Posted by: joey | Sep 13, 2012 12:58:44 PM


  17. Everybody chooses their lifestyle. Sexual orientation is not chosen Some people choose abstinence, most don't. Some choose to be a--hole "christians," most don't.

    Funny (sad) thing is this guy acts like he's "pro-family" yet he is willing to destroy families over this issue.

    Posted by: Craig | Sep 13, 2012 1:19:37 PM


  18. Yes, love them unconditionally, but don't accept them for who they are. Perkins is such a hypocrite he doesn't see the disconnect there. Or maybe he does and is just interested in making himself look good. Either way, he's an a**hole.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 13, 2012 1:24:01 PM


  19. I hereby formally hope this POS gets ebola, preferably at the "Value Voters Summit" where it will spread to speakers and attendees alike.

    There, I said it.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 13, 2012 1:36:41 PM


  20. Wait a second! "That's not to say that those whose children may have ended up in homosexuality were not good parents?" He doesn't hold with Nicolosi's causes of bad parenting and his reparative therapy for homosexuality? Likely he will change his mind if pointed out his misstatement.

    Posted by: Lynn David | Sep 13, 2012 1:49:44 PM


  21. When, as a parent, you find that your child has chosen to be gay...you must beat them repeatedly about the head snd shoulders while yelling "Jesus loves you". Perhaps you will knock the gay out of them!

    Posted by: Seriously | Sep 13, 2012 2:04:19 PM


  22. When, as a parent, you find that your child has chosen to be gay...you must beat them repeatedly about the head snd shoulders while yelling "Jesus loves you". Perhaps you will knock the gay out of them!

    Posted by: Seriously | Sep 13, 2012 2:04:21 PM


  23. And while you're at it, be sure to beat those little red-headed bastards until they turn blonde. Beat those physically awkward brats because that will surely turn them all into ballerinas.
    Got a kid with a birthmark? Beat it off them!
    Got a left-handed child? Beat them too! (They actually did do that - left-handedness was considered a sign of the devil by the same primitive minds that run the churches today).

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Sep 13, 2012 2:18:01 PM


  24. "Don't condone homosexuality. Beat it out of your kids! If that doesn't work, ship them off to one of our "conversion camps" where we'll shame, starve and electroshock the gay right out of them! All Visa and Mastercards are accepted."

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Sep 13, 2012 2:43:36 PM


  25. "Perkins claimed he would still love a gay child, but would tell them that their "lifestyle choice" damages them and society as a whole."

    Actually your choice to be straight is a lifestyle choice or not be married. We love you Tony, but your choice damages them and society as a whole.

    Posted by: Guest | Sep 13, 2012 2:53:26 PM


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