Of course Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council is crowing like a rooster over the recent ‘Duck Dynasty’ controversy.
“Although the victory belonged to the Robertsons, the real winners may be the American people — who finally witnessed homosexual activists for what they are: intolerant bullies. As FRC has said for years, the goal of GLAAD and others is to silence anyone who dares challenge the idea that homosexual behavior should be celebrated. We’ve seen these vicious tactics used against wedding florists, bakers, photographers, sports journalists, students, and teachers who’ve been fired, hauled into court, fined, suspended, and ordered to violate their religious beliefs by endorsing same-sex “marriage.” For once, the American people have stood up and shouted, “enough!” I had the opportunity to talk about this incredible sea change over the holidays. If you missed it, check out the video from those interviews on ABC’s “Nightline” and Fox News’s “Kelly File . . .”
If you ask me, I think he is overestimating the entire thing by calling it a “sea change for three reasons.
First, wasn’t he and others on his side making the same ridiculous comments last year about how the “American people stood up to gay bullies” during the Chic-Fil-A controversy? And we see how much of a “sea change” that did NOT turn out to be.
Secondly, I find it ironic that Perkins would mention his interview on the “Kelly File” It was on that program which Perkins allegedly REFUSED to debate lgbt activist and bloggger Jeremy Hooper, thereby forcing host Megyn Kelly to interview Hooper and then Perkins in one-on-one sessions. A good journalist knows how to find a new angle in any news story, but unfortunately everyone seems to have missed this one, including the lgbt media.
Lastly, if Perkins wants to talk about ugly tactics and intolerant bullies, perhaps he should take another look at his organization, as this clip shows:
According to Media Matters:
Perkins has called gay people “pawns” of the “enemy,” said that gays will experience “eternal damnation,” praised a Ugandan bill that would impose the death penalty for homosexuality, and declared that members of Congress who voted to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell had the “blood of young Marines” on their hands. His organization has been labeled a “hate group” for routinely peddling the myth that gay men are more likely to be pedophiles than straight men. In addition to regularly spouting anti-LGBT rhetoric, Perkins has also been linked to white supremacist groups in his native Louisiana.
Of course Kelly didn’t ask Perkins about any of these issues even after assuring Hooper that she would.
It’s relatively easy to use an interview to bolster your view of a “sea change” when you have the person doing the interview in your hip pocket, isn’t it Tony?