Pam points out something truly ridiculous: the supposedly venerable Washington Post has decided to give Tony Perkins space in their “On Faith” column to spew discredited, moronic hate speech about gay people, specifically bullied gay children.
Check out this malarkey:
The media has recently been filled with reports of several recent suicides by teenagers who are reported to have been victims of “anti-gay” bullying. Some homosexual activist groups lay blame at the feet of conservative Christians who teach that homosexual conduct is wrong, as well as pro-family groups such as Family Research Council which oppose elements of the homosexual political agenda, such as same-sex “marriage.”
The Christians and pro-family leaders I know are unanimous in believing that no person, especially a child, should be subjected to verbal or physical harassment or violence–whether because of their sexuality, their religious beliefs, or for any other reason. Such bullying violates the Christian’s obligation to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, and receives no support from the pro-family political movement.
First of all, Tony pisses on the kids’ graves by putting “anti-gay” in scare quotes. Then he pisses on them and their surviving families by farting out a bunch of meaningless platitudes about how none of the “pro-family” leaders support bullying of anyone. Basically, he’s defending himself preemptively, which is always very telling. If Tony Perkins didn’t know deep down that he was a malignant bigot, he wouldn’t feel the need to issue such a disclaimer before planting a bunch of verbal crosses on gay kids’ lawns, dousing them with gasoline and setting them aflame.
Where bullying has occurred, the blame should be placed on the bullies themselves–not on organizations within society who clearly oppose bullying. I suspect that few, if any, such bullies are people who regularly attend church, and I would not be surprised if most of the “bullies” did not have the positive benefit of both an active mom and dad in their lives.
He keeps running hot water, but the blood is just not coming off his hands! His suggestion that bullies are unchurched is baseless and asinine.
[H]omosexual activist groups like GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) are exploiting these tragedies to push their agenda of demanding not only tolerance of homosexual individuals, but active affirmation of homosexual conduct and their efforts to redefine the family.
It’s very upsetting to Tony that groups which defend gay people deign to ask that garden variety bigots like Tony stop spreading messages that drive children to suicide. Where would Tony be without his soulless hatred? Nowhere, that’s where.
There is an abundance of evidence that homosexuals experience higher rates of mental health problems in general, including depression. However, there is no empirical evidence to link this with society’s general disapproval of homosexual conduct. In fact, evidence from the Netherlands would seem to suggest the opposite, because even in that most “gay-friendly” country on earth, research has shown homosexuals to have much higher mental health problems.
Wrong, wrong, wrong! Or should I say, liar, liar, liar! Media Matters explains:
Perkins links to a February 2002 American Psychologist article, which reported on the “results of several breakthrough studies are offering new insights on gay men, lesbians and bisexuals.” While Perkins is right, “Several studies suggest that gay men, lesbians and bisexuals appear to have higher rates of some mental disorders compared with heterosexuals,” he’s totally wrong that these rates have nothing to do with discrimination. In fact, the article immediately goes on to report that “[d]iscrimination may help fuel these higher rates.” The article reported: “In a study that examines possible root causes of mental disorders in LGB people, [Susan] Cochran [PhD] and psychologist Vickie M. Mays, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, explored whether ongoing discrimination fuels anxiety, depression and other stress-related mental health problems among LGB people. The authors found strong evidence of a relationship between the two.” Several other studies back up this finding.
If you click that link, you will find more links in the Media Matters piece, to studies which Tony Perkins would prefer to pretend do not exist.
Media Matters also points out how utterly grotesque it is for the Washington Post to run such shameful bigotry on National Coming Out Day.
One more graf of disgusting, pig ignorant hatred, and then I’m going to go throw up:
Some homosexuals may recognize intuitively that their same-sex attractions are abnormal–yet they have been told by the homosexual movement, and their allies in the media and the educational establishment, that they are “born gay” and can never change. This–and not society’s disapproval–may create a sense of despair that can lead to suicide.