Monday, June 13, 2016

Tony Perkins is suddenly a friend of the gay community and the bad stuff is all Obama's fault

Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins, a hate group leader with direct ties to David Duke and the Klan, presumes to lecture the President of the United States and to rewrite history. Taking to the blog of his group, Family Research Council, Perkins writes:
It's happened again: American blood spilled on American soil by a radical Islamic gunman in what is the deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11.

The victims, shot down at an Orlando nightclub, were apparently targeted because of their sexual identity. Regardless of our country's profound differences on policies, lifestyles, religious beliefs, or anything else, we must make clear that no American -- not one -- should fear being attacked by a terrorist for any reason.
It is nothing, if not remarkable, that Perkins is suddenly concerned with the wellbeing of fellow LGBT citizens. Of course Perkins being Perkins he cannot help himself — referring to lifestyles. Moreover the attack was on a gay bar so the victims were targeted because of their sexual orientation and not their “sexual identity.”

Perkins is the same guy who claims that gay men are pedophiles and that the repeal of Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell would homosexualize the armed services. Perkins said that “blood of young marines” is on hands of legislators who voted to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. This is the same guy who claims that “It Gets Better” is “disgusting” because it tells children that it is okay to be immoral. Perkins is a proponent of discredited ex-gay therapy and … well, when it comes to Mr. Perkins I could go on forever. You get the idea. But now, the guy who probably thinks that every dead gay in Orlando is the work of his god, is concerned.
Unfortunately, the attacks on U.S. soil have only grown in this administration's refusal to call them what they are -- Islamic terrorism. The gunman, a homegrown extremist who reportedly pledged his allegiance to ISIS before his bloody rampage, left little doubt about his motivation -- a motivation the president still refuses to confront. Almost eight years into his now fatal agenda of political correctness, President Obama couldn't even bring himself to say the words "radical Islam" in the speech following the attack. It was a stunning omission, one that left viewers' mouths ajar. Donald Trump, who is both revered and reviled for his tough talk on Muslims, argued the president should resign in disgrace. "People cannot... believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can't even mention the words 'radical Islamic terrorism.' There's something going on. It's inconceivable. There's something going on."
Right Mr. Perkins, this is all about how President Obama verbally frames the threat from Islamic terrorists. It also sounds as if Perkins is embracing a Trump conspiracy theory hinting that the president is a secret Muslim in league with ISIS (or whatever BS Alex Jones and Jerome Corsi have filled Trump's willing ears with).

Remind me: Who was president on 9/11? And which president is responsible for killing Osama Bin Laden? And which president is responsible for all of those drone strikes on ISIS?
Even to people who identify as LGBT, long considered this administration's closest allies, this was astounding. One by one, gay activists and groups criticized Democrats for letting their fear of Muslims get in the way of holding terrorists accountable. Regardless of what you may think of Donald Trump, said one, "he's also the only person saying anything about putting the brakes on Islamic extremism, and in light of what happened in Orlando, suddenly that is the only issue that really matters when it comes to the health, well-being and safety of the queer community." Others like Phoenix LGBT tweeted: "We wanted you to be the first to know, after this horrific attack, we're officially endorsing Trump. Enough is enough."
The one gay activist that Perkins is quoting wrote: “I'm a Gay Activist, and After Orlando, I Have Switched My Vote to Trump” by “Anonymous” on a right wing site. Very compelling. As for the tweet by “Phoenix LGBT,” the Twitter account was opened yesterday and has five tweets to its credit. Gay people are probably not going to support someone who wants to reverse marriage equality when Hillary Clinton is a true friend to the community. Nice try Perkins.

Anyone who thinks that Trump has the right answer by banning Muslims from entering the country (as if one could) is search from a simple answer to a very complex problem and the Orlando attack was by a self-radicalized American citizen. Same for the Boston Marathon bombing.

And here's an idea. Perhaps if people like Tony Perkins would stop demonizing LGBT citizens, it would be harder for people to do violence to them. American values should make it unacceptable to denigrate people because of their sexuality. When it comes to gays Mr. Perkins is really no different than radical Islamists. He is just more restrained by public policy. Safe to say that in Perkins' idea of a theocracy we would be publicly stoned in conformity with his understanding of his ancient book.

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