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Tony Perkins protested at LSU


POSTED: Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 1:31pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 12:08pm

BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) - A protest was held against a speaking engagement by Tony Perkins, the former head of the Louisiana Family Forum.

Perkins was at the university to speak to a class on public administration, but several people outside the classroom take issue with Perkins' stand on traditional marriage -meaning one man married to one woman.

Protestors believe the Baton Rouge native is too extreme and should not have been invited to speak.

Perkins says he's glad we live in a country where everyone can speak freely and have an open debate on the issues, even if they disagree. He further goes on to state that there should be an dialogue to exchange views.

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These folks are protesting simply because Tony supports "traditional marriage"? Uhm, no. They're protesting because Tony Perkins is someone who paints the national gay rights conversation as a battle of "good versus evil," and who goes into churches and tells congregants that his political opponents are "held captive by the enemy." A man who wrote that this nation's Commander in Chief is "willing to jeopardize our nation’s security to advance the agenda of the radical homosexual lobby," simply because of the president's push for DADT repeal. A man who claimed that gay teens kill themselves because they know, at heart, that they are "abnormal." A man who writes that same-sex marriage will be "opening the door to all manner of moral and social evil." And worst of all: A man who uses every media tool available to encourage others to follow his lead.

Saying Tony Perkins is simply supportive of "traditional marriage" would be like the local sportscaster calling the Super Bowl a semi-popular scrimmage.

And beyond just the man himself: Tony heads an organization where subordinates have called for gays' criminalization and/or deportation, printed brochures that liken same-sex marriage to men having sex with horses, used grim reaper graphics to illustrate what non-discrimination will supposedly do to America, and recruited even more incendiary figures like Bryan Fischer to speak on their pet issues. Actions that have landed FRC on the Southern Poverty Law Center's "hate groups" list -- a list that the conservatives love to paint as broad and unfair, but one that is, in truth, highly selective. It doesn't take a long search to see why FRC was able to exceed the SPLC's high bar.

Look, we fully agree with Tony: The American public should debate his words and actions vs. our own. So for that to happen, the American media needs to start accurately presenting his side of this conversation!

The only time "an" precedes a word is if the word starts with a vowel or a vowel sound. "An orange; an iPhone; an idiot who doesn't edit or spell check; an hour"/ "a dialogue; a closed-minded republican; a high school drop-out"

(Citation for improper use of semicolon)

This story does not accurately report the reason for the protest. Tony Perkins promotes HATE against gays. He spreads the lies that most gay men are pedophiles and that homosexuality is a disease. His organization has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Simply opposing gay marriage would not have sparked this protest.

This is an awful reporting job. The point of the protest was not merely to disagree with Tony Perkins' opinions about gay marriage (and, by the way, gay marriage is not the only LGBTQ-related issue on which Perkins and the Family Research Council take hateful positions). The point was to object to LSU's tacit endorsement of someone who represents an organization the Southen Poverty Law center designates as a hate group and regularly spreads untruths in his attempts to influence public policy.

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