I’ve long thought Tony Perkins divorced from reality. He cites non-scientists as if they’re scientists, belives gays can be “cured,” and in today’s LAChronicle article, doesn’t believe that gays are even discriminated against very much. Not really.
Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, contended that gay-rights groups exaggerated the extent of anti-gay bias as part of a broader push to achieve their political goals.
‘I’m sure there’s probably a case here and there,’ Perkins said. ‘But I’ve seen more discrimination of people of religious faith than I’ve seen of gay people in the work force.’
Probably because you don’t HAVE any gay people in your workforce. Just “ex-gays.”
Perkins’ response, of course, is to the potential for congress this year to finally pass ENDA–the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, bill meant to end employment discrimination practices based upon sexual orientation. While the Chronicle article seems hopeful that ENDA will pass this time around, as well as a hate-crimes bill targeting gay-related crimes, it remains unsure whether President Bush will actually sign either of them. Perkins is not the only one who is Concerned with the potential of these bills passing, namely Matt Barber or CWA, and a semi-regular concern of GoodAsYou.
‘With liberals in control, there’s a good possibility they’ll both pass,’ said Matt Barber, a policy director with the conservative group Concerned Women for America. ‘They’re both dangerous to freedom of conscience, to religious liberties, to free speech.’
Personally, I think overzealous religious persecution of a group based solely on inherent traits is more dangerous to free speech, but I’m just a blogger. What do I know? I must be dreaming, right?
And, tangentially, while we’re on the subject of “reality,” I’d like for these people to stop repeating their ridiculously disingenuous phrase, “love the sinner, hate the sin.” Most of them don’t believe it, and they should have the integrity to at least say what they truly believe. If they truly believed it, then that attitude would be honestly conveyed by their children. I’ll say one thing for Fred Phelps–he may be just a shade shy of the Antichrist himself, but at least his group is honestly saying what they believe.
I was reading about a local boy this weekend who committed suicide in 2003 due to cyberbullying from fellow students at his school. After having to deal with his son Ryan’s suicide, John Halligan set up a website to advocate against cyberbullying in his son’s memory. While most comments are hopeful or positive, there are those who continue to berate a dead boy because they think he was gay:
Another visitor said, “The sadness of this incident is only surpassed by how gut wrenchingly hilarious it is. … He deserved to die because he was a whiny gay.”
The most vile? “So I hear your son is gay. Good thing he killed himself, we don’t need anymore fags in the world.”
Now, no one knows if Ryan was gay or not. The issue here is the bullying. Which is just an external manifestation of violence and hateWhy do I have a hard time believing that these people hate “the sin,” and not “the sinner?” Where did they most likely learn this attitude from? Parents. Who sling various deragatory comments around about gay people in front of their children. Parents who do, in fact, hate “the sinners” AND “the sin.” So much, in fact, that they’ll visit a mourning website and hurl hateful statements at a dead person simply because he might’ve been gay.
Yeah, that’s a bunch of Christ’s love right there, I’ll tell ya. Tell me, “What Would Jesus Do?” Who did Jesus actually condemn?
Still, it’s encouraging to see that there are some in the religious community who can see us as whole people not needing fixing, and standing up for us like Jesus would. And while I’m hopeful it may spread to other denominations, I’m not holding my breath.