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Tony Perkins Blames Gays For High Military Suicide Rates

by David Badash on January 31, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,News,Politics

Tony Perkins says the military’s high suicide rate is a result of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which is “adding additional stress” by “driving Christianity out [and] putting homosexuality in.” Perkins is the head of the certified anti-gay Family Research Council.

“The volume of these decisions coming out of this administration is unbelievable, unbelievable. The stress in our military, when you look how they have used the military for their social experimentation: driving Christianity out, putting homosexuality in, suicide rate going through the ceiling. I think it was last year if I recall the numbers there were 349 suicides in 2012 and I believe that’s more than were killed in combat, that’s the highest number since the Pentagon began tracking suicides back in 2001. And what are they doing? Adding additional stress by this social engineering. Unbelievable.”

Right Wing Watch notes that “Perkins cited no evidence to back up his claim, but as with his ominous and incorrect predictions regarding the consequences of DADT’s repeal, he apparently doesn’t see a need to substantiate his outrageous allegations.”

Earlier this week, Perkins sent an emergency action alert email claiming that “homosexual activists” are “bullying” the Boy Scouts of America into dropping their ban on gays.

Last week, Peter Sprigg of Perkins’ Family Research Council said “homosexuals already have all the same civil rights as anyone else,” but their personal relationships don’t have an “equal value to society.”

Last year, Perkins praised Uganda’s president for “leading his nation” with the “Kill The Gays” bill, and called Uganda “a modern example of a nation prospered by God.”

Also last year, Tony Perkins waged war against the august Southern Poverty Law Center, for including the Family Research Council on their certified hate group list.

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chassagne January 31, 2013 at 11:15 am

Dollars to donuts this Tony Perkins can be found in gay saunas. Someone should put a P.I. on his tail.

StevyDi January 31, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Other than the birth of Christ this cretin has blamed gay people for every natural and unnatural occurrence ever experienced by man. My belief is that idiots such as Perkins, when faced with the knowledge that their chosen ideology is becoming rejected by the majority, that they will use any tactic to reinvigorate the status of their failing viewpoint. The benefit of free speech is that more and more people will learn how insipidly ignorant these viewpoints are, as Perkins and his type spew increasingly more erratic and just plain stupid thoughts.

TheChrisPerkins January 31, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Yea, and it has nothing to do with the fact that 1 in 5 (or 20%) of returning militants of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Of those 20% only 53% sought help for their depression or PTSD. While 53% of those veterans sought care only half of them received minimally adequate treatment. How about the fact that "they're also at an added risk due to the type of guerilla warfare that is being carried out in this war. In the setting of guerilla warfare, the chances for witnessing and taking part in abusive violence, atrocities, and civilian casualties may be increased, and all of these factors have been shown to raise the likelihood that a person will suffer post-traumatic stress disorder as a result [source: NCPTSD]."
It has nothing to do with the fact that "gays are adding additional stress" by "driving Christianity out [and] putting homosexuality in." If a militant is strong in their faith, and I assume they are, the fact that homosexual individuals are allowed into the military would not have an effect on their religious views (or drive their personal Christian views out… to replace it with being involved in a homosexual relationship). Tony Perkins should be ashamed of himself to claim such a thing. Tony Perkins should also do a little research on the effects of the military on individual psychosis and realize the real reason of suicide in the military.

tomchicago01 January 31, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I guess Tony is speaking about some vicarious stress HE envisions HE would be experiencing, and I would have to ask why he'd be stressed.

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