Tony Perkins told Mike Huckabee that he and the Family Research Council are “pursuing everything possible” against LGBT activist Dan Savage, “because he is out of control.” Perkins and Huckabee today were discussing Savage’s address last week at Winona State University, during which Savage said, “every dead gay kid is a victory for the Family Research Council.” It’s unclear, but it certainly sounded like Perkins was suggesting — or threatening — legal action against Savage, though not sure on what grounds.
“Tony Perkins tells parents whose kids come out to reject them,” Savage told the audience at Winona State.
“Tony Perkins tells the parents of queer kids to do what Tony Perkins damn well knows drives those kids to suicide — doubles their already quadruple rate of suicide. Why would someone who calls themselves a Christian do that? Because every dead gay kid is a victory for the Family Research Council. They argue that the gay lifestyle is sick and sinful and dangerous and they point to the suicide rate, and then they turn around and do everything in their power to make sure that suicide rate does not come down and to drive it up. Tony Perkins sits on a pile of dead gay kids every day when he goes to work — and he calls himself a Christian. I don’t understand how real Christians let that little fucker get away with that.”
“I found Dan Savage to be unnecessarily rude, vile, and angry,” Huckabee told Perkins, the President of the Family Research Council, an active anti-gay hate group. “Just angry. He was not a happy person and he just takes out his venom on other people, but he’s gone to a level I’ve never seen.”
Perkins responded, “As my teenagers would say, he has some issues. He is a man with some real deep-seated issues … and Dan Savage is nowhere near, he’s a hundred and eighty degrees from the positions that we have taken. It’s wrong and I will tell you this, we are pursuing everything possible to deal with him because he is out of control.”
Perkins certainly was right there — Dan Savage, and most of America, for that matter, are “a hundred and eighty degrees from the positions” that the Family Research Council has taken.
Perhaps a lawsuit would shine some light on those positions, those anti-gay comments, and actions, the Family Research Council rolls around in?
“This is the bottom line, Mike: is that if you don’t embrace and celebrate homosexuality and everything associated with it, then you are intolerant,” Perkins complained to Mike Huckabee, the man who created “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.”
“And the truth of the matter is, let’s just be very, very truthful, and that’s what we deal in is the truth, that even is society embraced homosexuality, there would never be that sense of self-fulfillment because it’s outside the way God created man and woman. And that’s the bottom line. They cannot erase that, even if they get every law on the books changed, it will never change that.”
Savage shared his response, above, via Twitter.
Kyle Mantyla of Right Wing Watch, which provided the transcript, also has the audio on their (pretty and new!) website.
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