Yesterday (which, not for nothing, was National Coming Out Day) Quinn and Meachan saw fit to publish the work of Tony Perkins. The views of Perkins, who has some pretty ugly ties to David Duke, are well known: he's warned that same-sex parenting is a danger; criticized Judge Vaughn Walker for being "openly homosexual"; and claimed that gay men disproportionately abuse children.
It's not unreasonable to assume that Quinn and Meacham -- or whoever actually oversees the page -- contracted Perkins specifically to deliver this unusually rank bigotry.
Amid a spate of suicides and bullying -- and a mere week and a half after one of the uglier anti-gay hate crimes in New York history -- Perkins points the finger:
...homosexual activist groups like GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) are exploiting these tragedies to push their agenda of demanding not only tolerance of homosexual individuals, but active affirmation of homosexual conduct and their efforts to redefine the family.
Also, says Perkins, gay activists and the media are the guilty parties:
Some homosexuals may recognize intuitively that their same-sex attractions are abnormal--yet they have been told by the homosexual movement, and their allies in the media and the educational establishment, that they are "born gay" and can never change. This--and not society's disapproval--may create a sense of despair that can lead to suicide.
Thank you, Washington Post Company, for bankrolling Tony Perkins' plea against tolerance.Oh, and here's how GLSEN "exploited" the beatings:
Many in the LGBT and ally community are asking what we can do in the wake of multiple tragedies across the country. What can you do to make a positive difference?
Ask for help:
If you or someone you know is in crisis and has mentioned or is considering suicide take it seriously and get help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. View the resource list below for how to recognize if someone is in crisis.Shameless, I know.