|Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council|
Anti-lgbt hate group leader Tony Perkins had an interview yesterday with MSNBC's Peter Alexander about Donald Trump's meeting with the religious and and anti-lgbt right.
You can feel free to watch the entire interview via Media Matters. Once was enough for me, thank you very much. Granted, some folks have pointed out that since Perkins and his group (the Family Research Council) masquerades as a faith-based group while pushing anti-lgbt lies, he shouldn't be given a platform by mainstream media.
I don't exactly agree and for two reasons. I think that mainstream media should have people like Perkins on but should do a better job in giving their viewers accurate information on what he is all about as well as asking critical questions on his statements and his group's tactics; both of which belie the fact that Perkins is a religious leader and his group is faith-based.
The second reason is more to the point. Perkins opens his mouth like a fish eager for bait and gets hooked. That is to say, he generally says something which gives the lgbt community an opportunity to prove him a liar.
Such as this statement when Alexander questioned him on Trump attacking the religion of his opponents:
ALEXANDER: Donald Trump there saying we don't know anything about Hillary in terms of religion. In fact, we do. She's been public about her Methodist faith. She's spoken about it, she's written about it. She attended church. She actually had a close relationship to Billy Graham. So is Hillary Clinton's faith the real source of concern?
TONY PERKINS: First off, I don't think faith should be used as a weapon. I think faith is a building block, it’s a bridge. . .
If Perkins doesn't think faith should be used as a weapon, then why does he and his group constantly use it as a way to stomp down the lgbt community?
Like the time he said gays are "pawns of the enemy," i.e. Satan:
Or the time he questioned pro-lgbt Christians by using terms like "fascism" and "heresy."
And let's not forget the time when he said "homosexuality leads to eternal damnation."
Also, how could we forget when he compared upholding non-discrimination laws to the Holocaust by making references to boxcars and "re-education camps."
Lastly, the Family Research Council in general is an organization pushing a huge con game in which its leaders such as Perkins and spokespeople hide behind claims of "sincerely held religious beliefs" while at the same time pushing lies and junk science to smear the lgbt community.
So this claim by Perkins that he doesn't think faith should be used as a weapon is yet another lie he perpetrates.
He meant to say he doesn't think faith should be used as a weapon unless it's by him.