Christian Fascism in America: If Fascism Comes to America, It Will Come Wrapped in the Flag & Carrying the Cross Image © Austin Cline, Licensed to About; Original Poster: National ArchivesSpeaking of Religious Rightists who want to have things both ways, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council weighed in on the wave of gay teen suicides recently. He didn’t offer any words of sympathy for suicidal gay teens, nor for the families left behind by these tragedies. Oh no. That would have been too kind, for a man whose career has been built on vilifying gays and condemning them in every way imaginable. Instead, his piece — thoughtfully hosted by the Washington Post On Faith blog, which apparently is so hard up for content that they have to ask religiofascists like Perkins for material — actually dares to make a case for why it’s understandable that gay teens might want to kill themselves. Here is just a sampling of his reprehensible drivel (WebCite cached article):

The media has recently been filled with reports of several recent suicides by teenagers who are reported to have been victims of “anti-gay” bullying [cached]. Some homosexual activist groups lay blame at the feet of conservative Christians who teach that homosexual conduct is wrong, as well as pro-family groups such as Family Research Council which oppose elements of the homosexual political agenda, such as same-sex “marriage.”

Oh the horrors! Gay groups whose members have been railed against by Religious Right groups such as the FRC, have dared to blame them for having railed against them! Whodathunkit? Perkins’s sanctimony is almost laughable. He continues with this (brief) caveat:

The Christians and pro-family leaders I know are unanimous in believing that no person, especially a child, should be subjected to verbal or physical harassment or violence–whether because of their sexuality, their religious beliefs, or for any other reason. Such bullying violates the Christian’s obligation to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, and receives no support from the pro-family political movement.

Having said this, however, Perkins proceeds to lay out a case for exactly why gays should hate themselves for being gay, and why everyone else should condemn them for being gay:

There is an abundance of evidence that homosexuals experience higher rates of mental health problems in general, including depression. …

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. …

Since homosexual conduct is associated with higher rates of sexual promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, mental illness, substance abuse, and domestic violence, it too qualifies as a behavior that is harmful to the people who engage in it and to society at large.

The rest of Perkins’s blood-chilling diatribe is littered with inferences that homosexuality is a “choice” and that gays can “change” to being heterosexual, if only “good Christians” will invite them to do so. This, however, is bullshit, because Christian gay-conversion does not work. If anything, it actually harms gays. Gays are not gay because they “chose” to be gay … that is, quite simply, what they are. Perkins and the rest of his army of militant Christians may not like it or wish to admit it, but it remains true.

What I can’t figure is why WaPo allowed this horrific apologia for hatred of gays to grace their Web site. I just don’t get it. I can’t imagine its editors actually believed there was any merit to this piece.

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