Editor’s Note: For a broader look at this speech by Tony Perkins, read: Tony Perkins: Homosexuality, Like Drug Abuse, Is ‘Destructive’ To Society
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, yesterday was asked by a reporter why he focuses on homosexuality and abortion when the Bible does not. Perkins was delivering a speech at the historic National Press Club, to kick off the Values Voters Summit, an annual conference of right wing conservative politicians, pundits, and religious leaders.
“Given the Bible’s relatively few mentions of abortion and homosexuality, around 10 combined, and the numerous mentions of poverty and hunger, at least 200, how do you justify your strong stance against homosexuality and abortion while ignoring hunger and poverty?,” a reporter asked Perkins.
“That’s not our main focus,” Perkins delivered as part of his lengthy response, which also included claiming the question was based on “a false assumption.” Perkins added, “there are those in society who are impoverished because of choices that they make, there are those who are impoverished because of circumstances, which should be the object of our charity.”
Perkins also claimed that children born to heterosexually married parents are less likely to be impoverished. No mention of the fact that same-sex marriages produce at least the same result.
Stating the obvious, the mis-named Family Research Council, which is an anti-gay hate group because it spreads lies about LGBT people, is not “researching” the family — certainly not credibly. It is a professional lobby organization, based in Washington, D.C., that works to make the lives of LGBTQ people and our families more difficult, and works to stop or slow our attempts, and those of our allies, to achieve equality.
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