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Wash Post “On Faith” Op-Ed: “Homosexual Movement” May Be to Blame for Suicides

From the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins:

“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.”

On National Coming Out Day, within 12 hours of the 12th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death, The Washington Post‘s “On Faith” section published this as one of its “Guest Voices.”

Four paragraphs earlier, Perkins laughably introduced his piece by writing, “Where bullying has occurred, the blame should be placed on the bullies themselves–not on organizations within society who clearly oppose bullying.”

What Perkins is writing — and the Post is publishing — is that he believes homosexuals should “intuitively” see same-sex attractions as “abnormal” — and yet he sees no connection to be drawn between his statements and the despair that leads LGBT teens to suicidal thoughts and believes no blame is to be placed on him for the bullying borne of such attitudes.

Both the Post and Perkins should be embarrassed.

Unlike Fred Phelps, Sr. — who understands and revels in the blame placed on him for his views about LGBT people — Perkins just dismisses the blame as false and cries out against all opposition to him as an attack on his First Amendment rights.

At least Phelps is honest.

[UPDATE: Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin looks at Perkins’s sources.]