Friday, May 25, 2012

Gays don't bother Tony Perkins, he just hates them and thinks they're destroying America

We know that the opponents of same-sex marriage -- the overwhelming majority of them, anyway -- are bigots, and that their theocratic arguments are ridiculous, but it's rare for the news media to put them on the spot and press them to explain and defend their views. More often, they're just given platforms from which to spew their venom.

Well, CNN's Brooke Baldwin, to her and her network's credit (at a time when CNN deservedly doesn't get much credit for anything), was having none of it yesterday, challenging leading anti-gay bigot Tony Perkins of the right-wing Family Research Council with some fairly probing questions:

-- Why do homosexuals bother you so much? (They don't, he claimed.)

-- Have you ever been to the home of a same-sex couple? (No, he hasn't.)

-- Why are we talking about curriculum in the school when this is about love and the law and the ability to get married? (He responded with "religious freedom, parental rights, public accommodation," as if it's all about allowing people the freedom to be bigots.)

Obviously, she could have gone much further, but it was impressive nonetheless.

We need much more of this, and more. Well done, Brooke.

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