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PhoboQuotable - 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.

"The most important thing that Christians can offer to homosexuals is hope--hope that their sins, just like the sins of anyone else, can be forgiven and their lives transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. Jesus' command to love our neighbor clearly embraces the homosexual as well. But love does not require affirming every behavior in which an individual engages." - Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, in a Washington Post column blaming gay teen suicides on the very people working to prevent them.

Commenters on the WaPo column are raging against the paper for providing space to Perkins. Jeremy Hooper piles on at Good As You:
There's absolutely no reason why Tony should be allowed such an open forum. NONE. The gig is not based on merit, but rather because we still live in a skewed world where (a) LGBT people are the one kind of vulnerable population sect whose lives remain subjected to back-and-forth public debate; (b) anti-LGBT discrimination is still passed off as "family values", (c) anti-LGBT groups like the Family Research Council are able to maintain a place in conservative politics by virtue of their connections and financing, and (d) these same groups are given platforms in the name of "objectivity" and journalistic "fairness." It doesn't happen to any other kind of people.

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