Tony Perkins and his wingnut ilk at the Family Research Council hate group really like having it both ways. They want to be able to discriminate and hate — which is their right — but they expect the government to subsidize them while they’re doing it. That’s why this claim in one of Tony’s fundraising e-mails is gross:
Minneapolis based mega-retailer, Target Corp. has announced that throughout the month of June (which President Obama has officially declared “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month”) it will be selling “gay pride” t-shirts with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit the Family Equality Council, a national pro-homosexual organization bent on eliminating faith-based adoption agencies and redefining marriage throughout the nation.
The Family Equality Council’s clear objective is to pass legislation on the local and national level that would effectively shut down Christian based adoption agencies. We have seen this happen in Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.
Zack Ford at Think Progress points out just how much the FRC is lying here:
[T]he entire premise of the email is a lie. What happened in Massachusetts, Illinois, and DC with adoption agencies was voluntary. Religious organizations are completely entitled to discriminate in regards to which couples they allow to adopt. When marriage equality and civil unions become law, the state commits to investing in same-sex families. The agencies that shut down — mostly those run by Catholic Charities — did so completely voluntarily when they refused to stop discriminating when faced with the threat of losing taxpayer subsidies. Faith-based adoption agencies eliminate themselves when they disqualify themselves for public funding.
Tony Perkins, if he is even capable of distinguishing between the truth and a lie, probably sees this as a sort of “white lie,” as, again, he believes that fundamentalist Christians have more of a claim to this country than the other 75% of the population. They think they should be given carte blanche to steamroll the rest of the country with their ignorant, disproven, backwoods “values.”
Think Progress, if you click over, also has a screen shot of the fundraising e-mail, which includes bulls-eye imagery. Classy, FRC. Every day you all prove just how correct the SPLC was when they deemed you a hate group.