Graham: Tony Perkins Just Loves Gay People

On an appearance on CBS News last weekend, Bob Schieffer accurately described Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council as the leader of a hate group. The Christian right is flipping out about that, of course, and Franklin Graham has leaped to his defense:

Did you see where Face the Nation’s Bob Schieffer attacked Tony Perkins and Family Research Council in what is being called an “ambush” interview last week? He accused Tony and FRC of being anti-gay. I know Tony. He’s a great American and a strong Christian. Just because Christians take a stand aligned with what the Word of God says is true, that doesn’t mean we are anti-gay. It means that we love people enough to warn them. God tells us in His Word that lying is sin, stealing is sin, murder is sin, adultery is sin, homosexuality is sin…and “the wages of sin is death.” The Bible says “all have sinned,” and we want people to know that God will forgive them and give them eternal life if they turn from their sins and accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior. In our world today, being bold enough to speak out on important biblical and moral issues means that we are targets of the liberal media’s anti-Christian bias. But it doesn’t mean that we stop.

Yes, Tony Perkins loves gay people! That’s why he and his organization spend so much time demonizing them as sex-crazed pedophiles who want to rape your children and demon-possessed communists who want to destroy society. That’s what I always say about people I love, don’t you?

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  • kantalope

    if you can’t tell, by their actions, whether they hate or not…go with hate.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Look, you love your dog. But you still bop it on the nose when it pees on the floor, right? Well, we Christians treat gays like dogs, but bop them on the nose for existing.

  • John Pieret

    God tells us in His Word that lying is sin, stealing is sin, murder is sin, adultery is sin

    Oh, good! … so now you will be pushing state legislatures and for referendums to ban marriages of liars, thieves murderers and adulterers, right? After all, if Perkins’ constant refrain is anti-SSM but not based on hate but on his love for gays, then he and you would want to do the same for liars, thieves murderers and adulterers, wouldn’t you?

  • MikeMa

    If good old Franklin says he loves you, I’d get a restraining order.

    LGBT folks must be hard of hearing. The list of folks shouting about the sin is long and deafening. Or maybe they just don’t give a rat’s ass about the shouter’s religious crap.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … demon-possessed communists who want to destroy society. That’s what I always say about people I love, don’t you?

    Ed, sometime I need to introduce you to some of my friends…

  • dingojack

    You know that Tony loves gay people — really, really … Tee hee hee …

    Dingo

  • StevoR

    Tony Perkins Just Loves Gay People

    Sure has got a funny way of showing it then hasn’t he? Why you could almost take him for a homophobic bigot if he didn’t say he loved Teh Ghay so much! Pity, just saying something makes it true even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary ain’t it? Oh wait ..

  • felicis

    “…in His Word that lying is sin, stealing is sin, murder is sin, adultery is sin, homosexuality is sin…”

    Yes – and so are tattoos, eating shellfish (and pork), and wearing mixed fabrics. I don’t hear them ‘warning’ people about those sins…

  • sinned34

    For someone who believes that “lying is a sin”, mister Graham sure doesn’t have a problem with all the lies spun by his fellow Christian right wingers. He certainly doesn’t warn Christians about lying nearly as often as he warns homosexuals about the evils of Teh Ghey. It’s almost like they have a double standard as to how they treat people inside their in-group versus how they treat outsiders. Either that or they’re lying.

    And they wonder why people are abandoning Christianity in droves.

  • reasonbe

    Whaaa…?! People still believe in eternal life??

  • theguy

    “I know Tony. He’s a great American”

    A great American wouldn’t argue against freedom of speech.

    “and a strong Christian”

    Considering his job description, his Bible probably says “Thou shalt bear false witness against thy neighbor.”

    “It means that we love people enough to warn them” that we love a god who’d torture them forever even more.

    ” In our world today, being bold shameless enough to speak out on important biblical and moral issues dishonestly against equality means that we are targets of the liberal media’s criticized anti-Christian bias. by the pro-both-sides-of-every-story media” FTFY

  • anubisprime

    These fuckers really live in “Bizarro World”…and I thought that was only in the superman comic books!

    I wonder if Perkins can pronounce Mr ‘Mxyzptlk’?

  • anubisprime

    Besides nothing in Franklin’s screed actually means that Perkins is not a leader of a hate group…

    And in fact Franklin does not even deny the point, being more interested in fluffing up the sheeple with some stream of sycophantic dribble which is supposed to calm ruffled dimbat feathers…and assure them they are in fact in awe of a virtual saint…

  • caseloweraz

    I wonder what the FRC’s Tony Perkins would have thought of the actor Anthony Perkins (who unfortunately died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1992), if they ever met, and if either was ever mistaken for the other.

  • Lofty

    Aah, those funny little fundies, who equate “love” with “torture”. Easy to do.