Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council throws a holy fit whenever he and his fellow bigots are called bigots, but he has no problem calling gay people demon-possessed pedophiles. And on a recent radio show, he showed how thoroughly he believes in dehumanizing gay people:
Not done yet, Perkins then sounded off about the military missing its annual recruiting goal: “Surprise, surprise. They’ve destroyed religious freedom in our military, they’ve turned it into a parade that looks like the bar scene in Star Wars and they are wondering why they can’t recruit people. It’s beyond words.”
Back in 2010, shortly before the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy for gay and lesbian service members was repealed, Perkins claimed that militaries that allow gay people to serve openly like Israel and the U.K. are “ones that participate in parades, they don’t fight wars to keep the nation and the world free.”
This is literal dehumanization. Allowing gay people to serve in the military is compared to alien life forms, depriving them of their status as human beings. And this is not an accident. Perkins simply does not see gay people as fully human, but merely as vessels of sin and evil.