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  1. Be in no doubt that MSNBC inviting Tony Perkins on to comment about LGBT issues is like inviting the Grand Wizard of the KKK on to talk about race related matters. However, this is really rather a non-story for a British publication.

    1. It may be a non-story at the moment, but what happens in America is usually copied in one way or another over here so to have it published here on UK Pink News is no bad thing. Watching the actual advert was useful as well.

    2. I totally agree with you.
      For example, he said about the “It Get’s better” campaign:
      ___________________________________________________
      The videos are titled “It Gets Better.” They are aimed at persuading kids that although they’ll face struggles and perhaps bullying for “coming out” as homosexual (or transgendered or some other perversion), life will get better. [...]
      Can you imagine George Washington, Ronald Reagan, or any other president telling school children that it’s okay to be immoral and that they’ll eventually feel better about it?
      It’s disgusting. And it’s part of a concerted effort to persuade kids that homosexuality is okay and actually to recruit them into that “lifestyle.”
      ______________________________________________________

      That’s the kind of person he is, makes you shiver.

    3. I don’t think this is a non-story for a British publication, it highlights the implication of hate groups in the current civil rights debate in the
      U.S.

  2. We should have a campaign to get Melanie Philips banned from the BBC.

    1. Dr Robin Guthrie 10 Mar 2012, 2:00am

      Too true.

      I always think that they wheel her out as an example of “the opposite end of the scale”. “The extreme”.

    2. Some things are banned by the BBC. For example, no-one is allowed to identify as lesbian or gay on children’s TV. You are, however, permitted to be “fabulicious and proud” and you can be open about a love of “Gaga”

      1. GingerlyColors 11 Mar 2012, 11:28am

        Even in these post Clause 28 days some people still prefer to tread carefully when discussing LGBT issues in a childrens’ forum. Fortunately as our section of society becomes more visable teachers and other people who work with children can explain the likes of Lady Gaga or the fact that many other of their favourite pop stars are ‘gay’ without fear of disciplinary action or even dismissal.

  3. I’m fine with them wheeling out Stephen Green with the caveat that they introduce him by the title “alleged wife beater and rabid homophobe Stephen Green”.
    It’s no worse than what he calls us, and it’s true.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1351585/Stephen-Green-rails-immorality-voice-Christian-Britan-private-wife-beater-says-partner.html

  4. Singapore Sam 10 Mar 2012, 10:03am

    They do also air the Rachel Maddow Show, to be fair. Opinion iis one thing, but the promulgation of deliberate lies and misinformation by someone who has been proven to do this is another.

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 10 Mar 2012, 2:28pm

    The BBC woudln’t have any problem allowing avowed homophobes like this a place either, in the interests of free speech of course.

    I wouldn’t mind betting Tony Perkins’ hate group is involved with the Christian Institute of the UK. Who is funding the latter I wonder?

  6. Hello! one of the basic rules of writer/reader courtesy is to establish mutual comprehension of terms used, so what the hell is MSNBC? For those few of us who don’t actually live in the United States, some basic editorial manners would be very welcome.

    1. Paddyswurds 11 Mar 2012, 2:13pm

      GOOGLE is a tool limited only by your imagination or lack thereof….

  7. I like how the advert is appealing to other Christians to call out that this man doesn’t represent all of them or even a majority of them. Intelligent campaigning style.

  8. I’ve always been impressed with MSNBC for actually recruiting a wide range of points of view. They treat their guests with respect and challenge their views with civility and reason rather than intimidation and shouting (like another network we all know). I appreciate hearing the arguments straight from the source – I’d rather everyone know what these hateful, ignorant, and faith based promulgators have to say rather than insulate myself by stifling their voice.

    All that said if a group wants to run an ad that maintains that civil and well reasoned tone, I say why not?

  9. Off topic, but somewhat related (homophobia/bullying).
    Please sign this petition:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/mpaa-don-t-let-the-bullies-win-give-bully-a-pg-13-instead-of-an-r-rating

    Thank you!

    1. Done.

  10. GingerlyColors 11 Mar 2012, 11:15am

    Surely such a ban would be in violation of American Citizens’ 1st Amendment rights to freedom of speech as outlined under the US Constitution. Like in the UK, this right to freedom of speech is becoming skewed in favour of the hatemongers.

  11. Paddyswurds 11 Mar 2012, 1:49pm

    Who cares what msnbc broadcasts, especially since they really don’t have any great sphere of influence, Outside cable in the US, S Africa, Berlin, Canada and the Middle East it is totally unheard of…Hardly the nerve centers of the planet.

  12. Lynda Yilmaz 11 Mar 2012, 3:06pm

    One of the positive side effects of the gay marriage issue seems to me to be the way the various religious communities are ‘coming out’ (pun intended) and showing their true colours in relation to human rights. I can’t think of a better way for them to sound their own death knell when the tripe they are spouting all over the world is really only appeasing the people who already have the same views. I’m prepared to bet that the atheists, agnostics, the live and let lives and the plain old ‘don’t give a damns’ are all sitting up and thinking how fundamentally evil these people are.

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