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Irony? MSNBC Invites Tony Perkins To Comment On AFA’s Anti-Gay Extremism

August 08, 2011 4:44 pm ET by Carlos Maza

Last Friday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews invited Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (FRC) and Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State to discuss Texas Governor Rick Perry’s weekend prayer event, “The Response.”

During the segment, Matthews aggressively criticized Gov. Perry for inviting groups like the American Family Association (AFA) -- which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center -- to participate in the event. He even aired multiple clips highlighting AFA “wing nut” Bryan Fischer’s history of anti-gay hate mongering:

Matthews was right to go after Fischer for his extreme and fringe views. An anti-gay hate group like the AFA doesn’t deserve a national platform, and someone like Fischer definitely doesn’t deserve to be treated as a legitimate representative of religious conservatives.

Which brings us to Tony Perkins.

If Matthews is so baffled by Perry’s decision to share the stage with an anti-gay hate group, why did he invite Perkins -- who was a co-chair for the event -- onto his nationally broadcast television show?

Perkins has called gays and lesbians terrorists, asserted that LGBT youth commit suicide because they know being LGBT is “abnormal “, and claimed that “homosexuals” are determined to “destroy innocence, religious freedom, and ultimately, the family.”

Perkins' Family Research Council is a central producer of anti-gay propaganda, including the myth that gays are more likely than heterosexuals to be violent, pedophiles, and physically and mentally ill.  

This kind of extreme hate mongering is exactly why FRC, like the AFA, is also listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Chris Matthews should know this too, considering he hosted an entire segment about FRC’s designation as a hate group on his show less than a year ago.

If Matthews really wants people like Fischer and Perkins to be treated like the anti-gay zealots they are, maybe he should let his viewers know when he’s hosting representatives from hate groups.

Previously:

Fox Gives Tony Perkins A Chance To Defend Perry Prayer Event

Bryan Fischer: Anti-Gay Groups Are “Unstoppable” When They Call Homosexuality A Health Risk

Not So Fast: Tony Perkins Actually Does Think Same-Sex Attraction Is A Choice