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FRC’s Tony Perkins: Star Wars Video Game Is Too Gay

January 27, 2012 1:47 pm ET by Carlos Maza

When he’s not being showered with praise on MSNBC or being treated to breakfast on CNN, Family Research Council (FRC) president Tony Perkins can be found recording his minute-long, pun-riddled Washington Watch Daily updates. This morning, he targeted the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, which will soon allow players to pursue in-game same-sex relationships. Perkins isn’t pleased with game developer’s decision:

PERKINS: In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the Empire may be homosexual activists. Hello, I’m Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. In a galaxy not so far, far away, Star Wars gamers have already gone to the Dark Side. The new video game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has added a special feature – gay relationships. BioWare, the company that developed the game said its launching a same-sex romance component to satisfy some complaints. That surprised a lot of gamers since BioWare had made clear in 2009 that gay and lesbians don’t exist in the Star Wars universe. Since the announcement, homosexuals have been celebrating the news, but parents sure aren’t. On the game’s website there are more than three hundred pages of comments, a lot of them expressing anger that their kids will be exposed to this star warped way of thinking. You can join them by logging on and speaking out. It's time to show companies who the force is really with! [emphasis added]

As trivial as Perkins’ complaint is, it speaks volumes about the hate group leader’s view of the gay and lesbian community. For Perkins, the mere presence of homosexuality in the game represents a “warped way of thinking.” “The Force” is with those who believe that gays and lesbians shouldn’t “exist” in the Star Wars universe.

That view of homosexuality manifests itself in FRC’s policy positions. FRC, for example, has previously called for the criminalization of homosexuality and suggested that gays and lesbians should be exported out of the U.S.

Clearly, Perkins is part of a fringe element in conservative anti-gay politics. Though he works to depict himself as a mainstream and credible social conservative, his views represent an extreme minority of Americans who still refuse to acknowledge that gays and lesbians are a real and valuable part of society.

Major news networks, take note: this is not the political commentator you’re looking for.


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