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After Appearing On MSNBC, Tony Perkins Links DADT Repeal To Bestiality

December 01, 2011 4:08 pm ET - by Carlos Maza

As we’ve noted before, this presidential campaign season is proving to be a publicity goldmine for Tony Perkins, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated anti-gay hate group the Family Research Council. The hate group leader has made numerous appearances on every major cable news network and consistently avoids being called out for his extreme anti-gay views.

His television appearances are especially uncomfortable for MSNBC, where one host has mocked Perkins for his extreme views while others continue to treat him as a credible source of political commentary on national television.

That uncomfortable relationship was on full display on November 30. Just hours after appearing on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports and Fox News’ America Live to discuss the GOP presidential primary, Perkins published his daily “Washington Update,” warning that the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy could lead to the legalization of bestiality in the Armed Forces:

Now, in its rush to accommodate the Left, Congress may have inadvertently opened the door to even more perversion. As part of the Defense Authorization bill, liberals are pushing to make sodomy a legal activity under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). In its haste to make gay sex an official part of military life, the Left could be unintentionally repealing the ban on bestiality too. Article 125 of the UCMJ, which Democrats are targeting, clearly states: "Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy."

Just as Congress haphazardly overturned "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Senate Democrats are once again acting without thinking. While we'd like to believe this is an oversight on their part, it does point to the administration's pattern of undermining the environment that the military Code was intended to create. 


These are highly trained men and women on the front lines of national security. In the best of circumstances, sexual relationships are not without risk. But in the military, that risk is not to one or two people, but to an entire unit. If Congress insists on relaxing the rules on sodomy and bestiality, will the prohibition on adultery be next?

This is the slippery slope that FRC warned of. For three long years, President Obama has worked to draft the military into his radical social agenda. Obviously, the administration understands that once it breaks down the values and inhibitions of our Defense Department, society will be easier to wear down. Here, the unintended consequence of that push opens the door to an act so vile it's embarrassing to mention--let alone tolerate. [emphasis added]

Even if Perkins is correct that through an oversight, the ban on bestiality might temporarily be repealed, why is he arguing at the same time that DADT repeal is a “slippery slope” and that the administration is engaging in a “pattern of undermining the environment that the military Code was intended to create”?

In reality, this is just the latest in Perkins’ and FRC’s ongoing misinformation campaign against DADT repeal. Perkins has previously claimed that allowing gays to serve openly in the military would put “millions of people” at risk, and FRC consistently depicts gay and lesbian troops as sexual predators looking to assault their straight peers.

This is the kind of anti-gay propaganda that networks like MSNBC and Fox News help promote when they depict Perkins as a credible, reliable, and important political commentator. Perkins even included a clip of his Fox News appearance from earlier in the day in his update.

It makes sense that Fox wouldn’t have a problem inviting someone like Perkins on television, but MSNBC is supposed to be a real news network. If MSNBC is so committed to giving a hate group leader a national platform, the least they could do is identify him as the hate monger he is when they do it.


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