Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Perkins: Bullies unrelated to LGBT teen suicides; victims depressed because they know they’re “abnormal”

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins

There are people who try to help but only manage to make things even worse, if inadvertently. There are others who don’t give a damn about helping and not only are unaffected by the problems they cause, but actively try to wipe their hands of any responsibility for the negative repercussions brought on by their vile actions. Cue Family Research Council president and world-class bigot Tony Perkins, who quickly absolves himself and other anti-gay persecutors of the blame they richly deserve for the numerous LGBT teen suicides of recent weeks:

Tony Perkins, president of the evangelical Family Research Council, says gay activists are exploiting the concern over bullying — and twisting the facts.

"There's no correlation between inacceptance of homosexuality and depression and suicide," he says.

Rather, Perkins says, there is another factor that leads kids to kill themselves.

"These young people who identify as gay or lesbian, we know from the social science that they have a higher propensity to depression or suicide because of that internal conflict," he says.

Homosexuality is "abnormal," he says, and kids know it, which leads them to despair. That's why he wants to confront gay activism in public schools. For example, his group supports the Day of Truth, when Christian high-schoolers make their case that homosexuality is a sin.

So the flaming bigot who opposes protections for gay teens against bullying in schools, who actively preaches that homosexuality is wrong and gays are filthy sinners who merely indulge in a “lifestyle”, and who happily encourages other students to promote these disgusting view in schools, is quick to declare that he and others who spread such spirit-crushing bullshit have absolutely nothing to do with all those vulnerable gay teenagers who feel alone and depressed to the point where ending their own lives to end the suffering becomes a viable option in their minds.

Oddly, this leaves out the fact that a number of those teenagers who do kill themselves as a result of anti-gay bullying aren’t actually gay at all, but are only targeted by assholes because they’re perceived as gay. Kinda blows a hole through his claim that teens get depressed because they’re abnormal, when they actually aren’t, now doesn’t it?

(via Right Wing Watch)