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Homosexual activist Dan Savage, who earlier this year told school students to ignore the “bull—-” in the Bible, now has unleashed a tirade at Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.
FRC was targeted just weeks ago when suspected gunman Floyd Lee Corkins entered the organization’s headquarters and shot and injured a man serving as a guard.
The gunman reportedly had been a volunteer in a “gay” community center and made reference to the FRC’s Bible-based position on homosexuality.
At the time, Perkins said the attack came in an atmosphere created by groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, which label the FRC and others “hate groups” for their position on sexuality.
It was during a recent “Fall 2012 Lyceum Series” at Winona State University in Minnesota when Savage accused Perkins and other Christians of wanting homosexuals dead. The rant was uncovered by the investigative reporters at CampusReform.org.
“Tony Perkins and Family Research Council, they tell parents whose kids come out to reject them,” he said. “Tony Perkins tells the parents of queer kids to do what he d— well knows drives those kids to suicide.
“Every dead gay kid’s a victory for the Family Research Council,” he said. “They argue the gay lifestyle is sick and sinful and dangerous and point to suicides … [then they] do everything in their power to make sure that suicide rate does not come down,” he charged.
“Tony Perkins sits on a pile of dead gay kids every day when he goes to work.”
He charged all Christians with hatred.
“Isn’t it enough God’s going to roast me on a spit in hell for all eternity … You don’t believe that is going to actually happen [so] you want to persecute me now … just in case. Can you just trust that Jesus hates me as much as you say?”
See the rant (Warning: Offensive language):
Campus Reform reported he demanded, “Why would someone who calls themselves a Christian do that?”
Specifically about Perkins, he said, “I don’t understand how real Christians let that little f—er get away with that.”
The report said Winona school officials remained unapologetic about the administration-sponsored attack on Christianity.
“We believe that he’s an important advocate for the LGBTA community and for simply young people in general to have a place, a safe place, where they can ask natural questions they have about sex and relationships,” Kathleen Peterson, who heads the Lyceum Series at Winona, told CampusReform.
Savage also attacked Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who is seeking re-election, stating, “We will always have ignorant —- like Michelle Bachmann and her faggot husband,” he said.
Perkins earlier said the “reckless rhetoric” of the left-wing SPLC contributed to the atmosphere in which the FRC security officer was injured.
He said the SPLC’s designation of the Family Research Council as a “certified hate group … marginalizes individuals and organizations letting people feel free to go and do bodily harm to innocent people who are simply working and representing folks from all across this country.”
SPLC labeled the Family Research Council a “hate group” in 2010, attributing to the organization the characteristics of groups such as Aryan Nations 88, the National Socialist Movement and the American Aryan Reich.
A number of conservative media and political figures, including Speaker of the House John Boehner and WND editor Joseph Farah, condemned the designation and expressed solidarity with the Family Research Council.
In response, Mark Potok, editor of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report, said Perkins’ comments were “outrageous” and repeated the charge that the Family Research Council is a “hate group,” because it “has knowingly spread false and denigrating propaganda about LGBT people.”
Potok also claimed that the SPLC condemns political violence from whatever source.
Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier and FBI officials praised the guard, Leo Johnson, for preventing more bloodshed.
An FBI affidavit from Special Agent Garrett Nabors said a surveillance tape showed the suspect talking with Johnson, then pulling a gun and shooting him.
After being wounded, Johnson moved toward Corkins, wrestled the firearm away from Corkins and subdued him, the report said.
The Family Research Council was founded in 1983 by a group of evangelical leaders that included Dr. James Dobson. Today, under Perkins, the group works to support conservative Christian social issues, including traditional marriage and pro-life causes.
Perkins told WND that he’s never said anything that could be perceived as supporting Savage’s claims.
“He does not know fact from fiction. We see every human being as created by God and deserving love,” he told WND. “That doesn’t mean we agree with every choice they make, or enable them to make those choices. We want to help them choose wisely.”
In a recent address to the National Press Club, he said the shooting was being investigated by the FBI as an act of domestic terrorism.
He said of those who label groups such as the FRC “hate groups,” “It is time for the vindictiveness to end … dial down your demonization of those who differ with you. Stop hurling labels of hate, and have a legitimate debate.”
See his address:
Earlier this year Savage was in Seattle to speak about “anti-bullying.” Instead, he used his podium to bash Christians so severely droves of the students fled the auditorium, some say victims of bullying themselves.
The National High School Journalism Convention, hosted jointly by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association, was supposed to give aspiring students exposure to professional journalism workshops designed to make the journalists of tomorrow the best that they can be.
One such workshop, featuring Savage, was billed in the convention program as a discussion on how to properly report on bullying.
Savage launched into an attack on the Bible, saying, “People often point out that they can’t help it. They can’t help with the anti-gay bullying, because it says right there in Leviticus, it says right there in Timothy, it says right there in Romans, that being gay is wrong.
“We can learn to ignore the bulls— in the Bible about gay people,” he pronounced, “the same way we have learned to ignore the bulls— in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation. We ignore bulls— in the Bible about all sorts of things.”
In this video of the speech below, students can be seen streaming out a few at a time, but begin to leave in groups when Savage continues to blast the Bible as “a radically pro-slavery document.”
While much of his audience walked out on him, Savage continued the Christian-bashing by lamenting the fact that the Apostle Paul didn’t tell a Christian slave owner “not” to own slaves, just “how” to own them.
While proclaiming that the Word of God is flawed on issues of slavery, and “got it wrong” on “the easiest moral question humanity has ever faced”, he assured his audience that the Bible is also 100 percent wrong on human sexuality and alluded to the retreating students as “pansy a–es.”
WND previously reported Savage created a obscene site that redefines Rick Santorum’s last name as the byproduct of anal sex.
Editor’s note: The video below contains several instances of obscene language.
WND has reported on other instances of Savage’s obscene tirades:
- Savage said on HBO that he “wished all Republicans were f—ing dead.” (He later apologized.)
- Savage created “Santorum.com” and “SpreadingSantorum.com,” redefining Santorum’s surname as follows: “San-TOR-um, n. The frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex.”
- When Americans for Truth CEO Peter LaBarbera asked Savage to take down “Santorum.com,” Savage replied, “I’m asking Peter LaBarbera to go f— himself.”
At the Seattle conference, Savage also turned his remarks to the country’s Republicans. He described the Old Testament custom of stoning a girl on her wedding night if she’s discovered not to be a virgin and wondered if the GOP would try to pass a similar law in the U.S.