Faith in Public Life reports that MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is considering how to deal with the fact that a frequent guest on his show, the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, runs an officially designated hate group, when Matthews refuses to let other haters on his show.
Yesterday, Matthews was asked about the situation, and said he’s trying to figure out how to proceed, but that it’s difficult since Perkins has never spoken any anti-gay hate on Matthews’ show. We now know that this is not the case. FRC’s Tony Perkins accused gay men of being pedophiles on Matthews’ a year and a half ago, on November 29, 2010 (h/t Wayne Besen):
Let me go back to the first issue that mark brings up about the connection between homosexual men and pedophilia. If you go back to the archives of sexual behavior, a peer reviewed journal that stated that in self-identified – 86% of men homosexual men who are in — men who engaged in molestation of children. 86% of them are identified as homosexual or bisexual. that study has not been refuted. based — that statement was based upon. If you look at the American College of Pediatricians they say the research is overwhelm that homosexuality poses a risk to children. so mark is wrong. he needs to go back and do his own research because this — this evidence is out there. and what we’re saying is this is not beyond debate and this is what is troubling here, chris , is the left is losing ground in this public policy debate and so they start this juvenile process of name-calling and trying to shutdown debate over public policy.
As Wayne points out, the American College of Pediatricians is a sham anti-gay advocacy group whose most family staff member was George Rekers, the religious leader who was caught traveling abroad with a rent-boy who was hired to “carry his luggage.”
“While activists like to claim that pedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. … It is a homosexual problem.” – FRC President Tony Perkins, FRC website, 2010
Bottom line is that Tony Perkins went on Chris Matthews’ show and said that gay men are pedophiles. And Matthews let him. Kudos to Matthews for reconsidering Perkins’ appearances, but this decision should be a no-brainer.