CNN’s Carol Costello slaps hate-group FRC for linking gays to pedophilia in Boy Scout debate

There’s a reason the Family Research Council (FRC) is an officially-designated hate group.  And FRC’s own Peter Sprigg proves why in this conversation with CNN’s Carol Costello, who has been dogged lately in not letting her interview subjects lie on the air, unchallenged.

Earlier today, while discussing the Boy Scout’s current debate over whether to lift its ban on gay scouts, Sprigg brought up FRC’s favorite canard about gays raping young kids (Sprigg must have been confusing us with Catholic priests).  Costello, to her credit, wasn’t going to let Sprigg get away with spreading a defamatory lie that was debunked decades ago.

Here’s some text, and at the bottom of this post is the video:

FRC’S SPRIGG: [Parents of Boy Scouts] have a right to protect their children from the potential risk of child sexual abuse at the hands of men who might be attracted to other males.

CNN’S COSTELLO: Well, I’ll just say that the American Psychological Association has studied the issue you just mentioned: “Homosexuals are not any more likely to molest kids than straight men.”

SPRIGG: Well….

COSTELLO: Unless you’re condemning every single homosexual in the country as being a possible pedophile, that’s not fair.

First off, since Sprigg wants to make this personal, as FRC always does, then I have a simple personal question: Why do so many of the men working at these top anti-gay groups come off so gay?

It’s just an observation.  But after debating so many of these religious right guys myself on TV, and following their hate for going on three decades now, I’ve been astounded at just how “gay” so many of the religious right spokesmen seem. (I was in an elevator with one after we debated each other on the air, and I swear he was flirting with me.  I was so grossed out I just couldn’t “take one for team” to expose him.)

Former FRC  head Gary Bauer

Former FRC head Gary Bauer

I remember the first time I saw FRC’s former head, Gary Bauer, on the News Hour, way back in 1993, talking about the Gays in the Military debate.  I had no idea who he was, and turned to a gay friend in the office and asked, “who’s that f*g?”  FRC’s current head, Tony Perkins isn’t going to win any Tom Selleck look-alike contests either.  Why is it relevant?  Because we’re talking about people who have devoted their lives to bashing gay people.  The fact that so many of them come across as so gay to so many of us is relevant, I think, when trying to understand their possible motivation in being so hateful towards gay people.

But now back to the issue at hand. The Family Research Council, and other anti-gay bigots, are obsessed with pedophilia and the fake linkage to gays.  Tony Perkins tried to get away with linking gays to pedophiles on Chris Matthews’ show, and even cited a sham “professional” association in order to couch his lies in truth (a typical Family Research Council tactic).  Of course, Perkins then turned around, after a guy with a gun walked into his building and shot a security guard in the arm, suddenly discovered that words have consequences – not his words, your words.  His are okay.

You can read much more about why the FRC is a hate group here and even more analysis of FRC’s hate group status here.

Costello has been building up quite a name for herself as the No-BS queen over at CNN, along with Soledad O’Brien.  Man, could you imagine both of them working on a show together.

Here’s Costello taking on Sprigg:


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  • Tom Chicago

    ok, I guess it’s dangerous now for hetero dads to chaperone a group of girls. This guy’s hair is not quite so glamorous as Bryan Fischer’s, but I think what is under the hair is similarly foggy.

  • gatesballs

    More PC hokum. Here’s the truth: “The rate of homosexual versus heterosexual child sexual abuse is staggering,” said Reisman, who was the principal investigator for an $800,000 Justice Department grant studying child pornography and violence. “Abel’s data of 150.2 boys abused per male homosexual offender finds no equal (yet) in heterosexual violations of 19.8 girls.”
    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2002/04/13722/#SHeGmJDdjPkUAYXP.99

  • Ninong

    I guess that makes him an official “unperson” now.

  • http://twitter.com/11_n_main ROMI

    It’s not just FRC. Just watched a segment with a Southern Baptist guy interviewed on CNN on Towleroad. The show hosts ask him about the same sort of thing, just couched in a somewhat more careful language. It still boils down to the same thing. So, FRC may be the most despicable, but they’re not the only ones.

  • wmforr

    Newt Gingrich loves traditional marriage so much he’s don it three times and is eagerly looking forward to the fourth, as soon as the plaster-of-Paris on Callista’s face begins to crack.

  • wmforr

    Oh, no. Dr. Rekers has nothing to do with FRC. Immediately after the rentboy incident he disappeared from their web site and from history, courtesy of the Ministry of Truth.

  • wmforr

    As far as your gaydar is concerned, John, remember that in his youth everyone thought Schickelgruber was Jewish.

    But next time you have the opportunity to “take one for the team”, and you have your videophone all ready to record, just do what ex-gays do on their heterosexual wedding night: close your eyes and think of Brad Pitt.

  • rmthunter

    I would love to see Costello and O’Brien take on Tony Perkins. That would be worth paying admission.

  • rmthunter

    Rekers also got slapped down by a judge after testifying as an “expert witness” in a case in Florida challenging the ban on adoption by gay parents. The judge said his testimony was “not credible.”

  • FunMe

    They really are losing the “culture wars”, aren’t they? Change is definitely coming, and they know they are in their last days of gay bashing with their LIES. So who cares if they appear on TV. They look even more ridiculous in 2013. Dying dinosaurs for sure!

  • Andrew Sharp

    As an Eagle Scout, I say this change is far overdue. I have known too many guys get booted for getting outed. I wish the BSA would read this: http://goo.gl/OucuS

  • tsuki

    Between the economy and the growing acceptance of equality, that goldmine is drying up. Too many hate groups, not enough flush bigots. That is why the FRC is front and center on every TV program they can find.

  • tsuki

    Maybe CNN needs to be labeled a “Hate Group” by the SPLC for its shameless promotion of the FRC.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    And Catholics are accused of cannibalism!

  • Ninong

    The FRC has already been listed as an official hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is noted for tracking hate groups. The ACLU does not maintain a similar list.

  • Ninong

    LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Aroyo/100003443661447 Jim Aroyo

    The FRC is a hate group. But Tony Perkins of the FRC knows he has a goldmine due to the millions of bigots in our country who will support him with their money when he riles them up.

  • Ninong

    The Family Research Council? Isn’t that the organization co-founded by James Dobson and Dr. George Alan Rekers? Rekers is a professor emeritus of neuropsychiatry at the University of South Carolina and a Baptist Minister, as well as an anti-gay for pay “expert” who will testify at the drop of a dime against the evils of The Gay. Funny thing about Dr. Rekers, he’s a closeted gay man himself!

    Rekers is famous for hiring a young gay male escort from Rentboy.com to “carry his luggage” on a 10-day trip to Europe a couple of years ago.

  • AdmNaismith

    My local NPR station does the same thing (KPCC). How is this man even allowed out in public, never mind as the completely ridiculous ‘other side of the issue’?

  • http://twitter.com/abynorml Joanne Robrahn

    The FRC, really, DOES need to be, officially, labeled a “Hate Group” by the ACLU (if it hasn’t already).

  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    So, how soon do you think we’ll find out Sprigg enjoys a bit of butt sex in his spare time?

    With that said, she’s right. We’ve won this battle. All we’re waiting for now is the last of these dinosaurs to kick the bucket and the new majority to come to power. I’d wager we see universal gay marriage within the next couple of years.

  • daniel spencer

    Gays caused my ultra christian brother to marry 3 times too.Sheesh

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    The true test of these closet creeps is the girly scream and hand flap/man slap when within a foot of a naked gay hot man.

  • 2patricius2

    Parents have a right to protect themselves from bigots and hate-mongers like Peter Sprigg. I certainly wouldn’t want to leave any kids alone with him.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I swear by the Boy Scouts. I learned so many knots and tying that I became a hit South of Market during my prime time.

  • 2patricius2

    I believe Phil Donohue did an interview with a KKKer, but it was obvious that Phil wasn’t about to let him get away with shit, and the audience wasn’t either. I think that was in the 70’s.

  • tsuki

    Why does CNN run to the FRC everytime it hears the word “gay”? Waddah ya think…Waddah ya think…Waddah ya think? We know what they think. Move on, CNN.

  • pappyvet

    Members of disliked minority groups are often stereotyped as representing a
    danger to the majority’s most vulnerable members. For example, Jews in the
    Middle Ages were accused of murdering Christian babies in ritual sacrifices.
    Black men in the United States were often lynched after being falsely accused of
    raping White women. Just one more “ism” in the bag of the hate filled

  • Steve_in_CNJ

    There’s a 1957 interview of Eldon Edwards by a chain-smoking Mike Wallace. But the interview starts with one of those apology preambles “in case anyone should be offended”. Would love to hear that kind of language introducing Tony Perkins. That will never happen. http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/collections/film/holdings/wallace/

  • S1AMER

    To the best of my recollection, in the 1960s the network news programs never invited the KKK, say, to appear on the air to speak against civil-right legislation, or to justify cross-burnings, or anything else. So why do cable news shows today feel it’s necessary to provide a platform to today’s extremists?

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