ABC News Dumps FRC Hate Group Pres. Tony Perkins From Program After Public Outcry

ABC News Dumps FRC Hate Group Pres. Tony Perkins From Program After Public Outcry

Late last week ABC News released a preview of its guest line-up for This Week, its Sunday morning political talk show. Among those listed to join the “Powerhouse Roundtable” was Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC)  offering a platform for the LGBT hate group leader to discuss the Orlando shooting as a “Christian leader”.

Faithful America quickly launched a petition calling on ABC to drop Perkins from the lineup. (Which we shared on Facebook) Noting that Perkins “has repeatedly accused gay men of molesting children,” the petition also pointed out that no other Christian leader was scheduled to offer a different perspective on behalf of people of faith.

The petition read:

In the aftermath the horrific massacre in Orlando, ABC News is turning to an anti-gay hate group leader to speak for Christians.

On Sunday, This Week with George Stephanopoulos is scheduled to feature Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. Perkins has repeatedly accused gay men of molesting children, causing the Southern Poverty Law Center to formally designate FRC as a hate group.

Other media outlets have increasingly stopped offering a platform for Perkins’ vitriol after hearing from thousands of us who are outraged by his claim to speak for everyday Christians.

But so far ABC News is promoting Perkins’ Sunday appearance without mentioning that he’s a hate-group leader, and they haven’t scheduled another Christian leader to offer a different perspective.

This morning Tony Perkins did not appear on the program.

Expect plenty of bitching and the gnashing of Ms. Perkins fangs this week over the “dumping”.

 

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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