Tony Perkins. We’ve all wanted to give him a piece of our mind — and we’ve all wondered what pieces are missing from his. A rabidly antigay zealot, the leader of Family Research Council is a highly vocal opponent of marriage equality who thinks musicals are nothing but homosexual propaganda. He’s also convinced queers will destroy the military by 2034.
Not that his insanity has gone unheeded by the world at large — at least, not lately. Last week, his scheduled appearance to discuss the Orlando massacre on ABC’s “The Week” was abruptly cancelled after viewers complained that he headed a hate group. And now, activist Angela Peoples of GetEqual has openly confronted Perkins during a press conference at a Donald Trump event, telling him, “You are responsible for hate and lies… a culture that has fueled violence against our community.”
Peoples told Perkins:
What do you have to say for yourself, Tony Perkins? You are responsible – you are responsible for all of this violence. Do you see those 49 people that were murdered in Orlando. You created that environment, sir. What do you have to say for yourself, sir?
“We don’t want your prayers, Tony Perkins. We don’t want your lies. We want you to stop being homophobic, we want you to stop the hate speech.”
All Perkins manages to say in response is a perfectly limp, “You are very disrespectful.”
Watch the confrontation here:
— GetEQUAL (@GetEQUAL) June 21, 2016