Chris Matthews: Activists Make “Good Argument” For Not Having Tony Perkins On Hardball

A gay-rights activist from Faithful America went vigilante yesterday, confronting MSNBC host Chris Matthews during a book signing. The group wants Family Research Council president Tony Perkins taken off the air, because, as head of a SPLC-certified hate group, they believe his hateful views on homosexuality misrepresent those of actual compassionate Christians.

They’ve even tried to take out ads on MSNBC saying as much. (MSNBC rejected them.)

The Faithful America activist confronted Matthews and asked him why he has a double standard with having hateful commentators on the show—he rejected Islamophobe Franklin Graham for making hateful statements against Muslims earlier this year.

Said Matthews: “I talked about this with my producers last night and we’re trying to decide how to deal with it. My view is I don’t like censoring opinion and Tony Perkins has been on this show and he hasn’t said something like that on my show, he doesn’t talk like that on Hardball.”

Is that true, though? What he says on Hardball isn’t fire and brimstone, but GLAAD’s new Commentator Accountability Project points out he says things like, “They say the research is overwhelming that homosexuality poses a risk to children.”

The activist bravely continued, “Do you think it gives him credibility when he’s on Hardball though, for what he says off Hardball?”

He responded: “You know I think that’s an argument—that’s a good argument. I’m thinking about it. You’re doing the right thing, you’re doing the right thing. Keep it up. You know where I stand on the issues that I care about, you know. And I’m probably with you on these issues, but I got to think it through.”

Hopefully Chris Matthews and his producers will come around on this issue and ban Tony as well as these GLAAD-disapproved folks, because hate is one thing that deserves to be silenced in this country.

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