Does Appearing On TV With Hate Leaders Like Peter Sprigg Just Legitimize Them?

I’m not sure: Should we be applauding Servicemembers United founder Alex Nicholson for appearing on television to refute the comments of FRC conspiracy theorist Peter Sprigg, or completely rejecting the idea of any actual gay leader lending credence to the positions of guys like this by saying it’s okay to give them a voice at the table?

Sprigg, and his boss Tony Perkins, continue pushing not only ridiculous theories about what the repeal of DADT will bring — increased HIV transmissions among servicemembers, increased rapes, increased retention problems, increased casualties and missing legs — but that pro-repeal lawmakers caved to the “homosexual lobby,” rather than doing what is right. And while I’m the ultimate cynic about whether lawmakers ever do what is “right” versus what lobbyists convince them what is right, if The Gays really had so much power to get elected officials to do their bidding, we wouldn’t be be so far along the fight to pass ENDA with nothing to show for it.

But maybe with Dan Choi and Robin McGehee being welcomed to Obama’s signing of the repeal law — Wednesday at 9:15am at the Dept. of Interior — they’ll be able to insert a mind control chip into his head, and Sprigg’s dreams can come true.

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  • pete N sfo

    It’s fine that he appeared on the program, but he should ask the interviewer why they continue to give a voice to people advocating discrimination…

    If this were ANY other group, other than gay people, the very idea of someone appearing to defend discrimination would be laughable.

    Push-back, gay people. Take these critics seriously and they’ll earn more credibility. Mock them- openly and with disdain, and even average people will eventually get it.

  • josh

    I think we should organize a boycott of CNN for always giving legitimacy to these anti-gay hate groups.

    Anyone have a list of their sponsors?

  • Daez

    @pete N sfo: Actually, it wouldn’t be laughable. Look at the amount of air time given to bigots during the 1960s when it came to the blacks.

    The absolute best thing we can do is to continue to showcase people like Sprigg who are quite easily on the losing side of history and not willing to go without be dragged away kicking and screaming.

    Showcasing such bigots makes the majority of the American people realize that they are simply that, bigots. Their misrepresentation of the facts is so skewed that you would have to have a grade school education to not think for yourself about what they are actually saying and how ludicrous it really is.

  • Daez

    @josh: How come the gays always call for boycotts? Seriously, if we boycotted every company that pissed on people’s rights over the years, we would all have to move to Antartica naked.

    At some point, every single company has earned the right for a permanent boycott. From the company that makes your clothes to the company that made your housing materials. Companies, which are obviously motivated by profits, are always going to do what is in the best interest for profits, and the number one news agency right now is a conservative lunacy.


    Do all these right wing lunatic nutbags all shop at the same toupe’ shop? The one run by the blind man who uses squrirrel carcasses?????

  • Jim Hlavac

    Oh yes, get Peter Sprigg on every network to debate gay people with any gay person. But here’s the questions that should be asked:

    Mr. Sprigg, you said you want to export gay Americans — to where do you want to send us? And how much would it cost? And how will you round them all up?
    Mr. Sprigg you say you want to outlaw gay relationships — how many police and prisons will be required to put your plan in effect?
    Mr. Sprigg if you arrested all the gay men and put them all in jail, wouldn’t that sort of make jails big Club Meds or something?
    Mr. Sprigg, you claim you’re for the sanctity of marriage, when will you call for outlawing divorce and adultery?

    Oh yes, get Sprigg & his Ilk into the question parlors, so that they might be questioned, and Americans of good will can hear the most fantastical ideas of lunacy ever proposed broadcast right into their living rooms. That might do wonders for the public psyche.

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