October 7th, 2010
05:45 PM ET

Family Research Council responds to Day of Truth pullout

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins has responded to my story yesterday about Exodus International pulling its sponsorship of Day of Truth, an annual event that encourages school students to "counter the promotion of homosexual behavior."  Exodus, a national Christian group, said the event has become too divisive and confrontational.

The Family Research Council, a powerful conservative Christian group in Washington, has promoted the Day of Truth in the past.

Here's Perkins' statement, more a response to allegations about faith-based bullying than about the Day of Truth:

We stand ready to work with all pro-family groups to ensure that students continue to hear an alternative to the ideological indoctrination in support of the homosexual movement which has become all too prevalent in our public schools.

As we have repeatedly stated, we unequivocally condemn verbal or physical harassment or violence directed at any person, particularly a child, because of sexuality, religious beliefs, or for any other reason. There is not a shred of evidence to suggest any connection between those kinds of acts and the loving witness of Christian believers or the reasoned dialogue of pro-family activists.

We will never allow the slanders of activist groups that promote homosexual behavior to deter us from speaking the truth in love, and that includes the message that the choice to engage in homosexual conduct is a destructive one and that change is possible for those who experience same-sex attractions.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Culture wars • Homosexuality • Schools

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  1. Iqbal khan

    "The opening" This surah is recited at least 27 times by every praying muslim in 5 prayers in 24 hours

    October 9, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  2. Iqbal khan


    October 9, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Colin

    Bummer...I saw Day of Truth on the tagline and thought we'd finally got an Atheist holiday. /le sigh

    October 8, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
    • Frogist

      LOL@Colin: Do agnostics gat a day of questioning?

      October 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  4. Reallythough

    Again... All the abusive language is coming from non-believers and atheists. I ask again... who are the real bigots here? Who is really spreading hatred here? Look at the evidence before you. Regardless of how you believe. Your words tell the truth about your character.

    October 8, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
    • rd

      Thank you, Reallythough, for the helpful observation. Your statement reminded me that many, many years ago someone else once observed the principle of "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit." And therefore said, "How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."

      October 9, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  5. MadPanda

    Tony Perkins, you and your antichrist friends make me want to puke. I wish there were a hell so you all could go there and burn for an eternity.-how ironic that would be.

    October 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  6. Frogist

    "We will never allow the slanders of activist groups that promote hom-os-exual behavior to deter us from speaking the truth in love, and that includes the message that the choice to engage in hom-ose-xual conduct is a destructive one and that change is possible for those who experience same-se-x attractions."
    These people know nothing of love or truth if they think being gay is only a choice and a destructive one that can be changed. I absolutely detest that they say they are doing anything out of love when they put down people who have done them no harm whatsoever. Love is just a bargaining chip or a carrot that they can wave at you to accept their rigidly narrow-minded way of thinking. No god that truly loves you will threaten you with eternal pain for being who you were made to be.

    October 8, 2010 at 9:23 am |
    • David Johnson


      There is probably nothing I detest more than the Christian Right. They are bigots.

      If the Republicans win big in November, it will give the Christian Right the political power to turn this country into a theocracy. Jesus will the head of state. Only the Christian Right will be able to hear Him. They will tell us His will.

      Kiss gay rights goodbye. They will overturn Roe Vs. Wade. Women will be forced to find back alley remedies. Prayer will be back in the school. But only prayers to the Christian god. None of that Muslim stuff! $ex education will be be abstinence only!

      Social Security will be slashed or done away with. Medicare the same. I guess we will put our old people on an ice flow.

      Food stamps and child care programs will be slashed or done away with.

      People will learn to put their faith in god, and not the government. Amen.

      The Creation Story will be taught along with that evil evolution, if there is time, at the end of the school year. Maybe.

      Vote for the Dems in November.

      October 8, 2010 at 10:38 am |
    • Frogist

      @DJ: I've been a registered Dem for a while. I'm not happy with the slowness of progress and some bactracking Mr Prez has done. But I don't know why anyone would not recognise the useless, petty stalling the Reds have done because they are still sore that they lost... badly... and to a black man. I'm from a state with a Republican governer and I have to say that despite his issues, he has done some good things for us. But I cannot ignore the Christian right acting through the Republican party attempting a coup on our const!tutionally granted freedoms and human rights in the name of their personal god. We all have personal "gods" but the difference is I recognise that they have a right to their dearly-held personal beliefs so long as they don't infringe on mine. And I don't seek to outlaw them.

      October 8, 2010 at 11:30 am |
    • @ David Johnson

      If prayer in schools would turn the US into a theocracy, then why was the US not a theocracy before the 1960s?

      October 9, 2010 at 7:46 am |
    • David Johnson

      @@ David Johnson

      Some think, the USA was a Christian Theocracy until about 1962 when the Supreme Court outlawed school prayer.

      The Civil Rights Act had not yet been passed. You would see no blacks on television. They were forced to sit in the back of buses. There were places where they could not be served.

      Married couples, portrayed on television, could not have a single bed. If by chance the husband and wife were to sit on a bed together, one foot had to be on the floor at all times.

      Abortion was illegal. Women had to seek back alley remedies.

      This was a dark time. We have come a long way. The Christian Right would take us back to this time.

      Rand Paul would like to "change" parts of the Civil Rights Act. He believes private business should be able to refuse service to non-whites. He is a racist. He is Republican.

      We need progress in this country. We still have people, who do not have the rights that others share. Gay rights are as important now, as were Civil Rights in the '60s.

      School prayer should not be allowed in school. There is a diversity of religions in the U.S. Prayer to one god and not another, would cause hostilities. Even bullying. Religion should be practiced at home or in churches. It has no business in public school. School is for learning truth. Spend the time you would have spent praying, on math. Math is real.

      The time before 1962 was a bad time. The Christian Right, through their puppets the Republicans, would send us back to this time.

      We need to go forward. We are all Americans. We all deserve the same rights.

      I don't want the Christian Right telling me what their god wants. I want religion to stay out of government and out of education.

      Our children need to learn how the diversity of organisms came to be. They need to learn about evolution. Not some silly story about talking snakes.

      $ex education must be taught. Not just abstinence. Abstinence does not work.

      The Christian Right is at least 50 years out of date. Christ is dead and not making any more appearances. Cheers!

      October 9, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  7. Reality

    No simple cause for se-xual orientation has been co-nclusively demonstrated, and there is no scientific co-nsensus as to whether the contributing factors are primarily biological or environmental. Many think both play complex roles.[1][2] The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psy-chological As-sociation have both stated that se-xual orientation probably has multiple causes.[3][4] Research has identified several biological factors which may be related to the development of a heteros-exual, ho-mos-exual or bise-xual orientation. These include genes, prenatal hormones, and brain structure. Conclusive proof of a biological cause of s-exual orientation would have significant political and cultural implications. [5]"

    The general population to include many of the voters in California, rightly or wrongly, find g-ay s-exual activities, unionized or not, to be "yucky" and unusual and typically as-sociate such activity with the spread of AIDS which is of course wrong. Said AIDS epidemic in the g-ay male community at the start of the AIDS crises will always remain unfortunately a stigma on the ga-y community.

    If there is a wayward gene causing ho-mos-exuality, is anyone looking for it?? Hmmm, would the embryos formed from the sperm of gay guys and the eggs from gay gals make ethical embryos for this and other types of research??

    October 8, 2010 at 12:09 am |
  8. Cheechako

    So instead of reporting the news, the article writer is making the news instead. Rah-rah-go-cnn! Yayyyy TEAM!

    October 7, 2010 at 9:39 pm |
  9. Wick

    How about a "Day of Wrath" instead? Then everyone can kiII everyone else and put an end to all the religious BS once and for all.

    That Extinction Level Event asteroid is very overdue in my opinion. Why can't we get started now? I vote we nuke everyone who p-isses us off and then wipe out anyone who is still religious after all that. Only the dead have seen an end to war...and only the religious seem to like the idea...so they can go first into the afterlife.

    You first! hahahahaha!

    October 7, 2010 at 8:41 pm |
    • hahaha


      October 11, 2010 at 5:59 am |
  10. David Johnson

    Yep, the Westboro people aren't really Christian, but these people are.

    The Christian Right makes me wanna puke.

    October 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  11. peace2all

    Say What ....? Perkins says..(paraphrasing)...."There is not a 'shred' of evidence to suggest 'any' connection between christians and bullying–verbal or physical harrassment against people that are LBGT or religious beliefs."

    What a crock....! All you have to do is read these blogs and let ( a lot–not all) christians tell you in their own words how they feel about this, while quoting the bible literally.

    And as far as 'other' people with different 'religious' beliefs. Yeah... No prejudice there either.

    Perkins' statement is an absolutely ridiculous and fallacious claim.

    That is why, in my opinion, I have very little patience for the radical christian right, nor any person of any other faith... or NO faith, that spews this kind of fallacious thinking and hypocritical intolerance.

    In other words, in my experience, ...What they claim to say/be and act ....definitely does not match Reality.


    October 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
    • Lori

      I see you leaving posts on several faith based articles. Since you don't believe in God, why are you here? I ask the same question to all your atheist/non-believing friends. Why not just pass by anything that even slightly mentions a hint of religion instead of slamming all those who choose to believe? Even worse, why slam God? If you don't believe in HIM, don't, but you and your friends don't need to slam HIM. Some of your buddies say some pretty nasty stuff. The question is, why? If you don't believe in God then leave the faith based stories to those who have faith.

      October 10, 2010 at 2:17 am |
    • Questions and Answers for everyone of "Faith" per Lori's request.

      Have you ever been a witness to a horrible crime? Or a victim? Have you ever watched in shock as somebody blatantly committed a heinous crime right in front of your face, all the while keeping an eye on you to see if you were going to try to stop them?

      Have you ever been cheated or lied to?
      Ever been defrauded of money? Conned or taken for a fool?

      What goes through your mind when a relative, friend, neighbor or stranger horribly abuses their children and then acts like its totally normal? That this is okay behavior to you? That you have no responsibility to someone else's children and so can only cringe at what is happening to those children?
      That they will be scarred forever? Twisted away from what is healthy or good because of some made-up contradictory words that can be used to justify absolutely ANYTHING???

      How far do you go in excusing heinous actions when it's considered "religious" behavior? Pretty far, I'll bet.

      Wouldn't you put out your hand to save a child from darting into traffic?
      Wouldn't you want to stop people from saying insane / psychotic things to your children?
      If a friend were being lied to, wouldn't you want them to know the truth?
      If I attack your religion out of love and concern for my fellow human beings, including you, why shouldn't I be allowed to post here?
      You want me to just avoid doing what little bit of good I feel able to do?
      Should I walk on by and leave you in a ditch, praying for you as you suffer, your choices taken from you, your freedoms stolen, your mind entangled in the web of religious indoctrination?
      Is that what you want?
      It's not what I want.

      I am trying to bring you to your senses, to rescue you from the longest-running type of confidence fraud in the history of humanity. It has gone on so long I expect scientists to discover that "gullibility" is hard-wired into the brain.
      And I am no longer amazed at how people resist being told the truth as regards religion.

      Go read a bit about brainwashing techniques and how incredibly easily the mind can be warped under stress.
      But don't take my word for it. Unless you're one of the hopelessly gullible ones. Check it out for yourself.

      Don't you know about psychology? How the brain works? Why you believe the things you do no matter what they are?

      Honesty can be harsh. Scorning the guy who got swindled out of everything he owned is sometimes hard to resist if the guy preens with pride and arrogance as he repeats the lies he was told. I can be harsh with overweening religious pride.
      (To act like that when none of it makes sense is just asking for corrective measures.)

      I'm fighting the crime of religion. It has it's good points, but it is all based upon lies subject to random interpretation according to the mental needs of whoever is "interpreting" it.

      Freedom of religion needs to go. It can, and often is, used to shield and justify the most horrific crimes known to man.
      Delusional thinking needs to be addressed by everyone on this planet – if not for your sake, then for the sake of the children.
      Please help us.
      For the children. For humanity. Protect them from being deluded. Religion is a delusion and a snare. Be honest with children and admit to them that you don't know anything about a "God".
      How can we expect anything but madness when it forms the motives of so many?

      But don't get me wrong. As an agnostic and hopefully reasonable person, if I get real proof that "God" exists, I will acknowledge it. But I will be very surprised if any such being will have the attributes commonly associated with a religious figure of that magnitude.

      If you won't answer any of my questions from above (almost nobody ever answers my hard questions), then maybe you could define your God for us. You have a personal relationship with him, right?

      Just remember it has to make sense and correlate with reality. Your fantasy may be very easy to poke holes in using logic and simple reasoning. So please think very hard about your God and provide us with a description that stands firm.
      Bear witness if you would. Nobody else seems capable of doing more than quoting scripture.

      Why not give it a try if you have "faith"? Maybe you will appreciate having your "faith" strengthened by the challenge. Delusions can work that way, so all I can do is shrug at the obtuseness of others in this area.

      October 10, 2010 at 3:42 am |
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