Chris Matthews, are you listening? Because there is no association too strange for a Religious Right hate group leader to make when smearing LGBT people, Tony Perkins went on Janet Mefferd’s radio program yesterday, where he claimed that the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was directly related to the incident involving Secret Service agents soliciting prostitutes in Colombia:
Mefferd: You know one issue that I think has not gotten as much attention as it deserves to get is the homosexuality issue. A lot of people have talked about Mitt Romney and what he did with the gay marriage issue and so forth in Massachusetts, but even Politico and the New York Times have talked a lot about the increasing number of top Republicans who are donating to pro-gay causes, the extent to which the GOP doesn’t want to fight on this issue anymore. But we as Christians can’t stand stop fighting on this issue, Tony, so what do we do when we’re faced with a race where maybe we feel like the candidates are way too similar on this and both of them are wrong?
Perkins: Yeah, you know that’s a great point. Just for a moment step back and look at the implications of this, over the weekend we saw the news of the President’s Secret Service detail in Colombia and the issue of them hiring prostitutes and now the White House is outraged about that. Actually in a meeting this morning my staff asked, ‘why should the President be upset’? It was actually legal; it was legal there to do that, so why should we be upset? Well, the fact is we intuitively know it’s wrong, there’s a moral law against that.
The same is true for what the President has done to the military enforcing open homosexuality in our military. You can change the law but you can’t change the moral law that’s behind it. You can change the positive law, the law that is created by man, but you can’t change the moral law, it’s wrong. So what you have is you have a total breakdown and you can’t pick and choose. Morality is not a smorgasbord; you can’t pick what you want. I think you’re absolutely right, this is a fundamental issue going forward because if we say ‘let them do what we want,’ what’s next? You cannot maintain moral order if you are willing to allow a few things to slide.
It makes perfect sense. Indeed, the phenomenon of American troops soliciting prostitutes while serving abroad just started last year as well. Before that, if a hooker approached an American sailor who had just come into port, he said, “no, ma’am,” but now that DADT has been repealed, that sailor is much more apt to say, “well, Carlos has a picture of his husband in his bunk, so I might as well let this lady entertain me!”
Wingnuts believe weird things, man.