Boykin: FRC Doesn’t Focus on Gay People

Jerry Boykin, the disgraced retired general and now Vice President of the Family Research Council, in a staggering lack of self-awareness that would make Bryan Fischer smile, went on the 700 Club and told Pat Robertson that his organization hasn’t gone out of their way to homosexuals.

“We have stood on traditional Christian values, the values that America was founded on, and we have stood for traditional marriage. We have not gone after homosexuals, we haven’t made a big issue of trying to condemn homosexuals. We’ve tried to support family issues, Pat, and part of that being the traditional American family and that’s based on our research that shows that the family is very critical to the health of the society.”

Jeremy Hooper rounds up a whole bunch of fanatical and bigoted anti-gay statements made by FRC officials over the years. Like Peter Sprigg saying this:

“I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them into the United States, because we believe that homosexuality is destructive to society.”

Or Family Research Council VP of Church Ministries Kenyn Cureton saying this:

“Who do you think is ultimately behind the efforts to advance the radical homosexual agenda, indoctrinate our children, and ruin our military, now? Who’s behind the efforts to get God out of government, Christ out of culture, and faith out of public life? Who’s behind it? Well, I think we’ve got a pretty clear answer. [laughter] The Devil is behind it! So, the real enemy…it’s not the poor, deluded souls who are advancing these ungodly agendas—they’re simply pawns in the hands of their malevolent master. They need to be set free by the grace of God in the person of Jesus Christ—amen?…As you think about this battle in which we’re engaged, you need to think about who the real enemy is that we’re fighting against here, and that is, the fact is, we’re up against the organized, mobilized, demonized forces of hell itself. And really, to the victor goes the prize of the America our children will inherit, so this is a fight we dare not lose. Amen?”

If claiming incessantly that gays are demon-possessed and out to destroy American and civilization itself is not going after homosexuals or making a big issue of condemning them, what the hell else could it be?

13 comments on this post.
  1. shouldbeworking:

    They could claim it’s self defence because the gays are out to get them and the best defence is a good offence and baby ducks are cute.

  2. Gretchen:

    Jerry Boykin, the disgraced retired general and now Vice President of the Family Research Council, in a staggering lack of self-awareness that would make Bryan Fischer smile, went on the 700 Club and told Pat Robertson that his organization hasn’t gone out of their way to homosexuals.

    Think you’re missing a word there, Ed, though it’s fun to imagine what that word could be.

    …hasn’t gone out of their way to bully homosexuals.
    …hasn’t gone out of their way to berate homosexuals.
    …hasn’t gone out of their way to vilify homosexuals.
    …hasn’t gone out of their way to antagonize homosexuals.
    …hasn’t gone out of their way to declaim homosexuals.
    …hasn’t gone out of their way to scapegoat homosexuals.
    …hasn’t gone out of their way to demonize homosexuals.
    …hasn’t gone out of their way to dehumanize homosexuals.

    For they have done all of these and more…

  3. d.c.wilson:

    The real question isn’t whether or not they attack homosexuals. It’s whether they’ve ever done anything other than attack homosexuals. What other purpose does this organization have? What other causes have they promoted? I can’t even think of a time when they talked about abortion or any other issue the religious right obsesses over.

  4. frog:

    …hasn’t gone out of their way to [missing word] homosexuals

    Well, no, they haven’t gone out of their way. Targeting homosexuals is right smack in the middle of that road to hell theocratic totalitarianism they’re goosestepping along. They practically tripped over it.

  5. jameshanley:

    If claiming incessantly that gays are demon-possessed and out to destroy American and civilization itself is not going after homosexuals or making a big issue of condemning them, what the hell else could it be?

    From their perspective? Occasional off-hand statements of fact.

  6. fifthdentist:

    I agree, they don’t focus on gay people.
    The correct phrase would be: “obsess over.”
    But really it’s a con game. The general has gotten on the disgraced Republicans’ welfare gravy train. Welfare in the sense that he doesn’t really do anything. It’s not like there’s any “research” going on at the Family Research White Citizens’ Council.
    He’s kind of like a WWE wrestler in the talking-stupid-shit-to-stir-up-the-rubes department. Without the actual athleticism and skill that wrestlers have.

  7. Larry:

    Absolutely not. 99% of the time, they’re discussing the issues of hunger in the poorer parts of the country, the need for pre-natal and post-natal health care for women and their babies, their concern over the homeless and unemployed, criticizing the government for vast overspending on the military at the expense of providing for its own people. Things like that. Homosexuals? Why the FRC doesn’t even know who they are!

    Don’t remember the FRC talking about these things? Me neither.

  8. Sastra:

    We have not gone after homosexuals, we haven’t made a big issue of trying to condemn homosexuals. We’ve tried to support family issues…

    Methinks they’re trying to weasel out of the charge of being bigots by pointing out that the specific bigotry is simply part of a LARGER agenda. They didn’t decide to attack homosexuality in a vacuum, for no reason other than a random and inexplicable hatred of gay people. No, their hatred is systematic and explicable and comes from a fine and unimpeachable source: valuing the family. The RIGHT kind of family, the best kind, in all its glory.

    This is like someone in the KKK claiming that they aren’t against the colored races — they’re in favor of the white race. The superiority of the white race just happens to cash out into going after colored folks, is all.

  9. timgueguen:

    Fortunately for Peter Sprigg he’ll never get the chance to see how destructive to US society exporting America’s gay citizens would be.

  10. Ouabache:

    Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t FRC created specifically to lobby against the repeal of anti-sodomy laws? (I might be mixing them up with AFA.) They have never done anything except protest against equal rights for homosexuals.

  11. mobius:

    Yes, Ed, but the part you missed was that they “haven’t gone out of their way” to denigrate homosexuals. Rather, they have merely included it as part of their normal daily business.

  12. dan4:

    “…the traditional American family.”

    The bizarre “American” inclusion in that part of Boykin’s statement is really stupid, and borderline xenophobic.

  13. gregorypeterson:

    This reminds me of this.

    “We don’t consider ourselves hate-mongers and racists and bigots.”

    Robert Patterson,
    Mississippi Executive Secretary of the (white) Citizens’ Councils.

    (‘The Deep South Says Never’ by John Bartlow Martin. Ballantine Books, New York. 1957. page 3.)

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