As RightWingWatch reported, in a radio interview yesterday hate group leader, Tony Perkins, said that “homosexual groups” want “to silence the church. They want the church to go away because they don’t want that moral voice in the community.”

National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown told the same lie in a fund raising email. Brown’s version was graphic:

The common theme is that gay rights somehow diminish First Amendment rights. We have seen this nonsensical hyperbole before. Perkins claimed in 2009 that the federal hate crimes law was intended to “muzzle” pastors from preaching the gospel. In his written testimony for the Senate Judiciary Committee he concluded that the hate crimes law, if enacted, “would put us on a slippery slope toward the punishment of so-called hate speech as well.”

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.