Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins doesn’t need any help to look like a fool. On Friday the hate group leader — head of Family Research Council — got what must have been an unwelcome assist from the National Football League.

It was only last Tuesday that Perkins was delighting in the fact that the NFL chose Houston for the Super Bowl in spite of a controversy over pending legislation that would harm transgender people — particularly trans kids. Perkins was claiming that the fact that the Superbowl took place in Houston proved that big events would continue to be held in the state, regardless of discriminatory laws.

On Friday the league pointedly warned Texas that discriminatory measures could lead to the state being overlooked for the Superbowl in the future. League spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Associated Press:

If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law there, that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events.

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick was having none of it. According to his spokesman, Alejandro Garcia:

Despite persistent misinformation in the media, under Senate Bill 6, all Texas teams will be able to set their own policies at the stadiums and arenas where they play and hold their events. There is no conflict with the NFL’s statement today and Senate Bill 6.

Change the subject and then blame the media. Nice try but that is hardly the point and there is no misinformation. The NFL’s concerns have nothing whatsoever to do with arena policies. It’s about the values of inclusion rather than exclusion. It’s about treating people decently. It is also about accepting the social and medical science when it comes to transgender people. If there is any “misinformation” it is that transgender people pose some sort of threat to others.

I doubt that Tony Perkins realizes that one of his talking points has gone down the crapper. Perkins manages to be selectively oblivious.

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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.