Rick Perry Says Gay is the Flavor of the Month

Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas known for his extreme right-wing views, suggested last Sunday that the Boy Scouts have to get rid of gay people just like America got rid of slavery.

That’s pretty extreme even by his standards, but he also described being gay as part of “pop culture” and “the flavor of the month.” Yes, he really said that. Is he so ignorant that he believes being gay is a recent invention, created to destroy all moral values?

Perry was appearing on the Family Research Council‘s program “Stand With Scouts Sunday,” billed as an event where “You will learn what you can do to preserve scouting as its founders envisioned it – as a resource for young men to develop in morally, mentally, and physically healthy ways, free to be boys and teens without the invasion of cultural controversies.”

As you probably know, the Boy Scouts have been singled out for their policy of banning openly gay people from their ranks. However, as Care2′s s.e. smith reported here, the Boy Scouts’ National Executive Board will vote at their May meeting on a proposal to lift the ban on gay Scouts, allowing anyone to participate in the organization regardless of sexual orientation. Unless you want to be a Scout leader. Then, no gays allowed.

The Family Research Council, being an extremely conservative, Christian right group, is alarmed at this possibility. Their Sunday simulcast was an attempt to derail this vote.

Governor Perry certainly gave them what they wanted, and more.

You can watch the video of his speech, but here’s Perry talking about the Boy Scouts:

The fact is, this is a private organization. Their values and principles have worked for a century now. And for pop culture to come in and try to tear that up, which happens to be the flavor of the month so to speak, and to tear apart one of the great organizations that has served millions of young men, helped them become men and great fathers, that is just not appropriate and I hope the American people will stand up and say, “Not on my watch.”

Pop culture? What on earth does Perry have in mind? That people choose to be gay in May, straight in June, and maybe bisexual in July? Is he really that simple-minded? Or is he skillfully playing to his base?

The next step in his argument is far worse, as he compares opposing slavery to opposing LBGT people: both are necessary moral standards, according to Perry. The Texas Governor indicates behind him the image of Governor Sam Houston, whom he calls “the greatest governor in Texas’s history.”

Discussing the fact that Houston opposed slavery and opposed leaving the union in the pre-Civil War era, Perry goes on:

That’s the type of principled leadership, that’s the type of courage, that I hope people across this country, on this issue of scouts and keeping the Boy Scouts the organization it is today.

We can now line Governor Perry up with Pope Benedict XVI, who last fall told French Bishops that they must do everything they can to resist gay marriage as it “threatens” society, going on to imply that gay people aren’t fully developed humans.

Or perhaps with Justice Scalia and his fine choice of words as he likened gays to murderers, polygamists and advocates of animal cruelty.

Or there again, there’s always Ugandan parliamentary speaker Rebecca Kadaga, chief proponent of Uganda’s Kill the Gays bill, who believes that all gays are evil.

Perry concludes his speech:

And if we change and become more like pop culture, young men will be not as well served. America will not be as well served, and Boy Scouts will start on a decline that I don’t think will serve this country well as we go into the future.

Of course, none of Perry’s speech is out of line with his views: he is a solid right-winger, has an extensive history of anti-LGBT remarks, has vehemently opposed marriage equality, and supported Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

But I still don’t get it. Why are people so terrified of anyone who is not exactly like them?

What do you think?


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janet T.
janet t4 years ago

Rick Perris is an idiot, he proves that every time he opens his mouth. And Otto seems to have a problem or he would know whether he is heterosexual or not. The same way that a gay person knows he is gay. If you are confused or think that people can go either way then you are bisexual. Congratulations, Otto!!

Pamela W.
Pamela W4 years ago

If anyone reads his "last post" (only wish it really was LOL) it wasn't addessed to anyone in particular but covered just about everything in my previous one (also not addressed to anyone in particular) .........what do they say about "if the cap fits ....." ??? Otto is not his name and he's no more in Switzerland than I am !!!!!!!
Anyone commenting on a thread initially about Scouting in another country would naturally compare it with their own country's system, wouldn't they ????

" This is time for finish, not for start, at least, in this thread." ....... Just about the ONLY intelligent words he's uttered LOL !!!! Another time, another place, and another identity without doubt !!!!!!!!! Bye bye ..... bOTTOm of the class !!!

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Sarah M. said "Dear Otto: Word salad does not a debate make."

Lol, I was thinking the same thing Sarah. Did ol' Otto go the the "Sarah Palin School of Incomprehensible Gibberish"?

Heather G.
Heather G4 years ago

Control of what exactly?? Control over if he is gay or not?

Robert H.
Robert Hamm4 years ago

No Heather……he is worried the Gay people will gain too much control. He thinks because they have control he won't be able to say and do what he wants to say. He doesn't realize that it isn't the gay lobby that has all the power its MANY Americans straight and gay that have the power. If a large number of straight people weren't being engaged on this matter it would still be failing.

Heather G.
Heather G4 years ago

Otto, you sound just like someone who is insecure with your own sexuality. You're worried you might be gay. Is that the "control" you fear? People who are secure with themselves are NOT worried about that. Denying gay people equal rights isn't going to make you less gay.

Sarah MacDonald
Sarah MacDonald4 years ago

To those keeping score: Is this the third or the fourth time Otto has said he's leaving the thread?

Otto L.
Otto L.4 years ago

I cannot see an understanding/misunderstanding problem. What I can see has another name. Do not be selective while reading a text: it even can be dangerous. Before teaching “the basics” to other people, one should refresh their own school elementary stuff and brush up, for instance, the personal concept of modesty. Believe me, being modest and respectful will not harm you in any way.

Everybody here shows the first letter of the second name only, yet someone wonders whether the identity is true :)). “You are the devil in disguise!” Oh, Elvis.

I care much more about current traffic rules than current Swiss legislation. Speaking of how it ought to be and not how it currently is. Failing to notice that I have said all I meant? This is time for finish, not for start, at least, in this thread. Surely, those who are eager to have the last word being theirs may enjoy it.

Sarah MacDonald
Sarah MacDonald4 years ago

Dear Otto:

Word salad does not a debate make.

Pamela W.
Pamela W4 years ago

Otto doesn't seem to understand the basics of "debating" or "discussion" ...... maybe somebody ought to explain to him that "Monologues" are not productive, especially when they are so incomprehensible they cannot be converted into "Dialogue" ??????

Dale O ..... following your theme of "Otto-ly", the award for "b-OTTO-m of the class" must surely go to our Swiss contributor, who obviously knows little or nothing about his own country as he is unable to answer a straightforward question about it, relating to the topic in hand.

Otto ...... "If any other violations detected, besides “questions unanswered”, please report."

How about we start with misrepresentation of identity ???