Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council tells NPR how we can stop gay kids from killing themselves:
"There's no correlation between inacceptance of homosexuality and depression and suicide," he says. Rather, Perkins says, there is another factor that leads kids to kill themselves. "These young people who identify as gay or lesbian, we know from the social science that they have a higher propensity to depression or suicide because of that internal conflict." Homosexuality is "abnormal," he says, and kids know it, which leads them to despair. That's why he wants to confront gay activism in public schools. For example, his group supports the Day of Truth, when Christian high schoolers make their case that homosexuality is a sin.
So all those gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teenagers out there who are growing up in small towns and rural areas in Indiana and Texas and Wisconsin and California just aren't hearing enough about homosexuality being a sin. It looks like American Christians have really dropped the ball here—I mean, when was the last time an evangelical leader took time away from visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, and housing the homeless to get out there and condemn homosexuality where the kids could hear him?
So now we know—courtesy of NPR—why so many LGBT kids are killing themselves: American Christians just aren't anti-gay enough.
UPDATE: Hello, NPR? Bishop Sprong would like to have a few words with you:
In my personal life, I will no longer listen to televised debates conducted by "fair-minded" channels that seek to give "both sides" of this issue "equal time." I am aware that these stations no longer give equal time to the advocates of treating women as if they are the property of men or to the advocates of reinstating either segregation or slavery, despite the fact that when these evil institutions were coming to an end the Bible was still being quoted frequently on each of these subjects. It is time for the media to announce that there are no longer two sides to the issue of full humanity for gay and lesbian people.