That’s at least according to Craig James, assistant to Family Research Council (FRC) president Tony Perkins, who last week said on the group’s radio show that “gender identity has become the flashpoint” in the culture wars, and that the enemy was clear.
“That might be the next thing that we have to combat in this war that we’re on with the LGBT community and those who are challenging sexuality,” James said on the FRC’s radio program, Washington Watch.
At the time, James was speaking about transgender equality with Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at FRC who once advocated for the deportation of homosexuals from the United States, backpedaled from that claim a week later with a lukewarm apology, then doubled down in 2010 when he told Chris Matthews that “there would be a place for criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior.”
No real surprise, then, that James would make such a statement, since FRC openly holds the idea that “homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed”—not to mention its a long history of demonizing LGBT people.
But what is surprising is the open admission of a war against a group of people that is maligned and subject to violence in many places around the world, including the United States, where transgender people, especially, experience high rates of discrimination and anti-LGBT violence.