Progressive Clergy To MSNBC: Stop Providing A Platform For Tony Perkins

Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson and other gay and gay-friendly clergy will protest MSNBC tomorrow, citing the network’s continued promotion — about once per month in 2011 and eight times in two weeks last month — of Tony Perkins. Perkins serves as president of the Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated a hate group for its anti-gay rhetoric, but MSNBC often doesn’t mention this fact when inviting him to comment as a conservative Christian. The clergy group will deliver 20,000 petition signatures from Faithful America members who say that Perkins does not speak for their faith.