On this radio show Tuesday, Fox News anchor Sean Hannity reacted to child abuse charges against Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings by expressing concerns that the government might start interfering with what parents can teach their children. Specifically, he’s concerned that parents will be prohibited from teaching their kids that “being gay is not normal.”
“This is my problem with liberals. Here’s where my fear goes,” Hannity said. “You guys want to tell parents what they can and cannot do — for example, is it going to become illegal if a parent teaches the politically correct view that being gay is not normal?”
“My problem here is, do parents have the right to instill their values in their children? My problem is we send these kids off to school. Maybe they’re taught that God is dead, or maybe they’re taught that it’s okay to have sex. Maybe they’re taught values that contradict what the parents are teaching, whatever it happens to be — you know Heather has two mommies, daddies, roommates — that’s the government circumventing parental values,” he explained referencing the children’s book about same-sex families.
“Look, some people disagree on the gay lifestyle because of religious views. If they teach their kids, is the government going to come in one day and say, ‘That’s wrong, that’s immoral’?”
Listen to it (via Media Matters):
Hannity similarly responded when New Jersey passed a law protecting minors from ex-gay therapy, asking, “Is there freedom of religion anymore, or is that banned in New Jersey?” He has also previously attacked individuals like Kevin Jennings, founder of GLSEN and former Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, for “promoting homosexuality” in schools.