Faithful America, a creation of the National Council of Churches  that lobbies for liberal political causes (but I repeat myself), has joined forces with inveterate publicity hound gay Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire to try to get MSNBC to purify its precious bodily fluids airwaves by petitioning the Democratic Party propaganda outlet cable news network to stop having Family Research Council president Tony Perkins on its programs. According to FA:

On February 14, Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson personally delivered our petition to MSNBC studios calling on the network to stop giving airtime to Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council — a hate group that accuses gays and lesbians of child molestation.

The Family Research Council is so extreme that they’ve been officially listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. But MSNBC has continued to invite their president, Tony Perkins, and other organizational spokespeople on air to comment on behalf of Christian voters. In fact, since FRC was designated a hate group in November 2010, Tony Perkins has appeared on MSNBC more often than any other network.

The complaint against FRC–that the SPLC has designated it a “hate group”–would mean more if the designation didn’t translate to “disagrees with us about the morality of homosexual behavior.” The SPLC has also designated the American Family Association, Mass Resistance, and the Traditional Values Coalition (groups that I don’t always agree with on a range of issues, and which sometimes say stupid things, but which are hardly “hate groups”) that way, as well as lumping them and the National Organization for Marriage and other legitimate conservative Christian groups in with crazies such as Westboor Baptist Church and Dove World Outreach Center (Rev. Terry Jones’ pathetic outfit). Once the FRC got the SLPC’s scarlet AG (“anti-gay”), Faithful America swung into action.

This is not a First Amendment issue, because MSNBC is under no obligation to give anyone time on its network. Nor is there anything wrong with FA and Gene Robinson expressing their distaste for Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council. What’s galling is that once again, we have liberals who pose as apostles of tolerance and diversity demanding that a voice that disagrees with them be shut down. While they delivered their petition only to MSNBC, I imagine that it will eventually be going to any media outlet that dares to talk to a certified “hate group.” like the FRC. It is already rare to see a traditional Christian viewpoint on sexual morality in the mainstream media, and I have no doubt that FA’s intention is to ultimately have all such viewpoints banned. Of course, FA and its allies don’t actually recognize such views as being Christian, as their petition demonstrates:

The Family Research Council is a hate group, and journalists ought to treat it as such. MSNBC must stop inviting Family Research Council spokespeople on the air to represent the views of Christians and other people of faith.

Can’t have the audience of MSNBC thinking that there might actually be Christians who think that what Gene Robinson does and advocates might be, you know, sin. Of course, it may be that Tony Perkins would consider getting banned from MSNBC sort of an honor…

UPDATE: Forget to mention that I saw this item at Sojourners. Apparently inveterate publicity hound Jim Wallis and his colleagues agree with banning those who disagree with a position that Sojourners used to, at least in theory, adhere to.