Peter Sprigg Apologizes

Jim Burroway

March 27th, 2008

Current immigration laws deny the foreign partners of gay Americans the ability to immigrate to the U.S, unlike their heterosexually-married counterparts. A bill is stalled in Congress which would address this problem. Last week, we awarded the LaBarbera Award to the Family “Research” Council’s Peter Sprigg for suggesting that instead of uniting gays and lesbians with their partners, we should export gays instead:

I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them into the United States because we believe homosexuality is destructive to society.

Today, Peter Sprigg issued an apology:

In response to a question regarding bi-national same-sex couples who are separated by an international border, I used language that trivialized the seriousness of the issue and did not communicate respect for the essential dignity of every human being as a person created in the image of God. I apologize for speaking in a way that did not reflect the standards which the Family Research Council and I embrace.

Of course, the Family “Research” Council’s standards still allow him to cite the discredited “research” of holocaust revisionist Paul Cameron. No apology or retraction for that. Nevertheless, a start is a start.

David

March 27th, 2008

Why should he apologize? He meant what he said.

Christopherâ„¢

March 27th, 2008

I posted this over at XGW, but I thought I’d chime in here, too. My problem with this “apology” is that he seems to merely apologize for his choice of words, rather than for what his words actually *mean*.

Saying you believe that homosexuals “should be exported” out of the US doesn’t merely “trivialize the seriousness of an issue,” but says quite clearly that you believe it would be best if an entire people group were forcibly removed from American society. Of course it’s disrespectful, but it also communicates a policy intent that borders on genocide.

The disrespect was addressed, but not the underlying policy intent of his statement. Does he repudiate that? I can’t really tell.

As a result, this statement strikes me as the kind of “apology” a schoolteacher forces a schoolyard bully to give to his victim, after the bully was caught making cruel taunts on the playground. The cruel words are addressed, but not the motivation which caused them to be said in the first place. So it rings a bit false, at least to me.

David

March 28th, 2008

What he means is he hastily spoke what he really thinks rather than recite the polished sophistry of the FRC.

Of course, to maintain that the FRC is a legitimate organization and not really a gussied up hate group, his employer insisted on an apology in order to maintain the facade.

Andrew K

March 28th, 2008

What FRC cannot and will not say is that their position on homosexuality itself does not recognize the basic human dignity of every human person. It has nothing to do with how they speak about it…what was originally said was completely consistent with their view of homosexuality. They wish we were gone, or did not exist, because the persistent existence of homosexuals is a living rebuke by God Himself of their errant beliefs.

BobN

March 28th, 2008

I didn’t mean “export”; I meant “exterminate”. Sowwy.

Jeff

March 29th, 2008

Here’s an idea that I’d be willing to contribute towards: setting up a fund for Mr. Sprigg, his bosses and similarly anti-human people, to send them on a trip to see Auschwitz and Treblinka and talk to Holocaust survivors, and/or to the FSU to see the gulags and talk to their survivors, along with a raft of publicity about why they were going… it might not shame them into rejoining civilization, but the signal should be clear enough, yes?

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