Tony Perkins Condemns Smithsonian Institution's Inclusion Of LGBT Artifacts, 'Will And Grace' Items

WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Wil
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank

Tony Perkins isn't pleased by the Smithsonian Institution's recent addition of "Will and Grace" memorabilia as well as other historical documents relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history to its exhibitions.

In a radio bulletin, the Family Research Council pundit asked listeners, "Is it the Museum of Natural History or Unnatural History?"

"This is just another platform for the left to rewrite history and ignore the destructive side effects of homosexuality," Perkins claimed in the clip, Right Wing Watch first reported. “Students are already bombarded with the LGBT agenda -- do they really need to walk past exhibits treating its extremists as heroes? The Smithsonian may know art, but it should stop trying to frame the culture debate.”

Listen to audio of Perkins' comments, courtesy of Right Wing Watch, then scroll down to keep reading:

Among the other artifacts to be displayed at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. are the diplomatic passport of Ambassador David Huebner, the first openly gay U.S. ambassador confirmed by the Senate, and photography collections from Patsy Lynch and Silvia Ros documenting LGBT rights activism, according to the Associated Press.

Of course, Perkins' comments aren't particularly surprising given his history. In 2010, he claimed that LGBT teens often resorted to suicide because they are battling with the internal understanding that homosexuality is, in fact, "abnormal."

In 2012, he equated LGBT people with adulterers and alcoholics while condemning Pride Month.

"Now, I have not yet seen where they have declared Adultery Pride Month, I have not seen where they have declared the Drunkenness Pride Month," he said at the time, before adding that "we’re not celebrating those other forms as a society, we’re not promoting [them] and teaching [them] as normal in our schools."



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