At least one faith leader is vocally criticizing the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's recent announcement that it will include in its exhibits historical items and documents pertaining to the gay and lesbian community.
"This is just another platform for the left to rewrite history and ignore the destructive side effects of homosexuality," Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in an audio bulletin.
Perkins, known for his opposition to homosexuality, was taking aim at the Smithsonian's recent announcement that various items pertaining to the history of sexual orientation have been donated and will be on display, according to Time.
These items include props from "Will and Grace," a TV show that featured openly gay characters, as well as a racquet that was owned by Renee Richards, a transgender tennis player, among other artifacts and documents.
Perkins argued that these items are inappropriate at the museum and that students are "already bombarded with the LGBT agenda." Here's his full statement on the matter:
At the Smithsonian's museums, the only thing on display is political correctness. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. Is it the Museum of Natural History or Unnatural History? You can't blame people for asking after the Smithsonian's decision to add a special exhibit on the LGBT movement. The collection highlights everything from "Will & Grace" show props to a transgender pride flag. Sports, politics, and cultural memorabilia are all part of the propaganda, which -- like most Smithsonian projects -- is funded by taxpayer dollars. "It's a good example," said the director, "of the kind of work that we want to move forward with." And that's exactly what people should be afraid of. This is just another platform for the Left to rewrite history -- and ignore the destructive side effects of homosexuality. Students are already bombarded with the LGBT agenda, do they really need to walk past exhibits treating its extremists as heroes? The Smithsonian knows art, but it should stop trying to frame the culture debate.
Museum officials, though, has defended the decision to include gay and lesbian artifacts, according to a statement issued to the Miami Herald last month.
"The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has a long tradition of documenting the full breadth of the American experience and what it means to be an American," it read. "The LGBT narrative is an important part of that American story, and the Smithsonian has been documenting and collecting related objects for many years."
What do you think?
(H/T: Huffington Post)