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Family Research Council President Says Businesses Who Support LGBT Causes Have 'Stockholm Syndrome

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"They're certainly being used as puppets, but I don't think they've thought through this."

Following PayPal's decision to cancel plans to bring 400 jobs to North Carolina after the state passed legislation that restricts protections for the LGBT community, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said big business "has been hijacked" by liberal activists.

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In fact, he says he believes the corporate world may be suffering from "Stockholm syndrome," a psychological phenomenon in which hostages exhibit positive feelings about their captors and, in some cases, defend them.

"Now, all of the sudden, the business community, big business, has been hijacked, and I wouldn't necessarily say it's involuntarily — maybe, I don't know, maybe it's some of the Stockholm syndrome," Perkins said on his "Washington Watch" radio show.

Though he did add that he "wouldn't necessarily say" businesses "are being held hostage," he does feel they are being used as "puppets" when it comes to matters of the LGBT community.

"They're certainly being used as puppets, but I don't think they've thought through this," Perkins said. "Because who's going to come to their defense to help get those favorable tax environments?"

According to the conservative radio host, it is those conservative tax policies that are bringing businesses to areas like North Carolina: "Why aren't businesses flocking to California?"

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