The Family Research Council, a designated hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is encouraging its members to ‘pray for their right’ to harm LGBTI children.
A ‘Prayer of the Day’ email sent to members on Friday, 19 October. In the email, group leader Tony Perkins urged his followers to plead with God for ‘the right to harm LGBT children, and elect far-right Republicans.’
Praying for Conversion Therapy
Additionally, Perkins wants his supporters to pray for anti-gay conversion therapy to be allowed in most states. The practice of conversion therapy is incredibly harmful to LGBTI people, according to the American Psychological Association (APA). Twelve states have banned the cruel practice so far.
‘Conversion therapy is not appropriate for dealing with sexual orientation or gender identities in children and youth,’ Judith M. Glassgold, APA’s associate executive director for public interest government relations, told Raw Story.
The ‘Prayer of the Day’
‘We must resist politicians who advocate for adults and/or children to be prohibited from seeking psychological and spiritual help when they suffer from unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion,’ Perkins wrote in the Prayer of the Day email. ‘Such are combatants on the front lines of the culture of death.’
‘We must support true advocates of the family who will boldly oppose every initiative across America that fosters sexual revolution, undermines God’s laws pertaining to marriage, and undermines parents’ authority to guide and educate their children according to their faith.’
‘God, as we draw near Election Day, please guide all Americans, but especially your people, to vote for men and women who will lead our cities, counties, states, and nation in a way that is pleasing to you and that will bring blessing to Your people, our nation, and all the nations,” Perkins continued.
‘May we be found worthy for you to raise up godly men and women who will honor you in public office. And to prevent those who will disregard you and your laws from gaining power in any level of government.’
Last month, Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a conference organized by the Family Research Council. He is the first sitting Vice President to do so.