The Family Research Council’s Craig James said on the organization’s “Washington Watch” program on Friday that gay-rights opponents will face such challenges in the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling that they should take lessons on “how to handle adversity” from the survivors of the mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
James was interviewing FRC President Tony Perkins, who warned that in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision, conservative Christians are “going to have to stand together because there are going to be some who are going to be casualties in this effort if we stand for biblical truth.”
Perhaps, responded James, these Christian casualties are “part of God’s plan.” Turning the fear rhetoric up a few more notches, James prophesied that “something is going to happen monumentally to someone that we didn’t think it would happen to, uh, Pastor Jack Graham or one of these big churches is going to get attacked, and it’s gonna put front and center stage the reality of this decision today. And maybe that’s what gets folks finally engaged.”
Whatever happens next, Perkins asserted, opponents of LGBT rights must continue “in love” to “speak that truth, to let that light shine.”
“In love,” James concluded. “And I guess Charleston is a great example on how they’ve sent a message to the world and to Americans about how to handle adversity.”