(CNSNews.com) -- Dan Savage, a homosexual activist, blogger, and co-founder of the anti- bullying “It Gets Better” project, recently criticized the conservative Family Research Council and its president, Tony Perkins, saying, “every dead gay kid is a victory for the Family Research Council.”
Savage also said that Perkins “sits on a pile of dead gay kids every day when he goes to work.”
Savage made his remarks during a talk at Winona State University on Sept. 27, which were initially commented upon at the blog NewsBusters.
“Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council, whatever he calls them,” said Savage. “First of all, they tell, Tony Perkins tells parents whose kids come out to reject them. Tony Perkins tells the parents of queer kids to do what Tony Perkins damn well knows drives those kids to suicide — doubles their already quadruple rate of suicide.”
He continued, “Why would someone who calls themselves a Christian do that? Because every dead gay kid is a victory for the Family Research Council. They argue that the gay lifestyle is sick and sinful and dangerous and they point to the suicide rate, and then they turn around and do everything in their power to make sure that suicide rate does not come down and to drive it up.”
“Tony Perkins sits on a pile of dead gay kids every day when he goes to work -- and he calls himself a Christian. I don’t understand how real Christians let that little f--ker get away with that,” he said.
On his Twitter account, Savage made clear that he stood by his remarks, tweeting, “I'm Dan Savage and I approved -- and stand by -- this message.”
Perkins said Savage completely distorted the views of himself and the FRC, and added that while these types of attacks are nothing new, Savage now only “deals in pure deception and lies.”
“Well, I think he’s gotten progressively worse to where he no longer deals in half-truths and spin, he deals in pure deception and lies,” Perkins told CNSNews.com.
“So at some point, he needs to be held accountable,” said Perkins. “You can attack public figures and a lot of leeway is given for free speech. But you can’t lie and continue to lie and foster hostility and anger toward people based on lies. Your liberty and the freedoms we have, there are boundaries and I think he’s crossed them.”
Perkins referred CNSNews.com to his Sept. 12 appearance at the National Press Club when he was asked, “If one of your children told you that he or she were homosexual, would you disown him or her?”
Perkins replied that he would love his child regardless of sexual behavior, but would not condone behavior that he views as “destructive to them personally and society as a whole.”
“So, while I would disagree with my child being involved in that lifestyle, I would not in any way, nor would I ever encourage a parent to disown the child because of something like that that occurred to them,” said Perkins.
“Love them compassionately,” he said. “Pray for them. But don’t condone and enable that behavior, whatever it might be.”
Perkins also said the Obama administration should be held accountable for its support of Dan Savage and his “It Gets Better” project.
Perkins told CNSNews.com, “Dan Savage is a product of Barack Obama. Barack Obama and the White House has given lift and credibility to this ‘It Gets Better’ campaign.”
“And so that opens the door to many of these universities and Dan Savage should be hung around Barack Obama’s neck,” he said.
Savage has a track record of mocking those who disagree with homosexual behavior. He said in the same presentation at Winona State of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), “We will always have ignorant d--ks like Michele Bachmann and her fag husband.”
Back in April, Savage was speaking to a group of high school students at Washington State, when he called a group of Christians who walked out of the event “pansy-ass,” a comment for which he later apologized.
On Aug. 15, 2012, a gay activist entered the lobby of the Family Research Council (FRC) and fired three shots from a 9mm pistol, striking the security guard in the arm. The shooter, Floyd Lee Corkins, according to the FBI, said words to the effect of "I don't like your politics," in reference to the FRC.
Dan Savage did not respond to inquiries from CNSNews.com for comment before this story was posted.