Atlanta radio pundit Erick Erickson had a kiki with religious conservatives to soothe their beleaguered souls with this nugget of inspiration: Don't worry about the gays winning on marriage. They'll die off and we'll win.
The comments from the WSB radio host, Fox pundit and RedState editor came on Wednesday as Erickson pandered to the Gospel & Politics conference. And they came on the eve of Erickson hosting his RedState Gathering, a sleepover with anti-gay GOP presidential candidates in Buckhead.
And like most things Erickson says, his comments this week are as idiotic as they are offensive and wrong. When Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, asked Erickson if the culture wars were over, he offered his dog-whistle of hate, according to the AJC.
“I don’t think the culture war is over primarily because the people who appear to be the victors right now are the least likely to procreate. So we will eventually breed them out of existence demographically. So the culture war continues, and will continue.
Get it? The gays got marriage equality but don't be too concerned because the anti-gays will outlast them. They make the babies and LGBT folks don't.
Erickson continued. Lest you think he was flippant, he wasn't. Because gays aren't religious, don't create families and won't listen to country music.
“And I don’t mean to be flippant by that statement. But if you look at the demographic trends in this country, over the next 50 years the country will be filled with young Christian Hispanic families who listen to country music. Demographically, they’re our people.”
Pause for a moment and let the pure idiocy of Erickson's most recent anti-gay hit job sink in.
Supporters jumped to Erickson's defense trying to cite “science” to proove Erickson's point. Religious conservative grasping at “science” to make their point? Ironic. And also wrong. So let's debunk Erickson's comments with the help of Think Progress.
On those non-baby making LGBT people:
If Erickson was speaking solely about homosexuality, scientists have actually found a hereditary link for homosexuality, but it can be passed down from heterosexual parents. Sexual orientation is not tied to a specific single gene, which is why identical twins don’t necessarily share a sexual orientation, but it is still something affected by “epi-marks,” markers that interact with hormones to determine how genes are expressed. As long as straight people are having kids, there will be gays, lesbians, and bisexuals.
And he's wrong again:
If Erickson was speaking about liberals generally, he’s not wrong that conservatives seem to be outbreeding liberals, but that doesn’t actually guarantee the veracity of his point. Polling on LGBT rights has steadily increased, and the younger people are, the more likely they are to support issues like marriage equality. A new study from researchers at the University of Virginia further finds that implicit bias against gays and lesbians is decreasing across all demographic groups. All people are generally developing more positive attitudes toward the LGBT community.
Nevermind his recent positive press, Erickson is a never-ending well of anti-gay hate, homophobia and misinformation who uses his influence and WSB radio show to mock LGBT issues. And yet, 10 GOP presidential contenders will pander to him all weekend. Erickson opens the RedState Gathering on Friday with breakfast and “You Will Be Made to Care,” a reference Think Progress points out, to his anti-gay mantra of gays are sinners and marriage isn't made for them.