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Peter S. Sprigg (born 1957 ) is Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the [1 ] Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.. [2 ]
Biography [ edit ]
Peter Sprigg earned his
Bachelor of Arts from Drew University in 1979 and his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1997. [2 ] He worked as an actor and unit leader in [3 ] Covenant Players, an international Christian drama ministry, and as an economic development assistant to the late Congressman Robert F. Drinan (D-Mass.). [2 ]
Sprigg joined the FRC in 2001, and his research and writing have addressed issues of marriage and family, human sexuality, and religion in public life, and opposition to
same-sex marriage and gay rights. He has testified before federal, state and local courts on these issues. [2 ] [4 ] He has argued that gay marriage is not an issue of [5 ] civil rights. [6 ] He has linked homosexuality to [7 ] pedophilia, and argued that [8 ] homosexuals are trying to brainwash children into accepting homosexuality through public schools. Sprigg has publicly suggested that repealing [9 ] Don't Ask, Don't Tell would encourage molestation of heterosexual members of the military and suggested [10 ] Kevin Jennings may have engaged in statutory rape. In February 2010, Sprigg stated on NBC's [11 ] that gay behavior should be outlawed and that Hardball Lawrence v. Texas was wrongly decide by the U.S. Supreme Court and that "criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior" should be enforced; FRC President [12 ] Tony Perkins later declared that criminalizing homosexuality is not a goal of the Council. [13 ] [14 ]
Sprigg is a
pro-life ordained Baptist minister, and has served as pastor of Clifton Park Center Baptist Church in [15 ] Clifton Park, New York. He now lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and son. [2 ] [2 ]
Published works [ edit ]
Outrage: how gay activists and liberal judges are trashing democracy to redefine marriage. Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing: Lanham. 2004. ISBN 0-89526-021-2.
Getting It Straight: What the Research Shows about Homosexuality. Washington, D.C.: Family Research Council. 2004. ISBN 1-55872-009-X. (with Timothy Dailey)
References [ edit ]
^ a b c d e f Family Research Council website, May 8, 2010
^ Science and the Knowledge of God: From Machine to Metaphor (Journal of Faith and Science Exchange, 1997) ("Peter Sprigg graduated in 1997 with an M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary")
^ District of Columbia Board of Elections, Jan 27 2010, A Referendum on the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009 
^ Maryland House of Delegates Marriage Amendment Act, House bill 1345, Feb 28, 2008 
^ Ken Ham, A. Charles Ware, Todd A. Hillard, Darwin's Plantation: Evolution's Racist Roots, New Leaf Publishing Group, 2007, p. 174 
^ Patricia M. Stockland, Same-Sex Marriage, ABDO, 2007, p. 24
^ Fritz Cropp, Cynthia M. Frisby, Dean Mills, Journalism across cultures, Wiley-Blackwell, 2003, p. 89 
^ Cynthia Burack, Jyl J. Josephson, Fundamental differences: feminists talk back to social conservatives, Rowman & Littlefield, 2003, p. 177 
^ "Family Research Council Labeled 'Hate Group' By SPLC Over Anti-Gay Rhetoric". Talking Points Memo . Retrieved . 2010-11-26
^ Mark Dice, The New World Order, 2010, p. 90
^ "CHRIS MATTHEWS: Do you think we should outlaw gay behavior?
PETER SPRIGG: Well, I think certainly –
MATTHEWS: I’m just asking you, should we outlaw gay behavior?
SPRIGG: I think that the Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas, which overturned the sodomy laws in this country, was wrongly decided. I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior.
MATTHEWS: So we should outlaw gay behavior.
SPRIGG: Yes." February 02, 2010. Hardball, MSNBC. statement at 8:37, transcript
^ "Perkins, Potok spar over hate group". Hardball with Chris Matthews. MSNBC . Retrieved December 8, 2010 [Broken Link].
^ "Tony Perkins Defends Family Research Council, Sort Of". Southern Poverty Law Center . Retrieved . 2010-11-30
^ Marcia Carlson (ed.), Paula England (ed.), Social Class and Changing Families in an Unequal America, Palo Alto, California: Stanford University Press, 2011, p. 60 
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