Earlier this week, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins slammed Truth Wins Out, the group that recently went undercover at Marcus Bachmann's Minnesota clinic to investigate reparative therapy rumors (rumors it confirmed). In an op-ed, Perkins called the subsequent media coverage a "drummed-up controversy" and wrote of Truth Wins Out, "These self-styled apostles of 'tolerance' should try practicing a little themselves."
Truth Wins Out executive director Wayne Besen fired back in a Tuesday salvo. "It is fascinating to see Perkins promoting 'tolerance' considering FRC is listed as a certified Southern Poverty Law Center hate group," Besen wrote in his weekly column.
"In his hit piece, Perkins insults my organization by calling it 'the grossly misnamed group Truth Wins Out,'" Besen wrote. "That is an interesting observation, considering his misleadingly named Family Research Council neither helps families nor conducts original research.
"Perkins then chided reporters in his column for using the term 'pray away the gay' when referring to Bachmann & Associates' religious counseling," he continued. "Apparently, Perkins never saw the actual video, nor read the transcripts, where the therapist actually did counsel the person we sent undercover to read scripture when he thought of having a homosexual experience. But, of course, facts have never been FRC's strong suit."