Glenn Stanton, a Christian author and staff member at Focus on the Family, recently urged Christians to treat gay people with kindness and respect while ignoring his own past of anti-gay remarks.
Stanton appeared on the "Boundless" radio show this week (audio below) to promote his new book Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace and Truth.
He told "Boundless" host Lisa Anderson that gay people act like children when they are offended by anti-gay remarks or positions.
"So this kind of mean and manipulative accusation, 'If you don't accept me then you must hate me' in many ways, and I don't mean this negative, in many ways that's how children behave," said Stanton.
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Stanton didn't mention his long history of anti-gay statements.
He once wrote on the Focus on the Family website:
All sexual sin is wrong because it fails to mirror the Trinitarian image, but homosexuality does more than fail. It's a particularly evil lie of Satan because he knows that it overthrows the very image of the Trinitarian God in creation, revealed in the union of male and female.
In the same article, Stanton condemned masturbation.
Stanton also wrote on the Baptist Press:
First, same-sex "marriage" not only redefines marriage wholesale for everyone, but it actually deconstructs humanity itself. That's a very strong and consequential assertion, but that is exactly what it does. Same-sex "marriage" essentially creates genderless marriage by saying 1), the fundamental male and female nature of humanity doesn't matter in any way, and 2), the different parties to a marriage are wholly interchangeable.
According to GoodAsYou.org, Stanton told Christian radio host Janet Mefford in 2012 that gay and lesbian "really are a cultural construct" and "gay and lesbian are really sort of sociological or political statements or identifications."
"Being gay or being lesbian is only something that has only been present in the past 50 years or so," claimed Stanton.
In 2008, Stanton was called out by the American Anthropological Association for his "gross misrepresentation of the position of the anthropological community on gay marriage."