A gay activist group has asked the cable television network CNN not to book guests who are opposed to homosexuality.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation - or GLAAD - launched an online petition Jan. 6 against the network's use of anti-gay activist on sexual orientation issues.
"We're telling the media to go to experts. We're telling the media to go to scholars, or academics, or historians, or witnesses, or people who can speak to actual first-hand experience or knowledge," GLAAD Associate Director of National News Aaron McQuade told OutQ News.
"That is journalism," McQuade continued. "That is what the public needs to learn about issues of LGBT rights."
GLAAD claimed conservative groups have nothing to offer but "hurtful, dangerous," and "false notions."
"If you were running a story about agriculture, would you invite a guest who believes farming is a sin? Of course not," the GLAAD petition read. "Yet the anti-gay point of view is one you seek out regularly."
The Family Research Council, one of the groups GLAAD wants banned from CNN, called their request an attack on freedom of speech.
"This is really a shocking attack on freedom of speech and democracy - an attack upon our political system in which we have lively, vigorous, and respectful debate about public policy issues that are in dispute and that have not been settled yet," Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow for policy studies at the FRC, told CBN News.
To watch the full CBN News interview with Peter Sprigg, click on the video below.
"Unfortunately, it reflects a certain measure of frustration on the part of homosexual activists that they have not been able to win some of their goals through the democratic process, particularly the legalization of same-sex marriage," Sprigg added.
"After the passage of Proposition 8 in California in 2008, I think we've seen heightened rhetoric from the pro-homosexual activists saying that it is not even legitimate to debate these issues and that anyone who raises them is guilty of hate and bigotry," he concluded.
Meanwhile, the FRC has also incurred the wrath of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The liberal group has labeled the FRC as a hate group for its stance on gay issues.
Sprigg said his organization does not hate homosexuals and is only motivated by "loving concern" for their well-being.