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Fake Christian Tony Perkins’ Out-of-Control Persecution Complex

Tony Perkins, who has previously and repeatedly said Christians are being persecuted in this country, hasn’t changed his tune with Hobby Lobby winning the right to persecute people they don’t like.

Even fellow fake Christian, Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber, is willing to allow that the SCOTUS ruling puts his fellow bigots in a very strong position when it comes to persecuting imagined sinners. But Perkins is certain President Obama is going to start rounding up Christians any day now.

Perkins, who has previously said that conservative Christians have more rights than other Christians, told Fox News’ Todd Starnes on Washington Watch this weekend that,

I do think that it could very well come to that in our lifetime. A few years ago I didn’t think it would, not this quickly, but as we have seen the aggressive nature of this administration and this president and the open hostility of this administration toward orthodox faith – we have seen it in the HHS mandate, we have seen it in the numerous cases regarding marriage – I think it is going to come down to that.

I suppose Perkins could be right if he goads his misguided followers into some very un-Christian and anti-Jesus civil disobedience, which is precisely what he called for in the wake of marriage equality bans being struck down in Indiana and Utah.

Christians, you remember, are supposed to turn the other cheek. Jesus didn’t tell them to get out and engage in civil disobedience, but to love their enemies and turn the other cheek. He was very clear on this point. A point Perkins seems determined to ignore.

How can you be a Christian – a follower of the Christ, the messiah – if you don’t listen to what the Christ wants you to do?

Good question. Perkins’ solution is to simply pretend Jesus never existed. Jesus is just a name, a weapon to be wielded in his pet and quite often, un-Christian causes.

Paradoxically, Perkins is big on the whole “orthodoxy” thing, which is interesting, given that he is not himself orthodox in his views. Orthodox comes from the Greek, “right opinion” – right opinion, not surprisingly, being determined by the majority. Heresy, also unsurprisingly, also from the Greek, means “choice” which in a totalitarian regime, is, of course, a bad thing. Heretics have made a choice to deviate from what the majority says. You do see where this is going, don’t you?

The problem for Tony Perkins is that he is not in the majority. The majority is dead set against him. Yet here is Perkins, the fake Christian, berating the majority as “supposed” Christians because they support LGBT rights.

Better sit down before you read this example of Perkins bearing false witness in contravention of the Ten Commandments he pretends to defend:

A straightforward reading of the Bible shows that since the beginning God held human life to be sacred, and values human life, no matter the stage,” Perkins says. “I imagine that Christians, supposed or true, who support Planned Parenthood either do not fully understand what abortion is, what its physical and emotional consequences are or what Planned Parenthood as an organization actually stands for and advocates.

Oh dear. I don’t know what Bible Perkins is reading but mine doesn’t read like that at all.

Obviously, as I have shown here before, the god of the Old Testament shows no value for human life whatsoever, and examples abound. I will provide a couple of brief examples here to demonstrate how “God held human life to be sacred, and values human life, no matter the stage”:

While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immoralitywith Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate the sacrificial meal and bowed down before these gods. So Israel yoked themselves tothe Baal of Peor. And the LORD’s anger burned against them.

The LORD said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of these people, kill them and expose them in broad daylight before the LORD, so that the LORD’s fierce anger may turn away from Israel.”

So Moses said to Israel’s judges, “Each of you must put to death those of your people who have yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor” (Numbers 25: 1-5).

And here is a nice example of valuing life:

Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors. “The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him.” (Deuteronomy 13:13-19)

Not only people – all people, men, women, children, and obviously then, unborn children – but animals as well. Dead. All of them. Kill for God by God’s command.

I am having a difficult time finding that value for human life Perkins spoke of.

On the other hand, I am having no difficulty at all in determining that Tony Perkins is a liar. Perkins speaks dishonestly of the “disdain for the rule of law promoted by the Obama administration” but his own disdain of Jesus’ will is the true sin here.

Let’s be clear: Tony Perkins is not a Christian. Not to put too fine a point upon it, but if the day ever came that Christians were rounded up, if they start “rolling out the boxcars” as Perkins tastelessly claims in comparing the non-persecution of Christians in the U.S. to the murder of millions of Jews in the Third Reich, Perkins would have nothing to worry about, because it will be fake Christians like him driving the trains.

Hrafnkell Haraldsson

Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen's Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.

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