Senate Subcommittee Invites Hate Group Leader to Testify about Religious Freedom

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council

Tony Perkins will be testifying before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing today on “protecting religious freedom abroad,” which is not only ironic, because Perkins has repeatedly proven himself anti-religious freedom, but also goes to show that Republicans like hate groups and just can’t stay away from them.

Perkins, of course, is president of the Family Research Council (FRC), which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Perkins is a hater’s hater: he hates gays and lesbians, he hates Muslims, immigrants, secularists – and he hates President Barack Obama.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, chaired by none other than Lindsey Graham, and which also boasts Mitch McConnell as a member, for some reason I cannot fathom, thinks Perkins might be able to make some useful contributions to the topic of “Protecting Religious Freedom Abroad.”

Also testifying will be Fox News commentator and lawyer Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which was founded by Pat Robertson to counter the influence of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and so, of course, has nothing to do with justice.

Sekulow self-identifies as a Messianic Jew, a bit of an oxymoron since if you believe in Jesus you are not a Jew (the Israeli Supreme Court agrees) which essentially makes him a fake Christian AND a fake Jew, putting him one up on Perkins in the fakery department.

The invitation prompted Perkins to say,

Religious freedom is a fundamental, inherent, and international human right. It is not merely an American right—though religious freedom was foundational to the very existence of the United States. Additionally, standing for religious liberty should be a vital component of American foreign policy. Defending those whose right to practice their faith is penalized or jeopardized wins our country friends among people throughout the developing world and thus enhances the security of our nation.

The problem is that Perkins thinks only people like him should have religious freedom, meaning his religious freedom is actually religious tyranny. Not exactly the sort of expert you would expect, unless what these Republicans are really interested in is oppressing religious minorities. That is where Perkins’ expertise lies.

As Miranda Blue wrote yesterday at Right Wing Watch,

The inclusion of Perkins threatens to turn a hearing about a critically important issue into a political sideshow. Perkins has consistently used the persecution of Christians abroad as a political bludgeon at home, claiming that LGBT rights in the U.S. are fueling religious persecution worldwide and falsely asserting that President Obama has done nothing to stop the oppression of Christians because he secretly sympathizes with Islamic radicals.

Small wonder then that Senate Republicans, many of whom have already committed treason in order to derail the Iranian peace process, want to hear from a fellow hater like Perkins. He will verify their completely and often catastrophically erroneous preconceptions, and thereby convince them their hate of Obama is not misplaced.

Perkins then, is not only an apologist for a fake religion, which, of course, he calls “true” religion, but for fake facts. And that, it scarce needs be said, plays right into the Republican wheelhouse.

For example, according to radical fake Christian Perkins, Obama is not only a Muslim but a Muslim radical. Not only does Perkins have absolutely no evidence in support of this claim, but he has to ignore the mountains of evidence that this claim is a complete fabrication. Thus we are left with somebody pretending to be a Christian accusing an actual Christian of pretending to be a Christian.

As I have said here before, Tony Perkins is a fake Christian with an out of control persecution complex. He not only believes that fake Christians like him have more rights than other Christians, but he has rejected the First Amendment entirely, claiming, like Bryan Fischer and the American Family Association, that Islam is not afforded First Amendment protections and that it “tears at the fabric of our democracy.”

Never mind Perkins’ own attempts to tear at the fabric of American democracy.

From the perspective of the rest of us – I’m talking about the huge majority of Americans, regardless of religious self-identification, who are not fake Christians – it doesn’t matter whose religious laws we are forced to live under: they are all incompatible with the United States Constitution’s guarantee of equality before the law and rejection of state-sponsored religion.

As Miranda Blue put it, “Religious persecution around the world is certainly a worthy topic for the Senate to address. But including Tony Perkins in such a hearing is not the way for a committee to convey that it is taking this issue seriously.”

Of course, it is not taking the matter seriously, except as another means to attack President Obama.

Tony Perkins is the last person who ought to be summoned to the Senate to talk about religious freedom. This is a blatant case of pandering to the so-called Religious Right and to hate groups that share Republican biases against ethnic and religious minorities. And it shows that the Republican-dominated Senate has, as the last thing on its mind, actually working on behalf of the American people.

Inviting hate group leader Tony Perkins to speak about religious freedom is just more evidence of the GOP’s farcical approach to governance.

Perkins will be testifying today 2 PM EST in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 124.

26 Replies to “Senate Subcommittee Invites Hate Group Leader to Testify about Religious Freedom”

  1. This ranks with the invitation to Ted Nugent to the State of the Union address a few years ago. How low can they go? These repugs have sullied our country. They make me sick!

  2. Well…
    The slithering perversions and depravities of an unleashed “Christianity” have been hissing their foul effluents since the 4th Century. I’d say they are in this for the long haul.

    Still –
    Even as they trigger retching among the decent Americans
    the backlash swells.

    In time,
    even this lizard may sink to the bottom of the swamp.

  3. Nugent was invited to be a member of the audience. This a-hole will be testifing to a senate subcommittee! BIG difference.

  4. I know I am probably going to get hammered for this, but why is “religious freedom/persecution” in the world a necessary subject for Senate discussion? And why have they only invited two of the most controversial people possible (other than Nugent) to provide information to them? Since the subject supposedly covers the world, are they going to discuss religions other than their version of Christianity?

    As an example, ISIS/ISIL is Sunni. They feel they have been persecuted. In Iraq they have been completely shut out, with no voice in the government. Is the Senate going to discuss this persecution? I very much doubt it.

    How about the persecution of the Buddhist monks in Tibet?

    I get the feeling that this, like everything else the Senate has done lately, is nothing but a farce, a waste of time because anything truly important, such as improvement for the American people, must be avoided at any cost.

  5. The GOP now summon Satan’s minions to advise them how to govern the U.S.A.. I now feel very warm, safe and fuzzy. ALL IS WELL PEOPLE. [WINK]

  6. Religious Freedom IS NOT a human right! I’m human and I have no religion and I have rights!…Rights that the Christian Reich demands that I do not have if I chose to think for myself.

  7. But religious freedom is a guaranteed right under the US Constitution. You have the right to believe in nothing, just as they have the right to believe in their god. What you and they do not have, is the right to infringe on others’ beliefs or to force their beliefs on you. This is the problem with people like Perkins. He claims his religion is being oppressed, but what is really happening is that he thinks it’s his right to impose his religious beliefs on others. When his attempt to do that gets resistance, he screams religious persecution.

  8. “I like your Christ”.
    “I do not like your Christians, for they are so unlike your Christ”.
    – Gandhi

  9. Actually, no, religious freedom is NOT a universal right, but it is an American civil right. It does not give Christians or any other religious group the right to impose their beliefs on other cultures ,governments or individuals.

  10. God the Father and Jesus Christ will not hold you accountable for not continuing to bash those who follow Him, but He will hold you accountable for not worshiping Him as the One true God. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) except by (faith in) Me.” John 14:7 Learn to know Jesus through the Bible (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, etc.) and you will find that He will come to you in Spirit and change your life forever.

  11. Ok John, I used to get knee slapping laughs for this one, even the fact that I was raised going to church twice on Sunday. The joke was that the Bible was written by two B.C. winos sitting in the desert getting flappy-toed. One says let’s mess everyone’s head up for years. We’ll write the Bible. Follow me on this one and, yes it’s still got some peoples head **cked up. Some more thatn others.

  12. Social commentator and former alter-boy George Carlin sums it up, “Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time! But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more.”

  13. So, who died and left YOU in charge to blather on and on about a book you read and like and think everyone else should read and like, but, they don’t…no one cares, John…really, no one cares about what you believe. You’re off topic and probably off your medication. Stop now before you hurt yourself.

  14. Krishna has warned your Jesus several times about what would happen if he continued to misled folks.
    ” You can not uncover her, you will not pollute her I will avenger her and her people”
    Mahabharata 6 th Canto. Since Krishna rose in one day and we’ not sure Jesus Rose at all, I’m going with the Black guy!

  15. Rep. Steve Stockman (R) inviting Ted Nugent – a pants-shitting, draft-dodging, pedophile who called our President a “subhuman mongrel” – to the SOTU is not – repeat, NOT – a big difference.

  16. I appreciate and maybe deserve responses to my “challenge.” Don’t mean to offend, only say its not “my words” but God’s Word that will bring change. Not about invisible man in the sky, but about an invisible God Who decided to come into view through incarnation in the form of Jesus Christ. Hard to explain away Jesus–either (a) a liar [but how would a liar validate so many eye-witness accounts and generate such bold followers who themselves were the first of thousands of martyrs for their faith?], (b) a lunatic [yet read how people flocked to Him for healing and comfort], or (c) He was indeed God in human flesh, not a bastard son of Mary as religious leaders accused Him of being. Best of all, He broke my cold, selfish heart and came in to help me love God and love my neighbor. Don’t be like me for so many years and push Him away. So, with due respect, read Gospel of Matthew (to Jewish mind), Mark (raw adventure of Jesus’ life), Luke (compassionate, personal),John (Greek logic…

  17. David that is certainly noteworthy however I think that ISIL is taking lessons from the Conservative Christian Reich! AND Fox News in regards to agenda and propaganda. The GOP AND ISIL do not want women to be educated and to be subservient, they HATE science and art and even go so far as to destroy them.

  18. John…face/palm..when are people like you going to get it through your thick skulls that those “words of god” are IN REALITY words of MAN!!!..MAN!! CLAIMING that they are the “words of god”

  19. Such “people” are insane, a menace to society and enemy of our country!

    What the h–l are they doing in politics or for that matter, in any leadership position?

    They should be voted out of office before inflicting any more damage to the United States of America!

  20. What he is talking about is protecting Christian religious freedom abroad. Yeah go ahead all you Christians who want to be missionaries go abroad nothing would make me happier than you stupid shitheads going abroad and getting killed. This is one way to cull the heard of you bigoted, discriminatory, narrow minded, sickening asshole POS. Here again nothing will make me happier than when your kind are gone from the face of this earth.

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