Friday, August 7, 2015

Tony Perkins cynically guarantees that Americans will be in conflict

Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins manages a frown and a smile simultaneously
6:13 AM Friday I received an email from Tony Perkins, head of the anti-gay hate group, Family Research Council. It is titled; “Why the Supreme Court's Marriage Ruling is Not ‘The End’.” Some of the highlights:
"Finished." "Settled." "It's over." These are the pronouncements I'm hearing since five of the nine justices on the Supreme Court caved in to the radical homosexual-rights propaganda machine in its ruling on same-sex marriage.
So, according to Perkins, it wasn't an analysis of Equal Protection and Due Process that caused the Supreme Court of the United States to rule in favor of marriage equality. Not at all. Five of the nation's finest constitutional lawyers lost control of their faculties and “caved” to radical propaganda. Sure.

… some media outlets have even declared that they won't allow the natural view of marriage to even be represented anymore, as if the high court had suddenly banned freedom of speech.
Perkins is equally confused when it comes to the First Amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech …” The policies of individual media outlets are not acts of Congress. Fox News (to its eternal shame) routinely hands a microphone to the leader of a hate group.
Yes, the justices' decision was terrible. … They fabricated out of thin air a sweeping "right" to court-created same-sex marriage that no Founding Father ever intended, or could have imagined.
No Founding Father ever imagined that women would vote let alone become a Secretary of State or a leading contender for President of the United States. Equally unimaginable would be a Black man occupying the highest office in the land. Speculating on what the authors of the Constitution thought, intended or “imagined” does not construct a coherent argument.
Review -- and be encouraged by -- three key facts:

Fact 1: Five justices may indeed have trampled the will of more than 50 million people, but they do not have the moral authority to redefine marriage.
“The will of more than 50 million people” is, in some cases, based on state same-sex marriage bans that go as far back as 1998. Numerous polls conclude that the majority of citizens are in favor of same-sex marriage by a wide margin. They are irrelevant to constitutional protections. “Moral authority” is an elusive concept which depends, in part, on religious beliefs — or lack of same. Many people concluded that it is immoral to prohibit gay couples from marrying. That, too, is irrelevant. The only relevant issue was whether or not gays were afforded Equal Protection and Due Process if they were not permitted to marry. That was the question before the Court and the issue is settled.
Fact 2: Americans refused to accept the legitimacy of the Court's decision on abortion 42 years ago in Roe v. Wade.
Yet it remains the law of the land.
Fact 3: Our numbers are not few. In statement after statement, interview after interview, leaders from across this country are making it clear: this is not over. From governor's mansions to statehouse floors, the message is one of determination and tenacity.
Nevertheless same-sex marriage is the law of the land in all 50 states. Most leaders have moved on. It is just common sense. About the only way that Obergefell could be overturned is by constitutional amendment. That would require the ratification by 38 states. Those states don't exist. Determination and tenacity to ban same-sex marriage are irrelevant.

There is another dynamic that Perkins knows as well as anyone else. Based upon states where it became legal in advance of even United States v. Windsor, acceptance of same-sex marriage is going to increase. The citizenry becomes aware of the fact that none of the terrible things that the religious crackpots said would happen as a result of marriage equality actually happen. Perkins is one of those crackpots.

Here is Perkins at his most cynical — pitting Americans against Americans (highlighting added):
This recent ruling does not mean that the issue is settled. It does mean that America will not achieve broad social consensus on marriage anytime soon. Actually, conflict is now guaranteed. Here's why:
That's the agenda. Create conflict. And media still give this guy a platform.
1) Some on the Left will try to use this ruling to rob Americans of their rights in the marketplace. The Court's decision will become a bludgeon regarding business practices, as radicals try to force conservative business owners to set aside their religious values and engage in activities which violate their faith.
We expect businesses – public accommodations – to conform to anti-discrimination laws that have been in effect since well before marriage equality. A handful, over the last five or six years have chosen to defy those laws. They include a couple of bakers, a florist, a caterer and a photographer. The right keeps pimping these “victims” but it's always the same few. We know their names. The photographer's case made it all the way to the Supreme Court. The Court declined to hear the case which means that at least six of the justices (including conservatives) were not interested. Only four justices are required for the Court to hear a case.
2) Some on the Left will also use this ruling as a crowbar to pry open America's education system and force the radical homosexual perspective into our schoolchildren's curricula.
The homosexual agenda has become the homosexual perspective. Curricula? This is the old dog whistle that gay people are a threat to children and it is one of the reasons that FRC is labeled a “hate group.”
3) The ripple effect of this ruling will be felt in every realm of life, all the way into our churches, even into the private recesses of individual families. Hillary Clinton said as much, in her post-ruling statement: “While we celebrate today, our work won't be finished until every American can not only marry, but live, work, pray, learn and raise a family free from discrimination and prejudice.”
The agenda. Make Americans afraid. In this case something amorphous.
Not long ago, liberals were insisting that churches would never be forced to violate their faith in the event of a pro-same-sex marriage ruling. Now, in the blink of an eye, the march toward oppression is on!
Plain unadulterated bullshit. Churches are perfectly free to remain discriminatory. The First Amendment protects that right.

Perkins refers to resistance to Roe v. Wade which remains the law of the land:
We can do it again. As more Americans witness and experience the erosion of religious liberty, of parental rights, of children's innocence, and of conscience rights, their opinions will shift.
Prior to the Obergefell, 37 states and the District of Columbia had legalized same-sex marriage: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Massachusetts goes back more than 11 years.

Has any of that crap actually happened? Again, the implication  that gay people pose a threat of some kind to children. Perkins has no shame.
We have great candidates at every level of government. I've sat down and spoken with a number of them; a number of these leaders feel led by God to run this race. But they cannot be successful if we don't offer our strong and vocal support.
It is true. Perkins is not toxic in many quarters. Shame on them. The rest of the email consists of “send us your money.” Exactly what FRC will do with it (other than pay Mr. Perkins) remains unexplained. The intended inference is that he remains politically influential and that donating to FRC will allow Perkins to expand that influence.

The religious right does have considerable sway over the Republican Party. However those politicians have become more pragmatic. If Maggie Gallagher's scorecard is correct then the leading contenders want to put gay marriage behind them and move along. The days of imposing Sarah Palin on a ticket seem to be over.

Hopefully, as a society, we are moving back to where we were pre-Reagan. As a reminder, Barry Goldwater was on the board of Planned Parenthood. It is going to be a long journey and Obergefell is just one small step in the right direction. It is going to have its ups and downs but we need to stop the influence of superstition on public policy.

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