Thursday, December 3, 2015

In money-beg, Perkins claims that freedom to believe is in peril

Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins, head of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, is asking for donations for FRC Action. FRC Action is the political arm of Family Research Council. FRC Action is a 501(c)4 which means that they are tax exempt but donations are not tax deducible. Perkins ramps up the hyperbole:
Our nation has suffered horribly at the hands of a radical president. But there's an antidote available.

America can be restored . . . if we can bring millions of values voters to the polls next November.

You and I have an open door—but a door that may be closing—to preserve our freedom to believe . . . our freedom to live as Christians in this country.

So I am writing you today with this single, simple, but overwhelmingly important request:

Please take a moment today to give a generous contribution to help FRC Action mobilize millions of conservatives, including Christians, to vote their values in the upcoming elections . . . and help change the course of our nation.
The simple fact is that Perkins is a Republican political operative. Many GOPers are prepared to do his bidding if he delivers some votes. Perkins' interests go far beyond anything Christian. For example, exactly what part of keeping people uninsured is “Christian?”

A man with direct ties to the Klu Klux Klan is calling President Obama “radical.” A man whose second in command is a retired general who says that there should be no mosques in America has the temerity to call President Obama “radical.” Presumably, President Obama is “radical” for getting more people covered by health insurance. Possibly it is because he wants to  treat LGBT citizens and taxpayers fairly.

Combined FRC and FRC Action have an operating budget of $17 million. Perkins pulls down $221 thousand of that.

Perkins' currency is rhetoric. Perhaps Perkins' constituency – people willing to part with money to support Perkins' agenda – believe that Christendom is in jeopardy because some idiot cannot refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple. Perhaps they believe that Christianity is in jeopardy unless an elected official can defy the order of a federal court to do her job.

Perkins and his ilk keep pushing the borders of reason and then asserting that the irrational is reasonable. It's Jihad with different symbols.

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