Friday, March 15, 2019

Tony Perkins' Many Lies About the Equality Act

Tony Perkins
Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins is a pathological liar
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Hate group leader Tony Perkins (Family Research Council) doesn't think that honesty is required of self-righteous Christians. Sanctimonious mendacity is an amalgamation that goes unnoticed by supporters of Family Research Council. Perhaps the hypocrisy is acceptable — even welcomed — because Perkins tells his flock of sheep what they want to hear.
Fear & greed:
The Equality Act is the perfect starting gun for Perkins' exercise in political cynicism. Anger serves him well which is why Perkins always seems to be pissed off by imaginary threats. Perkins and his base seek to preserve Christian privilege — which includes a right to discriminate against people they disapprove of, all neatly cloaked in scripture.

Perkins' latest polemic is titled: A Clash Act: Dems Push LGBT Takeover. Is he claiming that gay and transgender people are going to engage is some sort of coup d'├ętat? Or is he projecting? Fearing that LGBT Americans will hijack the Democratic Party in a similar fashion to the way that the religious right consumed the GOP in the 1980s.
… the Left’s farewell to the First Amendment. Religious liberty and free speech have had a good run, but as far as Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) concerned, they’ve stood in the Left’s way long enough. It’s time to get back to the business of controlling how every American thinks, speaks, and acts on issues of human sexuality. (How ironic that these same people accused Republicans of being fixated on America’s bedrooms!)
Were that remotely true then the following two statements about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would also be true:
  1. It’s time to get back to the business of controlling how every American thinks, speaks, and acts on issues of race.
  2. It’s time to get back to the business of controlling how every American thinks, speaks, and acts on issues of religion.
And by the way, no irony is in operation. Mr. Perkins and his party (the GOP) are, in point of fact, obsessed — not with who people are or what they can contribute to society — but their sexuality. What does Tony Perkins contribute to society? Hate, anger, greed, divisiveness and anxiety? When did those things become emulations of what Jesus would do?
Opposition through transphobic bigotry:
If you can imagine a country without women’s sports, boys and girls restrooms, gender-specific pronouns, privacy, parental rights, workplace dress codes, business autonomy, Christian wedding vendors, and conscience protections -- you’ve got the Equality Act.
The Equality Act would have no effect on women's sports, the courtesy of using gender-appropriate pronouns, parental rights or workplace dress codes. Those are lies. Business autonomy? According to Mr. Perkins that means the ability to hire and promote, not the best people, but the most Christian people. They used to say the same thing about requiring businesses not to discriminate against Jews. Today, quietly (and not so quietly) Muslims.

Christian wedding vendors? He means wedding vendors who happen to be Christian zealots. There is no logical reason to deny service. If their god is as omniscient as they claim, then s/he knows that the business is complying with the law. At worst, scripture says that gay sex is illicit. When did we force anyone to have any form of sex. With objections to gay marriage you would think that we are forcing people to gay marry.

There are no constitutional conscience protections. That meme is a manufactured device to excuse baseless discrimination. Conscience represents our cognition of what is right and wrong. Discrimination should be more troubling to our consciences than adherence to a dogma that a majority of people disagree with — including those Christian™ wedding vendors. People discriminate against LGBTQ people as a means of demonstrating disapproval. That is not a logical reason to discriminate against them.
More lies:
Picture walking into your child’s preschool for mandatory transgender story hour. Or think about your teenage daughter finishing gym class and being forced to shower and change with biological boys. Imagine being fired for calling someone “him.” Or maybe you’re standing over the counter of your new store, holding a subpoena because the “nonbinary” you interviewed wasn’t the best candidate for the job. These aren’t hypotheticals. This is the reality of a nation that embraces the phony “equality” liberals are selling.
The Equality Act does not mandate trans story hour. I don't know whether to be more outraged by that lie or its outright stupidity. The average United States high school has 752 students. Perhaps three or four might be transgender. Of those half are trans boys. One or two trans boys are not going to cause the North Pole to rotate to the south. Perkins is implying that trans girls pose a threat to cisgender girls and that is just nonsense unsupported by facts.

Employment discrimination is nothing new. Hiring the best available candidate for any position has become part of the American ethos. Tony Perkins is saying that a gender nonconforming individual is unsuitable for any job by virtue of his sexuality. Tony Perkins is a shameless bigot.
More transphobic lies:
[The Democrats] didn’t poll small businesses to see if they could afford transgender health coverage or the money it will take to make their facilities gender-free.
The Equality Act would not require businesses to include transgender health coverage which Perkins later implies is gender confirmation surgery. Nor is there a requirement to make restrooms gender neutral. How many transgender employees does Perkins expect the average business to have? 99.7% of American enterprises have fewer than 500 employees which means that this is an issue that will likely never be an issue.

Furthermore, most employers are like me. Even when unemployment is high, finding the ideal candidate for many, if not most, jobs is a real challenge. Hell, I would hire Tony Fucking Perkins were he the best applicant. I would even promote him if he did the best job. CEOs tend to be agnostic to all factors other than job performance.
Have another helping of bullshit:
Of course, they say all of this without any acknowledgement of the crushing burden this law would force on every unwilling corner of corporate America. While they walk lock-step with the Left, do they realize they’re endorsing a proposal that would put new mandates for health care coverage on business? Mandates that could cost in the tens of millions for hormones, psychotherapy, and gender reassignment surgery?
That is so wrong. That is like saying the businesses must have insurance covering abortion in order to treat women with equality. The ease with which Tony Perkins lies is just astounding.
What about the legal fees for settling workplace disputes, the higher taxes that will inevitably come from more government oversight, or the loss of competitiveness that comes with more regulation?
They have said the exact same thing every time a state or municipality adopts nondiscrimination protections which include LGBTQ people. None of it ever materializes. The question he is really asking is this: “What if businesses decide to discriminate in defiance of the law?”

The reality is this. Imagine two nearly identical and competing businesses; one run by me and one run by Tony Perkins. I would kick his ass every day because he would be looking for conservative Christians while I would be staffing with the best people. As right-wing as the Koch Brothers are, every one of their businesses is nondiscriminatory. They were even proponents of marriage equality. Business loathes discrimination, not because of moral values but because discrimination is bad for business.
Perkins is too stupid to understand the real dynamics of big business:
Big Business is desperately trying to have its cake -- and make you bake them too. They want the admiration of the Left and the favorable economic policies of conservatives. And while they embrace this miserable excuse for fairness that robs every Americans of their speech, privacy, and beliefs, where will they look to bail them out when their profits start tanking? To conservatives. But they can’t have it both ways. Big Business can either embrace the social structure that leads to growth, or they can sit and watch their revenues implode because they cared more about political correctness than the future of their corporations.
Actually it is a combination of mendacity and stupidity. Americans will not be “robbed” of anything. Perkins is actually claiming that discrimination is good for the bottom line. The “social structure that leads to growth” means, to Perkins, the ability to discriminate.

What this putz never considers is that perhaps big businesses are big because of a culture that fully embraces diversity. Aside from nondiscrimination it tells employees that the business is socially responsible and that leads to hire productivity. Does Perkins think that Amazon increased its expenses by raising its minimum wage to $15/hour because it made Jeff Bezos feel good or because it would attract more and better people?

Tony Perkins is crafty. I will give him that. His enterprise IQ, however, is that of an imbecile. Making matters worse is the fact that Tony Perkins is an habitual liar. People who lie are unable to structure meaningful arguments to support their beliefs. It corrupts the entire organization. The ceaseless deceit of Peter Sprigg at Family Research Council is a perfect example. Perkins' number two, General Jerry Boykin is perfectly at ease lying — often about Muslims.

Eventually, the Equality Act will come to pass. Perhaps in 2020 if we all register and then vote. It would help if we encourage everyone we know, including our own families, to do likewise. Get them to vote in 2019 and you have assurance that they are properly registered for 2020. It might also keep some Christianist moron off the school board.

I can barely control my rage at LGBTQ people who support Trump.

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