Sunday, August 19, 2012

Tony Perkins now blaming President Obama for FRC shooting

Sorry for folks who get offended by what I am about to say but the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins is treating Wednesday's shooting at FRC like he won a lottery.

First he and his organization tries to blame the Southern Poverty Law Center and now he is blaming President Obama. In interview with Rick Santorum on Friday, this is what he said:

Perkins: What I would call an attack on religious freedom is trickling down in our country. It’s not just isolated to the administration but it’s as if the President and his administration’s indifference towards religious freedom has really created an open season all across this country. In fact next week down in Tampa as the Republican National Committee begins its work on its platform we’ll be working with Liberty Institute and we’ll be releasing a study that shows this increased hostility towards religious freedom in this country and I believe Rick in large part it’s driven in large part by the policies of this administration.

Santorum: When you look at what happened with the whole Chick-fil-A incident and across the country you see government officials, mayors of large cities, wanting to use the power of the government to force, to drive out Dan Cathy and the folks at Chick-fil-A from their cities. This is really unprecedented and you’re right it creates an atmosphere that when the government now is saying you folks are so evil that we can deny you access to participate in business within our city it leads to a lot of things that are going to not just constrict religious liberty but I think threaten a lot of other areas of our lives.

Perkins: Well I think as we witnessed this past week at the Family Research Council, clearly linked to that same atmosphere of hostility that’s created by the public policies of an administration that’s indifferent or hostile to religious freedom and groups like as I mentioned the Southern Poverty Law Center that recklessly throws around labels giving people like this gunman who came into our building a license to take innocent life.

God forbid that Perkins would actually do some soul searching and take some responsibility for pushing rhetoric like the following:

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Kayti the Zombie Zebra said...

I think they've confused "religious freedom" with "religious exclusivity".

Kayti the Zombie Zebra said...

Dear Perkins and Santorum: "religious freedom" is not the term you were looking for. Religious freedom means all religions, not just your narrow-minded, bigoted view of the universe. When you start standing up for the rights of other religions, we'll talk.

NOM Comments said...

I wonder if anyone will point out the (insane) man who is suing a supermarket because a black man touched his groceries in violation of his "freedom of religion".

Also, I think it speaks volumes that Mr. Perkins considers calling a group "hateful" gives someone license to go shoot that group.

It makes me wonder what license he gives to people by calling gays "enemies of God" and "pawns of Satan".

Toni Early said...

So we have faced 240+ years of discrimination, hatred and killing of the LGBT population, then one person shoots a member of his staff and he's crying like a baby.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Anonymous said...

It wouldn't surprise me for a nanosecond if Perkins and his cronies actually staged the shooting themselves, just so they'd look (somewhat) justified to their sheep followers when they point their fingers at every group who sees them for what they really are

RJ said...

I've noticed lately Perkins has taken to saying "license to take an innocent life" when referring to the FRC shooting. Did I miss something? What innocent life was taken?

Joel Colquitt said...

Yesterday, it was the Southern Poverty Law Center. Today, it's President Obama. The shooting at the FRC was the fault of one man, the shooter. Whatever his convictions, whatever his reasons, his solution was completely wrong. And blaming President Obama or the SPLC for his actions is as inappropriate and incorrect as blaming conserevatives for the shooting at the Sikh temple. I would also like to point out that the president and liberals are not attacking religion. We're attacking bigotry and lies spead by others in the name of religion, which in fact is defending religion because it is an attempt to stop others from using religion as an excuse to hate. Perkins and Santorum don't like the fact that their views are largely unpopular and they long for a scapegoat. They need not look further than their own mirrors. Their views are unpopular because they are not based on their religious beliefs, they are based on their own intolerance and prejudice.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the above poster. I've been following these topics for a while now. I must first say, I have friends that are Christian and I have friends that are Gay. My old boss was a christian and while I myself am not particular religious, I loved her because she was truely beautiful person, just as i love my friends because they are there for me no matter what. My point is, It's frustrating to see that there people out there who use the word of god as a means to support their hateful propaganda at the same time giving real christians a bad name. They talk about religious freedom, nothing in what I've read would indicate that this what they actually want. Power corrupts. I send my love to all in the LGBT community who have to deal with the bigotry and lies, I send all my love to Christians who have to deal with power trying to distort their faith.