Tuesday, September 22, 2015

FRC's Tony Perkins - No religious liberty for Muslim-Americans

Tony Perkins, hypocrite
On the Family Research Council's webpage is a site called Free to Believe, which spotlights the horror stories of Christians who have allegedly been discriminated against because of their faith.

The website contains the following statement:

Freedom. It caused pilgrims to uproot and endure dangerous passage to the wild and unsettled land that was America. The promise of freedom from fear of government punishment or loss of livelihood is a hallmark of our nation. It 's enshrined in the U.S. Constitution as our first freedom, and it' s what makes America great.  . . . When Americans believe something, they back it up with their actions. Our core beliefs define who we are, and how we live. The freedom to believe and live according to those beliefs is the foundation for a civil society where people of differing beliefs can live and work together with mutual respect . . .

It such a nice sentiment, but it's very hypocritical, considering that Family Research Council President Tony Perkins does not believe that Muslims have the same rights.

According to Right Wing Watch:

On his “Washington Watch” radio program yesterday, Perkins repeated his claim that Islam is not protected under the U.S. Constitution. While discussing GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson’s recent statement that he would never support a Muslim candidate for president, along with the claims of Kim Davis’ critics that a clerk would never receive such praise from the Religious Right had she been a Muslim, Perkins railed against media commentators for “interjecting” Islam “into all of these discussions.” He said that the media is using Islam as a “wedge” to divide conservatives, suggesting that Kim Davis’ decision to impose her Christian beliefs onto her county office was different because Islam is not protected in the Constitution, while Christianity is. “Religious freedom and our liberty is ordered liberty under the Constitution,” Perkins said. “And as Dr. Carson pointed out, and I know this is driving the left crazy, that Islam is not just a religion, Islam is an economic system, it is a judicial system, it is a compressive system which is incompatible with the Constitution. That’s what Dr. Carson said and he happens to be correct.” Perkins said that the country is under no obligation to provide legal protections for people “who want to blow — I mean, when was the last time you saw a Baptist trying to blow something up?”

What actually drives sensible people crazy is the blatant hypocrisy of people like Perkins. His organization has a webpage complete with anecdotal stories of supposed violations against Christian religious liberty, while at the same time he is declaring, in essence, that Americans who practice Islam don't deserve any religious liberty protections.

And that last statement about Baptists ot blowing things up really galls me. The last time I checked, some "Baptists" are too busy murdering doctors who perform abortions to blow any buildings up. But I guess that doesn't count because they aren't  considered to be "actual Christians."

No doubt Perkins figures that the 60+ innocent Muslims who died on 9/11 (some sacrificing their lives during that awful day) weren't "actual Muslims" either.



Erica Cook said...

no, I'm sure he considers them Muslims, he just thinks those were good deaths. I'm also pretty sure he'd say that a person killing people, and they have blown up abortion clinics, is doing good because they are stopping abortions. The people they killed deserved it. I have said that in these states with religious liberty laws those laws will only apply to Christians. It will be the Stand your ground laws of religion. because this has nothing to do with freedom and everything to do with supremacy.

Anonymous said...

Tony Perkins' opinions about women and gay people are not too different. The Hobby Lobby decision abcd religious freedom laws ould lead to recognising Sharia law which would be dangerous for the U.S. or any other country. Perkins doesn't seem to realise the very battles he is fighting actually strengthen religious fanatics.

Jeff Weskamp said...

Um, excuse me, Mr. Perkins, but America was *not* an "unsettled" land when the Pilgrims arrived here. The various Native American tribes had been living here for centuries before the first European settlers ever arrived!