Monday, January 04, 2021

Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council - Homosexuality is sin. Lying to steal an election for Donald Trump is not a sin.


Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council

As we get nearer to Joe Biden officially taking over as president and Trump becoming more and more desperate to keep power, one notices a certain segment of Trump supporters, who were practically his entourage when he had power, are slowly becoming conveniently silent.

Probably attempting to recover from the humiliation of falsely predicting that God ordained a Trump victory, some conservative evangelicals seem to be moonwalking into the shadows and downplaying their support as Trump and other allies engage in pathetic schemes and lurid conspiracy theories all focused on the impossible probability of him receiving a second term.

But to claim that they have totally given up on Trump would be a mistake. On Monday, the People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch posted this item:

A group of right-wing movement leaders signed a Dec. 30 letter to Senate Republicans urging them to “protect the republic” by contesting electors from battleground states won by Joe Biden. Also signing the letter was Cleta Mitchell, the right-wing lawyer who took part in President Donald Trump’s instantly notorious call badgering Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” new votes and “recalculate” the results of the 2020 presidential election to deliver the state’s electoral votes to Trump. On the call, Mitchell said she has been working with Trump’s team for “weeks.”

 The letter was released by the Conservative Action Project, which is affiliated with the Council for National Policy, a secretive and influential network of leaders spanning different sectors of the right-wing movement. Many of its leaders have been active in the so-called “Stop the Steal” campaign to overturn Biden’s victory. The group released another letter a few weeks ago, signed by many of the same people, urging state legislatures to overturn swing state results. 

 The new letter says the Constitution gives state legislatures “plenary power” to choose electors. But, the letter claims, since state election laws were “ignored or violated” this year, “the decisions regarding the electors must revert to the constitutional procedures.”

Right-Wing Watch goes on to say that the letter contains the following:

Following the 2020 election, substantial evidence has been presented to courts and state legislatures of clear and extensive election irregularities, violations of state law, and large numbers of illegal votes that were counted and certified. In several states, there are more illegal votes included in the certified numbers than the margin of victory for the certified winner from the state. More than 50 million American voters believe the election was stolen or somehow illegitimate due to the large number of irregularities, illegal votes improperly counted, the myriad state laws that were ignored or violated, and elections that were conducted in a manner significantly inconsistent with state law.

One of the signers of the letter was Tony Perkins, president of the so-called Christian group the Family Research Council. This pretty much means that they support the letter. And that's odd.

 Perkins and his group supposedly stand for a "biblical worldview" and it is for that reason that they oppose LGBTQ equality and rights. In their eyes, the lives we lead is a violation of that "biblical worldview." I won't go into detail about this stance because I've written about it enough times. But for the purpose of this particular post, allow me to point something out regarding the above passage of Mitchell's letter regarding "voting irregularities" in the 2020 election.

That part of the letter is a blatant lie. 

Nothing has been proven with regards to "election irregularities." "illegal voting" or  fraud of any kind. There have been several recounts proving that Joe Biden fairly won the election. At the time of Mitchell's letter, Trump had lost 59 cases claiming voter fraud, including a huge one at the Supreme Court. Under oath, his lawyers have said there is no evidence of widespread fraud. 

Trump and his allies have claimed that he lost the cases because the judges have refused to look at their evidence, such as affidavits from witnesses of the alleged fraud. That claim turned out to be another lie because justices in several cases did in fact look at the so-called evidence and witness statements, calling them hearsay, conjecture, speculation, and third hand information.

So all of that leads me to ask one simple question - aren't Perkins and FRC being highly hypocritical here? If you had a discussion with Perkins about homosexuality,  he will no doubt quote  biblical verses while calling it a sin and against God's will. Perhaps someone should ask him to quote the biblical verses which says it's perfectly fine to lie in order to steal an election from the rightful victor.

Or could it be that Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council care more about grabbing and keeping power instead of truly maintaining a "biblical worldview."

'These are the transgender people lost to violence in 2020" & other Mon midday news briefs

These Are the Trans People Lost to Violence in 2020 - I HATE posting stuff like this, but it's necessary for so many reasons.

2020 election saw increase in “Equality” voters that prioritize LGBTQ rights - About damn time. Because our rights are human rights.