Tony Perkins heads a hate group;  The Family Research Council. Three possibilities explain the extreme homophobia and homo-hatred that Mr. Perkins consistently demonstrates:

  1. Perkins is insecure with respect to his own sexuality.
  2. Perkins has a blind hatred fueled by selectively observed religious doctrine.
  3. Perkins cynically uses this hate to generate donations to FRC.

I think it is a combination of the three and Perkins has surrounded himself with like-minded people who will say and write just about anything to denigrate gay people. Like many sanctimonious people, truth is irrelevant. What Perkins proves, on a daily basis, is that you don’t have to be knowledgeable, smart, truthful or imaginative to appeal to a narrow minded and incurious constituency.

Perkins uses the same theme that bigots have always used     fear that a minority group somehow threatens the majority or another group. More specifically, Perkins always claims that if “homosexuals” (his favorite word in the English language) get X (something that will provide equal protection under law) it will  destroy religious liberty and probably civilization as we know it.

Perkins’ current chew toy is ENDA     The Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

The most recent version of the bill being considered by Congress
prohibits employers with more than 15 employees from
discriminating because of sexual orientation. Religious organizations have a special exception from this

However, before discussing ENDA, let’s go back a few years to Perkins’ dire warnings about the hate crimes law then under consideration. This is from an email that Perkins sent out on February 26, 2009.

The enactment of so-called “hate crimes” legislation is a

long-stated objective of the homosexual agenda. What this

legislation does is lay the legal foundation and framework

for investigating, prosecuting and persecuting pastors,

business owners, and anyone else whose words and actions

reflect their faith. 

That was an outright lie. The hate crimes law under consideration always included language reinforcing First Amendment protections. Furthermore, the language has always limited the law to a violent crime. It had absolutely nothing to do with anyone’s faith. Perkins continues:

Adding “sexual orientation” to thought crimes legislation

gives one set of crime victims a higher level of protection

than it gives to people like you and me.

In essence, it would codify into federal law that certain

types of people — homosexuals and “transgenders,” for

example — deserve greater protection under the law than


That was also an outright lie. The law simply added sexual orientation and sexual identity to existing federal law protecting things like race and religion Perkins was blatantly misstating the intent and effect of anti-discrimination laws. This legislation     which was signed into law by President Obama in October of 2009     and existing federal law simply establish that, if a violent crime is  committed against someone because they are, for example, Christian, Jewish, African-American or gay, it can be prosecuted by the federal government as a hate crime.

Three cases have been prosecuted under this law. One of those involves a gay victim.

Where are all the locked up pastors? Have any of the Perkins promoted fears been realized?

Given some relevant history, let’s get back to ENDA. According to Perkins, the potential executive order banning discrimination in employment  against gay and lesbian workers by federal contractors is part of a conspiracy to implement ENDA by executive order. The following is in an email from Perkins dated April 12, 2012:

On this issue, though, he [President Obama] thought better of it. Yesterday, after a
meeting with homosexual activists, Obama officials broke the news that
this favor would have to wait until after the election when the
President has “more flexibility,” shall we say. According to the Wall Street Journal,
“Several people attending the meeting said they left with the
impression that the administration is wary of imposing additional
requirements on businesses ahead of the election”

That’s a compound lie. No official has indicated, in any way whatsoever, that this would be done after the election or at any time in the future. Moreover, the article in the Wall Street Journal does not say anything remotely comparable to what Perkins claims it says. Perkins continues:

That isn’t much comfort for faith-based groups or religious
employers, who understand all too well what these restrictions would
mean to their ministries or businesses. Unfortunately for them, the
contraception mandate was a great teacher of what we all stand to lose
if we don’t comply with the government’s idea of “tolerance.” The
freedom of conscience, of speech, and of religion would disappear in a
cloud of ENDA’s politically correct regulations. It would pave the way
for reverse discrimination against any American who disapproves of

. . .

an in-depth look at how ENDA destroys our First Freedoms, check out or order a copy of FRC’s documentary, ENDA: The End of Religious Liberty in America.

In order to fear monger, Perkins is now conflating the executive order which wasn’t issued with proposed legislation regarding ENDA that is currently stalled in the Republican controlled House of Representatives. Moreover, the bill currently under consideration includes the following language:

This Act shall not apply to a corporation, association, educational
institution, or society that is exempt from the religious discrimination
provisions of title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 pursuant to
section 702(a) or 703(e)(2) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 2000e-1(a);

 Perkins is a pathological liar.Perkins’ very existence requires him to make one group of Americans afraid of another group of Americans for no real reason whatsoever.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.