Tony Perkins - FRC

In an email to supporters on Thursday, Tony Perkins solicited donations for his organization, Family Research Council, by suggesting that the “freedom to believe” is in peril:

To those who have already given to sustain FRC’s efforts to defeat the forces against your freedom to believe and follow your Christian faith without punishment — thank you!

If you have been prayerfully considering giving to this special effort, I wanted to let you know that midnight tonight is the deadline to multiply the impact of FRC’s “Free to Believe” Challenge Grant.

Over the past month, I’ve emailed you about persecuted Christian heroes in America.

For the year ended September 30, 2013 people contributed $13 million to FRC. “Fool me twice and I am twice blessed.”

It seems that we have gone from free exercise (the constitutional right) to freedom to discriminate to freedom to believe. Has the government been recruiting mind readers lately? And what’s a money-beg without victims. Oh those poor persecuted Christians:

Heroes like:

  • Kelvin Cochran, fired as the Fire Chief of Atlanta, Georgia, because of his Christian beliefs. He was not “free to believe.”
  • Chaplains Joseph Lawhorn and Wes Modder, punished by the U.S. military for ministering to servicemen and women according to their faith.
  • Aaron and Melissa Klein, sued by the state of Oregon for refusing to deny their belief in the biblical sanctity of marriage and facing fines of $135,000.
  • Barronelle Stutzman, facing crushing penalties and the loss of her business and home because of the same wave of pro-homosexual intolerance that has destroyed the Kleins’ business.
  • Christian federal contractors and subcontractors facing staggering loss of business because President Obama is demanding they give up their biblical beliefs on sexuality or forfeit the contracts that feed their families.


At least Mr. Perkins is unambiguous. People should donate to FRC so that Christians can create toxic work environments, discriminate against LGBT people and so that federal contractors can discriminate against certain taxpayers. Perkins fails to describe any actions by FRC to facilitate this agenda unless you count multiple appearances on Fox News.

As for some of those heroes, Mr. Cochran is not a hero for seeking to impose his religious beliefs on subordinates in his civil service job. Ms. Stutzman and the Kleins are not a heroes for refusing to serve gay couples. History will not be kind to Mr. Perkins.

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.