Saturday morning, Tony Perkins, leader of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, sent out an email to supporters with the subject “Urgent! Marriage decision update.” Perkins is a cynic. He is also a fairly well compensated cynic — pulling down $236 thousand for the year ended September 30, 2013 (the last year for which information is available).

We cannot know the extent to which Perkins believes his own end-of-world BS; the hyperbole he used to whip up opposition to same-sex marriage. Either way, the Supreme Court has provided Perkins with an opportunity to turn his collection plate into a bucket. Perkins poses the kind of argument that has worked for centuries. Tell conservatives that liberals, “elites” and the government are engaged in a conspiracy to take something away from them and they embrace the conspiracy theory:

As I have said for years, same-sex “marriage” is but the tip of the iceberg in an attempt to fundamentally alter the cultural and moral landscape of the nation. It is part of an unrelenting war on Christianity and the family by the Left, liberal media, ruling elites and especially the Obama administration. And now, because of the Court’s ruling, our religious freedom is more in danger than ever before. 

And, of course, the solution to liberals and elites run amok is obvious:

Tony Perkins

This is NOT the time to give up and retreat.

It is critical that Christians pray more fervently than ever, stand
more resolutely for truth than ever, and continue to support FRC. Your
support is urgently needed as FRC’s work to preserve our First
Amendment right to live by faith without fear of retribution intensifies
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I will give you more details soon, but, simply put, the Supreme Court
decision to redefine marriage will force Americans like you and me, who
believe that it is God who determines what is morally right and wrong, to stand against the oppressive power of the government.

Has any of that happened in Massachusetts? Is the state’s government oppressive due to the recognition of same-sex marriage? Iowa? Perkins is a cynic. He knows that his core constituency is intellectually incurious. Perkins also knows that people rarely abandon their conspiracy goblins regardless of how much contrary  evidence is thrown their way. Birthers haven’t gone away; they have just become quiet.

Perkins always signs his emails with “Standing (Ephesians 6:13).” His supporters know the full meaning of that passage:

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

So Perkins is armored by God. Lofty. Thanks to people like Perkins, conservative Christians now believe – and will continue to believe – that gays, liberals, elites, the government and others, in concert, are out to get them. The 83% majority is being persecuted. All it takes is one idiotic florist (out of tens of thousands), who is punished for violating anti-discrimination laws, to prove that they and Perkins have been right all along. This is how freedom of religion becomes redefined to freedom to discriminate.

There is an antidote to Perkins. Vote!

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.