Tony Perkins

Monday Tony Perkins took to the blog of Family Research Council to complain about attempts to keep him off the nation’s airwaves with “Second Thoughts on the First Amendment?” Despite the punctuation Perkins isn’t asking any questions.

The Supreme Court’s definition of marriage may have changed, but the Left’s goals haven’t. … Americans have watched in horror as LGBT activists kick their agenda into high gear with fierce fights for transgenderism and against Christianity, religious liberty, parental rights, and free speech. Proving what FRC has said all along, the Left has only moved on to its next target: the First Amendment.

Excuse me. Is there some proof in that diatribe? While it is true that LGBT activists have been working to improve accommodations for transgender citizens, Perkins has limited his output to groundless, unsupportable hyperbole. The First Amendment only applies to government actions to restrain free speech. Nothing in the First Amendment requires ABC to air the views of a racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic hate group leader.

Media Matters made a desperate pitch for TV networks to stop featuring both sides of the debate, and specifically, FRC experts. “It’s time for the media to stop letting anti-gay activists comment…” they argue.

Just to be clear, the full sentence from Media Matters is: “After more than 12 years of pushing lies and wildly inaccurate predictions about the consequences of marriage equality, it’s time for the media to stop letting anti-gay activists comment on LGBT rights without disclosing their proven track record of dishonest extremism.”

Debate requires participants with opposing points of view to air intellectually honest arguments in support of their positions. Perkins has a history of spouting factually dishonest statements.

According to Perkins:

As usual, the Soros crowd is frustrated because they’re trying to steamroll this agenda through — and the more Christians like FRC’s resist and speak up, the more it stalls their agenda.

“This agenda” is about asking mass media to air the views of responsible spokesmen. Having Tony Perkins comment on marriage equality is comparable to having David Duke comment on the recent Supreme Court decision relating to racial preferences in admissions at the University of Texas. As Media Matters further explains:

In media appearances, these figures predicted that allowing same-sex couples to marry would cause a “slippery slope” to legalize bestiality, incest, and pedophilia; pushed the myth that gay men are more likely to engage in pedophilia than straight men; and hyped claims that pastors and churches were in danger of being forced to perform same-sex marriages.

Perkins continues to misrepresent the issue:

Of course, nothing about their complaints are new. Without the facts and
logic on their side, the Left has no way to win the debate on marriage
or sexuality. Remember, they couldn’t redefine natural marriage through
the legitimate means of state legislatures or in Congress, they had to
rely on five unelected judges to impose it on the nation. So they must
silence and marginalize us, because they can’t compete with reasoned

Those unelected judges seem to have settled what was a constitutional issue which should not be subject to the whims of the electorate. Perkins suggests that a decision of the Supreme Court that he doesn’t like is not legitimate. There is nothing “reasoned” about FRC’s opposition to gay rights. There is nothing “reasoned” about claiming that gay people are out to recruit children. There is nothing “reasoned” about FRC claiming that pastors were in danger of being forced to perform same-sex marriages. Those are lies and their spokesman is irresponsible. The objective is not to enhance the credibility of untruthful extremists like David Duke and Tony Perkins.

Perkins gets to the real point:

This should be a warning to every Americans<sic>: we will lose our First
Amendment freedoms if we don’t exercise them. FRC is one of two groups
Media Matters is targeting, which shows just how effectively we are
representing you in the media and on Capitol Hill. We can’t allow them
to silence us. That’s why we need people like you to stand with FRC in
pushing back against this attack on our first freedom. Will you join us?
With just a few days left in our fiscal year, you can help FRC continue to fight for your values against cultural bullies like these. If we don’t speak up, who will?

So all of this bullshit was just about raising money. That is also a double-lie about the First Amendment. Nowhere does the Constitution require rights to be exercised in order to sustain them. As I have previously explained keeping Perkins off of MSNBC without identifying him as a hate group leader has nothing to do with the First Amendment which applies exclusively to government restraint.

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.