It’s an outrage!
Tony Perkins
via Family Research Council

The latest missive from hate group Family Research Council is titled: Chick-fil-A Donates to SPLC, Anti-Christian Group linked to Shooter that Stormed Family Research Council. Tony Perkins is a cynic. It is impossible to know whether the hate group leader is really bent out of shape or if he thinks that this is a good way to raise money.

Irrespective of Perkins’ motives, he — like his buddy, Donald Trump — is a pathological liar. The dishonesty has flowed through the organization. At FRC it is permissible to lie if doing so is in the defense of the faith or if it is used to raise money or if it disparages LGBTQ people.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is not anti-Christian. Most Christians are not bigots like Mr. Perkins. The SPLC is not linked — in any meaningful way — to the deranged individual who shot a guard (who sustained a minor wound) at FRC’s headquarters in DC.

Family Research Council has consistently opposed gun safety measures. I am a victim of gun violence. It ended my career. It was financially devastating. It poisoned a 30 year relationship with my boyfriend. It took me over two years to walk unassisted. I have severe, treatment resistant, PTSD leaving me in a state of acute anxiety and depression at all times. My hip was destroyed. I am in constant pain from the hip replacement.

I am goddamned sick and tired of Family Research Council exploiting this incident in an attempt to marginalize the SPLC, raise money or check off other items on their malevolent agenda. If they do not like being listed as a hate group then they should stop acting like a hate group. They can be a conservative Christian organization without marginalizing LGBTQ people.

Returning to the email and the outrage
over Chick-fil-A:

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

“Tax reports have now exposed Chick-fil-A for funding the anti-Christian Southern Poverty Law Center; an organization linked in federal court to domestic terrorism after their smear campaign of Christian organizations resulted in a shooting in which the gunman planned to smear Chick-fil-A sandwiches in the faces of his victims.

By the way, it was all of $2,500. As I said there is no meaningful link from the shooting to the SPLC and designating Family Research Council a hate group is not a smear campaign. FRC is responsible for that designation, not the SPLC. Moreover, it was FRC’s hateful rhetoric that “resulted in a shooting.” Rational people might introspectively examine the behavior that so angered an individual to violence. Not Mr. Perkins.

“Not only has Chick-fil-A abandoned donations to Christian groups including the Salvation Army, it has donated to one of the most extreme anti-Christian groups in America. Anyone who opposes the SPLC, including many Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and traditional conservatives, is slandered and slapped with the ‘extremist’ label or even worse, their ‘hate group’ designation. At one point, the SPLC even added Dr. Ben Carson to its ‘extremist’ list because of his biblical views (and only took him off the list after public outcry).

The above is just more BS. Organizations are not deemed to be hate groups because they “oppose the SPLC.” Hate groups are labeled as hate groups because of their hate. Mr. Perkins and his organization smear and slander LGBTQ people every single day.

The SPLC corrected its profile of Ben Carson. It is worth a read. (When has FRC ever corrected anything?)

We’ve also come to the conclusion that the question of whether a better-researched
profile of Dr. Carson should or should not be included in our “Extremist Files” is
taking attention from the fact that Dr. Carson has, in fact, made a number of
statements that express views that we believe most people would conclude are
extreme. They are described below.

Indeed, they are described over four pages of text. You can draw your own conclusions. Many of Carson’s crazy statements have nothing to do with “biblical views.” Perkins was in attendance for some of Carson’s extreme pronouncements:

“Obamacare is really the worst thing that has happened in this nation since
slavery. And … in a way, it is slavery.”

—Values Voter Summit, Washington, D.C., Oct. 11, 2013

I think that this is tripling down as Perkins drones on:

“Seven years ago, a shooter entered our building with the intent to murder as many people as possible and smear a Chick-fil-A sandwich in their faces. The gunman was enraged by the nationwide Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day held two weeks before and used the SPLC’s ‘hate map’ to identify FRC as his target. Despite being seriously wounded, the FRC building manager, Leo Johnson, heroically stopped the gunman. Dan Cathy, nor anyone with Chick-fil-A inquired about the well-being of Mr. Johnson or any of the FRC team members, but they made a donation to the SPLC which was linked in federal court to this act of domestic terrorism. Chick-fil-A has seriously lost their way.

What Perkins is essentially saying is that Chick-fil-A is somehow responsible for the actions of a deranged individual. I might assign responsibility to the shooter’s source of weaponry in addition to FRC’s extremist rhetoric regarding LGBTQ people. But not Perkins.

Perkins concludes:

“It’s time for Christians to find a fast food alternative to Chick-fil-A,” concluded Perkins.

Video of FRC shooting:…
Video of FBI interrogation: …

Does this even make sense?

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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.