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  • Social Conservatives Identify New Threat to Military: Yoga

    It's been over a year now since "don't ask, don't tell" was repealed, enabling gay and lesbian members of the military to serve openly without keeping their sexual identity under wraps. Contrary to the predictions of some social conservatives who spent a suspicious amount of time obsessing about gay sex, the DADT repeal didn't turn the Pentagon into a gay bacchanalian orgy pit and the U.S. military remains a professional, cohesive, fearsome fighting force.

    Which means it's time for the Christian Right to find something new to fearmonger about. Enter Tony Perkins, who argues that the ability to do the downward facing dog pose is the first step on the road to perdition…

    "In the military, it's out with God — and in with the goofy! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. As part some new training, Marines are being asked to join weekly yoga and meditation classes…Unfortunately, the military seems intent on driving religion out and replacing it with wacky substitutes. They've added atheist chaplains, Wiccan worship centers, and now, meditation classes. But none of them are as effective or as constructive as a personal relationship with God. Unfortunately, though, it's mind over what matters — and that's faith."

    Remember, if you're a Marine who can stretch to pickup an artillery shell without pulling a muscle, you're basically an enemy combatant.

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    Tags: Family Research Council, Health, Military, Religion, Tony Perkins
  • If Only Kirk Cameron Were Marty McFly

    While addressing the goodly crowd at Tony Perkins' annual Values Voter Summit this afternoon, Kirk Cameron lamented a sad reality of life that I think a lot of us know all too well…

    "If only my name was Marty McFly and I had a DeLorean. And I could go back and talk to [the Founding Fathers] and asked them 'What are we doing wrong?'"

    If only we could live and behave like a fictional character in an invented world that is not beholden everyday physics as is understood by science, one in which the bad guys are punished and the good guys live happily ever after. Sigh. If only…

    Alas. I suppose Kirk Cameron and all the other conservative Christians who are attending the Values Voter Summit with him this weekend will just have to make due with their Biblical interpretation of reality. At least until they're all raptured away while the rest of us are hurled into a lake of fire that shall never be quenched.

    Tags: Christianity, Founding Fathers, Kirk Cameron, Movies, Nerdiness, Tony Perkins, Values Voter Summit
  • Conservatives Acknowledge Rand Paul Couldn't Get Any Dumber

    Speaking at a Faith & Freedom Coalition dinner in Waukee, Iowa, Senator Rand Paul tried to make a funny as part of his campaign to reconcile mainstream Republican activists to the influx Ron Paul supporters who have emerged as a powerful force in Republican caucuses and conventions…

    "The president recently weighed in on marriage and you know he said his views were evolving on marriage. Call me cynical, but I wasn't sure his views on marriage could get any gayer," he said, drawing laughter from the audience.

    Though Paul is widely seen as positioning himself as a socially conservative candidate primed to win the 2016 Republican Iowa Caucuses, such comments are still surprising given the support his father engenders among increasingly tolerant young people. It's not as if gay Americans and supporters of Rand Paul's father are so different. For one thing, the former are often closeted, the latter are typically basemented.

    Even more surprising was the reaction from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and social conservative activist Tony Perkins…

    Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation," strongly disagreed with the Kentucky Republican's choice of words.

    "I don't think this is something we should joke about," Perkins said. "We are talking about individuals who feel very strongly one way or the other, and I think we should be civil, respectful, allowing all sides to have the debate…. I think this is not something to laugh about. It's not something to poke fun at other people about. This is a very serious issue."

    This is the same Tony Perkins who recently blamed the Secret Service prostitution scandal on the repeal of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. Tony "the organization I head is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center" Perkins. When that Tony Perkins thinks you've gone too far, maybe you need a more Ayn Randian approach to quips: everyone in the audience comes up with their own jokes and there's absolutely no sharing.

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    Tags: Iowa, LGBT, Marriage, Marriage Equality, Rand Paul, Tony Perkins
  • Tony Perkins: Gays Responsible for Secret Service Prostitution Scandal

    All over Capitol Hill, officials are eager to investigate the scandal involving 11 Secret Service agents who were sent home from their assignment in Colombia after at least some of them brought prostitutes back to their hotel.  Everyone knows exchanging favors for cash is in the purview of Congress, not Colombian sex workers. So we can expect thorough hearings on this vile attempt to break the Congressional whoring monopoly.

    But hopefully not so thorough as to include the lead offered by Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council

    Then, of course, under the President's thumb, Congress introduced a new chapter of promiscuity into the U.S. military by overturning "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," followed by a seven month "coming out" party for homosexual servicemen. And all the while, the State Department is overseas trying to strong-arm other countries into accepting its views on contraception, abortion, homosexuality, and premarital sex.

    Is it any wonder this country is suffering from an ethical identity crisis? This is what comes of an administration that systematically destroys the moral foundations of our military, government service, and public schools. On one hand, the administration has tried to force our military to embrace homosexuality by making unnatural and immoral sex legal — and on the other, it's outraged that its military is engaging in another form of legal but immoral sex. (Prostitution is permissible in Colombia's "tolerated zones.") Both behaviors are inappropriate, unhealthy, and destructive. Yet only one seems to incense government officials.

    If this seems a bit muddled, that's because it is. But this culture of moral confusion is inevitable when American leaders push a radical social policy that arbitrarily gives sexual license to some and condemns it from others.

    It's true that the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell has had an effect on the military. I recently learned that Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno has a Pinterest account, which means 1) the gays have taken over our military public affairs divisions and 2) the terrorists have won.

    Despite this, I still think gay service members are integral parts of the military who should be allowed to serve openly. Think about it, if gay soldiers can force heterosexual Secret Service agents and Marines to have sex, by virtue of merely existing, is there anything they can't do?

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    Tags: Colombia, DADT, Family Research Council, LGBT, Military, Pinterest, Prostitution, Secret Service, Sex, Tony Perkins
  • Evangelical Patrons of Hopeless Causes Back Rick Santorum

    It seems like every four years, a familiar lament echoes from the mega-churches of America's exurbs — the Republican Party promised them a cross in every classroom and a "reparative therapy" counselor in every clinic, but all they got was this lousy tax cut.

    This weekend, in a preventative effort to avoid being screwed over by Mitt Romney and like-minded establishment Republicans, a group of more than 100 religious leaders gathered in Texas to coalesce around a single Romney-slayer. Given who they endorsed, it's about as likely to succeed as any abstinence initiative…

    Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, said the decision was reached after three rounds of balloting, with Santorum winning 85 votes in the final round, to Newt Gingrich's 29. Texas Gov. Rick Perry had strong support at the beginning of the process, but was eliminated after the first round of balloting, Perkins said…

    "It was more a discussion of the positives of the conservative candidates and their vision for the future," Perkins said. "It was not a bash Mitt Romney weekend…but it's not news that there is not strong support among conservatives for Mitt Romney."

    Asked if the group discussed what it would do if Romney becomes the nominee, Perkins said that was "a conversation for another day."

    "There was not any discussion about, you know, what's the Plan B if we don't succeed in getting a true conservative nominated," he said.

    At least they're consistent in never supporting Plan B.

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    Tags: Family Research Council, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Tony Perkins