Perkins: Birth Control Causes Rape, Tyranny

Wow. Just when you thought Tony Perkins couldn’t say anything dumber than the million dumb things he’s said before, he takes that as a challenge and tops himself. Reacting to a DOE investigation of 55 colleges and their handling of rape complaints, he says that birth control leads to rape and tyranny.

Yesterday, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins responded to the news that the Department of Education will investigate 55 colleges and universities for “mishandling sexual assault claims” by claiming that contraception distribution “leads to tyranny.”

Speaking on his “Washington Watch” program, Perkins lamented “the sexualization that is taking place in our culture in general but on college campuses.”

“Contraception is made available as if it were candy which sends a message, well it’s there, it must be there for a reason, and then we’re surprised when — this is not justification, it’s wrong, we are all responsible for our actions — but we’re surprised when people act on these outside factors that they are surrounded by,” Perkins said. “It leads to tyranny.”

Staggering, isn’t it? How does someone say something this moronic and not spend the rest of their lives wandering the streets as people point and laugh at them?

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  • dan4

    I don’t get it. Is he saying that the easy availability of condoms makes some people think it’s okay to commit rape?

  • marcus

    Because nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence …

  • iknklast

    Because rape was rare to practically non-existent before the availability of contraception? But…I thought it was evolution that led to those things! (They were also non-existent before we started teaching evolution, of course. In spite of being in the Bible)

  • eric

    @1 – I would bet that he’s focused on those slutty slut sluts, not the men. IOW he’s complaining about the easy availability of the pill, not condoms.

    we’re surprised when people act on these outside factors that they are surrounded by

    I would not be surprised at all to learn that when a community (like a college) makes contraception easily available, it’s use goes up. That is, of course, the goal. The tyrrany connection, however…nope, I got nothin’. Complete nonsequitur as far as I can tell.

  • Lofty

    Obviously no healthy young male christer ever thought of extramarital sex before the current era….damn the internet for putting ideas into their dear malleable little minds.

  • matty1

    Maybe I’m reading too much into this but the implication I’m seeing is if a man rapes a woman it is somehow better if she gets pregnant and the rapist stays in her life to be a father to the child.

  • raven

    Perkins: Birth Control Causes Rape, Tyranny

    Perkins causes teenage pregnancy, shotgun marriages, quick divorces. Not to mention abortions, unwanted children, child abuse, poverty, and ruined lives. Or would anyway, if he could.

    The reality is that birth control is a critical part of our society. That is why 99% of US women in relevant cohorts will use birth control.

    Bunch of hypocrites. Most fundie leaders only have 2 or 3 kids, not the 10 or 15 they would have had without using some form of BC. The Hobby Lobby toad, Steve Green has 3, Dobson has 1 biological, and so on.

    They don’t want to reproduce like rabbits. They have better things to do with their time and money. They want their mindless followers to be the breeders.

  • colnago80

    Until the information about DNA analysis got out, it is my information that most rapists didn’t bother to use condoms.

  • John Pieret

    It’s not easy to simplify what Perkins is saying, given its starting point, but I’ll try:

    Sex = Bad

    Girls getting pregnant = they won’t be Bad

    Girls NOT getting pregnant = Sex

    Sex = Boys raping girls (because they’re sluts anyway)

    Boys + Girls wanting to have sex = Contraception Mandate

    Contraception Mandate = Tyranny

  • Artor

    I would absolutely point and laugh if I saw Perkins on the street. I wonder if Ed can start a trend?

  • Kevin Kehres

    Well, it is a well-known fact that Christian kids engage in anal intercourse at a far greater rate than non-Christians. Because if it isn’t PIV, it’s not “sex”, doncha know. And it’s way harder to get pregnant that way.

    So Perkins basically just advocated for more anal.

    And BJs. Who doesn’t like a good BJ now and then?

  • dogmeat

    Well c’mon now, the obvious problem is that we allowed those slutty slut sluts on the campus in the first place! If they weren’t there, you know, wearing clothes and pretending to learn and study and such, those fine young men wouldn’t be tempted. We should put them in Burka…umm in the kitchen, yeah, that’s it, the kitchen. Carefree and happy bringing me my damn sandwich!

  • pocketnerd

    Thus Spake Zaraeric, #4:

    I would not be surprised at all to learn that when a community (like a college) makes contraception easily available, it’s use goes up. That is, of course, the goal. The tyrrany connection, however…nope, I got nothin’. Complete nonsequitur as far as I can tell.

    Its one of those wingnut words that sounds like English but isn’t. To The Liar Tony Perkins, “tyranny” means “people are doing things I don’t like and I can’t stop them.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Bunch of hypocrites. Most fundie leaders only have 2 or 3 kids, not the 10 or 15 they would have had without using some form of BC.

    No, it makes sense. Without contraception, the fundies get so horny that they’ll boink each other at random. Which, thanks to their Leadership Filter, means that their leaders married young to someone chosen totally for availability rather than any irrelevancies such as long-term compatibility. And the same Leadership Filter keeps them from admitting the mistake and, like, divorcing.

    So they’ve spent most of their adult lives stuck to someone they can barely stand (and vice versa). This reduces the kid count nicely (and also leads to the usual hushed-up indiscretions.)

  • Jackie the wacky
  • Pierce R. Butler

    Whaddya mean, non sequitur?

    Sex begins with “S”, tyranny begins with “T”.

    The sequence is obvious, at least if you remember that alphabet song from kindergarten!

  • gopiballava

    I think he’s saying that the availability of birth control sends the message that you’re supposed to be having sex. The sex ed materials often do say “always use condoms”, but perhaps they omit the “if you’re going to have sex” detail. Which means they are brainwashing you into having sex all the time.

    Pressuring people to have sex when they don’t want to would be tyranny. I’m pretty confident that the majority of students as my college wanted to have sex before they got to college.

  • dugglebogey

    Who is giving away free candy? Cause I am THERE.

  • smrnda

    I honestly don’t get , even when I stand on my head. This makes as much sense as saying seat belts cause car crashed.