Perkins: Marriage Equality Dissolves the Republic

In the seemingly endless competition to see who can make the most hyperbolic and dystopic predictions about what same-sex marriage will do to the country, the world, and the universe, Tony Perkins has stepped forward to claim that it will lead to the “dissolution of the republic.”

The Family Research Council president told Mefferd that the marriage debate is “is literally about the entire culture: it’s about the rule of law, it’s about the country, it’s about our future, it’s about redefining the curriculum in our schools, it’s about driving a wedge between parent and child, it’s about the loss of religious freedom, it’s about the inability to be who we are as a people.”

Perkins said gay rights advocates are “sowing the seeds of the disillusion of our republic.”

“Once we lose the rule of law, we’ve lost what holds us together and I think there’s coming a point that they’re going to push Christians to a point where they’re not going to be pushed anymore and I think we’re very quickly coming to that point,” he said.

Once we lose the rule of law? If the law is changed to allow gay people to get married, how does this undermine the rule of law? And remember, it’s Perkins and his ilk who are arguing that the laws against discrimination should not be enforced, so who exactly is undermining the rule of law? Again, it’s just wingnut madlibs.

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  • Pierce R. Butler

    Perkins said gay rights advocates are “sowing the seeds of the disillusion of our republic.”

    Sounds good: the public in our republic has way too many illusions these days (most from Perkins & Co.)

  • roggg

    This is funny. Allowing same sex marriage, which is a PRO religious freedman stance, will destroy religious freedom. Same sex marriage, which helps enable people to be who they are, will prevent people from being who they are? Lol.

  • busterggi

    “sowing the seeds of the disillusion of our republic.”

    And thank you Mr. Perkins for providing the fertilizer.

  • eric

    it’s about driving a wedge between parent and child

    And there you have the real issue, the real concern. Without the government to prop up bigotry and say it’s legitimate, fewer kids are going to agree with their (conservative) parents that same sex relationships are morally wrong. The anti-SSM position is basically an argument from authority (it’s wrong, we say so); parental, religious, and state authority. Remove thet state’s authority from it, and you kick one of the legs out. Meaning less people (and especially, less young people) will accept it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360322113 aaronbaker

    I guess same-sex marriage is the new slavery. Oh wait–Perkins would have approved of slavery.

  • Pen

    it’s about the inability to be who we are as a people

    I’ll make the same comment about this as I have been doing about the European nationalists of late. If your sense of yourself as a person is dependent on surrounding yourself with near-clones, YOU, not the culture, are the one with the problem. At the root of the inability to tolerate difference is a tendency to treat other people as cultural property . They are to be an extension of a personal environment under the rightful control of whoever is possessed by this strange delusion. This always ends up denying the agency and autonomy of other human beings and is never acceptable. It’s narcissism beyond belief and an attempted theft of other people’s rights. People with these issues need to learn to stand on their own feet. And get therapy. They’re basically insufficiently socialized at the very least.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1017276335 Strewth

    Damn, Pen, that was awesome.

    Also: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.

  • eric

    @6 – very nice, though I think the real, somewhat unspoken concern here is their ability to make their kids think that their peculiar beliefs are normal. IMO the “be who we are as a people” rhetoric is really concerned with being able to teach their kids that X is immoral and bad and getting tacit approval of that teaching from the government. When the government basically says “we don’t care if you do it or not,” that’s a challenge to their parental claims that it’s bad.

  • raven

    it’s about the inability to be who we are as a people.”

    Who is this we, Tony Perkins is talking about?

    I do not resemble Tony Perkins in any way, shape, or form!!! That would be insulting.

    Thank Cthulhu, since I think he and his kind are repulsive threats to my country.

  • http://florilegia.wordpress.com Ibis3, Let’s burn some bridges

    Disillusion: Take away someone’s (especially positive, optimistic, hopeful) illusions about reality by showing them the truth.

    Dissolution: Dissolving or falling apart of a thing.

    I think someone’s confused.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    @ Pen

    Nice. I would perhaps rephrase some: “If your sense of yourself as a person depends on oppressing other people, you are the problem.”

    I suspect that thought is what’s behind a lot of the bad things in the world today, from fundamentalism to MRAs. Some people can’t be happy unless they are putting someone else down (or worse.)

  • dugglebogey

    I’ve always made the joke that he best thing about being a libertarian is that your policies are never enacted so you will never be proven wrong.

    That’s the beauty of all these “marriage disaster” predictions. Marriage equality is actually happening and the future will show that none of the harmful predictions will come true, and these asshats will all be proven wrong.

    Not that it will affect them in any way.

  • dobby

    In other news the National Organization “For” Marriage has been fined $50,000 for ethics violations:

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/maine-fines-national-anti-gay-marriage-group-23900600

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    roggg “This is funny. Allowing same sex marriage, which is a PRO religious freedman stance, will destroy religious freedom. Same sex marriage, which helps enable people to be who they are, will prevent people from being who they are? Lol.”

    1. Gays being allowed to get married tramples my religious freedom to prevent gays from getting married.

    2. Allowing other people to be who they are prevents me from being who I am; someone who is free to prevent others from being who they are.

     

    My Rights include the Right to deny you yours. It’s really quite simple if you don’t think about it.

  • Pen

    @ Strewth, eric and ArtK – well, thanks guys. That’s the nicest thing any one’s said to me on the Internet all month, no wait, …

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Pen, don’t fall for it. They’re just after your nachos.

  • John Pieret

    gay rights advocates are “sowing the seeds of the disillusion of our republic.”

    Translation: “If you don’t do what we want, we’re going to hold our breath until we turn blue!”

  • thebookofdave

    Fun with selective quotation:

    gay rights advocates are “sowing the seeds…of our republic.”

  • dingojack

    Ibis3, Let’s burn some bridges – well unless some dissolution* occurs how can you make a solution?

    Strewth – precipitate?!? Now, now, let’s not be too hasty here.

    DIngo

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    * Too be fair it could also be a noun acting describing the state of being dissolute:

    Dissolute adj.

    indifferent to moral restraints; given to immoral or improper conduct; licentious; dissipated.