Tony Perkins’ Incoherent Rant Against ENDA

As the Christian right recognizes more and more that it’s losing the battle over equality, the rhetoric gets more hyperbolic and absurd. Tony Perkins sent an email to his terrified followers, from whom he hopes to keep extracting money, telling them that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will be just like Nazi Germany.

They’re pushing ENDA again — the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — which would strip Americans of their religious liberties. No longer will an employer be able to make employment decisions based on what qualities or characteristics are most relevant to a particular job. Instead, ENDA will grant special rights and privileges, special power over an employer’s religious convictions, to an entire group of people — simply because of their preference for a certain type of sexual activity.

This is the most perverse distortion of the Constitution of the United States imaginable. And is more likely to impact you personally than ever before. Because ENDA is the federal government forcing a pro-homosexual point of view upon the entire (supposedly “free”) marketplace.

So why doesn’t forbidding discrimination against women or black people or other religions “strip Americans of their religious liberties”? Lots and lots of people have religious objections to hiring or accommodating on those grounds too. Special pleading, anyone?

You enjoy working in a Christian-owned business, for example. It’s a great place to work, a good family-friendly environment. If your company does any work with the federal government, or if you’re a subcontractor to a business holding a federal contract, you could suddenly find that your company’s policies, if they reflect biblical views and values, are considered a violation — and the company could lose that contract. Company revenues plummet. People get laid off. Maybe the company has to close its doors altogether and you are out of work.

As businesses are boarded up, whole communities will be affected. But the powerful anti-Christian lobby will dust off their hands: mission accomplished.

ENDA takes the chilling concept of “Big Brother” one diabolical step further . . . to “Big Bully.” The federal government becomes the “enforcer” for liberal activists, driving anyone with a traditional view of natural marriage into the shadows … because of the threat of a federal lawsuit.

You no longer enjoy freedom of speech, freedom of religion, or freedom of association. The First Amendment is dead to you — because of your biblical views on the sin of homosexuality.

If the federal government can coerce you to comply with its views . . . cooperate with its policies . . . contribute to its plans for the transformation of America . . .

. . . well, sadly, this looks more and more like totalitarianism. We only have to look back to 1930 in Germany, or the USSR in the 1950s, to see what happens when leaders impose a totalitarian state on the people.

So let me get this straight…an organization that spends nearly all of its time demonizing gay people — you know, the same people that Hitler killed by the (at the very least) tens of thousands — says that not discriminating against those same people will be the second coming of Hitler. Sounds legit.

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  • cgm3

    you could suddenly find that your company’s policies, if they reflect biblical views and values, are considered a violation — and the company could lose that contract. Company revenues plummet. People get laid off. Maybe the company has to close its doors altogether and you are out of work.

    And all just because they found out about the slaves working in the basement. The Bible endorses slavery! How dare they infringe on religious freedom by imposing secular law!

  • Chiroptera

    Yeah, if there is one thing I think of when I think about Nazi Germany, it’s their non-discrimination laws.

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

    Instead, ENDA will grant special rights and privileges, special power over an employer’s religious convictions, to an entire group of people — simply because of their preference for a certain type of sexual activity.

    He’s right. The special rights and privileges should reside with the employer, where they belong.

  • John Pieret

    No longer will an employer be able to make employment decisions based on what qualities or characteristics are most relevant to a particular job.

    Um … exactly what qualities or characteristics of gays are relevant to particular jobs? Are they too “limp-wristed” to use a wrench?

    You no longer enjoy freedom of speech, freedom of religion, or freedom of association.

    Ah, freedom of association? Like I can run a business that contracts with the Federal government and keep its employees to those I want to associate with? No nigg coloreds blackies Afro-Americans need apply?

  • cptdoom

    I am so glad to see Tony standing up for the right of free association for gay and lesbian employers. It’s wrong for all those pesky “equal rights” laws to prevent them from keeping their places of business “Christian” free.

    Oh, wait, he’s in favor of anti-discrimination protections for “Christians”? How typical.

  • vmanis1

    Ted Bundy should have used a similar argument: his prosecutors were in favor of murder and necrophilia, and convicting Bundy would give them what they want. His lawyer could have ended his summation by exhorting the jury not to stand for mass murder, but to find Bundy innocent, and (n the words beloved by writers of films with trials) to `send America a message’.

    Lest I be accused of attempting a Godwinning, let me say I would imagine that Pervertkins is probably responsible for more deaths (of LGBTs, at least) than Bundy ever was.

  • theguy

    Once again, Mr I-Buy-Mailing-Lists-From-White-Supremacists Perkins makes the same bullshit argument. “If I can’t discriminate, I’m being persecuted! Waah!”

    I feel certain that if a gay-owned business were discriminating in hiring against Christians, Mr. Shitkins would change his mind faster than you can say “Holy hypocrisy, Batman!”

  • http://Reallyawakeguy.blogspot.com somnus

    “Instead, ENDA will grant special rights and privileges…”

    So he’s taking the position that the expectation of being able to enter a business and have your private sex life be a non-issue in terms of service and/or employment constitutes a “special right and privilege?” and is therefore a bad thing? Given that it’s one that he enjoys and seeks to deny others, that’s kind of a self-defeating argument.

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    sadly, this looks more and more like totalitarianism.

    Right. You espouse a mind-reading retributive supernatural entity that intends to punish wankers for all of eternity, but your being asked to treat civilly a certain class of people is nazis and commies.

    Fucking theocrats, we can only hope they start combusting in the spontaneous way.

  • Loqi

    So the government, acting as a consumer of goods and services, decides it doesn’t want to do business with companies who discriminate. Company, by not pleasing their consumer, withers and dies because nobody wants its product.

    So what’s the problem? Sounds all free-markety to me. Please your customers or your business fails. That’s how capitalism works. Why do you hate America, Tony?

  • mikeyb

    What is it with right wingers and theocrats. Disagree with me – your a Nazi. They seem to specialize in obscenely overblown hyperbole.

  • dingojack

    No longer will an employer be able to make employment decisions based on what qualities or characteristics are most relevant to a particular job.”

    Just to echo what John Pieret said above:

    In what kind of business is your sex-life one of the ‘qualities or characteristics are most relevant to a particular job’? Do tell Tony.

    Dingo

  • Johnny Vector

    First they came for the ones who came for the homosexuals, and I did not speak out, for I was incapable of crafting a logically coherent sentence.

    At this point, the analogy kind of crashes and burns.

  • hunter

    It’s Tony Perkins: If he introduces himself, you should fact-check it.

  • smrnda

    I find that Christians take a very paternalistic, one could say *totalitarian* view of employment, where being an employee doesn’t just require that you show up and do the job – one must behave, in all times and places, in line with your employer’s vision of ethical living. THAT is freedom? Bullshit.