Perkins: Christians Facing Nazi Holocaust in America

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council knows the secret to keeping the money flowing in to his organization: Scare the hell out of people and tell them that you’ll save them from impending doom that you just convinced them is going to happen. Thus we get this exchange on his radio show:

After the caller wondered if we are “going to find ourselves being loaded in cattle cars like it was when the Nazis took over before we realize we are in such terrible danger,” Perkins hailed her claim as an “excellent point.”

“You’ve just hit the nail on the head,” he exclaimed, warning that “isolationist” and “libertarian” politicians like Rand Paul are leaving America’s national security vulnerable and that violent anti-Christian persecution taking place in the Middle East could soon find its way here.

The caller’s words echoed his own claims in the past. Just a couple months ago Perkins wondered when the government will begin “rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians?” The correct answer, of course, is never, but that isn’t going to make anyone send money in, now is it?

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  • John Pieret

    I believe it is Chapter Three in the Grifters’ Handbook … first, appeal to the mark’s greed; then to their ego and, if all else fails, to their fears …

  • Chiroptera

    Huh. You know what would go along way to preventing Christians being loaded on cattle cars? Strengthening basic civil liberty protections like the First and Fourth Amendments.

    On the other hand, their current strategy of not spending tax money on basic infrastructure investment, like world class rail system, might work, too.

  • sh3baproject

    tony perkins: king of godwinia, a nation known for its constant comparing of stuff to hitler.

  • Don’t worry. I’m told that there’s a new wave of libertarianism in the Republican party. Rand Paul is not alone. And soon there’ll be another and another and another. And then a Republican will be president and we can go back to ignoring that faction (he will only flit out from the shadows to vote for tax cuts and deregulation and rolling back the New Deal), and move on to more important matters like Jesus and punching random Third World countries in the face.

  • illdoittomorrow

    Perkins: “(…)violent anti-Christian persecution taking place in the Middle East could soon find its way here.”

    How, exactly? And how does anyone who is not comatose not realize that a dirty big chunk of the persecution is against Muslims?

    Chiroptera, @2: “Huh. You know what would go along way to preventing Christians being loaded on cattle cars? Strengthening basic civil liberty protections like the First and Fourth Amendments.”

    Once those are dead and buried, can we deport Tony Perkins to the oppressive hellhole he faps to? He’d have something to whinge about, extremists would have someone else to beat on, and we’d be rid of him. Wins all around!

  • busterggi

    Funny how today’s Christians never recognise their predecessors as fellow Christians.

  • johzek

    Nazi Germany was ninety percent Christian. Add to that the undeniable appeal of the idea that the Aryan race was a most favored one of God along with a two millennium history of Jewish persecution by these same Christians and I guess it all adds up to the fact that Christians being the sheep that they are and in need of shepherding just had no choice in the whole deal. Whenever a Christian mentions Hitler you can on the fact that they know none of the actual facts and that they are correctly assuming that their audience doesn’t either.

  • lorn

    Haven’t the wingnut been talking about ‘boxcars to camps’ for, what, forty years or so? More? I wish someone would dig into this and find the first claim linking liberals and boxcars so I could track the lineage of the lie.

  • Yeah, when Nazism comes to the U.S., Christians like Perkins will be the ones with the guns loading other people onto the cattle cars.

    And they’ll be doing it while humming Onward Christian Soldiers.

  • blf

    The undeniable programme of shipping the xians “away” has hit a few snags, which one of the more serious one being a lack of lions.

  • Al Dente

    blf @10

    Learn to think outside the box. Tigers, leopards, cheetahs or even rabid ocelots will suffice.

  • nicemarmot

    There was a paper¹ published a few years ago which suggested that people who believe strongly in conspiracy theories were also more likely to engage in conspiracy themselves. I’m guessing the same phenomenon is at work here…

    ¹Karen M. Douglas, Robbie M. Sutton. Does it take one to know one? Endorsement of conspiracy theories is influenced by personal willingness to conspire. British Journal of Social Psychology, 2011; DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8309.2010.02018.x

  • freehand

    I’m not sure that this even rises to the level of classic projection.* It’s more like a stereotypical used car salesman who assumes everybody is running a scam and out to get his money. Fundamentalists are not good at introspection, and therefore cannot imagine somebody else having different motives, plans, etc. We’ve all noticed how they assume that atheists “have to worship something” and we must be mad at God to pretend we don’t believe he exists.


    I’m guessing that Perkins et al just can’t imagine that people on the other side wouldn’t want to do this, because of course Perkins would, given the power. That would just be doing God’s will.


    Gott mit uns, after all.


    * Wikipedia: Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against unpleasant impulses by denying their existence in themselves, while attributing them to others.