Tony Perkins Weird, Convenient Explanation for ISIS

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has a rather bizarre explanation for ISIS, or at least for the small number of Americans who have apparently joined with them. What causes that? Would you believe the separation of church and state? I’m not making that up.

Where there is no vision, the people perish. Hello, this is Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. Americans have been shocked to see the brutality and barbarism of the Islamic militants of ISIS, and they’ve been stunned by the revelations that radicalized Americans have joined their ranks and taken up their cause. Pundits and politicians alike have publicly pondered the question as to how young Americans can be sucked into such an evil venture. While it may be troubling, the answer is not hard. Radical secularism that has driven the defining characteristics of our Western culture, our Judeo-Christian heritage, from our schools, our entertainment and even our government has left in its place a void, a vacuum. And we should know from experience that a vacuum will be filled by something. Without a creedal vision that a society can unify around, the people, the nation, will perish. Unless we are content to allow ISIS or some other radical belief system to fill the void left by secularism, we must rediscover America’s founding, Christ-centered vision.

Hey Tony, you know who else hates separation of church and state and secularism? ISIS.

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  • alanb

    I still don’t get how a “Judeo-Christian heritage” and a “Christ-centered vision” are compatible with one another.

  • John Pieret

    ISIS: “Unless we are content to allow ISIS Christianity or some other radical belief system to fill the void left by secularism, we must rediscover America’s the Levant’s founding, Christ Allah-centered vision.”

  • theguy

    How can Mr. I-worked-with-white-supremacists-Perkins talk about a Judeo-Christian heritage?

    “Without a creedal vision that a society can unify around”

    We have one. It’s the Constitution that Shitkins claims to venerate.

    Apparently, if people aren’t fundie Christians, they become fundie Muslims? I imagine that Shitkins would deny that moderate Muslims even exist.

  • Larry

    Well, Tony seems to be growing a bit. He isn’t blaming Teh Gayz this time.

  • Taz

    “Unless we indoctrinate people with the right kind of religious fanaticism they’ll be drawn to the wrong kind of religious fanaticism.”

  • felidae

    Just on little tiny problem Tony: ISIS has a creedal vision and it deems that Christians like you are evil and they are doing God’s work by trying to exterminate you and bring their scripture centered world view into dominance Their end is the same as you want , just they are reading from a different book

  • tbell

    So radical secularism drives people to become radically religious?

    Well OK, then…

  • kantalope

    And it is a huge problem according to CBS, the number may even edge into the dozens: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-many-americans-have-joined-isis/

  • eric

    Radical secularism that has driven the defining characteristics of our Western culture, our Judeo-Christian heritage, from our schools, our entertainment and even our government has left in its place a void, a vacuum. And we should know from experience that a vacuum will be filled by something.

    So Tony, let me see if I have this right. Securalism leaves this void. The people who have this void want something to believe in. So they look around for an ideology. They compare radical Islam to Christianity, and decide radical Islam is a better ideology.

    Is that what you’re saying? Sounds to me like you’re whining that you can’t win unless the deck is stacked in your favor.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    hmmm. I’m pretty sure that homosexuality causes people to join ISIS. Either that or birth control or public school teachers.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    theguy @ # : … [Per]kins would deny that moderate Muslims even exist.

    Let’s be fair: he almost certainly denies that moderate Christians are real Christians, so they don’t exist either.

  • sugarfrosted

    @1 We’re not, we’re just a token minority since antisemitism is out of fashion (in the US at least.) They don’t care about the Jews, not even the ones in favor of Israel are. (Read about Christian Zionism sometime, it’s freaky stuff.)

  • abb3w

    @-1, Tony Perkins:

    Without a creedal vision that a society can unify around, the people, the nation, will perish. Unless we are content to allow ISIS or some other radical belief system to fill the void left by secularism, we must rediscover America’s founding, Christ-centered vision.

    As felidae and others note, ISIS also has a “creedal vision”, and presumably Perkins thinks the Christian vision is better than the Islamic– giving an existence case to show that it is possible for one vision to be better than another. So, y’know, the secularists could give some other “creedal vision” besides than the Christian or Islamic one, such as one of the Humanist Manifestos; and since he implicitly concedes it’s possible for some vision to be better than another, its not a “must” unless he can show that Christian vision to be the best of all possible visions.

    I await the response from Doctor Tony Pangloss….