Perkins Doubles Down on ISIS Theory

Tony Perkins claimed last week that a handful of Americans have gone off to join ISIS because of separation of church and state. Not content with that idiotic claim, he’s now doubled down in a Christian Post article in claiming that it’s also to blame for sexting and gangs. Oh, and AP history exams. Or something.

Where there is no vision, the people perish. Americans have been shocked to see the brutality and barbarism of the Islamic militants of ISIS. Americans have been stunned by the revelations that their fellow Americans have joined the ranks of ISIS are taking up the cause of the caliphate. 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. Atheizers have been driving out of our schools, our entertainment, our military, and our government the very definition of who we are: our Judeo- Christian heritage. What has been left in its place has been called a naked public square. But just as nature abhors a vacuum, something was bound to rush into this void.

We see this in the violent nihilism of the hip-hop gang banger music from which Hollywood sucks billions of dollars .Into this naked public square has rushed a morbid hatred of women, an ugly sexualized pop culture, and the appalling phenomenon of teens “sexting” lewd pictures of their classmates—in our children’s schools.

We see in the Advanced Placement U.S. History standards anti-Americanism foisted on some of the brightest of our young people. In place of the heroism of Bunker Hill and that “stillness at Appomattox,” of the sacrifices of the Boys of Bedford on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, we see people whose salaries we pay teaching our young people to have contempt for their country and its history.

There has been a jihad in the classroom as students are given an air-brushed history of Islam and too often taught that Christianity is the root of many repressive attitudes toward women and minorities…

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

Yeah, where would anyone ever get the idea that Christianity causes repressive attitudes toward women and minorities? Oh yeah, from the evidence of history. Silly facts.

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  • Kevin Kehres

    FFS: I took AP history a bazillion years ago, and I can tell you that Bunker Hill and Appomattox were not among the subjects discussed. Because that was 7th or 8th grade stuff.

    AP history isn’t about reciting dates of famous battles.

  • Alverant

    I wish I could have taken AP history in high school. In the mean time I can watch the CrashCourse History series on YouTube. It’s a good watch. In the first series they go from the Agricultural Revolution to the present day and in the second series they talk about “big history” concepts like economics, war, famine, etc. They also did a US History series, several on literature, and they just started doing a history of the universe. In any case it gives a refreshing look at history and how it relates to today by talking about the kinds of questions history asks of us. I can see why Perkins doesn’t like the idea of people learning more about history.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Naked Public Square – didn’t they used to tour with Phil Collins?

  • alanb

    …we see people whose salaries we pay teaching our young people to have contempt for their country and its history..

    It’s true! Those lib teachers even claim that not all slaves were happy singers of “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” all the time and that the Indians didn’t genocide their own selves! They’ll even point out that there have been Republican presidents who weren’t perfect. (We already know that all Democrat presidents have been horrible, but that doesn’t cause contempt for our country because those Dems aren’t real Americans.)

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

    Personally, I think that Americans are rushing off to join ISIS because their moral leaders profited by working to expand gambling for clients in Louisiana, then profited by opposing its expansion when other groups tried to also open casinos.

  • Chiroptera

    Kevin Kehres, #1: AP history isn’t about reciting dates of famous battles.

    Well, rightwing scholarship isn’t about thinking about stuff, so it’s understandable that Perkins would be confused on this point.

  • Taz

    Atheizers have been driving out of our schools, our entertainment, our military, and our government the very definition of who we are: our Judeo- Christian heritage.

    I bought an atheizer once, but I could never get it to work right.

  • laurentweppe

    Not content with that idiotic claim, he’s now doubled down in a Christian Post article in claiming that it’s also to blame for sexting and gangs

    It’s old news on my side of the pond: the “sexting and gangs exist because mulsim youths live among us” bullshit is used either to proclaim the (entirely fictional) inherent superiority of Whites who have no muslim ancestor (that they know of), or to claim that western society has become so “feminized” that thugs of muslim descents are the only “truly virile” men left, or both at the same time.

    And more and more often, these claims are made not in old christian supremacist jargon, but by using the secularist one.

  • Chiroptera

    Where there is no vision, the people perish.

    On the other hand, a lot of people have perished because of other people’s vision, too.

  • dugglebogey

    Separation of church and state can be held responsible for some of the stupidity that exists in the country. If it had been much more of a priority much sooner, there would be a lot less ridiculous christian mythology to deal with in America.

  • jaytheostrich

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

    So, go full Team Jesus instead! That’s nothing like a radical belief to fight secularism!

  • eric

    Where there is no vision, the people perish.

    Wasn’t that the byline for the Day of the Triffids movie?

  • magistramarla

    Going after AP history classes seems to be their newest way to try to stop teachers from teaching critical thinking in high schools. I recently read that the RWNJS managed to take over a school board in Jefferson County, Colorado and tried to get rid of AP History in the high schools because the teachers weren’t teaching “true patriotism”.

    The last thing I saw said that the students themselves and the parents who want Johnny to actually be able to get into a competitive college are in an uproar.

  • kantalope

    It must be a real problem too…the number of Americans joining ISIS may number a dozen. Wooooo scary.

  • jnorris

    Into this naked public square has rushed a morbid hatred of women, an ugly sexualized pop culture, and the appalling phenomenon of teens “sexting” lewd pictures of their classmates—in our children’s schools.

    Perhaps the teens learned this behavior from a few white, Christian, male members of the House and Senate.

  • thebookofdave

    Where there is no vision, the people perish. Americans have been shocked to see the brutality and barbarism of the Islamic militants of ISIS.

    The one charge that’s difficult to make stick against ISIS is lack of vision. If anything, they have a toxic buildup of vision.

    the very definition of who we are: our Judeo- Christian heritage.

    Emphasis mine, but the added distance between “Judeo” and “Christian” is pure Perkins.

  • jasmyn

    What do I need to do to graduate from being standard issue atheist to an atheizer? That sounds like a really cool promotion.

  • laurentweppe

    I recently read that the RWNJS managed to take over a school board in Jefferson County, Colorado and tried to get rid of AP History in the high schools because the teachers weren’t teaching “true patriotism”.

    You know, I just loath this attitude: it basically means substituting one’s country for a fictional one slapped with the same name and demanding that people prove their “loyalty” by debasing themselves in craven public display of worship toward the imaginary creation. It’s exactly the same as trying to substitute biology with creationism, except that this one’s advocates don’t always carry huge crucifix-shaped chips on their shoulders.

    And just like with creationism, behind the know-nothings agitation lies the concerted effort of wealthy educated patrons who decided that since the plebs becomes easier to control the closer to full-fledged illiteracy they become, sabotaging their education was a great idea -never mind that maintaining the very technology that sustains them demands and educated population.

  • theguy

    Mr. Prostitutes-Himself-To-White-Supremacists Perkins doesn’t realize that that “violent nihilism of the hip-hop gang banger music” expresses his values: homophobic, sexist, aggressive, and very religious, if the rap I’ve heard is any indication.

  • laurentweppe

    Mr. Prostitutes-Himself-To-White-Supremacists Perkins doesn’t realize that that “violent nihilism of the hip-hop gang banger music” expresses his values: homophobic, sexist, aggressive, and very religious, if the rap I’ve heard is any indication.

    Something else he doesn’t realize -either that or he merely refuse to aknowledge it publicly- is that over 70% of hip-hop consumers are white: hip-hop nowadays is less about depicting the underclass’ culture and struggles and more about giving its privileged audience a picture of it which fits with their own preconceptions and prejudices.