Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council made a highly convoluted argument at the “I Stand Sunday” event this past weekend, arguing that if we don’t allow Christians to discriminate against gay people, this feeds anti-Christian persecution in other countries.
“There is a connection between the growing hostility toward biblical Christianity here at home and persecution abroad,” he said. “And the reason is very simple: if the policies of our own government toward Christians in America is intolerant, the message that that is sending to despots and to dictators in far-away places is that religious freedom is no longer a priority or even a concern for America.”
By standing up for anti-gay Christians who seek to deny equal rights to gays in America under the guise of religious liberty, Perkins said, “you will give hope to far-away places around the world.”
“It’s time that we stand once again for religious freedom here in America and give the world hope,” he said.
He also fails to mention that we have been forbidding Christians from discriminating against women and black people for half a century now.