Christian Right Keeps Lying About Obama and Religious Freedom

Rep. Doug Lamborn repeats what has become a mantra on the right, that the Obama administration only cares about gay rights and does nothing about religious freedom for Christians around the world. He was on Tony Perkins’ radio show and, of course, Perkins joined in the lie.

“We have the sad situation of persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East and other parts of the country, including Christians and other various sects out there, that are being really persecuted, sometimes they’re being beheaded or crucified or tortured because of their religious views,” he said. “So the State Department,y ou would think, would want to be all over that, would want to be pressing for countries to be respecting the rights of religious minorities.

“But it seems like they are really more motivated and active promoting things like lesbian and gay rights, transgendered [sic] rights and those kind of issues to the neglect of religious prosecution [sic]. And I just want them to pay attention to the severe and deadly prosecution [sic] of Christians and other religious people wherever that occurs in the world.”

But as Right Wing Watch points out, the State Department has been very active in protesting the persecution of Christians and other minority religions around the world:

In fact, when President Obama announced airstrikes in Iraq this summer, he cited ISIS’s violence against Yazidis, Christians and other Muslims as a reason for the intervention. Obama and National Security Advisor Susan Rice recently met with Mideast Christian leaders, one of whom said he “felt how deeply moved he was by what was happening to the Christians there.” Administration officials have repeatedly denounced anti-Semitic and anti-Christian attitudes in the Mideast, and the State Department operates its own Office of International Religious Freedom.

Even when the Obama administration has helped to free Christians imprisoned because of their faith, Perkins and his fellow Religious Right activists have ignored the administration’s efforts. Perkins actually criticized the Obama administration after it helped free Kenneth Bae, a U.S. missionary jailed in North Korea, and he tried to use the imprisonment of Meriam Ibrahim — a Sudanese Christian who was freed with the help of U.S. diplomats —to attack Obama’s support for gay rights and attempt to overturn Citizens United.

Meanwhile, while Perkins has been falsely claiming that the Obama administration is ignoring the persecution of Christians, he has been actively opposing State Department efforts to protect LGBT people from oppressive laws and state-sanctioned violence abroad. Perkins has praised Uganda’s draconian anti-LGBT law and warned that Obama’s “radical sexualism” is promoting “global homosexuality.”

The same lies repeated over and over again. Why? Because they’re selling fear and bullshit to keep the money flowing in.

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  • John Pieret

    Why? Because they’re selling fear and bullshit

    … for the same reason the KKK did.

  • Jared James

    I checked my calendar, and it is, in fact, another day ending in y. Also, the sun rose in the east, water that got too cold was no longer wet, and Tony Perkins is happy to lie about the uppity NePresident.

  • gshelley

    Amazingly, the FRC don’t seem to think that their obsession with gay rights prevents them from caring about other issues.

  • Kevin Kehres

    The headline is 5 words too long.

  • lofgren

    I know this is supposed to illustrate how benighted and close-minded the Christian right is, but honestly I’m just impressed whenever the Christian right expresses anything but contempt and fear for anybody outside of the US.

  • busterggi

    Because they’re selling fear and bullshit to keep the money flowing in as its always a seller’s market.

  • Trebuchet

    @2: I think you’ve used the wrong final vowel in the struck out portion.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Uh, as even the linked headline reveals, Tony Perkins has no beef with the Citizens United decision.

  • comfychair

    I know this is supposed to illustrate how benighted and close-minded the Christian right is, but honestly I’m just impressed whenever the Christian right expresses anything but contempt and fear for anybody outside of the US.

    Well, it’s relatively easy for them to offer moral support from afar since it’s pretty obvious ‘Middle East Christians’ means blonde & blue-eyed like the paintings of Jesus on their Sunday School walls.

  • parasiteboy

    Middle East and other parts of the country

    So the Middle East is a single country now…They do loves them some lies and ignorance pie.

  • dingojack

    We have the sad situation of persecuted religious minorities in the middle east and other parts of the country, including Christians and other various sects out there, that are being really persecuted, sometimes they’re being beheaded or crucified or tortured because of their religious views,

    Wait now. You mean Christians and other various sects are being really* persecuted (sometimes even beheaded, crucified or tortured) in the middle eastern parts** (as well as other unspecified places) of ‘the country’ [of the United States of America] ?

    Lazy, muddled thinking blending into lazy, muddled speech, designed to create noise rather than communicate.

    😐 Dingo

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    * An admission of faux persecution of Christians elsewhere?

    ** North Carolina? Virginia? Maryland? Delaware? Or perhaps even — gasp — Washington?