Perkins: Gay Rights Causes Global Religious Persecution

Tony Perkins and Rick Santorum were on the radio together last week and Perkins declared that Christians are being persecuted around the world because this country has begun to stop persecuting gay people. Because there’s obviously a direct link between those things.

“You hate to use the term persecution, because when you look around the world, we see real religious persecution,” Santorum, who was guest hosting Steve Deace’s show, said. “We see people dying, churches being burned, we see mass killings of Christians, so I sort of tread lightly on the world persecution.”

But, he added, “this is really the first time in this country where we’ve seen any kind of coordinated effort of government really imposing its will on the American public and forcing them to comply or else.”

Perkins told Santorum that he need not use caution in referring to things like nondiscrimination ordinances in the U.S. as “persecution,” telling him “there is a correlation…between the increase in persecution abroad and the increase of intolerance from our own government here at home.”

“They feel like if it’s not a priority for us to have religious freedom here at home, then certainly it’s not going to be a priority for us to speak out for the persecuted peoples abroad,” he said.

So let me see if I understand this. If Christians aren’t allowed to persecute gay people by refusing to serve them or hire them in their businesses, Christians are being persecuted and no one will care about Christians being killed around the world. Mr. Orwell, call your office.

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  • dingojack

    “Tony Perkins and Rick Santorum were on the radio together last week …” but thanks to the frothy mixture, they both slid off.

    Dingo

  • alanb

    this is really the first time in this country where we’ve seen any kind of coordinated effort of government really imposing its will on the American public and forcing them to comply or else.

    Mr. Santorum seems to have missed the civil rights era and the Vietnam draft to name just two of the biggies during my lifetime.

  • joyfulatheist

    “this is really the first time in this country where we’ve seen any kind of coordinated effort of government really imposing its will on the American public and forcing them to comply or else.”

    Yes the United States Federal Government is famous for its remarkably chill attitude toward people who break its laws

    On a serious note, this is literally the same rhetoric people were using to argue against her Civil Rights Movement. They’re not even trying to be original any more.

  • John Pieret

    I sort of tread lightly on the world persecution

    Wait! … there are two people in a room and the saner more reasonable one is Rick Santorum?

  • Abby Normal

    This is closer to true than anything I’ve seen from Perkins in a while. The perceived immorality of Western culture is one of the more significant factors fueling anti-Western sentiments. Anti-westerners tend to see the protection of homosexuals as evidence of our immorality. Particularly for people whose cultures are closely intertwined with religion, Western culture is Christian culture. So yes, protecting homosexuals does help fuel anti-Christian sentiments in some regions.

    Of course America and most other Western nations generally don’t let reactionary extremists dictate our freedoms. Letting women dress themselves, drive, and work side-by-side with men also fuels anti-Christian persecution. Who would then argue women shouldn’t have equal rights? Well, theocrats like Perkins sometimes do. So maybe that’s a bad example. Easy access to alcohol fuels anti-Christian… no, that doesn’t work either. Contraception… hmm. Censoring free expression is… no they favor that too. Anyway, the point is limiting our freedoms based on how foreign extremists might feel about it is a monumentally bad idea. And I’m sure Perkins would agree if I could think of an example of something those extremists hate that he doesn’t.

  • D. C. Sessions

    On a serious note, this is literally the same rhetoric people were using to argue against her Civil Rights Movement. They’re not even trying to be original any more.

    Well, they do insist that they’re all about Eternal Truth®

  • theguy

    Shitkins is probably just upset because he hasn’t made a daily donation yet to white supremacists and Holocaust deniers.

    The fact is that people like Shitkins and Frothy have supported laws to censor and persecute gay people in other countries. They have no right to complain and be taken seriously. Ever.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    The irony is that Perkins, given the right circumstances, would be persecuting those same Christians himself. After all most of them aren’t likely followers of the Rapture based theology US fundies favour.

  • Larry

    Well, they are sort of right. There is only a finite amount of persecution available in the world today and the First Law of the Conservation of Persecution states that persecution can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be transferred or transformed. Since there are fewer gays being persecuted, that amount by which they aren’t being persecuted must logically go elsewhere, xtians, for instance.

    This will all be made clear in my upcoming seminal work Principia Persecutia

  • cptdoom

    Mr. Santorum seems to have missed the civil rights era and the Vietnam draft to name just two of the biggies during my lifetime.

    Let’s not forget the Fugitive Slave Act, which compelled even people who were anti-slavery to participate with the recapture of escaped slaves. That caused a little conflict that killed a couple hundred thousand people.

  • freehand

    Lacking introspection, the [Muslim|Christian|Jewish|Hindu] Fundamentalist habitually commits projection. He can only understand someone else’s behaviior by imagining himself as the actor. Hence, the atheist is “Angry at God”, for why else would someone claim there are no gods?

    .

    So, too, if he sees a Muslim somewhere doing something he dislikes (e.g. disrespecting the US flag), he feels hatred and anger at everyone in that actor’s society. And he’s a little fuzzy about the boundaries on that, also. So, naturally, the devout Muslim will hate us for being tolerant. (Replace “devout” with “Fundamentalist” and that’s largely true).

    .

    But I thought the Muslims were in cahoots with the Gay Agenda to tear down all that’s good and holy?

  • lorn

    … “mass killings of Christians” …

    Other than in Perkin’s imagination, where is this happening?

  • eric

    @2:

    [article] this is really the first time in this country where we’ve seen any kind of coordinated effort of government really imposing its will on the American public and forcing them to comply or else.

    [alanb] Mr. Santorum seems to have missed the civil rights era and the Vietnam draft to name just two of the biggies during my lifetime.

    Oh he’s missed more than that. I’d say he seems to have missed the notion of “police force” and “criminal law.”