Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Tony Perkins

The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who display a breathtaking lack of self-awareness, accusing their enemies of their own worst sins and being completely oblivious to their own contradictions. And hoo boy, does Tony Perkins do that in spades here, saying Islam is wrong because it’s a “judicial philosophy” and a political one.

We have a constitution, we have a system of government and laws, and we cannot entertain a religion that sees itself as a judicial philosophy, an economic philosophy and such, and impose that on the surrounding society.

*headpalmfacedesk* This from a former elected official who leads an organization that is explicitly political, that seeks to influence both legislators and the judicial system and impose their own system of laws on others. How is it possible to be this fucking oblivious to one’s own hypocrisy? Oh, right — it keeps the money flowing in. That explains it. And for added irony, here’s what he said on the very same show:

“Natural law, which is what the founders recognized and built upon, that’s why the issue of abortion has not been settled, because it runs counter to natural law,” he said. “Natural law, which as Christians we would make reference to, as Paul said in Romans 2, it’s written on the hearts of men. Natural law says it’s not right for a mother to kill her unborn child. That’s why regardless of what the courts said, nine unelected judges, regardless of what they’ve said, the issue has not been resolved and it won’t be resolved. And the same is true for marriage, I don’t care what a court rules, I don’t care what a judge says, the issue of marriage, because it emanates from natural law, from creation, it’s going to be here and it will be an issue politically from here until as long as I’m alive.”

I think I’ve hit my recommended yearly allowance of irony now.

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  • StevoR

    I think I’ve hit my recommended yearly allowance of irony now.

    B-B-But its only mid January! What are you going to use for the rest of the year!?

    Fortunately, I gather sardony is closely related and quite substitutable .. yeah?

  • Al Dente

    Natural Law proper noun: An action which conservative Christians cannot find justification in the Bible to prohibit, so they claim the prohibition is “written in the hearts of men” See gratuitious, arbitrary

  • Larry


    See gratuitious, arbitrary

    colloq. bullshit

  • acroyear

    Uh, Romans 2 is inherently the OPPOSITE of his actual actions. “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.”

    This comes to me as an open condemnation of hypocrisy, not a supposed validation of a natural law by which he (Perkins and his ilk) are permitted to cast judgement.

    Do they actually really read this book?

  • acroyear

    So too, “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” – as many an atheist has pointed out, their conversion from belief was the result of the actions of believers not following the words they supposedly believe are True.

  • raven

    Natural law, which is what the founders recognized and built upon,…

    Natural Law doesn’t exist.

    It’s just a way for xians to claim authority for their opinions when there isn’t any other. Al Dente at #2 already got it.

    The Catholic church uses it oftren. It is one of the reasons the Popes use to oppose birth control. Virtually no one else believes them any more.

    And oh yeah, Natural Law says if god had wanted you to drive cars, you would have been born with wheels. And planes are an abomination, since we weren’t born with…wings.

  • raven

    Natural Law says Tony Perkins is a repulsive hate filled bigot with a brain the size of a walnut.

    So does reason in this case.

    He is still a leader among the fundies with a lot of influence. IIRC, it was Tony Perkins and James Dobson (another mega-hater) who helped pick Sarah Palin as VP.

  • theguy

    So natural law is “written on the hearts of men” and this is supposed to make homosexuality wrong, even though homophobia is not an inherent attitude, only something people are taught, therefore not “written on the hearts of men.”

    Was it written on Perkins’s (alleged) heart that he shouldn’t pay mega-bucks to a white supremacist for his mailing list?

  • theguy

    Also, the Founding Fathers (of the Confederacy) believed in natural law as a justification for slavery. Case in point: the Cornerstone Speech by VP Alexander Stephens which argued that black people’s role was to be subordinate and that equality would damage society. Sound familiar?