Perkins’ Hypocrisy on Obama and Gay Rights Diplomacy

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has his typically hypocritical stance on an issue. This time it’s President Obama standing up for the human rights of gay people on a visit to Kenya, addressing the fact that his ancestral country imprisons people merely for being gay.

When the President travels abroad, there’s one thing he never leaves at home: his radical social agenda. Since day one, the Obama administration made it clear that this isn’t your parents’ version of diplomacy. Instead, the White House has dispatched an army of liberal ambassadors — all with strict instructions to use their influence to force acceptance of the President’s extreme sexual priorities.

It is telling, but not the least bit surprising, that Perkins thinks the position that gay people should not be considered criminals, put in prison or even put to death, is a “radical” and “extreme” position. It’s not surprising because Perkins himself favors such laws and, along with the rest of his Christian right colleagues, threw a fit when the Supreme Court overturned such laws in this country in 2003.

From Hillary Clinton to John Kerry, the State Department has repeatedly violated the first rule of the diplomatic process: to respect the traditions and beliefs of other countries. In most cases, this forceful approach has made more enemies of nations than friends — especially in countries as profoundly religious as Kenya.

Hey Tony, weren’t you one of the people ranting against Obama for not intervening in Iran and the Sudan on behalf of Christians who were imprisoned in those overwhelmingly Muslim nations? In fact, the administration was intervening and working to free them and the one in the Sudan was freed and brought to the United States as a result of their diplomatic work. But by Perkins’ “reasoning” (which, as usual, is really just special pleading), they must have been wrong to do so. After all, the “first rule of the diplomatic process” is to “respect the traditions and beliefs of other countries” and “especially countries as profoundly religious as Iran and the Sudan.

This is typical Perkins. When it’s a Christian whose human rights are being denied in another country, he loses his mind over it and demands that the government of the United States do something about it. When it’s a gay person, he loses his mind over the fact that they’re trying to do something about it. He supports human rights, you see, but doesn’t see gay people as humans who have rights.

This is why I prefer humanist organizations, which fight for the human rights of Christians and gay people alike around the world. The Center for Inquiry and other humanist groups protested the mistreatment of Meriam Ibrahim in the Sudan just like they protest the mistreatment of gay people and atheists in other countries. Perkins only gives a shit about the rights of Christians. Everyone else, in his mind, can go to hell, literally and figuratively.

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  • caseloweraz

    Perkins: In most cases, this forceful approach has made more enemies of nations than friends…

    Can Perkins even count? The number of nations that support human rights is significantly greater than the number of nations that don’t.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    It’s about time a right-winger stood up and acknowledged that Obama’s Kenyan background is one of his good traits (they are a profoundly Christian nation after all), while it’s his American liberalism that taints him and renders him unfit for office.

  • StevoR

    He supports human rights, you see, but doesn’t see gay people as humans who have rights.

    I’d like to say something witty and clever about this but y’know the sad truth is that that is the sad and really horrible truth.

  • StevoR

    ..And worse he is so un-self-aware of that he keeps acting and speaking as he does and making the world a more hateful, cruel and nasty place because of it and (almost certainly?) will not ever change.

  • theguy

    Also notice Gives-Money-To-White-Supremacists Perkins’ moral relativism here. “State Department has repeatedly violated the first rule of the diplomatic process: to respect the traditions and beliefs of other countries.”

    Fundamentalists have no problem shitting on other (usually Muslim) traditions and beliefs. Perkins would have no problem attacking and lying about pro-gay traditions and beliefs. This plea for tolerance is only one-way.

  • Scientismist

    He supports human rights, you see, but doesn’t see gay people as humans who have rights.

    This. QFT.

    And you are right, StevoR: What more can one say? Even calling it “Hypocrisy” isn’t really right, since Perkins and those who think as he does have always been very sincere and consistent in their disdain for anyone different from them, but they used to try to put a smile on their hatred. The remarkable thing is that now, since the Obergefell decision, they don’t seem to care how obvious they make it.

  • frankgturner

    @ StevoR #3

    I have something witty to say. Perkins does not see people who disagree with him as human beings who have rights, which essentially becomes everyone sooner or later. So to say that Perkins does not see gay people as human beings who have rights is an understatement. Perkins does not see other human beings as human beings who have rights.

  • John Pieret

    respect the traditions and beliefs of other countries

    Of course, the difference between Kenya and ISIS is that one is persecuting people in the name of the right religion and the other isn’t.

  • dan4

    “In most cases, this forceful approach has made more enemies than friends-especially in countries as profoundly religious as Kenya.”

    Kenya is an “enemy” of the United States? Since when?

  • The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

    Kenya is an “enemy” of the United States? Since when?

    January 20, 2009.

  • postwaste

    dan4 says “Kenya is an “enemy” of the United States? Since when?”

    Well it is full of people who don’t look like “real Americans”.

  • matty1

    Extreme Sexual Priorities is one of those films that can only be bought in plain wrapping by men between 35 and 55 who have a doctors certificate confirming they don’t have a weak heart.

    Rumour has it Tony Perkins is one of the stars.

  • https://plus.google.com/106457212979915592634 Tom Spinella

    Beyond my profound disagreement with Perkins on any number of issues, the writing style of his columns never fails to strike me for its English composition-class flavor. It always, always sounds to me like the essay I was forced to write on a theme I was forced to expound upon. This is strange to me because I would have thought that if there were anything he would excel at doing, it would be a passionate defense of his principles. On the contrary, it always strikes me as being generated by a committee of thesaurus-wielding, dutiful sophomores.