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Perkins: Obama’s ‘Open Season’ On ‘Religious Freedom’ To Blame For FRC Shooting

by David Badash on August 17, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,Hate Groups,News

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Tony Perkins is now adding Barack Obama, and what he claims is the President’s “open season” on “religious freedom” to his list of those responsible for Wednesday’s shooting at the Family Research Council (FRC). Just yesterday, Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, blamed the Southern Poverty Law Center‘s designation of his organization as an active anti-gay hate group as giving the gunman a “license to shoot.”

Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch, where you can hear the audio, reports:

While speaking with Rick Santorum today on Washington Watch Weekly about the Obama administration’s “attack on religious freedom,” Perkins said that what “we witnessed this past week at the Family Research Council” is “clearly linked to that same atmosphere of hostility that’s created by the public policies of an administration that’s indifferent or hostile to religious freedom.” This shameful attempt to connect the Obama administration to the shooting is just the latest sign of the FRC’s attempt to exploit the tragedy for political purposes.

Here’s Tashman’s transcript:

Perkins: What I would call an attack on religious freedom is trickling down in our country. It’s not just isolated to the administration but it’s as if the President and his administration’s indifference towards religious freedom has really created an open season all across this country. In fact next week down in Tampa as the Republican National Committee begins its work on its platform we’ll be working with Liberty Institute and we’ll be releasing a study that shows this increased hostility towards religious freedom in this country and I believe Rick in large part it’s driven in large part by the policies of this administration.

Santorum: When you look at what happened with the whole Chick-fil-A incident and across the country you see government officials, mayors of large cities, wanting to use the power of the government to force, to drive out Dan Cathy and the folks at Chick-fil-A from their cities. This is really unprecedented and you’re right it creates an atmosphere that when the government now is saying you folks are so evil that we can deny you access to participate in business within our city it leads to a lot of things that are going to not just constrict religious liberty but I think threaten a lot of other areas of our lives.

Perkins: Well I think as we witnessed this past week at the Family Research Council, clearly linked to that same atmosphere of hostility that’s created by the public policies of an administration that’s indifferent or hostile to religious freedom and groups like as I mentioned the Southern Poverty Law Center that recklessly throws around labels giving people like this gunman who came into our building a license to take innocent life.

Perkins clearly cannot help himself. His continued attacks on the left are merely proving that his organization’s hate group status is not only well-deserved, but mandatory.

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Serenifly August 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Unfortunately, Obama is extremely religious. He admitted that he regularly consults with religious leaders. And he has refused to disband the Faith based initiatives. He is just less obnoxious and less public about it than Bush

Scott_Rose August 18, 2012 at 10:38 am

I abhor all gun violence, but if somebody were to seal the gay-bashing bigot Tony Perkin's mouth shut with a toilet plunger and a bucketful of santorum, I'm not sure I would be able to stop myself from laughing and laughing and laughing.

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