I just received an action alert from Tony Perkins, the President of the Family Research Council (which is not about family or real research, but that is beside the point…). It is the worst piece of hypocrisy I have seen so far. Perkins is complaining about Lou Dobbs, a CNN person. I didn’t see the Lou Dobbs piece, so I can’t vouch for what Perkins has to say. Apparently Dobbs wants churches who get involved in the political process to have their tax-free status taken away. I couldn’t agree more. However, what is so disgustingly hypocritical is that Perkins has the ultimate nerve to quote Rev. Martin Luther King in his defense of the clergy getting involved in politics. What is so hypocritical about this? Perkins was involved in the buying of the KKK’s mailing list. It was Tony Perkins who signed the authorization slip. This mailing list was obtained from none other than the Grand Wizard of the KKK–David Duke. You can read all about it here.
Of course Tony Perkins, the President of the Family Research Council, said he couldn’t remember the $82,000 that was spent on obtaining the KKK mailing list. At that point Tony Perkins was the campaign manager to Woody Jenkins, who unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 1996.
This is what Tony Perkins, today, had to say (the bolding is his):
Throughout American history, church leaders have spoken out on the vital moral issues of the day – whether it be slavery, civil rights, or in defense of the family and the dignity of human life. One of the enduring lessons the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught is the power a religious community can have in society. Reverend King said, "The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority."
I can’t believe the nerve of this guy. He dares to talk about churches speaking out against slavery (and certainly not all of them did–in fact, it was a minority of clergy that spoke out against it) and civil rights, and dares even more to quote Martin Luther King–knowing full well that his boss, Woody Jenkins, had bought the mailing list of the KKK and knowing that it was his own hand that signed off the authorization slip. Maybe the next time black clergy members get up on a podium with Tony Perkins to spread their hate against gays and lesbians, they should remember who they are standing next to. And they should also remember their own history…