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Perkins: ‘Clear link’ between FRC shooting and Obama administration policies

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch
Friday, August 17, 2012

After trying to blame the Southern Poverty Law Center for the deplorable shooting that occurred at the Family Research Council’s office this week, FRC president Tony Perkins today also implicated the Obama administration in the shooting.

Tony Perkins

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.

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Following is the transcript of the exchange between Perkins and Santorum:

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.

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32 more reader comments:

  1. this man is a liar and so arrogant he has no idea what hes spitting and what ever hes smoking he needs to stop

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 2:48pm
  2. He is an idiot who spews lies like there’s no tomorrow.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 2:48pm
  3. … B.S.!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 2:48pm
  4. This man claims things that are convenient for points he wants like the rest of us live in his fantasy world.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 2:49pm
  5. yup,like the connection between NRA and crazy people shootings, and hate groups shootings and nuts obstructing Military Funerals. best look in that mirror Me. Perkins.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 2:51pm
  6. What an ass

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 2:52pm
  7. He’s full of crap. There’s no link at all.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 2:52pm
  8. I do not condone violence as a way to achieve our full and equal rights HOWEVER where are these people when young kids are bullied and beaten because of their sexual orientation. They want to blame the Obama administrations policies for this shooting but refuse to take responsibility for their policies fueling the fires of hatred and bigotry. The epitome of hypocrisy !

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 2:53pm
  9. if it were reversed im sure he would be lying thru his teeth then again he already is

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 2:53pm
  10. Ass

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 2:53pm
  11. That’s as obvious as the clear link between the Virginia Tech massacre and the G. W. Bush administration policies.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 2:54pm
  12. The only thing that’s “clear” is that you’re an evil, vicious, conscience-less bile-spewing bigoted monster, Mr. Perkins. You’ve made a career out of villifying and dehumanizing gay people, spreading horrible lies about us, and crusading to take away our rights and our freedom. Your own rhetoric has surely contributed to *countless* acts of violence against us, not to mention all the more mundane injustices such as parents disowning their children, employees losing their jobs, landlords evicting their tenants, and on and on. All the suffering you’ve brought into the world against an innocent group of tax-paying American citizens, all because of your own bigotry, and you have the unmitigated gall to call *us* the hateful ones and *yourself* the victim?

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 2:56pm
  13. What a disgusting a$$hole.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 2:56pm
  14. they don’t mind being hostile to other people’s religions or other beliefs but say one word against theirs and its an attack.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 2:59pm
  15. I sure hope Fox News will be consistent and indict HIM on divisive language and encouraging bigotry. Can I hope?

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:01pm
  16. I would like to see, hear, or read any evidence that Obama policies restrict religious freedom? I don’t know what they are talking about. Please tell me?

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:01pm
  17. :::rolling eyes:::We didnt see THAT coming.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:02pm
  18. Take responsibility for dispensing your ‘brand’ of hate

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:05pm
  19. Vile. True Christians uphold the rights of ALL

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:14pm
  20. This Perkins and the rest of the evil conservabots pull whatever vitriol they want to spew out of their butts. Truth? What the hell is that? These people are validating and affirming the hate, racism, and homophobia that had been just a whisper before the Obama administration. The propaganda machines need to be exposed and stopped. (I know, wishful thinking.)

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:16pm
  21. Yeah, it couldn’t possibly be because of all the millions of lives that have been ended or destroyed by the lying hate-filled propaganda put out by his organization and others like them, could it?

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:28pm
  22. Don’t forget about the mysterious figure on the grassy knoll. :/

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:41pm
  23. There is a reason you have lots of shootings in the US and we do not in Australia and that is because we have gun control.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:45pm
  24. There’s also a clear link between Tony Perkins, David Duke(racist), and the Council of Conservative Citizens(racist group in Louisiana).

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 3:49pm
  25. If you look in the dictionary for a definition of DELUSIONAL, you’ll see Mr. Perkins.

    His hate machine dumps on millions of people every day and he blames Obama when he gets blow-back? What a jack-wagon.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 4:06pm
  26. Simply more BS from the masters of manipulation.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 4:13pm
  27. what a dumb ass just like all the people on the right are.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 5:34pm
  28. I am beyond disgusted with this man, I wish one day he will realize how much he and his organization have hurt so many innocent people. I’m not sure if I belief in souls but I’d wager his soul has so many stains on it it looks like a shadow of the pathetic and hateful human being that he and is.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 5:44pm
  29. The guard was shot and did not die. Just think how many gay kids that committed suicide because of murderers like Perkins!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 7:44pm
  30. This man is disgusting. Using a tragic event to further his hateful political agenda… I hate to be the one to say something so tactless, but they’re always doing this to us… Maybe the shooter was sent from God to tell him to knock his shit off?

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 2:45am
  31. Clear link between this idiot’s mouth and his asshole.

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 4:58am
  32. Clear link between this idiot’s mouth and his asshole.

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 5:01am