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Hate group leader blames the Capitol riots on a lack of “polite conversation”

Tony Perkins
Tony PerkinsPhoto: Associated Press/J. Scott Applewhite

Tony Perkins, the leader of the SPLC-designated hate group Family Research Council, has officially condemned the riot that led to five dead at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

But never missing an opportunity to bash people, the evangelical says that the reason that the pro-Trump crowd breached the Capitol — in an attempt to prevent the Presidential election from being certified — is because there is not enough God in society.

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“God is ejected from schools, courts, politics, and polite conversation,” Perkins claims, and Democrats have “allow[ed] rioting and looting and burning to take over our cities unchecked.

“It doesn’t matter if your cause is just. Order never comes from chaos,” he says.

In his latest “Biblical Worldview” following the rioting, Perkins asserts that “Heaven is not shaken by this. The word of God is not thwarted.”

“What happened Wednesday wasn’t America. We are not a bitter, desolate, violent people,” he claims. He simply writes off the majority of attackers as “a frustrated and divided people [who]… came peacefully — to air their grievances and ask for justice.”

Perkins tries to avoid speculating on who’s responsible, writing that “it’ll be up to law enforcement to make those determinations.” He does say, however, that he can’t understand why conservatives “who condone the lawlessness that took place yesterday” think this is the answer to overturning the already-settled election.

“I ask: How can the rule of law be restored by lawlessness? Violence and destruction are wrong no matter whose side is responsible.”

Perkins then contends that conservatives have been lied to “for years” by the media, that their “faith and values have been marginalized — or canceled entirely,” and those hiding the election fraud were the “instigators” of the riots.

Throughout the “worldview,” Perkins cites or quotes Pastor Jack Hibbs numerous times, as he was a featured guest on Washington Watch, the Family Research Council’s podcast hosted by Perkins, that week. Hibbs was also present in Washington prior to the riots, although he reportedly didn’t participate in the events at the Capitol.

“This is what you get when you eject God from the courts and from the schools,” Hibbs tells Perkins during the podcast.

“This is a sowing, [Hibbs] shook his head on ‘Washington Watch,’ that’s gone on in America for a long time,” Perkins says. They continue pushing claims that there was election fraud, saying that prayer is the only answer because Christians have to “get [their] eyes off of man.”

“But from a biblical worldview, Pastor Jack urged, we need to galvanize ourselves in light of what’s happened,” says Perkins. “… God used President Trump in many ways, but he isn’t the last or only person God can work through.”

A few months ago, Hibbs got on his knees, cried, and led his congregation in prayer over the election results.

“God you are pro-life and one man is and one man isn’t,” he said. “One man is for Israel, one man is not. You are for Israel. Lord one man is for our military and our police, the other is not.”

He then prayed for salvation for Biden, claiming Biden follows a false “version of Catholicism.”

While it is their worst nightmare now, both Hibbs and Perkins appeared in the film Trump 2024: The World After Trump, released in July. It imagined a world in which Trump lost the election. The film is a veritable Who’s Who of anti-LGBTQ pastors, politicians, and pundits, each talking about why Trump is the only way to stop the New World Order, globalists and socialism, common dog whistles for immigration, Jews and taxes.

The film’s trailer also shows an image of the White House when former President Barack Obama lit it up in rainbow colors for Pride month — it’s supposed to be horrifying… or something.

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