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Audio: In a church, Tony states; In states, Tony churches

by Jeremy Hooper

You really have to wonder how those who fight against us can speak with anything resembling a straight face, considering the absurd level of disingenuousness that they use in their "moral values" messaging. Latest example: Here we have Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, the head of a special interest group that works to shape the public policy of a fair and free America, speaking at a church on these same matters of public policy. But even though Tony is pointedly preaching to these congregants about how and why they too should get involved with the FRC's public policy work (and even asked people to sign up for his daily, policy-centric emails), Tony accuses the secular state of posing the true threat to church/state separation:

SOURCE: Tony Perkins evening sermon [NL Church]

For decades now, Tony and like religious right minds have been using church services as de facto campaign rallies, which has served to both alienate people from the church and muddy the pertinent debate surrounding crucial civic matters. Tony says it all in the above clip. He and his fellows are not seeking an America where all are respected equally, regardless of religious affiliation. Tony is seeking an America that glorifies his one, decided vision of God, and everyone else must either give in, submit, or at the very least, stay quiet. That is not an overstatement of the generalized FRC vision, sadly.

Yet those of us who are more than willing to respect *true* religious freedom are the ones who are supposedly violating crucial American tenets? That is offensive, negligent hogwash that has seriously maimed this country!

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