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02/12/2013

Audio: Tony Perkins emboldens caller's Nazi Germany parallels #PerkinsLive

by Jeremy Hooper

Here's how you do it: "No, caller. Nazi Germany was a historic blight that resulted in the mass extermination of millions of people. It is one of the worst displays of mankind. Even when speaking of modern events that actually *are* disturbing, a commentator should be hesitant to apply the set of circumstances surrounding its rise. But when it comes to something like the duly elected President of our fair and free nation, a modern commentator should not even *think* of carelessly applying the lessons of Nazi Germany to his or her political opposition. In fact, a responsible commentator's mind would not even begin to go there."

But instead of doing that, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins says that he actually agrees with caller John's "parallels with Nazi Germany and what the church did in Nazi Germany." Take a listen:


[SOURCE: Perkins Live, 2/11/13]

Now, to be fair, Tony does say that he doesn't believe the president hates this country. That's good, for what it's worth. But considering it comes after a minute or more of Perkins suggesting that the church of today needs to rise up the way the church failed to do in Nazi Germany, as if the POTUS-backed evils Tony sees today (LGBT rights large among them) are anything even in the same ballpark as those of the Hitler era. Yes, hopefully Tony's caller will take Tony on his word and himself stop referring to President Obama as an America hater. But at the same time, Tony just gave him carte blanche to keep making these ahistorical (and deeply dangerous) comparisons to the age of the Holocaust. The concession about the President of the United States maybe actually liking the United States provides little comfort to those of us who fear what this call for the church to rise up might look like on the ground.

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*On a side note: I love the increasing frequency with which people like Tony are giving shout outs to "left wing bloggers." It is the "first they ignore you…" truism coming to bear.

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