on appropriating the language of your victims (or, never trust tony perkins)

Max Blumenthal has a great piece in The Nation on the men behind Justice Sunday, and the words they’re wrapping themselves in. Here’s a clip:

Senate majority leader Bill Frist appeared through a telecast as a speaker at “Justice Sunday,” at the invitation of the event’s main sponsor, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins. “Justice Sunday” was promoted as a rally to portray Democrats as being “against people of faith.” Many of the speakers compared the plight of conservative Christians to the civil rights movement. But in sharing the stage with Perkins, who introduced him to the rally, Frist was associating himself with someone who has longstanding ties to racist organizations.

Four years ago, Perkins addressed the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), America’s premier white supremacist organization, the successor to the White Citizens Councils, which battled integration in the South. In 1996 Perkins paid former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke $82,000 for his mailing list. At the time, Perkins was the campaign manager for a right-wing Republican candidate for the US Senate in Louisiana. The Federal Election Commission fined the campaign Perkins ran $3,000 for attempting to hide the money paid to Duke…

James Dobson, who founded the Family Research Council as the Washington lobbying arm of his Focus on the Family, invoked the Christian right’s persecution complex. On an evening when Jews were celebrating the second night of Passover, Dobson claimed, “The biggest Holocaust in world history came out of the Supreme Court” with the Roe v. Wade decision. On his syndicated radio show nearly two weeks earlier, on April 11, Dobson compared the “black robed men” on the Supreme Court to “the men in white robes, the Ku Klux Klan.” By his logic, the burden of oppression had passed from religious and racial minorities to unborn children and pure-hearted heterosexuals engaged in “traditional marriage.”

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  1. Posted April 29, 2005 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Hey Mark, did anyone ever send you information on the whole “firefighter shipped off Iraq” thingy?

  2. Posted April 29, 2005 at 11:02 am | Permalink


  3. dorothy
    Posted April 30, 2005 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    anybody out there read “fantasy and science fiction?” they had a short story which was positivelty hilarious, seditious and frightening all at the same time, called “bedfellows.” it concerned a gay marriage between dubya and osama b. it seems that they are so dependant on each other for their own causes that they might as well be married. ha ha!

  4. Posted April 30, 2005 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Every time I hear today’s Tony Perkins mentioned in a Jesus-Army-related story I think of his “mother” in a KKK outfit sitting in a window.

    David Duke mailing lists are so hott.

  5. Posted May 1, 2005 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Since I signed up for emails from FRC on ‘Justice Sunday’, I’ve recieved 5 of them, which sadly are filled with boring little articles similar to the content on their website, and not secret instructions for world domination or anything of the sort.
    One non-judicial campaign they’re pushing is in support of Bolton’s UN nomination.

    Three of the emails have stories about teen abortion laws, and each time they use the same image of this poor girl to accompany the story, which is not only strange for its redundancy but also for the fact that the image title is “WA05D65_NORMAL”, which i wonder if that refers to the size format or her insinuated level of conformity to FRC morals.

    I’m killing the email address i gave them soon, but if anything interesting comes in before then, i’ll let you know.

  6. Posted May 2, 2005 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    I ran across this and recalled you were asking a while back about this guy. Here is a wikipedia entry about the time traveler:

  7. mark
    Posted May 2, 2005 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Cyndy… I’m hoping he shows up at MIT’s time traveler convention.

  8. april
    Posted July 7, 2005 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    I love this board.

  9. mark
    Posted July 8, 2005 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    And we love you.

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