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Louisiana Governor Appoints Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins to Law Enforcement Commission

By Josh Glasstetter on September 26, 2013 - 4:24 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

In the immediate wake of the 2012 election, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called on his fellow Republicans to “stop being the stupid party.” He said it was “no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments – enough of that.” Jindal was referring to the infamous remarks by top-tier GOP candidates, most notably former Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri, about rape and pregnancy.

So much for that! Jindal has appointed Akin’s most prominent defender, Tony Perkins, to a seat on the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement. Perkins is president of the D.C.-based Family Research Council (FRC), an anti-gay hate group known for making its share of “offensive, bizarre comments.” Perkins and the FRC earned that designation by consistently demonizing and smearing gays and lesbians – including calling them pedophiles – with falsehoods.

Perkins has deep Louisiana roots. He served in the state House of Representatives from 1996 to 2004 and ran unsuccessfully for the US. Senate, placing a distant fourth, in the 2002 GOP primary. Before that he was a TV news reporter and a reserve police officer, until he was suspended in 1992 for failing to report an illegal conspiracy by anti-abortion extremists to his superiors. He became head of the FRC in 2003 but never fully left Louisiana.

In fact, Jindal named Perkins to the Louisiana Commission on Marriage and Family in 2008, supposedly on the basis of “expertise in community programs and assistance.”

The Commission on Marriage and Family website provides meeting minutes for the past three years. Perkins is listed as absent for seven out of seven meetings. Since Perkins has a day job in Washington, D.C., and is apparently unable to attend those meetings, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be any better about attending the Commission on Law Enforcement meetings.

But Jindal appointed him, and Perkins accepted, because they both have something to gain. Jindal dreams of running for national office, and he wants support from and access to religious-right primary voters. That’s why he’s scheduled to speak, as he’s done in the past, at the FRC-sponsored Values Voter Summit in D.C. next month.

Perkins, on the other hand, dreams of running for office again in Louisiana, and he’s been floated recently as a possible challenger to Sen. Mary Landrieu. He maintains residency in Baton Rouge despite apparently spending most of his time in D.C. The commission seats give him an opportunity to pad his resume and keep his name in circulation back home.

It’s all part of an effort to whitewash his image, which is understandable. In addition to his controversial actions as a reserve police officer, Perkins was caught in 1996 covering up the purchase of Klan leader David Duke’s supporter list for a campaign he was managing. That campaign later settled with the Federal Election Commission and paid a fine. Then in 2001, Perkins was caught speaking at a gathering of the Council of Conservative Citizens. Perkins addressed the white supremacist group, which has called African Americans a “retrograde species of humanity,” while standing in front of a Confederate flag. He later denied knowing about the group’s extremism.

Now Perkins is the head of a group whose senior policy fellow says homosexuality should be outlawed. Is that the perspective that Perkins will bring to the Commission on Law Enforcement? We can only hope that Perkins shows as little interest in the Commission on Law Enforcement as he seems to have in the Commission on Marriage and Family.

  • aadila

    I do support you, Sam, despite the teasing. You show a lot of strength of character to express opinions you know will be unpopular, without turning into a troll. It wouldn’t be the same without you. Maybe the others won’t admit it, but I bet they feel the same way. Progressives, unlike the right wing, actually think other people have value. Even if you don’t have a lick of sense.

  • Sam Molloy

    Thanks for the support. People should not be afraid to learn other opinions.

  • aadila

    Gregory,

    I have given careful thought to your question and I can state that in general, the right wing (i.e. “the Republicans”) is not right about anything. The only point upon which I agree with the Republicans is that NASA is not a funding priority given the state of our budget deficit.

    This is not to say that NASA shouldn’t be funded or that I wouldn’t love to see some serious space research going on from international funding/planning sources, including NASA, but I would like to see this done in the interest of humanity, not just the United States.

    Furthermore, the undeniable fact is that military and defense spending for our security state is so bloated, that it makes it kind of hard to talk about funding NASA without first talking about defunding the military and defense complex in general or at very least diverting some of those funds over to peaceful, humanitarian science.

    So, while I would rather see NASA taken away than food stamps, the national forests, etc., in the current scenario, I cannot agree with the Republicans that waging perpetual, undeclared war is preferable to defunding NASA.

    Therefore the only reasonable conclusion one can reach about the Republicans is that they are, indeed, wrong about everything.

  • Erika

    i can add my agreement with Sam that children should be taught creationism.

    In fact, if i had children they would learn about creationism by reading The Bible and going to church and Sunday School – what a radical idea :)

  • Gregory

    aadila,
    You are a kind soul. Sam is right wing. Does that count as being right at something/anything?

  • aadila

    Gregory,

    Well, actually…no. But I’m trying to help Sam be right at something.

    Anything.

  • supersonic250

    Gregory:

    That’s exactly my opinion. Teach religion as mythology. Not as science.

  • Gregory

    aadila,
    Are you suggesting that creationism be taught as as a concept that is as scientifically valid as evolution? That is Sam’s proposal.

    And if we teach creationism as valid science, which creation story do we choose? Personally, I find the Hindu story much more entertaining than the Christian story but it is really a difference without a distinction. Christians would disagree with me but as a dyslexic atheist, I don’t have a doG in this fight.

    I don’t object to students being exposed to creationism in theology, comparative religion, cultural anthropology or sociology courses. It just shouldn’t be taught as science.

  • aadila

    It would be nice if Sam got to be right once in a while too. People are so competitive about stuff. I think we should get rid of keeping score in high school sports because everybody who plays is a winner when you think of winning as teamwork, having fun, getting excercise, etc. Sam is ok. He’s part of the team and deserves a trophy too.

  • aadila

    Oh dear, I will probably start a tsunami for saying this but I actually side with Sam.

    Not because I think creationism is a valid point of intellectual inquiry (any more than teaching kids that sickness is caused by an angry God), but because many people actually believe it and it is important to address the very kinds of topics we are discussing here as a matter of informed debate.

    Where the problem lies is in the doctrine upheld by so many Republicans — chiefly in the South — that schools are not allowed to broach subjects which challenge “fixed beliefs” i.e. creationism. So what ends up happening is there is no discussion in these schools and easily disprovable ideas about a 6,000 year old Earth are never adequately challenged.

    A kid once complained to me that her high school physics teacher made a point of ridiculing astrology as having no scientific basis, but turned red in the face with anger and yelled when some kids were making fun of the superstitious belief in devils (the teacher happened to be Christian and believed in devils). It cuts both ways.

    My solution is the same as most things in education, it is better to talk about the facts openly. Removing such topics as creationism from the curriculum does not seem to be an adequate solution to ignorance.

  • supersonic250

    Gregory:

    Yeah, I know, but it’s always worth trying. Maybe someday Sam will actually try to LEARN about whatever he’s talking about and stop listening to propaganda. Heck… A lot of this stuff is basic MIDDLE school stuff.

  • Gregory

    @super,
    Sam has traveled this road before. Perhaps I was hasty in my assessment of his ability to learn.

  • Sam Molloy

    In Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, Communist China, and the American South, a lot of “proven” things were taught that, oddly enough, turned out to be patently false. Education should not be limited to schools. Keep reading.

  • supersonic250

    …And yes, as long as you keep posting stuff that’s WRONG, I’m gonna keep adding classes. Maybe soon, I’ll have planned your degree for you. Maybe some of the others can help me with this…

  • supersonic250

    Sam Malloy:

    Add a series of science classes to that list of community college courses you need to take. Evolution is not a theory. It has been proven. Creationism is dogma itself.

    I had an Earth Science course taught at a state college where the professor accepted the answer on ANY exam that geological phenomenon were caused by god.

    …Needless to say, he was fired by the next semester.

    Keep fiction out of science classes and leave it in mythology courses where it belongs.

  • Gregory

    Sam,
    Once again, you are misusing the word “theory”, as used in the scientific context. There is no controversy in the scientific community with regards to evolution.

  • Sam Molloy

    Critical Dragon, Creationism hurts nobody, especially if it’s taught as one of several theories, from pure six day creation and 6,000 year old universe, to evolution designed by some Cosmic force with six distinguishable epochs, to pure random chance in a Godless existence. Don’t be Dogmatic, give the kids a chance to make up their own mind. To me Creationism actually proves Homosexuality is innate. How would it have evolved? Evolution is also a theory and has never been proven scientifically.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee Critical Dragon1177

    Gregory,

    You wrote,
    ——————————————————————–
    Bobby Jindal wants Creationism to be taught in public schools yet he urges the GOP to “stop being the stupid party.” Cognitive dissonance?
    ——————————————————————–

    Maybe not. Its possible he’s so ignorant and so unwilling to do proper research, ( assuming he knows how ) that he actually doesn’t see how stupid it actually is.

  • Aron

    Rocky, Tony Perkins should stop lying. What happened to the FRC is detestable, but their continual dissembly is hardly worthy of praise.

  • Sam Molloy

    Aw, Gregory, put ‘em on the TV on “mute” and have the radio on. Sometimes they lip sync pretty good.

  • http://facebook patricia barille

    Remember David Duke?

  • Rocky Lore

    The SPLC shouldn’t be accusing Tony Perkins of hate, especially after what Floyd Corkins did.

  • Eve Senkovich

    More of the hate filled Republicans at work. When is this going to stop. The racists and bigots at work again.

  • Gregory

    Erika,
    Point taken. I need to reacquaint myself with Chick tracts but I will draw the line at watching teevee preachers.

  • Dietrich

    Michael Cushman, it’s nice to hear that you conflate hate with Christianity.

    I’ve been trying to explain this to some of my Christian friends but they keep telling me that that’s just the crazies. Maybe you could set them straight for me? I could really use help explaining how Christianity encourages people to lie and deceive in order to convince people to hate minorities.

    Thanks.

  • Robroberts

    No matter how many white hoods Mr. Perkins tries to cover up his past and present with, he cannot hide it. He is radioactive to the general public, a dangerous bigoted throwback to the good old boys network that used to run the South. He takes cover in religion and “family values” while working his hardest to degrade and destroy American families that don’t fit into his narrow, intolerant mould. He and Jindal are like two drowning men, they will only accelerate each others’ slow sink into irrelevancy.

  • Erika

    um, taught by God.

    that is what trying to think like a Fundamentalist Christian does to your brain :)

    aadila, don’t be silly, everyone knows that Jesus Christ’s Teachings have absolutely with Christianity. i mean, everyone knows that Jesus was some filthy Middle Eastern Commie Socialist who waged class warfare against the rich and taught people to be weak and tolerate others. Everyone knows that God hates people like that :P

  • Sophist

    “Perkins is listed as absent for seven out of seven meetings. Since Perkins has a day job in Washington, D.C., and is apparently unable to attend those meetings, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be any better about attending the Commission on Law Enforcement meetings.”

    …and such small portions.

  • Erika

    Gregory, you make the mistake of using normal person logic and not Fundamentalist Christian logic.

    To a Fundamentalist Christian not being a Creationist would be “stupid” because people who reject Creationism will be thought by God ithat He n fact created the Earth 6,000 years ago in 6 days (and that Dinosaurs went extinct during the Great Flood) by um, tossing them into the Lake of Fire located in the center of Earth where Satan will torment them with pitchforks for all eternity.

    So believe it or not, in Jindahl’s mind those views are actually completely consistant.

  • Dan Zabetakis

    “Pam, I’ve had the same thing. Are you posting from a handheld device, or one with a touch screen?”

    I’ve also had at least one message vaporized recently (and a good one too). I’ve also seen the posting-to-fast message. I suspect that the SPLC is having a few problems with their web server.

    (They don’t seem to monitor these comment threads.)

  • Dietrich

    Gregory, Bobby also criticized the Republican Party for being ruthlessly classist and only caring about rich donors.

    This was while he was revealing a new tax plan that would eliminate the income tax with a raise in sales tax: something that would put even more tax burden on the lower classes and less burden on the upper class.

    Self-awareness is not his strong suit.

  • aadila

    Michael Cushman, for FRC to be considered a Christian group, at a minimum they could attempt to follow Christ’s teachings.

  • Gregory

    Once. again Cushman shows up without abswering questions about his neo-Nazi past. Same old, same old.

  • gin arnold

    Once again, Louisiana along with it’s Southern neighbors, proves why the South lags so far behind the rest of the country. It leads in the uneducated, obesity, incomes, child mortality, and thrives on “guns and Bibles”. My Indian friends think of Jindal more as an “untouchable” that being of caste.

  • Reynardine

    Pam, I’ve had the same thing. Are you posting from a handheld device, or one with a touch screen?

  • Nancy Kiplinger

    Well, isn’t that just the dumbest thing! It’s clear that Perkins cannot contribute a balanced point of view to the Commission. Dear Governor Jindal: Dumb is as dumb does.

  • http://southernnationalist.com Michael Cushman

    SPLC labels a pro-Christian group a ‘hate group.’ What’s new? Same old. Same old.

  • Beverly Walker

    This is scary. How can it get more press?

  • http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com David Cary Hart

    This is outrageous. In addition to his homophobia, Perkins’ is an antisemite. I suppose that flies in Louisiana.

    By the way, Perkins was threatening SPLC and Morris Dees specifically today http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.co.....c-and.html

    Mr. Dees hasn’t actually run SPLC in a number of years.

  • Q Dronet

    This is not surprising. The governor is incapable of rising above his caste mentality. It is very sad for Louisiana and the country that he is given power and a pulpit.

  • Glenn Tetterton

    This is just more proof that the GOP is more a criminal conspiracy than a political party.

  • concernedcitizen

    Fighting against the LGBT community in trying to deny their civil rights is a colossal waste of taxpayer time and money.

    It’s a sad state of affairs when mankind cannot evolve and allow for his/her own evolution to take place. The LGBT community is made up of millions of Americans and they are part of our communities and family. When we can learn to be civil and accepting of those who are different we will be on a path to uniting America.

  • Gregory

    Bobby Jindal wants Creationism to be taught in public schools yet he urges the GOP to “stop being the stupid party.” Cognitive dissonance?

  • Pam miner

    I noticed there are n posts. I posted a long post and it didn’t stay. It told me not to post so often. Just 1 post, why? How long is too long?