The Log in Tony Perkins’ Eye
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who has an extensive record of lying about and hatefully attacking people with whom he disagrees, outdid himself recently when he accused President Obama of having “disdain for Christianity” and said Christians who voted for him in 2008 should repent (which pretty clearly implies that he believes supporting Obama was a sin).
This smear not only maligns the President in service of a political agenda, but also insults Christians who believe faith doesn’t belong to one party. Such charges are not only arrogant, ignorant and cynical, they promote a theologically dangerous commingling of faith and partisanship.
Politics is by no means a vocation for the thin-skinned, but some lines of attack are inexcusable. Perkins’s accusation definitely falls into that category. Even though Perkins exhibits unChristian characteristics of dishonesty, hate and cynicism in the service of an agenda that promotes bigotry, exalts greed and inflicts suffering on the powerless, I would never call his faith fake.
Perkins should have the decency to give the President and people who supported him the same respect. In his rush to point out the speck he perceives in Obama’s eye, Perkins misses the log in his own.