Lies from the FRC: Politics, Religion, and Homosexuality

From a four-page letter (PDF) from the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins to their members….


*The government prosecuting a small business owner — perhaps a Christian bookstore — for declining to hire an open-homosexual or cross-dresser.
*Your employer telling you to remove the Bible from your desk because it is offensive to the homosexual or cross-dresser he was forced to hire.
*Your church being forced to choose between hiring a man who dresses as a woman to work in the Mother’s Day Out or preschool program or facing federal investigation.
*Your teen coming home from his faith-based summer camp and telling you his councilor was an openly-practicing homosexual.

Unimaginable, you say? The government can’t force churches to do that, can it?

It can — if ENDA becomes law.

Think Progress ticks just a few of the lies.

In the body of the letter, which was signed by FRC President Tony Perkins, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) is quoted as saying that ENDA legislation would mean that “the federal government would be dictating to religious institutions and organizations whom they must hire.” The letter also claims the law could lead to an “employer telling you to remove the Bible from your desk because it is offensive to the homosexual or cross-dresser he was forced to hire.” These claims are ridiculous. Despite what Price says, the legislation would not force anyone to be hired. It would only mean that it would be illegal “to fire, refuse to hire, or fail to promote employees simply based on sexual orientation,” as it is currently illegal to do in cases of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Additionally, as the Human Rights Campaign points out, current ENDA legislation “exempts small businesses, religious organizations and the military.”

Let us not, as Christians, become caught up in using twisted words to secure our position.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

12 thoughts on “Lies from the FRC: Politics, Religion, and Homosexuality

    1. Except that they are basing their ‘information’ on things that are untrue. This only seems to happen under certain administrations…

  1. A (not the, but a) problem is that it says “It can — if ENDA becomes law.” rather than “If ENDA becomes law and gets expanded as has happened in Europe.”

    Of course, they need the fear to be imminent. The truth, though, is that the safeguards put into ENDA aren’t likely to go away … but truth isn’t nearly as good for fundraising as fear is.

  2. For years Perkins and many of the leaders of the “Christian” right have been stoking the fires of fear, paranoia and suspicion that most of their followers cannot tell the difference between true and lies. The copious disregard for truth and the need to present “worst case” scenarios as immanent threats has become a hallmark of this movement. Yes, IF ENDA is enacted, (which it has as of now not been) and IF it was expanded in Europe, and IF those who the Christian Right are depending on in Congress to keep such from happening later roll over and quit throwing the Christian right under the bus, then there might be cause for concern.

    Ever since Pat Buchanan and others announced a “culture war” the battle lines have been drawn. The Christian Right has abandoned any sense of reconciliation as set for in the Gospel for an Old Testament Holy War more like Moslem Jihad than Christian concern with the reconciliation of all to Christ.

    Personally I think we can lay a lot of the “success” of the Gay rights movement at the feet of Perkins and his ilk. They have so poisoned the waters that there is no room for reasoned debate, understanding of the rights of all concerned from the Christian who is concerned about their religious rights and the homosexual who does not want to be discriminated against in the workplace because of his or her sexual orientation.

    Such is the cost of using the power of the government to attempt to impose ones views on others. It is a double edged sword. The early Church suffered under far worse but when they were hauled before Caesar they did not preach against the wrongs of the Roman government, they instead bore witness of Christ and little by little came to have influence beyond their numbers.

    Peace, Padre Steve+

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