Say You (Don't) Want A Revolution?: Perkins Proves To Be No Prophet
Rob Boston printable version print page     Bookmark and Share
Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 12:37:13 PM EST

Almost exactly three years ago, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins appeared on a far-right radio program and predicted that the country was on the verge of revolution.

If the Supreme Court upheld marriage equality, Perkins opined, the United States might split in two.

"If you get government out of whack with where the people are and it goes too far, you create revolution," Perkins told Janet Mefferd on March 25, 2013. "I think you could see a social and cultural revolution if the court goes too far on this...[It] could literally split this nation in two and create such political and cultural turmoil that I'm not sure we could recover...."

The high court handed down a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges nine months ago. How are we doing?

Well, certainly there has been a backlash to the decision in some quarters. A few government clerks like Kim Davis in Kentucky are trying to argue in court that they have a religious freedom right to refuse to serve LGBT couples. That isn't going so well for them.

Some people who own businesses connected to the wedding industry (florists, bakers, caterers, etc.) are insisting that they also have the right to deny services to same-sex couples. That argument is problematic because some of these people live in places where state and local laws protect the LGBT community. These issues are working their way through the courts.

There have also been a few instances of people just being jerks.

We've also seen attempts in some states to pass reckless laws that purport to protect "religious liberty" but that really are intended to give people a right to discriminate against others. (These bills in turn are sparking a strong backlash. This freshly vetoed one in Georgia is a good example.)

So, yes, there has been fallout from the high court's ruling. That's often the case. A Supreme Court decision is rarely the last word on any matter. People react to decisions. They may try to temper them or call for legislation that somehow responds to these rulings.

But Perkins didn't say there would be fallout. He said there would be revolution. He said the country might actually split in two.

Now, Perkins might argue that he didn't mean that literally - even though he used the term "literally" in his comments. We've come to a point in this country where people have used the term "literally" incorrectly for so long that in some contexts it can now mean its exact opposite.

The editor in me shudders at that, but fair enough. But let's face it, we haven't even seen a metaphorical revolution over the marriage-equality ruling. What we're seeing is a band of malcontents trying to inflict damage on the decision through 10,000 paper cuts. And they aren't going to get away with it.

Opinion polls show where this issue is heading, and the outcome is not favorable for Perkins and people like him. You know you're losing when even Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has thrown in the towel.

Yes, we have some recalcitrant clerks to sue, some bills to lobby against and some mop-up operations in court. Make no mistake, a lot of work remains. Some of the bills pending in state legislatures are very serious, and we must defeat them.

But so far, no one has taken to the streets. Sure, some people are angry over the decision, but they've not fomented revolution, and the country remains intact.

One more thing: Remember all of those pastors whom we were told would be put in jail because they refused to officiate at same-sex weddings? That hasn't happened either, despite fake "news" stories to the contrary.

It's almost as if Perkins doesn't know what he's talking about.

The man was simply wrong - as your article suggests - and that is true on so many levels. Another possibility is that he is simply engaging in "wishful thinking" and fund raising - I'm confident that there is an element of truth there as well. A more dangerous possibility exists - being a leader, an insider, well acquainted with the radical GOP/Christian militant obstructionists, his words become a warning that like a school yard bully, when they don't get their way, they are quick to resort to violence. If our worlds political climate is any indication he could be right - violence could become a reaction to progressive change in government, especially on hot button social issues. The correct word for this however, is not revolution - not civil war - but rather home grown terrorism. Terrorism once again inspired by religious leadership who know little of the message of their religion, and desire to use religion as a weapon - rather than religious devotion as opportunity to serve God and our fellow man.

by chaplain on Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 02:06:33 PM EST

Thank you for sharing the opinion. It's very helpful for me. instagram online

by tadobre on Wed Aug 30, 2017 at 06:48:08 AM EST

Talk to action is a kind of website which has a blog of about resolution. Perks proved to not be prophet. There has been a backlash bound for the decision in some cases.
You can see financial advisor cost and get ways of leaderships. Some people have their own business for weddings. Join their website for more.

by AnthonyC on Thu Jul 30, 2020 at 02:08:02 AM EST

Reclaiming results talk to action is a website that has an information about what is revolution. You must get lawn care winnipeg to clean snow ways. It includes the details of the high court handed down a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in Obergefell. Join their website for more.

by Fifended76 on Tue Oct 13, 2020 at 04:04:53 AM EST

They opened my eyes to the resolution in marriages; it is good that we all read about this topic and the problems that may arise after passing them. The essayontime also guide us on many other topics.

by Major292 on Tue Nov 24, 2020 at 05:26:56 AM EST

WWW Talk To Action

Cognitive Dissonance & Dominionism Denial
There is new research on why people are averse to hearing or learning about the views of ideological opponents. Based on evaluation of five......
By Frederick Clarkson (374 comments)
Will the Air Force Do Anything To Rein In Its Dynamic Duo of Gay-Bashing, Misogynistic Bloggers?
"I always get nervous when I see female pastors/chaplains. Here is why everyone should as well: "First, women are not called to be pastors,......
By Chris Rodda (198 comments)
The Legacy of Big Oil
The media is ablaze with the upcoming publication of David Grann's book, Killers of the Flower Moon. The shocking non fiction account of the......
By wilkyjr (110 comments)
Gimme That Old Time Dominionism Denial
Over the years, I have written a great deal here and in other venues about the explicitly theocratic movement called dominionism -- which has......
By Frederick Clarkson (101 comments)
History Advisor to Members of Congress Completely Twists Jefferson's Words to Support Muslim Ban
Pseudo-historian David Barton, best known for his misquoting of our country's founders to promote the notion that America was founded as a Christian nation,......
By Chris Rodda (113 comments)
"Christian Fighter Pilot" Calls First Lesbian Air Force Academy Commandant a Liar
In a new post on his "Christian Fighter Pilot" blog titled "BGen Kristin Goodwin and the USAFA Honor Code," Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan......
By Chris Rodda (144 comments)
Catholic Right Leader Unapologetic about Call for 'Death to Liberal Professors' -- UPDATED
Today, Donald Trump appointed C-FAM Executive Vice President Lisa Correnti to the US Delegation To UN Commission On Status Of Women. (C-FAM is a......
By Frederick Clarkson (126 comments)
Controlling Information
     Yesterday I listened to Russ Limbaugh.  Rush advised listeners it would be best that they not listen to CNN,MSNBC, ABC, CBS and......
By wilkyjr (118 comments)
Is Bannon Fifth-Columning the Pope?
In December 2016 I wrote about how White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who likes to flash his Catholic credentials when it comes to......
By Frank Cocozzelli (250 comments)
Ross Douthat's Hackery on the Seemingly Incongruous Alliance of Bannon & Burke
Conservative Catholic writer Ross Douthat has dissembled again. This time, in a February 15, 2017 New York Times op-ed titled The Trump Era's Catholic......
By Frank Cocozzelli (64 comments)
`So-Called Patriots' Attack The Rule Of Law
Every so often, right-wing commentator Pat Buchanan lurches out of the far-right fever swamp where he has resided for the past 50 years to......
By Rob Boston (161 comments)
Bad Faith from Focus on the Family
Here is one from the archives, Feb 12, 2011, that serves as a reminder of how deeply disingenuous people can be. Appeals to seek......
By Frederick Clarkson (176 comments)
The Legacy of George Wallace
"One need not accept any of those views to agree that they had appealed to real concerns of real people, not to mindless, unreasoning......
By wilkyjr (70 comments)
Betsy DeVos's Mudsill View of Public Education
My Talk to Action colleague Rachel Tabachnick has been doing yeoman's work in explaining Betsy DeVos's long-term strategy for decimating universal public education. If......
By Frank Cocozzelli (80 comments)
Prince and DeVos Families at Intersection of Radical Free Market Privatizers and Religious Right
This post from 2011 surfaces important information about President-Elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. -- FC Erik Prince, Brother of Betsy......
By Rachel Tabachnick (218 comments)

Respect for Others? or Political Correctness?
The term "political correctness" as used by Conservatives and Republicans has often puzzled me: what exactly do they mean by it? After reading Chip Berlin's piece here-- I thought about what he explained......
MTOLincoln (253 comments)
What I'm feeling now is fear.  I swear that it seems my nightmares are coming true with this new "president".  I'm also frustrated because so many people are not connecting all the dots! I've......
ArchaeoBob (107 comments)
"America - love it or LEAVE!"
I've been hearing that and similar sentiments fairly frequently in the last few days - far FAR more often than ever before.  Hearing about "consequences for burning the flag (actions) from Trump is chilling!......
ArchaeoBob (211 comments)
"Faked!" Meme
Keep your eyes and ears open for a possible move to try to discredit the people openly opposing Trump and the bigots, especially people who have experienced terrorism from the "Right"  (Christian Terrorism is......
ArchaeoBob (165 comments)
More aggressive proselytizing
My wife told me today of an experience she had this last week, where she was proselytized by a McDonald's employee while in the store. ......
ArchaeoBob (163 comments)
See if you recognize names on this list
This comes from the local newspaper, which was conservative before and took a hard right turn after it was sold. Hint: Sarah Palin's name is on it!  (It's also connected to Trump.) ......
ArchaeoBob (169 comments)
Unions: A Labor Day Discussion
This is a revision of an article which I posted on my personal board and also on Dailykos. I had an interesting discussion on a discussion board concerning Unions. I tried to piece it......
Xulon (156 comments)
Extremely obnoxious protesters at WitchsFest NYC: connected to NAR?
In July of this year, some extremely loud, obnoxious Christian-identified protesters showed up at WitchsFest, an annual Pagan street fair here in NYC.  Here's an account of the protest by Pagan writer Heather Greene......
Diane Vera (130 comments)
Capitalism and the Attack on the Imago Dei
I joined this site today, having been linked here by Crooksandliars' Blog Roundup. I thought I'd put up something I put up previously on my Wordpress blog and also at the DailyKos. As will......
Xulon (330 comments)
History of attitudes towards poverty and the churches.
Jesus is said to have stated that "The Poor will always be with you" and some Christians have used that to refuse to try to help the poor, because "they will always be with......
ArchaeoBob (148 comments)
Alternate economy medical treatment
Dogemperor wrote several times about the alternate economy structure that dominionists have built.  Well, it's actually made the news.  Pretty good article, although it doesn't get into how bad people could be (have been)......
ArchaeoBob (90 comments)
Evidence violence is more common than believed
Think I've been making things up about experiencing Christian Terrorism or exaggerating, or that it was an isolated incident?  I suggest you read this article (linked below in body), which is about our great......
ArchaeoBob (214 comments)

More Diaries...

All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective companies. Comments, posts, stories, and all other content are owned by the authors. Everything else 2005 Talk to Action, LLC.