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Family Research Council: Black & White Is As Clear As Mud

May 19th, 2008 | by Daniel DiRito |

The Family Research Council has followed in the footsteps of Focus on the Family with the introduction a new video segment on their web site. FRC calls their program The Truth in Black & White, and it features Tony Perkins, the president of FRC, and Bishop Harry Jackson.

I’ve included two of their videos below. In the first, Perkins and Jackson tackle stewardship of the earth and global warming. In the second, they take on the recent ruling of the California Supreme Court to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage.

The contrast found in the logic of these two videos is notable and indicative of the hypocrisy that is so often demonstrated by the religious right. Note that in the first video, Perkins and Jackson suggest that global warming hysteria is fear mongering and a fabrication of men like Al Gore. Apparently the God that speaks to Al Gore is a fraud…and men like Perkins and Jackson are here to tell us which God is real…and which problems the real God wants us to address.

They suggest that while we need to be good stewards of the earth, God knows what he is doing with his creation (the earth and its people) and he will sustain them according to his own plan. In fact, Perkins states that we shouldn’t “surrender national autonomy nor do we need to sacrifice the family budget and the income that families are making” when addressing that stewardship. Little did I know that God finds it acceptable for us to put the interests of the United States above those of the rest of the world and that he doesn’t expect us to give up any of our wealth in order to preserve his creation. Apparently God intends to subsidize this particular issue.

So let me see if I’ve got this straight. Men like Perkins and Jackson don’t think Americans should sacrifice any of their income to protect the planet…at least not in accordance with Kyoto or any of the plans put forward by the likes of Al Gore. On the other hand, these are the same people who routinely expect their followers to open their wallets and contribute generously to the FRC and the causes they deem to be necessary and in need of immediate attention.

That brings us to the second video which is on the subject of same-sex marriage. In this instance, apparently Perkins and Jackson don’t think God has a sufficient plan for addressing the issue of homosexuality…even though God would had to have known it would exist (and had a plan to address it) just like they contend he would have known that fears about the climate of the planet would eventually trouble some of its inhabitants.

Here’s where we begin to see the inconsistency and the hypocrisy. Perkins and Jackson conclude that the FRC and the religious right need to step in and take an activist role in preventing gays from obtaining the rights afforded to their heterosexual counterparts. Is this because God’s plan is lacking when it comes to gays? Funny how, in this instance, families are routinely asked to dig deep into their budgets to fund the FRC and their efforts to pass amendments in California and other states to ban same-sex marriage. Far be it for me to know what God deems a justified financial sacrifice…though Perkins and Jackson seem convinced they know.

In other words, with regards to global warming, God wants us to be good stewards but we need not and should not do anything drastic because he knows what he’s doing and he doesn’t expect us to crimp our budgets. On the other hand, he needs us to do everything we can to stop the gays. Is that because he doesn’t have a plan or because gays have somehow figured out how to outsmart God? Apparently Perkins and Jackson have concluded that God needs his hetero human subjects to become his proxy warriors in addressing homosexuality because he just can’t go it alone.

Perkins and Jackson seem to think all of this is completely black and white…but I contend it is merely more of the same cut and paste pontificating that has come to define their inane ideology. Talking in circles may suffice for those who are willing to suspend rational thought and ignore reasoned analysis…but I find it to be the equivalent of washing the windows with a bucket of dirty water.

Yes, the effort might make one feel better but it sure as hell does nothing to enhance one’s view and one’s understanding of what lies on the other side. Rather, it serves to preclude those on one side from ever having to consider arguments that might undermine the absolute ideology they embrace and the fears that endear them to it.

In the end, it’s obvious that Perkins and Jackson believe that personal faith should intervene in public policy…but only when doing so furthers the issues of faith they have conveniently chosen to cherry pick. Perhaps they think that’s black and white. I think it’s about as clear as mud.

Perkins & Jackson On Stewardship & Global Warming Hysteria

Perkins & Jackson On CA Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling

Cross-posted at Thought Theater

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  1. 5 Responses to “Family Research Council: Black & White Is As Clear As Mud”

  2. By christopher Radulich on May 19, 2008 | Reply

    Is that because he doesn’t have a plan or because gays have somehow figured out how to outsmart God?

    Given the people representing god, I go with outsmarting god.

  3. By Paul Merda on May 19, 2008 | Reply

    I hear Daniel but I have come to the conclusion that even if you point out to the godbots the obvious truth of the matter, with data and evidence to support it they will still ignore you and go about their business without ever thinking about it again. Here is what we are up against:

    “If the bible had said that Jonah swallowed the whale, I would believe it.” — William Jennings Bryan

  4. By rube cretin on May 19, 2008 | Reply

    “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” — Gandhi

  5. By Gorbe on May 19, 2008 | Reply

    Funny how Christians morph with the times to remain relevant.

    This notion of standing by the unchanging-word-of-God is utter rubbish.

    History is replete with examples of those who believe they have held the biblically correct interpretation of scripture (e.g. slavery okay, interracial marriage bad, women’s right to vote bad, etc.); only to be trumped by the dominant trend of secular humanistic values on the culture. And time and time again reactionary religious forces have had to transform their “steadfastness” to seem to have been “with the times” all along.

    It works wonderfully to revise history when all the spectators are dead. E.g. today’s fundamentalist Christians claiming that their fundamentalist brethren led the movement to overcome slavery. When, in fact, it was liberal Christians (the ones Falwell, Robertson, FRC love to mock as “not true Christians”) who were part of that movement.

    Fundamentalist Christianity (as well as fundamentalisms of other religions) have always been reactionary on virtually every aspect of human and social progress. The fact that humanity steps forward in spite of their roadblocks is a testament to the persuasiveness of a philosophy rooted in humanistic principles (i.e. practical realism vs. imaginary-ism/wish-it-were-this-way-ism).

    It is highly likely that the FRC and other right-wing religious kooks will succeed in transforming their public image because many of their followers are the same mental midgets who overwhelming voted a dunce into the White House because he tickled their ear and waved a Bible (and flag) in the air.

    I suppose we should be grateful that the momentum of environmentalism and such is so strong that even some of its detractors/deniers have jumped aboard. Even so, it doesn’t change the fundamentalist’s black/white mindset to continue to erect roadblocks to progress in other areas - whether it be reproductive freedoms, stem cell research, or the right of two consenting adults to enter into a CIVIL union without some getting the approval of some religious’ person(s) blessing.

  6. By Paul Merda on May 19, 2008 | Reply

    Hear, Hear Gorbe!

    These folks have lost every single battle in the “Culture Wars” and will lose this one too.

    It is funny how they will pretend many years from now that it was their idea to support environmental efforts. It would be hilarious except for the fact that so much rides on their bullsh-t. One doen’t know whether to laugh or to cry…

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