The leader of the hate group Tony PerkinsPhoto: Screenshot
The Family Research Council (FRC), an anti-LGBTQ organization recognized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), is one of many right-wing religious groups opposing the COVID-19 vaccine mandates of the Biden administration for federal employees and contractors, in addition to companies with more than 100 employees.
The Biden administration’s latest step toward ending the COVID-19 pandemic and its attempt to demand that people get vaccinated wherever possible is a “failure to include natural immunity, the state of health and religious objections in their vaccination campaign, ”said FRC President Tony Perkins in a new statement.
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In the statement, Perkins and the FRC liken President Biden’s actions to communism, calling him “Comrade Biden” and deeming the measures “an unprecedented and unacceptable abuse of power.”
Perkins further claims that there will be a “watch list” for those who are part of Biden’s plan and that the news “will turn people against the very vaccine he is trying to promote.”
Perkins goes on to say that he is not anti-vaccine, but he thinks of those who are immune to COVID-19 “naturally”.
“The failure of the Biden administration to include natural immunity, medical condition and religious objections in its vaccination campaign raises many questions of efficacy and ethics,” he said. “Until these questions and problems are resolved, Americans have a right and a responsibility to resist this unconstitutional and unethical mandate.”
Perkins ironically continues to assert that Biden “is not driven by science, but by leftist politics,” weeks after lamenting the medical association-backed policies reinstated by the Biden administration. The two comments come as his organization supports efforts to enact anti-trans legislation across the country that are not supported by scientific evidence.
As recently as March, Perkins claimed LGBTQ people were “unnatural” and “immoral.”
“Homosexuality is unnatural because it deviates from God’s purpose for sexuality. According to the passage, homosexuality is also a consequence of humanity suppressing the truth of God and refusing to honor it, ”Perkins said at the time.
He then went on to denounce transgender people, “secularists, humanists, hedonists and the political left”, and anyone who supports them as “immoral”, among other “im-” and “non-” s.
Perkins also touted so-called “conversion therapy,” a practice supported by FRC that purports to offer a “cure” to people who are not straight or cisgender.
Apparently, however, what’s “natural” is immunity to the coronavirus, which some people have seemingly without a cure, according to Perkins.
Perkins made his political debut as a representative for the State of Louisiana. He bought his mailing list for supporters of David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and delivered speeches to white supremacist groups.
He was a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump and his white nationalist supporters.
Despite the FRC’s designation as a hate group and long-standing anti-LGBTQ advocacy, they have been adopted within the administration of former President Donald Trump, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently encouraged their supporters to run for school boards across the country.