Monday, April 03, 2006

They're Making A List

he most recent post in the Features section at the Kevin Blier hate site, Center for American Cultural Renewal, a.k.a. Vermont Renewal, asks that Vermonters sign a petition promoting the religious right's Marriage Discrimination Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The petition is being offered by the Family Research Council, over its president's name, Tony Perkins.

So who is Tony Perkins?

Prior to taking over at the Family Research Council in 2003, Perkins' history is laced with associations with the most extreme elements of the lunatic right.  A concise biographical history on Perkins is contained in a piece about Justice Sunday leaders in The Nation.  In short, Perkins ties to racists and their organizations go back for years.  As recently as in 2001, Perkins addressed a Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens, formerly known as the White Citizens' Council.
"In 1996 Perkins paid former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke $82,500 for his mailing list.  At the time, Perkins was the campaign manager for a right-wing Republican candidate for the US Senate in Louisiana.  The Federal Election Commission fined the campaign Perkins ran $3,000 for attempting to hide the money paid to Duke."
- Justice Sunday Preachers, The Nation
And now Blier's group would like Vermonters to sign a petition offered by a man who buys lists of like-minded folk from neo-Nazis like David Duke, probably the best known American racist, anti-Semite and homophobe of the 21st Century.

We wonder who Perkins might be swapping mailing lists with today, and would Vermonters ever want to be on such a list?

What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."


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