Thursday, June 09, 2005

apparently HATE IS A FAMILY VALUE: Family Research Council PAYS $82,000 FOR KKK mailing list

(from Americablog. Remember the Family Research Council is the group behind all the pressure on the FCC to make TV "safe for children." Someone please send these people a remote control. I prefer a culture by and for adults. If you don't like it, turn it off and send the kids outside to play. The fact that they trolled for members from the KKK is unsurprising. These people are about the hate -- brook)

also see story in The Nation: 3Fi=20050509&s=blumenthal

The Family Research Council and the Ku Klux Klan

You always remember your first Klan...

(David Duke and friends)

The Family Research Council's executive director, Tony Perkins, reportedly paid former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke over $80,000 for his who's-who-of-racist-America mailing list in 1996.

This should be the death of the Family Research Council, one of the religoius right's lead organizations, and the end of Tony Perkins career. Who on the left is smart enough to plunk down some money to organize the campaign destroying the FRC and their executive director because of his dealings with the Ku Klux Klan? This was 1996, people. That is well beyond, years beyond, the date that the entire nation knew Duke to be a rabid KKK-loving racist. But our pinnacle of family values, Tony Perkins, had no problem enriching black-hater David Duke to the tune of $82,000.

And what's more, Tony Perkins had no problem trying to woo David Duke's avowed racist following. With the religious right trying to reach out to black folk, and more generally trying to lecture the rest of us on morality, I want to know why Tony Perkins hasn't been forced to resign, or, why the Family Research Council hasn't been ostracized from the entire religious right community.Bob Knight and the rest of the Concerned Women for America, and the American Family Association and Lou Sheldon and all the rest of you supposed Christians, are you concerned that your good buddy Tony Perkins appears peppered with racism?"

(Tony Perkins. Wonder if he's related to Marlin?)

From the Nation (I'd reported on this Nation piece before, but this is big. This is the end of the Family Research Council and the religious right's efforts to woo the black community, if only some smart well-funded liberal had the sense to do something with this.):
"Four years ago, Perkins addressed the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), America's premier white supremacist organization, the successor to the White Citizens Councils, which battled integration in the South. 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."

What would I do in response? How about make sure the entire audience knows about Perkins' support for Duke and affinity for racists at EVERY event he attends. How about informing the black media and black churches about this tie between racists and the religious right. How about asking supposed religious right "black" leaders why they don't speak out against the FRC and its executive director's affinity for white supremacists. How about demanding that the other religious right groups speak out against Tony Perkins and his enabling of black-hating racists.

This is a campaign begging to happen.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In as much as the Family Research Council is recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization with the Internal Revenue Service, you really need to visit ( }, sign-up for the free GuideStar access in order to download and review the IRS Form 990s [Return of Organization Exempt From IncomeTax] filed by the FRC --- lots of information to be found within the public records.

For instance, I recall that the most recent FRC Form 990 reveals that Tony Perkins draws an annual salary of approximately $173,000...

Addiitionally, this Form 990 lists all FRC all other board members and key employees in addition to how much they are "compensated".

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