Category archives: Perkins' Perspective

Perkins’ Perspective: Greetings from Honduras!

by Tony Perkins

August 5, 2008

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As reported in the Update, I am taking a week off to join my oldest daughter, Kendal, on a medical and humanitarian mission trip to the impoverished areas surrounding Tela, Honduras. This was her 16th birthday present. There has not been much downtime to blog on our activities as the doctors, nurses and others from our church have treated nearly 1,500 people in three days. The team has provided the people, mostly women and children (more on that topic later), with basic medicines, food and, in some cases, glasses (we had a limited supply of them). Of course, everyone heard and saw the gospel in action. Sunday night I had the opportunity to preach at Antioquia Evangelica Bautista Iglesia in Tela, which is a mission of our home church of Greenwell Springs Baptist.

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It has been pretty hot but the afternoon rain showers help cool things off in this subtropical climate. It is a beautiful country and the Honduran people are extremely hospitable, receptive to us and grateful for what we are doing.

One thing I noticed right off in the various communities that we’ve been in, besides the abject poverty, is the absence of the men. I began asking around, talking to the local pastors through our interpreters. Two reasons were given. First, a number of the young men have gone to America (illegally) in search of job opportunities. Unfortunately, according to those I’ve spoken to, few of the men are sending money back in support of the children and their mothers. The second reason given was the influence of the messages sent from the United States through our television programs. It’s not just our families that are affected by what American entertainment puts out.

Perkins Perspective

by Tony Perkins

July 26, 2008

Earlier this week I returned from my first trip to the beautiful state of Alaska. I was a part of a double header service at Anchorage Baptist Temple where I preached the first service and Franklin Graham preached the second. Great folks. But I’ll have to say the highlight of the trip was a flight with two former Air Force bomber pilots who flew me in a float plane for a close up of some of Alaska’s most famous glaciers in Prince William Sound.

We flew over the Harvard Glacier at about 50 feet as it descended into the College Fjord. What an awesome view! Thumbnail image for Harvard.jpg

On the way we passed the Exit Glacier which my hosts pointed out has become a magnet for the Global Warming crowd. Global Warming alarmists point to the receding glaciers as evidence of the crisis. In fact, just a few months ago the Exit Glacier was the site where two presidential candidates pledged their support to stop Climate change. News reports say the glacier has receded a 1000 feet in the last decade.

According to my ace pilots, as the Exit Glacier, receded it uncovered trees that had been mowed down by the glacier when the big ice was on the move the other way, as the glacier was forming. The trees were reportedly carbon dated. Guess what? They weren’t 7,000 years old; they were 700 years old! That is similar to what was discovered in Switzerland. As the Schnidenjoch glacier was retreating a 4,700-year-old archer’s quiver was exposed in 2003.

This all suggested what many scientists have suggested; the planet operates in 1,500 year cycles of warming and cooling Of course you don’t hear too much from those who would proffer such a view and question global warming, because it has become modern day blasphemy.

By-the-way, most of the folks I was with in both Anchorage and Fairbanks were saying a little warming would actually be nice. Their summer has been unusually cold. Of course the explanation for that is as is the explanation for everything else these days, it’s caused by global warming.

Ted Turner: hungry for a headline

by Tony Perkins

April 3, 2008

Ted Turner, apparently chomping at the bit to promote the agenda of the global warming alarmists, says we will be eating one another by mid-century. Always hungry for a headline, Turner is sure to grab a few by suggesting that the world’s population, exacerbated by global warming, will lead to scarcity of resources.

What’s on Turner’s menu of solutions? Population control.

We’re too many people; that’s why we have global warming,” Turner said. “Too many people are using too much stuff.”

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Turner suggested that “on a voluntary basis, everybody in the world’s got to pledge to themselves that one or two children is it.”

Of course what happens when people don’t comply? If it is a good idea, then government has to make you comply, whether it’s wearing seatbelts, bicycle helmets or limiting your quiver to two.

There is even more to the call for population control, like China’s forced sterilization and infanticide and the liberal West’s advancement of same-sex relations.

Stanford University professor Paul R. Ehrlich, in his book The Population Bomb, predicted millions of people would die of starvation in the 1970’s and 1980’s without the type of population control that Turner is calling for. The hysteria created by Ehrlich paved the way for the United Nations Population Fund.

The UN projected that the planet would be overrun with 11.5 billion people. Ehrlich was wrong. The UN now is quietly saying the population boom will fall far short of their projections. World population is projected to peak at 8.5 billion and then start a steady, long-term decline which many countries are already experiencing and multi millionaires promoting doomsday scenarios.

So we might very well have fields where no crops grow, not because of climate change, but because of an intemperate climate for humans caused by radical public policies.

CNN Doesn’t Approve of the God-like stuff

by Tony Perkins

January 19, 2008

Just when I thought CNN was starting to treat Evangelicals fairly they let Jack Cafferty out of his cage. On Thursday he went on a tear accusing Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee of wanting to put more God-like stuff in the Constitution. The God-like stuff that he was referring to was amending the constitution to ensure the right to life and to prevent the courts from redefining marriage. Cafferty went on to say that Evangelicals are the reason George Bush was in office for eight years and, therefore, they are responsible for all of Americas troubles. Cafferty then said that Huckabee is trying to bring out those Evangelical voters, to get them to the polls by using the God-like stuff talk. Cafferty didnt even try to cloak his disdain for Christians, leaving me to think he would much rather be reporting on bringing out the lions or staking Christians to the poles instead.

This all started when Mike Huckabee, in a speech last Monday night in Michigan, said he supported a Constitutional amendment ending abortion. [I]ts a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God and thats what we need to do, is to amend the Constitution so its in Gods standards, rather than try to change Gods standards. Huckabee made a similar comment about his support for a marriage amendment several weeks ago, but not being a front-runner at the time little was said about that statement.

I was on both CNN and MSNBC this week responding to Huckabees comments. The overreaction to them can be attributed to one of two things. Some in the media simply dont understand Evangelicals, not to mention history, or they just willfully twist their statements. It all suggests an anti-Christian bias as they try to further the ludicrous notion that Evangelicals want to establish a theocracy in America. .

Mike Huckabee is not the first to say that Gods definition of life and marriage should prevail in our culture. In fact, the Declaration of Independence with its references to the law of Nature and of Natures God makes it pretty clear that the Founders held a very similar view. As for the U.S. Constitution, that secular document Huckabee purportedly wants to defile with God-like stuff, a majority of Americas agree with him that life and marriage are worth protecting and that if it takes amending the constitution, then so be it.

Again let me state for the record that I am not supporting Gov. Huckabees candidacy. I have not endorsed a candidate, but I consider attacks on any Christian candidate because of his or her faith an attack on all of us. I also predict, again, that these attacks by the media and others only serve to help Huckabee as more and more Evangelicals put policy concerns aside to lock arms with a man who is being attacked for publicly standing for the values they hold most dear.

A Unifying Message

by Tony Perkins

January 18, 2008

Yesterday in the Washington Update I wrote about the fact that Republican voters, including evangelicals, are distributing their votes among three leading candidates Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and John McCain handing them victories at the ballot box in the hope that one or more of the GOP candidates will fully embrace all three parts of the conservative coalition social, economic, and defense.

On the eve of the voting in South Carolina, the race may be wide open, but the base is not wide open about its agenda for unity. Not everyone is sounding this theme. Yesterday the economic conservative Club for Growth assembled a team led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey that crisscrossed the Palmetto State attacking Mick Huckabee as, in Armeys words, a misguided populist.

The candidates themselves seem to be trying harder to generate unity. Huckabee used a speech in Tigerville, South Carolina, to emphasize his nine-point immigration plan that one anti-illegal immigration group hailed as the strongest no-amnesty, attrition plan of any of the candidates.

McCain took the opportunity to personally address the sanctity of life in Greenville, South Carolina, saying, “Im proud of my pro-life record in 24 years in the United States Congress … and I believe that some of the most sacred words ever uttered were that all of us were created equal … and that applies to the unborn as well as the born. He also said that the best way to protect the family and the unborn is “to appoint judges who strictly interpret the Constitution, and that he would “nominate the closest thing to a clone of (Chief) Justice John Roberts as I can find.”

Romney for his part has actually carried a three-legged stool with him to campaign stops for months, citing the need for family values to be an integral component of a conservative message. He is dividing time between South Carolina and Nevada, which holds caucuses of its own this Saturday.

Finally, Fred Thompson, for whom South Carolina may prove to be a breakwater or a backbreaker, hit all the coalition themes, denouncing budget excess, saying, “We’re spending ourselves into oblivion, asserting his dedication to the sanctity of human life, and even plastering unity on his campaign posters.

To a remarkable degree, the messages of these four candidates are now converging.

Gays’ Mock Jesus with Last Supper Take-Off

by Tony Perkins

September 28, 2007

Homosexuals organizers of San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair are promoting the event with a mockery of Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. The poster portrays Christ and His disciples as half-naked homosexual sadomasochists.

Expect more of this type of blasphemous attack on Christianity if hate crimes and ENDA passes. Under the protection of the federal government radical homosexuals will no doubt increase their provocation in an effort to move to the next step of their agenda - hate speech laws that will silence the Church. Their speech, such as this, will be protected but Romans 1 will not, it will be hate speech.

Will Charles Schumer and Ted Kennedy, who championed the Hate Crimes bill in the Senate, denounce this attack on Christianity?

By-the-way, my friend Bill Donahue from the Catholic League is calling for a boycott of Miller Brewing which is a sponsor of the event and has their trade mark emblem on the poster. While I support him in his efforts, I am not sure I can help too much with the boycott.

Perkins’ Perspective: The NEA behind closed doors

by Tony Perkins

July 27, 2007

The National Education Association (NEA) should come clean, be honest, and change their name. The National Indoctrination Association (NIA) would be more fitting. According to a report from the Baptist Press, the NIA has been up to their usual schoolyard bully routine, pushing their radical agenda onto America’s children.

At their annual conclave held in Philadelphia early this month, the organization’s executive committee — without the approval of their members — voted to aggressively advance elements of the homosexual agenda. The committee voted on and approved three proposals. First, the committee voted to put the weight of the so-called education association behind an effort to pass federal hate crimes legislation, a measure that would greatly expanded federal power and would ultimately lead to the silencing of moral opposition. The second resolution would boost the NEA’s website to “include all resources” devoted to homosexual causes, and the third resolution called upon them to push to make sexual orientation training to be a requirement for earning teaching credentials.

And people wonder why parents want choice in education!

Perkins’ Perspective: AU, the ACLU, and other distortions

by Tony Perkins

July 26, 2007

I am glad to know that Barry and his boys over at (some) Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AU) are on our mailing list and read my updates. Someone forwarded me a blog post by Rob Boston at AU. They are attacking our July issue of Washington Watch, where we outline the growing threat to Christian speech and the intolerance of groups like the ACLU.

In particular, they claim my report of what is happening in my home state of Louisiana with the Tangipahoa school board was a distortion of the facts because we said the ACLU wanted Christians jailed for praying. A distortion? Oh really? The Times-Picayune, the New Orleans newspaper, reported on the incident in the April 6, 2005 edition. The ACLU suits against Tangipahoa are almost too numerous to count, however, the one in question was where a non-school employee opened a high school base ball game in prayer that ended with “in Jesus name.” An unnamed father [puppet of the ACLU] complained and according to the last line in the Picayune story “the father asked the ACLU to file a motion for criminal contempt, which carries the threat of jail time and fines” which the ACLU was eager to comply with.

Unfortunately, for the (some) Americans United, I know the Louisiana situation very well. For instance, the federal judge that is handling this case is the former head of the state chapter of the ACLU and she used to lobby the state legislature for all kinds of left wing ideas. And then there is Joe Cook, the executive director of the ACLU that initiated this case. (Cook recently retired so they are without an executive director at present, but they are praying they find a replacement) When Cook was asked about the school board’s efforts to pray before their meetings, Cook compared the praying Christians to Islamic terrorists when he said: They believe that they answer to a higher power, in my opinion. Which is the kind of thinking that you had with the people who flew the airplanes into the buildings in this country, and the people who did the kind of things in London.

For more information, read my op/ed about the case that was published in the Shreveport Times.

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