Tony Perkins, host of the radio
program Washington Watch with
Tony Perkins. (Photo: Family
Commenting on the debate over whether to allow Syrian refugees into the United States in the wake of the Paris attacks by the Islamic State, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said sharia law is a problem constitutionally, that President Barack Obama is promoting “Islam in this country,” and that “the president and the left, they hate America.”
He also noted that while Obama is “lecturing Americans about compassion and kindness” for the Syrians, “where are all the Islamic relief organizations lining up to help these people?”
“They’re not,” he said. It’s “crickets.”
After fielding a caller’s question about the refugees on his radio program, Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, on Tuesday, Perkins explained the conflict between religious freedom and sharia (Islamic) law.
“We have religious freedom -- I get this question people want to give to you: Do you believe in religious freedom, then you should allow Islam in,” said Perkins. “Well, I believe in religious freedom, as the Founders did, and religious freedom is in the context of ordered liberty. “
“The Christian faith, the Jewish faith, the orthodox religions that have been here in this country have not sought to overturn our government – because it’s a faith, it’s religion,” he said. “It is not a political, economic, judicial system, military system as Islam is. And, as these people themselves are saying, they see it as incompatible with the Constitution.”
“They want -- a majority would want sharia law,” Perkins. “That’s a problem.”
He continued, “It’s interesting, you know, the president lecturing Americans about compassion and kindness. Where are all the Islamic relief organizations lining up to help these people? Crickets. They’re not.”
“But notice how Christian nations open their doors to everybody, how we’re welcoming to the hurting, to the poor, to the helpless,” said Perkins. “It’s those values that make us what we are. But it’s those values that are changed when you have no cogent immigration system, no means of controlling and assimilating people into the country so they become American, and America doesn’t become something else.”
Syrian refugees crossing into Iraq. (AP)
“You see, the president and the left, they hate America,” he said. “They deny the whole idea of American exceptionalism, the ideals of America. That’s foreign to them. They deny what makes us exceptional and so therefore they want to change it. Look, people on the left want to argue, but look at it, just look at the facts. They’re all right there, very clear.”
In another segment of the show, Tony Perkins stressed that President Obama has an obligation to protect America from its enemies but it is unclear whether Obama actually sees that as a top priority.
“[A]s I said earlier, the president has an obligation to protect Americans from all enemies foreign and domestic,” said Perkins. “And we’ve seen time and time again where the governors are actually doing what the president should be doing.”
“But the president has the orientation of a community organizer, not a president of the United States,” he said.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, reportedly the mastermind
of the Paris attacks, he trained and fought with
the Islamic State in Syria. (Militant
video via AP)
“Think about this for a moment, I’ve been in politics, I understand the dynamics,” Perkins continued. “But let’s say you get something similar to what happened in Paris were to happen in someone’s state given what we now know. The political repercussions of that would be huge.”
“Of course, the president doesn’t care,” said Perkins. “He’s on his way out. And he’s doing everything he can to, I think, to promote Islam in this country.”
In addition to being the host of Washington Watch, Tony Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, a former police officer, and is an ordained minister. Tony Perkins is married and has five children.