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Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Now Leads U.S. Religious Freedom Group

Jun 19, 2019

By David G. McAfee

Tony Perkins, the leader of the anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council, is now the head of a legitimate government organization dedicated to religious freedom.

Perkins, who once said religious liberties don’t apply to Muslims, was appointed by GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell last year to serve as a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which has done important work in the past. (For example, they periodically release a report on blasphemy laws around the world.)

Now Perkins has been made the leader of the group.

“Chair Perkins is an effective leader and an experienced advocate for freedom of religion or belief,” said retiring Chair Tenzin Dorjee, noting that Perkins has spoken out on the plight of religious minorities in Iran and of Uighurs in China. He also travelled to Egypt in 2018 where he raised religious freedom concerns with foreign leaders, including King Abdullah II of Jordan and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. As part of USCIRF’s Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project, Chair Perkins has adopted Boko Haram-held captive, 16-year-old Nigerian Leah Sharibu, and he was instrumental in securing the freedom of Pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey.

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