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Tony Perkins Called Coronavirus Precautions ‘Irrational.’ Now He’s Changed His Tune

Mar 27, 2020

By Jared Holt

Tony Perkins, president of the anti-LGBTQ religious-right group Family Research Council, has completely changed his tune on the ​COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Less than two weeks ago, Right Wing Watch reported that Perkins had told his radio listeners across the country that the U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus ​outbreak had been “irrational” and that U.S. media had fueled a sense of panic among the public. Speaking with Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas at the time, Perkins argued that the response to the ​outbreak, which the World Health Organization officially declared a pandemic​ two days later,​ had been “disproportionate to the threat.”

Perkins attempted to compare the coronavirus to the flu to downplay its risk. As Right Wing Watch reported​, Perkins ​said:

I’m scratching my head when I compare the numbers, the CDC’s numbers on the number of people who’ve contracted the flu this year, this flu season, 32 million people—20,000 people have died from the flu, from influenza. This is a more potent virus, there’s no question about that. Nobody’s arguing that. But the response, again, is just irrational—I think part because the media has been, you know, just pounding it.

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4 comments on “Tony Perkins Called Coronavirus Precautions ‘Irrational.’ Now He’s Changed His Tune

  • That’s the problem with people who refuse to believe qualified scientists and defend their own willful ignorance – Suddenly, when it hits close to home they’re all in. This Tony Perkins character was previously mouthing off about this virus being no threat and just scardy cats were wrecking the  almighty US economy for no reason at all, then, oh dear, oh dear! His own daughter is on the front lines in respiratory therapy and suddenly he comes around to understanding how dangerous this virus really is.

    This isn’t the first time we’ve encountered this display of willful ignorance. Fundamentalist Christians who when faced with a child’s spinal cord injury suddenly became fierce lobbyists for stem cell research when previously they railed against it.

    Anti-abortion fanatics who suddenly find the service to be very convenient when their own daughter or side affair partner becomes very inconveniently pregnant.

    Anti-LGBT activists who find their own offspring to be the very people they spew hate at or who are found to engage in the very behavior they scorn but when they do it that’s different – they can’t help it!

    When the virus goes sweeping through whole congregations then let’s see how these science haters explain themselves. But they always have a ready excuse and God’s forgiveness is never far behind for them and it’s on to the next diatribe. Report abuse

  • I’m scratching my head when I compare the numbers, the CDC’s numbers on the number of people who’ve contracted the flu this year, this flu season, 32 million people—20,000 people have died from the flu, from influenza.

    Perhaps Alan4 could be persuaded to explain logarithmic increase to the good pastor.  I’ve never understood it either. Report abuse

  • @OP :- Perkins had told his radio listeners across the country that the U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus ​outbreak had been “irrational”

    I would have to agree that Trump’s “Day of Prayer” to stop the COVID-19 virus was irrational, but perhaps that is not what Perkins meant!

    Perhaps this graph will help to show the effectiveness of Trump and prayers!

    https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-b6f010a97d48fab658a80ca4d8f25ab3

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-national-day-prayer-americans-affected-coronavirus-pandemic-national-response-efforts/

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 15, 2020, as a National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts.  I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers for all those affected, including people who have suffered harm or lost loved ones.

     

     

  • Trump’s current fussing and fretting over the upcoming Easter holiday is only a dog whistle to his evangelical base. He wants them to believe he’s distraught over the prospect of no church services but in reality he couldn’t care less. Report abuse

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