Earlier this month, Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Tony Perkins, the former Louisiana State Representative and current head of Family Research Council, to the Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission. Tellingly, although Perkins was appointed nearly three weeks ago, Governor Jindal’s office kept things quiet; the appointment was first revealed by Woody Jenkins, a man who is best known in Louisiana for his three quixotic campaigns for the United States Senate. Indeed, according to multiple sources, Governor Jindal’s office had repeatedly denied or refused to acknowledge Perkins’s appointment until only yesterday, when it became the subject of national news.
Perkins, who is perhaps best known as the host of a talk radio show and as an infrequent contributor to CNN, has spent the bulk of his professional and political career advocating hate and discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans, denying the validity of science and vaccines, and distorting the Christian faith in order to defend bigotry and racism.
Here he is, only a few years ago, speaking before the Council for Conservative Citizens, a white nationalist group. And here’s their mission statement:
We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called “affirmative action” and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races.
Perkins subsequently said he had no idea that he was speaking in front of a bunch of white supremacists, but believe it or not, this wasn’t Perkins’s first brush with white supremacy; he paid $82,500 to the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, for a copy of Duke’s mailing list.