Values Voters Summit Speakers Warn Of “Sexual Anarchy,” Sharia, And Hitler-Like Policies

This weekend, social conservatives are gathering in Washington, DC for the annual Values Voters Summit hosted by the Family Research Council. The event will feature speeches by conservative lawmakers, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, as well as prominent leaders in the social conservative movement. People for the American Way put together a helpful primer on several controversial speakers who will take the stage. Here are just some of the extreme views that will be represented.

Tony Perkins, Family Research Council

Perkins: “It’s Disgusting” That Obama Supports Telling Kids With A “Perversion” That “It’s Okay To Be Immoral.” According to a letter from Tony Perkins: “The videos are titled ‘It Gets Better.’ They are aimed at persuading kids that although they’ll face struggles and perhaps bullying for ‘coming out’ as homosexual (or transgendered or some other perversion), life will get better. President Obama, Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, and many White House staffers recorded and posted ‘It Gets Better’ videos on the first-ever White House web page devoted exclusively to the so-called LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) ‘community.’ Can you imagine George Washington, Ronald Reagan, or any other president telling school children that it’s okay to be immoral and that they’ll eventually feel better about it? It’s disgusting. And it’s part of a concerted effort to persuade kids that homosexuality is okay and actually to recruit them into that ‘lifestyle.’” [Perkins Letter via, 8/18/11]

Perkins: Lawmakers Who Vote To Repeal DADT Will Have “The Blood Of Innocent Soldiers On Their Hands.” From Tony Perkins’ “Washington Update” on December 15, 2010: “How many brave men and women are liberals willing to sacrifice so that homosexuals can flaunt their lifestyle? The only reason for changing the present policy is if it would help the military accomplish its mission. So far, no one has produced a single reason how it would. Until then, the Senate has to ask itself: Do they want the blood of innocent soldiers on their hands just to appease the political base of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)? If they can live with that, then they’re unlike any human beings I’ve ever met.” [Tony Perkins’ Washington Update via, 12/15/10]

Gen. William (Jerry) Boykin, Family Research Council

Boykin Suggested Islam “Should Not Be Protected Under The First Amendment” Because Muslims “Are Under An Obligation To Destroy Our Constitution And Replace It With Sharia Law.” From a video Boykin recorded for The Oak Initiative: “I’m greatly concerned because Americans don’t understand what Sharia law is. I believe that every Muslim should be allowed to worship freely until their worship challenges and threatens the future of our Constitution. What most people don’t understand is that Sharia law is designed to replace our Constitution. You see under Sharia law, which is the law, the Islamic law, which beheads people for crimes that are outlined in Sharia law, that stones women for adultery, that cuts off the hand of the thief and does many other aberrant things that we as American, we as westerners, we as Christians find to be totally unacceptable and appalling, that’s Sharia law. And there is an effort to bring Sharia law to America. […] We need to recognize that Islam itself is not just a religion – it is a totalitarian way of life. It’s a legal system, Sharia law; it’s a financial system; it’s a moral code; it’s a political system; it’s a military system. It should not be protected under the First Amendment, particularly given that those following the dictates of the Quran are under an obligation to destroy our Constitution and replace it with Sharia law.” [, 9/24/10]

Boykin: Obama Is Creating A Hitler-Style Brownshirt Civilian Army. From remarks made by Jerry Boykin at an Oak Initiative Summit, via Right Wing Watch: “We have incrementally moved towards Marxism and now I think it’s at an accelerated pace. There are lots of indicators as to exactly how we’re moving along the lines of the Marxist model – if you look back historically at how societies, what they’ve done as they’ve moved toward Marxism, we’re doing all of those things. One of which is, you look at Hitler – and one of the most disgusting things I hear is people who call Hitler “the extreme right.” The absolute opposite was true – it was the National Socialist Party, he was an extraordinarily off-the-scale leftist. But many Jews in America, for example, can’t identify with the Republican Party because they’re called the party of the right and they equate that to Hitler when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. So, that’s just a data point. One of the things that Hitler did was he established the Brownshirts. The Brownshirts where his constabulary force to control the population because, as you’re making these radical changes, there has to be some entity that stands by you with the strength and the muscle to allow you to make these over the opposition and the protest of the sovereign, the people. So Hitler had the Brownshirts. Well, in the lead-up to the election, during the campaigns, our current president said very openly, and you can find it on YouTube, if I am elected President , I will have a national civilian security force that is as large as and as powerful as the US military.” [, 5/16/11, emphasis added]

Gary Bauer, American Values

Bauer Tied Chicago Gang Violence To Democratic Party’s Embrace Of “Men ‘Marrying’ Other Men.” On a podcast for the Campaign for Working Families, Gary Bauer made the following comments about violence in Chicago: “Certainly these gang bangers aren’t getting their values from their fathers because they don’t have fathers in their households. For the past fifty years, Rahm Emanuel’s party, the Democratic Party, has made it comfortable for many women to not have husbands in the home. Now Obama and the Democrats have embraced the radical idea of men ‘marrying’ other men. How is that going to help the black family?” [Campaign for Working Families,7/11/12]

Bauer: “Obama’s Totalitarian Impulse Rivals That Of Any Third World Dictator.” From a column Bauer wrote for Human Events: “Obama views the Constitution mainly as an impediment to controlling institutions such as churches and families that stand between the state and individuals. Liberals usually invoke the imaginary ‘separation of church and state’ in their attempts to banish public displays of faith. But the most radical leftists use the opposite means to achieve a similar end. Instead of erecting a wall to divide religious and public life, they favor using the brute force of the state to control all that the church does. This is common in places like China and Cuba, where churches exist but are virtually powerless and where secularism is the real state religion. Obama’s totalitarian impulse rivals that of any third world dictator.” [Human Events, 2/13/12]

Ed Vitagliano, American Family Association

Vitagliano: Gay Men Are Promiscuous Because “There Is No Civilizing Influence In Their Lives.” In an interview with the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, Vitagliano said: “There’s an old expression, I don’t know who said it first, that marriage civilizes men. I firmly believe according to God’s plan the race was created male and female and any man would say and any woman would say that their spouse is different. Men are different from women. And God intended those differences to work, not only to bind together the other, but change them as well and alter what was given as a gift, for example, the male desire to go out and conquer and to wander. I think that is part of the makeup of a man, but marriage helps to channel those things in a constructive way. I believe that’s why there’s so much promiscuity in the male homosexual community, because they’re two men who behave the same way and there is no civilizing influence in their lives.” [, 10/7/11]

Bishop Harry Jackson, High Impact Leadership Coalition

Jackson: Too Many Christians “Aren’t Speaking Out” Against Marriage Equality “Just Like During The Times Of Hitler.” In an interview on American Family Association’s Nothing But Truth radio show, Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. stated: “It’s obviously disingenuous when they say marriage equality for everyone and I was just pointing out the fact that it really isn’t marriage for everyone, it’s a special kind of marriage for radical gay activists. They want to impose their will on the culture and if you cannot reproduce you may try to recruit, and what I mean by that is what is going on is an attempt to reshape, refashion the mind, hearts and desires of the next generation. Many Christians are sitting back and we aren’t speaking out, but the reality is just like during the times of Hitler we have people coming after one group after another group after another group, and folks are saying, well this doesn’t affect me I’ll let this slide, we have a problem that really we have a whole generation of people who want to affect not only their lives and choices but the choices of another generation.” [, 5/17/12]

Jackson Said That To Fight Against Gay Marriage “God’s Looking For A SWAT Team… He’s Looking For A Team Of Holy Ghost Terrorists.” According to the American Prospect: “At a conference of several thousand conservative Pentecostals at Virginia Beach’s Rock Church this spring, Bishop Harry Jackson was recruiting soldiers for the next wave of anti-gay activism. ‘God’s getting ready to shake us up,’ roared the Harvard MBA-turned preacher, rousing the audience to divinely ordained political action. With the crowd cheering, applauding, and speaking in tongues, Jackson shouted, ‘God’s looking for a SWAT team … he’s looking for a team of Holy Ghost terrorists!'” [American Prospect6/18/07]

Lt. Col. Oliver North

North: Obama Has “Core Philosophy Of Being Anti-American.” On the April 15, 2010, edition of Fox News’ Hannity, Oliver North said: “One of the very few things that’s not changed in this administration is this president’s willing to be obsequious to our adversaries, to denigrate our allies, and essentially to walk away from the only real democracy in that part of the world. And no one can say it’s because he’s big on oil, because he’s not in the oil business, so what is it? It’s his core philosophy of being anti-American.” [Hannity viaTalking Points Memo4/15/10]

Rick Scarborough, Vision America

Scarborough Fundraising Email Warns Of “Sexual Anarchy Led By Sodomites” That Is “More Dangerous To The Life Of Our Country Than Barack Obama.” From a fundraising email Scarborough sent through Vision America, via Right Wing Watch:

During the past twelve months we have witnessed two marching evils:

  1. Out of control spending that will bankrupt the nation if not stopped and reversed, driven by a man who may not even be legally qualified to be our President.
  2. Sexual anarchy led by sodomites who will not stop demanding more until they have destroyed every semblance of public morality. I believe this fact is more dangerous to the life of our country than Barack Obama and his Chicago style political machine of thugs and doctrinaire Communists, Marxists and moral degenerates. Our founders understood that central to freedom was morality and religion;  President George Washington said those very words in his farewell address as he retired from public office. [, 12/22/09]

Frank Gaffney, Center for Security Policy

Gaffney: Obama’s National Security Record Is “Reminiscent Of Kind Of A Hitlerian Big Lie.” On the September 10 edition of his radio program, Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney said: “The Obama administration is, of course, as we’ve been talking about throughout the program, seeking reelection in part on a platform of its success in national security and foreign affairs. Looking at the piece of the puzzle that you’ve just described, and perhaps more generally your assessment of the conduct of this president as commander-in-chief, is that platform or is that claim to popular support warranted in your judgment? Or is it, this is my word not yours, but is it really reminiscent of kind of a Hitlerian Big Lie?[The Frank Gaffney Show, 9/10/12]