As if Donald Trump and Christian conservatives haven't caused the Far Left enough grief and angst, the longtime leader of the Family Research Council has been appointed to an influential religious rights commission.
FRC president Tony Perkins has been appointed to a two-year term on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
The appointment was announced May 14 by the commission after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell named Perkins as a commissioner.
Perkins, 55, has led FRC since 2003 after serving as a Louisiana state legislator and serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is also an ordained minister.
Perkins' appointment didn't go unnoticed by Right Wing Watch, which records right-wing comments and writings it considers controversial.
The left-wing group criticized Perkins for his past statements criticizing Islam.
The appointment also caused consternation at the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The Wisconsin-based atheist group called Perkins a "notorious anti-LGBTQ and anti-atheist hatemonger" in a press release.
A spokesman for the group also suggested that a "secularist," instead of Perkins, would be better suited to defend religious liberty, although FFRF is best known for threatening city councils and public school boards for allowing public displays of Christian faith.
Speaking to the "Today's Issues" program on American Family Radio, Perkins said liberals are claiming that he will only care about Christianity while seated on the commission.
"Christianity is the one (religion) that advocates for freedom of people to choose," he responded. "In fact, our standard is God Himself."
Christians believe in the freedom to choose, he continued, and the commission focuses on that right, too.
"Not making people choose a particular religion," he added, "but focusing on the choice that every person has."
OneNewsNow last reported on the commission's work in April, when commissioners released an annual report that calls out nations that jail, harass, and kill their citizens for expressing religious views.
The report is delivered to the State Department with the recommendation to punish the nations listed that include China, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Vietnam.
Perkins said will remain president of the Family Research Council during his two years appointment to USCIRF.
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