Texas State Sen. Charles Perry Says Separation Of Church And State Is Like The Holocaust

Texas State Senator Charles Perry with Governor Rick Perry in 2010. Image courtesy of texasobserver.org

Texas State Senator Charles Perry with Governor Rick Perry in 2010.
Image courtesy of texasobserver.org

In politics, few things are more ridiculous than comparing your political opponents to Hitler or the Nazis. Whether you’re a liberal, conservative, libertarian or anything else, nothing says hyperbole like proving Godwin’s Law right off the bat. This is a problem with all political movements, especially when you’re catering to low-information voters and screaming about things like the imaginary Obama-sponsored gun grab by the UN.

Sure, the left does it as well, as I’ve discussed recently – but the radical wing of the GOP has this never-ending scare story about how liberals are the same as Hitler and how their religious freedoms are constantly under assault by us godless atheists who want to teach their kids to accept evolution and worship Satan. I’m only halfway kidding about the last one. Seriously, some actually believe that.

Back on Tuesday, Texas swore in a state senator, Charles Perry, who compared his perceived loss of religious freedom to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust:

God has a place in the government, Perry explained in his inaugural speech as he vividly recalled a recent trip to a former concentration camp in Berlin.

“There were 10,000 people that were paraded into a medical office under the guise of a physical. As they stood with their back against the wall, they were executed with a bullet through the throat. Before they left, 10,000 people met their fate that way,” Perry said.

“Is it not the same than when our government continues to perpetuate laws that lead citizens away from God? The only difference is that the fraud of the Germans was more immediate and whereas the fraud of today’s government will not be exposed until the final days and will have eternal-lasting effects.” (Source)

This constant comparison of modern day America to Nazi Germany 70+ years ago is getting really, really old. What I want to know is exactly which one of State Sen. Charles Perry’s freedoms is being infringed upon? More so, where does not being able to force your religion on other people fit on the slippery slope to totalitarianism, fascism and genocide? Senator Perry, were you somehow prohibited from taking your oath of office on the religious book of your choice? Were you forced to wear a gold patch for all to see proclaiming your religious affiliation and to encourage discrimination? No? I didn’t think so.

What’s more, a preacher at the same ceremony did the exact same thing, complaining about the loss of religious freedom while at a government function. Seriously, how oppressed are you when you can swear in a member of your religion to political office? Did Hitler allow Jews to hold political office? Of course not, but if you were to believe this preacher at the swearing-in ceremony, we’re in the middle of another Holocaust:

Also recalling a trip to a concentration camp, Pastor Jeff McCreight of Rock City Church compared abortion to the estimated 11 million people who died at the hands of the Nazis.

“The value of human life is continually being attacked by a 41-year-old Holocaust called abortion, which makes Hitler look like a humanitarian,” McCreight said.

That “attack” is why McCreight said Perry’s swearing-in ceremony was so important.

“Someone’s gotta fight against that,” he said. (Source)

Yes, in the eyes of lunatics like State Senator Charles Perry or Pastor Jeff McCreight, a woman’s right to choose is worse than the real Holocaust and World War Two, which killed millions more than just those who died in the concentration camps, members of my own family included. In addition to that, Texas has passed some of the most restrictive anti-choice laws in the nation which have closed many clinics in the state and threaten close all but a few if the law Wendy Davis attempted to filibuster is upheld by the courts.

As I’ve said before, there’s no reason to make up stories about radical Republicans. We don’t need to exaggerate their comments or make Nazi comparisons, they do a damn good job of embarrassing themselves and we need to keep letting them do it on their own. Texas State Sen. Charles Perry shows just how out of touch conservative Republicans are with reality going into the 2014 mid-term elections, so let’s just keep reporting the facts and remember to get out and vote.

And just in case you forgot, once again, here’s what’s at stake this coming November:

—All 435 seats of the U.S. House of Representatives

—33 seats in the U.S. Senate

—46 State Legislatures

—38 State and Territorial Governorships.

Are you registered to vote? Do you know where your local polling place is? If not, turn off the TV and stop sharing distracting outrage stories. If you don’t vote, you can expect to see more people like Sen. Charles Perry representing you. It’s as simple as that.


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  • chaserblue

    “Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person’s life, freedom of religion affects every individual. Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the “wall of separation between church and state,” therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.”

    Thomas Jefferson in his letter to the Virginia Baptists, 1808

  • Jim Bean

    I think there should be a constitutional amendment that prohibits religious organizations from assembling groups of ignorant Christians to help rebuild after disasters like Katrina and from doing things like providing meals for homeless people. After all, that’s the G’dam governments job and Efing religion should not be allowed to pervert it. The Government has the power to force atheists to perform these public services if needed because they have no religious affiliations.
    Lets get this separation of church and state thing right, across the board, no exceptions, and get it behind us already.

    • Trudy Kretschmer

      What the heck are you talking about? I have no idea what the salient point is in your post. I’m serious. What is your message?

      • Paul Julian Gould

        Trudy, Jim’s pretty much a known quantity around here… Whatever the subject of an original post, he, and those like him will appear as regularly as the the sunrise to take an exactly opposite position.

        Professional contrarians are tiresome, but a fact of online life.

      • Jennifer Elisabeth

        He’s always here, commenting away. I think he must be Manny Schewitz’s biggest conservative fan.

      • Cemetery Girl

        I will give Jim some credit, he keeps it pretty clean. I don’t agree with him, but he doesn’t break down to insulting name calling like others.

    • crabjack

      This has to be one of the most blatantly ridiculous takes on the bill of rights that I have ever read! Or as Principal Anderson would say, “What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this (blog) is now dumber for having (read) to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

      • TaxPaying American Voter


  • Jim Valley

    “What I want to know is exactly which one of State Sen. Charles Perry’s freedoms is being infringed upon?”

    This is a perpetual problem for the all-our-freedoms-are-gone crowd. Whenever I hear one of these right-wing yahoos saying this online (which is often), I ask “Could you name your top three freedoms that are gone? These would be things that you could do on January 19, 2009, but simply cannot do today.”

    I have never, ever gotten a coherent response to this question. And I never will.

  • Pipercat

    Therein lies the problem when one assumes a mantle of moral superiority.

  • Cooper

    I shudder to think of what might happen to us if these delusional conservatives gain power. Will people be jailed for being atheists? Maybe church attendance will be mandatory. Maybe they’ll re-write the Constitution and insert various forms of the word ‘Christianity’ wherever they choose. Oh wait, they wouldn’t do that because they think it’s already in there.

    • Paul Julian Gould

      Actually, none of them are able to give a satisfactory answer as to whose interpretation of Christianity?

      Obviously most advocate for some flavor of American Evangelical Protestantism, but the schisms, purges and infighting would be wondrous to behold… And if the hardcore Dominionists win the day (they’ve got the connections and the bucks), how many Driscolls, Hagins, MacArthurs and other “leading lights” among the outgroups would be the first on the gallows for apostasy?

      Over the top? Paranoid? Nope… possibilities, however remote, that exist nonetheless.

  • Scott Amundsen

    I have been a Christian (mainline: raised ELCA and now United Methodist) for close on fifty years. I am also Gay. I have been persecuted for the latter, BY the former.

    I also remember my history classes in school. This is NOT a Christian country; in fact the Founders deliberately SEPARATED the Church from the State because part of the reason for the Revolution was to get out from under the Church of England (the head of which was the King).

    I am SICK unto DEATH of these YAHOOS who scream “PERSECUTION” when they are denied the privilege of discriminating against or even harassing people who do not believe the way they do. We live in a country of many beliefs and many cultures and RESPECT is a TWO-WAY STREET.

  • Stuart McDonald

    The problem is that in Nazi Germany, there was no separation between church and state — in that case the same Nazi pseudo-Christianity as Teabagger Republicans want to conjoin with all levels of government here in the US.