Tony Perkins: Just Because Roy Moore Ordered Judges To Defy SCOTUS Doesn’t Mean He Defied SCOTUS

Via press release:

Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore is probably one of the few judges who’s been cross-examined as much as his witnesses. The unapologetic constitutionalist has been under the microscope plenty of times in his long career — including a 2003 showdown over a Ten Commandments monument that he refused to remove from the court grounds. Now, the Left’s judicial target is back in their crosshairs, with another politically-motivated smear campaign.

What we know about the complaint is this: Southern Poverty Law Center is behind it. After the U.S. Supreme Court forced a radical redefinition of marriage on the entire country last summer, Justice Moore fought it with every legitimate judicial tool at his disposal. And while some have accused him of defying the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage, the reality is that Moore was simply holding out until an official decision was reached in his state.

Didn’t the Supreme Court already make that determination for Alabama in Obergefell? The answer is yes and no. Last spring, before five justices decided to rewrite thousands of years of natural law, the Alabama Supreme Court had upheld the state’s marriage amendment. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, there’s some confusion as to what the state’s decision means in light of that, and Chief Justice Moore has merely pointed out this lack of clarity. Until it rules, Chief Justice Moore has told probate judges to continue to follow his administrative order from last March: “Until further decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court that Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act remain in full force and effect.”

Of course, the Left is spinning that to mean that Moore is defying the Supreme Court — and now, they’ve gotten their SPLC cronies to help level ethics charges at the Justice because of it. Last Friday, the Judicial Inquiry Commission decided to suspend Justice Moore without pay until he himself is tried. “Chief Justice Moore flagrantly disregarded and abused his authority,” the Commission insisted. “Moore knowingly ordered probate judges to commit violations… knowingly subjecting them to potential prosecution and removal from office.” The record will show Chief Justice Moore has done no such thing. What he has done is defend and represent the actual state of the law. His opponents just don’t like the policy implications of his legal arguments!

  • Enrico Webers

    Why does everyone keep misspelling Tony PerKKKins’ name?

    • ChrisMorley

      Because we’re not taking part in a Spelling Bee?

  • tony, when most people spin *that* hard, they end up in another dimension.

    • nocadrummer

      Or a scanty outfit.

      • JustSayin’

        Can some photoshop type please put tony in a wonder woman costume!

      • TJay229

        LoL

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    • exGander

      Thank you for making my day. LOL

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    Lordy, the logic behind that makes my head hurt.

    • Enrico Webers

      There’s logic behind that?

  • Smokey

    “What seems to me white, I will believe black if the hierarchical Church so defines.” – Ignatius of Loyola
    Although I doubt that Tony would accept anything the RCC says unless it would support his grifting.

    • Gustav2

      Sad really, since he is a Baptist.

  • Tigernan Quinn

    Man, Tony has been busy this month. Does Fox call him every morning to get into make up now?

    • Frostbite

      Moneybegs aren’t so profitable any more and he’s been cut off from Paypal and Gofundme, Fox is paying his check these days.

  • Mark

    Duct tape ought to do it…..

    • Marides48

      Crazy Glue would work better.

  • Frostbite

    Why won’t you just leave Brittany Moore alooooooooonnnneeeeee!?!?!?!?!

  • unsavedheathen

    Always via press release, so Perkins never has to answer for his circular logic, lack of human decency or just plain old lies.

    Douchebag on the grift.

    • David Walker

      Do you really think any “journalist” would ask questions?

  • WebSlinger
  • olandp

    No Tony, that law was struck down by the Supreme Court of the United States of America, which has supremacy over Alabama state law. We had a war about that, remember? You lost.

    • David Walker

      “Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said: ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’
      “’I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’”
      (Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 5)

      Obviously, the lovely Toe-nail PerKKKins is a/the Queen.

    • JaniceInToronto

      Remember the last confederate flag?

      • Ginger Snap

        Poor Scarlet just won’t give up.

    • Bob M

      And he is a lawyer?

  • WebSlinger
    • StSean

      He wipes with Pat.

  • Ninja0980

    Yes he did Tony.
    Now shut the fuck up and go back under your rock.

  • sam

    Tony, just keep you mouth shut until the Republican Convention then you and Cruz could fight all you with the “Donald”…………on the Republics Platform. Procedures.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Tony, you should let Roger speak for himself.

  • MikeinATL

    Using this line of logic, you can have others commit all sorts of crimes for you and never be held accountable.

    • JustSayin’

      But only if they are christians that tony likes.

  • lymis

    Tony needs to start releasing his press releases on thinner paper, so there’s at least some useful aspect to them.

    • Marides48

      Yea, he’s a total A Wipe isn’t he?

    • Hank

      His Sandpaper Forked Tongue is WAY too harsh to replace Charmin!!!

  • madknits

    Lies are best when kept simple. This is too convoluted.
    Toni, lying is a sin. See you in Hell, bitch.

  • DirtyPierre

    Oh and I guess that means because God told you what to do doesn’t mean he told you what to do?

    • Jimmie Z

      Exactly like g-d told Crud to run for preznit, and Crud accepted, saying, “Lawd, use me as you will!”

      and the Lawd in his wisdom led Crud to be the @§§wipe joke of the entire nation.

      Hopefully Texas can vote him out of the Senate.

  • WIGuy

    I am not sure who has a more punchable face – Perkins or Moore?

    • oikos

      It’s a tossup. I think I would have to punch both and then reflect upon it.

      • abel

        Naw, don’t think about it, just keep on punching.

    • lattebud

      I am thinking Three Stooges… Just bash them together.

      • David Walker

        So that would include Crud, right?

    • Marides48

      Both, one for each fist.

  • Butch

    Tony, there’s gotta be a miracle frying pan or some high-tech juicer you can hawk on late-night TV. This shtick is getting old – time to give it up.

  • 1Truth1

    Dick

  • JaniceInToronto

    Spin, Tony, spin!

    • William

      Isn’t that from a song?

      • JaniceInToronto

        It’s a line from the Family Research Council Anthem.

        BTW, has anyone ever seen any “research” done by Tony? Papers? Citations? Anything?

        • David Walker

          They’ve researched how to optimize hate and fear for maximum bucks. They’ve researched the possibility of starting The Family First National Bank, but FDIC refused to insure it. They also researched and then scrapped a plan to sell savings bonds, but were unsure how to get around giving money back when the bonds matured. Research showed that “your reward is in heaven” didn’t cut it for about 25% of the focus group, but the remainder checked the “hot day-um!” box.

          • JaniceInToronto

            So, no research on Families at all…

          • David Walker

            But doesn’t it sound compelling? Like an organization that you really should support financially? My disdain grows daily.

  • Cuberly
  • Charles Raymond Miller

    The Perkins legal theory in practice: If a Mafia capo orders 100 murders carried out by paid hitters, he must be found not guilty,

  • Marides48

    TP – STFU!

  • camel54

    I’ve read through this three times. Each reading increases the bullshit quotient by a major factor.

    • David Walker

      That’s the trouble with you people who live in the real world. Tony’s intern wrote it, Tony signed, I believe it, end of story. /s

  • Mark_in_MN

    He’s spinning so hard he can’t tell that “the Left” is standing still and telling the truth while Roy Moore thumbs his nose at the Supreme Court while attempting to hide behind bogus procedure and administrative arguments.

  • fuow

    I really shouldn’t eat breakfast before reading such things.
    Best read on a dry stomach.
    Yech!
    What a fucking asswipe, even by christer standards.

  • abel

    Miss Tonette, haven’t you learned by now that you cannot think coherently? You really should not embarrass yourself by this sort of ranting. It’s sad and pathetic. Now, crawl back under your rock like a good little troglodyte.

  • William

    Struck down means struck down. To illustrate the concept, stand on a hilltop during a thunderstorm.

    • Jimmie Z

      … the highest one … while wearing your favorite tin foil hat.

  • JT

    the reality is that Moore was simply holding out until an official decision was reached in his state

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/414ty%2Bqks4L._SY355_.jpg

  • JustSayin’

    So tony’s claim is that the guy in charge of the Ark. Supreme Court, the guy that drove the Supreme Court of Ark. ruling against gays getting married, is merely obeying the ruling of the Ark. Supreme Court that the U.S. Supreme Court overturned because he is confused over the chaos the Ark. Supreme Court ruling causes, but that as the person in charge of that court refuses to allow to be clarified and brought into line with the rest of the U.S.

    Yeah that logic pretzle is soggy.

    • William

      Alabama. The difference is one has a beach.

      • Jimmie Z

        Nice catch.

    • David Walker

      Dunkin’ Pretzels, FRC’s new franchise. Drunkin’ Pretzels, FRC’s newest franchise.

  • Gustav2

    “..the reality is that Moore was simply holding out until an official decision was reached in his state.”

    As a strict constitutionalist you, Perky, should understand the Supreme Court’s ruling had supremacy over any dicking around Alabama and Moore did.

  • Todd20036

    How about Moore be Trump’s VP pick?
    Trump-Moore: Think less.

  • delk

    Tony, you sure like defending some pretty shitty examples of humanity.

    • Ginger Snap

      I wonder what the Duggars, Duggaring, Duggared are up to these days they have been awful quiet. Mind you I’m okay with not hearing from them.

    • Reality.Bites

      To be fair, they’re not shitty compared to Tony himself.

  • GayOldLady

    “Tony Perkins: Just Because Roy Moore Ordered Judges To Defy SCOTUS Doesn’t Mean He Defied SCOTUS”

    Sort of like

    “Just because I bought the rifle and told Lee Harvey Oswald to shot JFK, doesn’t mean I wanted him to shoot JFK”.

    • popebuck1

      Rafael Cruz? Is that you?! Has that been you all this time?

  • Todd E.

    That’s some self-righteous desperation, right there by golly!

  • bkmn

    Such a lying sack of shit.

  • Richard Rush

    Do you believe a movie screen being white is a settled fact? Well, Tony could take you into a totally darkened movie theater to convince you that there is “some confusion” and “lack of clarity” about that belief.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    “His opponents just don’t like the policy implications of his legal arguments!”…..of which, he has none.

    There, fixed it for you Tony.

  • David
    • Taleisin

      Damn you. I can’t stop watching it. lol

  • Brian in Valdosta

    Oh, that’s rich. Never heard that moronic approach before.

    “He didn’t defy the Supreme Court himself. He just ordered others to do it.”

    And to be clear: he (ab)used his position of authority over others to order them to do it.

    • Reality.Bites

      And at the risk of flirting with Godwinism, Hitler didn’t murder anyone, he just ordered others to do it.

  • tcinsf

    Hang on, didn’t he once loudly proclaim that Moore was RIGHTEOUS for defying SCOTUS?

  • D. J.

    I wish they would quit referring to these douchebags as “constitutionalists”. They are bigots.

    • Taleisin

      I’ve noticed how constitutionalists ignore the constitution.
      Just as christians ignore Jesus.

    • Eric in Oakland

      Maybe they’re just talking about a different sort of constitutional?

      Constitutional: a walk, typically one taken regularly to maintain or restore good health.

  • Richard B

    That lying oily obfuscating double jointed professional hate merchant is in a league of his own and a piece of work.

    • Snarky

      He’s a piece of something, all right.

  • Lakeview Bob

    How does he make this shit up?

    • Jimmie Z

      He took Creative Writing 101 at University. His professor must be s0 proud!?

  • Luke Owens

    Tony Duggar PerKKKins has the intellectual capacity of a syphilitic dung beetle on crack.

    • Stev84

      Dung beetles are awesome. They can see polarized light and orient themselves by moonlight, stars and even the light of the milky way. But I can see how syphilis and crack can interfere with that

  • Salton

    I just read what Miss Tonnette said. My head is spinning!

  • MonochromeMouse

    and just because Josh Duggar’s fingers molested his little sisters doesn’t mean that Josh Duggar molested his little sisters, right tony?

    • MrSkippy

      Hey! Josh asked for forgiveness and that means that it’s all good now. Like it totes didn’t happen dude!

      I mean sure, the kinky abusive sex with a porn star, cheating on his wife, being on the cheating hookup site… none of those things count either. Cuz he said “I’m so sorry… I didn’t mean to let my peepee get out of control. I’m back to being a good Christian now I swear it!”

  • Stubenville

    Word salad. Has he been hanging around Palin?

  • I’m guessing the air is pretty thin on Planet Perkins. I’m sure his reasoning makes much more sense if you’re dizzy and oxygen deprived.

  • Ginger Snap

    So bigoted he doesn’t even need to make sense any more, not like he ever did.

  • “After the U.S. Supreme Court forced a radical redefinition of marriage on the entire country last summer,”. My marriage, your marriage, anyone’s marriage has zero, nada, zip impact upon anyone else’s marriage, and I can’t believe this sack of rancid chicken shit is still a talking point for the mental midgets of the right.

  • Acronym Jim

    You know, the “what is the definition of ‘is'” argument didn’t work for Clinton, so I doubt it’s going to work for PerKKKy.

    Edited because Enrico showed me that I was using too few “K”s.

  • Jimmie Z

    Could we start a campaign to call Fox News out on hiring this liar for its broadcasts?
    That might be one way to permanently close his mendacious, prevaricating, lying pie-hole.

    • Reality.Bites

      We could, but Fox News is not terribly interested in the opinions of people who don’t watch Fox News.

      And it’s not as if he’s the only outrageous liar on Fox News. That’s what they deal in.

  • Bob Conti

    “Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore is probably one of the few judges who’s been cross-examined as much as his witnesses.”

    Tony you gob-smacked git, a appellate court judge doesn’t hear from witnesses. In fact, there’s no live testimony at all, only oral argument from the lawyers. You always try to start your pressers off with some pithy remark. To a one, they all fall flat.

    And there was no confusion. When a superior court overrules a subordinate court, then there can be no confusion. What, you think Moore needed a amendment to the original Obergefell opinion saying, “Oh, and Roy, this applies to Alabama?”

  • Balderdashing

    And Hitler should be blameless for all those deaths, because, well, he only ordered them.

  • Taleisin

    Tony Perkins. Even pond scum looks down on him.

  • What a crock of shit. Any judge or justice with an ounce of legal ethics knows that once the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling, that’s it. Only they can take up the case again.

    Not only did Moore want to keep on with endless rounds of re-litigation for no purpose other than to delay same-sex marriages in Alabama for as long as he possibly could post-Obergefell, the ethics charges filed against him list a number of violations of Alabama law. Including attempting to overrule SCOTUS and claim that Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriages was still in full force, ordering magistrates and probate judges to break the law and their oath to the U.S. Constitution under threat of termination, issuing administrative orders not as administrator of the courts but as if a formal court order, issuing more orders in the name of the entire Alabama Supreme Court but without the authority of that full court, failing to recuse himself when he’d already admitted he could not hear the case before the court due to conflict of interest, and finally committing gross legal malpractice in basically instructing all the Alabama state courts to ignore the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.

    There was no confusion. Just mule-headed intransigence and a man determined to cling to bigotry and homophobia.

  • Rrhain

    Hint: SCOTUS decisions don’t have to come with a, “This means you,” clause. That’s understood. And if you don’t understand that, you don’t belong in government.

    • Reality.Bites

      If I recall correctly, this one pretty much did. It made it perfectly clear that its scope was nationwide.

  • UrsusArctos

    Wait! Tony is spinning like a Dervish (again)?
    Better send HIM to Gitmo, ‘cuz Dervishes are muslin muslim!
    Never mind! Sufis/Dervishes are all about peace/joy/love/service/ecstatic trance, none of which American Xians want ANY part of.

  • wds

    And here’s a word (or two) for the Tony BSer …