Perkins: The CDC’s Ban On Words Like Transgender Is Only Trump “Bringing The Country Back To Reality”

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins:

For once, it’s not what the Trump administration is saying that’s raising the media’s eyebrows — it’s what they aren’t saying. Heading into the weekend, the Washington Post sparked an interesting debate over the power of words when it reported that officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were asked to avoid certain terms in their budget requests.

The Post treated the news as if it were an unusual — and even troubling — development. Among the taboos, reporters write worriedly, are words like “diversity,” “transgender,” “entitlement,” “fetus,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based.” As usual, the liberal media ginned up plenty of outrage over the changes, despite the fact that this is a standard practice of every administration.

President Obama understood better than anyone that if you control the language, you control the debate. In fact, we’ve watched the far Left use this strategy for years on everything from religious liberty to life. “Abortion” became a “choice.” “Liberals” are “progressives.” And suddenly, it’s not “same-sex marriage” but “marriage equality.”

Framing the debate has always been one of the biggest turf wars in politics. Obama chose his rhetoric carefully, enlisting the politically-correct media to help. And ironically, no one batted an eye. When he changed terms and rules unilaterally, there was no uproar in the mainstream press. They simply accepted it as the administration’s prerogative.

Now, with a conservative in the White House, it’s suddenly news that Republicans would want the agencies to use the conservative lexicon. In this case, swapping out words like “fetus” for “unborn child” more accurately reflects the president’s ideology and agenda. Tone and lingo change with every administration. Why it’s a headline now is anyone’s guess.

Health and Human Services (HHS) spokesman Matt Lloyd called the “controversy” a “complete mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process.” Ultimately, the CDC is doing with language what President Trump has done with policy: bringing the country back to reality.

The media wants to act like the swinging pendulum of the Obama years only sways one way. But that’s not how democracy works. This is the return to normalcy Americans voted for — a change in how we view the world that’s in line with most people’s core values. If the Left doesn’t like it, it’s up to them to persuade the country otherwise!

  • Kruhn

    No, my dear Tonette. You call yourselves Pro- life, so the other side calls themselves pro choice. It’s their health, they decide. Your side makes “liberal” a slur, despite it’s roots coming from the same word that gives us “liberty”– another word for freedom. Transgender folk have always been here. It’s only in your closed, bigoted mind that we LGBT people don’t exist.

    You sir are, a horse’s ass. Your normalcy is one that only existed in your fantasies.

    • Friday’s_cat

      Pro-life unless the fetus is in a womb above Middle East oil deposits.

      • Kruhn

        Or once he or she is born, no health care for him or her.

  • Boreal
    • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

      Honestly, they think things like “Don’t say homo” laws, demanding stores maintain separate boy & girl toy aisles and banning TV shows that show LGBT people as anything other than predatory monsters will somehow prevent children from ‘choosing’ a homosexual lifestyle and result in less future gay folks.

      Sort of like is schools don’t talk about sex education and contraception, teen sex and unwanted pregnancies will decline. That’s worked well… /s

      • Todd20036

        They think orientation is some sort of choice. That if it never gets talked about no one will ever think about it and gays will just disappear

        There were no gays before the internet

        Gay people love straight sex too but were either misled or find gay sex convenient

        Even my own father believed that last excuse

        • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

          Well your dad wasn’t wrong. It IS convenient with all those bottoms falling onto your dick, amirite?

          But yes, that the point I was making, that they do believe they can prevent future homos by pretending we don’t exist or keeping homo related info out of the public sphere.

          And I always make the case, okay let’s pretend it IS a choice. Why should the ‘choice’ enable us to receive less protection under the law? We of course don’t want special rights (like the choice of believing in religion), we simply want equal rights. But logic is a pointless exercise with fundie types.

          • Todd20036

            They don’t want logic. They want straight, white, male, Christian privilege. Nothing else

            Even if it means fewer civil rights for themselves, or less health care, or higher taxes, or being impoverished because social security is gone

            As long as they can think they’re “better” than the rest of us, nothing else matters

          • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

            Someone first said it here in the comments, they would burn down their own home if it meant that a black [gay, Muslim, Hispanic, etc.] neighbor might choke on the smoke for 15 minutes.

            I’ve always taken the concept of privilege as a tacit acknowledgement of weakness. In other words, if you are so superior, you don’t need to fix the system in your favor. If Republican ideas and policies are so good, they should not require voter suppression, blatant lying, media control, gerrymandering, mass imprisonment and all the other things that seem to be necessary to insure Republican wins.

          • Steverino

            Exactly. Otherwise, nobody would vote for them, except wealthy white men.

          • Steverino

            To paraphrase Lyndon Johnson, referring to Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” which led successfully the conservative, racist southern Democrats to convert en masse to the Republican Party: “If you can convince the lowest white man that he is better than the highest black man, not only will he empty his wallet for you, hell, he will even let you pick his pocket.”

      • anne marie in philly

        “if schools don’t talk about sex education and contraception, teen sex and unwanted pregnancies will decline” – see blister palin…THAT sure worked well for that slut!

    • Menergy

      I wish the creators of that fine poster had used “fewer” instead of “lesser” connoting numbers. Yes, I’m sometimes a stickler for correct usage…..🙄

  • This fuck is not the first thing I want to see in the morning.
    Also, did Obama ban words, and if so, which words?
    Also, Fuck Off.
    and also, there is no god.

    • ChrisMorley

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      Britain disses christianity

      Little lord Jesus, fruitcake-style: the worst nativity scenes of 2017
      – ‘Workout Jesus’ and a cake in the shape of Bethlehem give it a bit of a run, but the Greggs sausage roll in a manger look should take the crown

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    • Gustav2

      To make you feel a bit better:

      Ohio Democrat Looking To Oust Vulnerable GOP Campaign Chair

      The current congressman, Rep Stivers was not anti-gay until his district did not include a gayborhood, and he was a bankster PR guy and lobbyist before running for Congress.

      Here is Rick Neal’s website and have a piece of cold Donato’s pizza for breakfast.

    • Steve Smith

      I hope your day improves……

    • Todd20036

      The FSM is not amused at your blasphemy

    • JCF

      Father, Son and (Female, in Aramaic & Hebrew) Holy Spirit: there is (I believe) an Intersex God!

  • Gustav2

    Sure, language and words are important, but under the Obama administration the use of the the words and banning of other words was not mandated.

  • AtticusP

    Perkins: The CDC’s Ban On Words Like “Transgender” Is Only “Bringing The Country Back To Reality”

    So says the man with an imaginary friend in the sky. Perkins is no expert on “reality“.

  • Ninja0980

    Your side is pro-life until the baby is born then they couldn’t give a fuck about it.

  • Baltimatt

    What’s wrong with the word vulnerable?

    • Adam Schmidt

      It acknowledges that poor people exist. That and people with inadequate access to health care.

    • Ode2octoburn-mod pet

      What’s wrongwith your forum?

      Why do people who question your moderation get banned and racist alties happily post under your moderating skills?


      Jean, Gino SUSHI LUV!



  • Harveyrabbit

    At the risk of transgressing the not-to-distant-from-now US law of not using any of these words ever, anywhere, anytime allow me to practice for future use. “diversity,” “transgender,” “entitlement,” “fetus,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based.”

  • KnownDonorDad

    No, banning (or suggesting not to use, the reports are conflicting) words like “science-based” and “evidence-based” at a place like the CDC is not “a standard practice of every administration.”

    I swear, a big plus of a swing of power away from the GOP in 2018 would be the reaction of people like Perkins.

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

    Tonnette, this sounds like a fun game. So instead of saying Die in a Fire, I can say Bless your Heart?

    ProTip, when you lie in the name of Jesus, he floods your home.

    • Chuck in NYC

      I think it’s hilarious that someone who hasn’t shown his genuine hair color in at least a decade wants to talk about “reality.”

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        You mean he colors his hair? How can you tell? /s

        He cuts his beard and forelocks in open defiance of god’s will. And something tells me he wears mixed fibers. Heathen.

  • Baltimatt

    Who can forget the American Family Association-related One News Now flub

    The American Family Association obviously didn’t foresee the problems that might arise with its strict policy to always replace the word “gay” with “homosexual” on the Web site of its Christian news outlet, OneNewsNow. The group’s automated system for changing the forbidden word wound up publishing a story about a world-class sprinter named “Tyson Homosexual” who qualified this week for the Beijing Olympics.

    • Ode2octoburn-mod pet

      Seriously matt?
      You even comment on threads started by known banned RACIST alties? 🙄😡

      That’s beyond weird.

      Why don’t you and your amazing administrators know how to identify and deal with OBVIOUS alties?

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Tony Perkins has obviously never read 1984.

    • Boy Elvis

      Oh, he read it, and he yanked his minuscule tinkie winkie until it was raw and bleeding when he got to the Room 101 bit.

  • Chris Baker

    OK, “Unborn baby” vs. “fetus”. But what’s the conservative equivalent for “Science-based”?

    It always reminds me of one of my favorite lines from 30 Rock, when Kenneth says: “Science was my most favorite subject, especially the Old Testament.

  • Boy Elvis

    Yeah, you got it, PerKKKins. Back in 2008 when we had our Big Gay Convention to take over the country under the leadership of a gay Kenyan Muslim we invented the word “transgender” just to subvert Western morality and drive people like you crazy.

    The Saturday afternoon convention panels were my favorite:

    3:30 p.m.
    How to assume complete control of the U.S., state, and local governments (in addition to other nations’ governments), destroy all healthy Christian marriages, recruit all children grades Kindergarten through 12 into your amoral, filthy lifestyle, secure complete control of the media (starting with sitcoms), give AIDS to as many people as you can, host a pornographic “art” exhibit at your local art museum, and turn people away from Jesus (causing them to burn forever in Hell).

    4:00 p.m.
    Bringing about the general decline of Western civilization and looking like you are having way too much fun doing it.

    5:00 p.m.
    Disco-nap to prevent facial wrinkles from the stress of world conquest and being so terribly witty.

    (With due credit to Betty Bowers.)

  • Ray Page

    Religion is a mental illness.

  • kevin vincent

    Don’t you have sexual assault to cover up and pedophiles to hire Perkins?

    • Boy Elvis

      Oh, he’s so practiced at that he can do it in his sleep.

  • ETownCanuck

    So let me get this straight. The Centers for Disease Control, a group of scientists, have been told they cannot use the terms evidence-based and science-based anymore because the use of said words may hold up or prevent their funding??? This is beyond the pale. Your entire country has slid right into fascism and no one is doing a damn thing to stop it.

  • BeaverTales

    This douchebag Klansman is only happy when he makes other people miserable, and apparently millions of people agree with him. No idea why these bigots can’t let other people live their lives in peace.

    If Christians want to mistreat people in their own group, that would be one thing, but you are a pretty damaged human being if you expect everyone to follow the rules of your religion and your shitty religion automatically relegates them to subhuman status.

    Bigotry is the ugliest sentiment that humans possess, and it has hurt me and everyone I’ve ever loved. I wish I knew why it flourishes so powerfully in what I always believed to be the most diverse, educated and freedom-minded nation on Earth. I’m not trans, but I ache whenever I see trans people (or anyone) mistreated like this. I wish there was more I could do to hit back.

    • joe ho

      The duty to spread/impose the Gospel worldwide is written into the Christers’ foundational texts. It’s a very, very sick religion that aims at world domination–just like Islam.

      Lucky for us, in the industrialized West it continues to decline at an accelerating rate.

      • BeaverTales

        I hope you’re right, but I won’t live to see it disappear. I’m convinced none of us alive today ever will.

  • Boreal
  • Wynter Marie Starr

    Will we also be using “bible based” rather than evidence or science based? How do you prove something using a book of mythology? This isn’t a return to “reality”, this is a return to where white was right and all others, including white women were marginalized. This is a return to a time when white men were Kings and had all the power. This isn’t going forward, it’s going backwards and I want no part of it.

  • Dazzer

    The law of unintended consequences suggests this is going to backfire on Perkins and his ilk.

    Experience shows that when certain words are banned by authoritarian regimes, writers and artists come up with codes and stronger words to describe the human condition. And it’s a rule of the English language that new words tend to stick in the mind in the short term – and with more strength – because people just assume they know and understand words.

  • Jay Silversmith

    Religion is a CHOICE. You aren’t born that way. You’ve got to be carefully taught to hate and fear year after year.

  • gaycuckhubby

    The reality is you covered up a sexual assault of a teenager.

  • netxtown

    I recall to back in the early 80’s when I started reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was completely absorbed into the fantasy – and read day and night. What an incredibly fascinating world to live in!

    Then I got to the last few pages of the last book – and i put it down. I didn’t want it to end. It was the triumph of good over evil – and i wanted it to stay that way. Sadly, I went back and finished the book…and then had to readjust my time and thoughts to the here and now.

    Tony – put the book down. Snap out of it. WE ARE REAL! And yes, transgender is REAL! We are here and we are now….and you’ve still got your head stuck in a fantasy.

  • greenmanTN

    “Reality” says the man who believes an invisible sky fairy is sitting on a throne in his undetectable kingdom keeping constant watch on who’s naughty and nice, yet lies through his teeth on a daily basis anyway.

  • OdieDenCO

    funny, I don’t remember any forbidden word list coming out of the Obama administrations. your lies and twisting of the facts fail again tony!

  • Tawreos

    Another one that isn’t troubled by the decline of democracy, but is instead happy about it.

  • vorpal

    At least Tony Perkins is admitting that the concepts of “science-based” and “evidence-based” are not part of the “conservative lexicon.”

    • Cuberly Deux

      Yep, toni’s soul damaging toxic interpretation of a text written by goat herders reigns supreme.

  • Karl Dubhe 2

    Religion is a choice you make.

    Sexuality and gender isn’t.

  • Hue-Man

    And where are those commenters who proclaim ad nauseum that America is the only country on the planet that has freedom of speech?

  • BlindBill

    How about Heart Attacks, Cancer, Zika Virus, or Erectile Disfunction – lets band the CDC from using those terms too …. then everything will be right a rain … or something

  • Marlin

    Extremely troubling that everything this regime does is basically an attack on its perceived enemies. Where will it end?

    • Halou

      Governing is hard, being a bully is not.

  • Christopher

    But Tony, why do you hate abortions? Oh, I see. You’re jealous of the little sacks of goo.

    Psst! God’s not real. No need to be jelly.

  • Halou

    I didn’t know censorship and ‘word-crimes’ were normal in America.

  • zhera
  • Bambino

    His obsessions comes down to wanting the assurance of where he can put his finger on the children. Transgender just throw him off his pedophilia game.

  • Richard Rush

    Virtually everything believed to be reality in the Christian world is actually realidiocy.

  • This sounds like something my teavangelical relatives would say. If you don’t talk about something, it doesn’t exist. Talking about racism causes racism! They actually believe that (or say they do anyway). Ugh.

  • Cuberly Deux
  • AdamTh

    Tony Perkins? Is this the christian hate group leader who covered up a sexual assault because the perpetrator is a “family values” GOP politician?

  • M Jackson

    Christians don’t believe in fetuses? What white wine was Tony drinking last night?

  • Rocco

    If Tonette is so into reality, perhaps he will now give up his wiglet?

  • Kevin Andrews

    This Bachi Bazi Boy for George Alan Rekers (the founder of Perkin’s hate group and Rent-Boy Luggage handler fame) is Christ-O-Fascist through and through.

  • leo77

    Reality, like the virgin birth and a magic rabbi that raised from the dead?

  • carlstrauser

    “… if you control the language, you control the debate.”

    Damned asshat argues against his own position with this statement.

    So tired of his screamy, lying, bigoted face.

  • mikeinftl

    On what fucking planet Tony? You are so out of touch that you are becoming irrelevant.

  • Dale Snyder

    Go enable another sexual predator while you worship a sexual predator you piece of christian shit.

  • billbear1961

    You and your pals molest any kids for Jesus, lately, you evil, fucking, fascist FRAUD?

  • Girlgoon

    They also banned the word entitled as in, “churches shouldn’t be entitled to tax free status when they get involved in politics”

  • JWC

    Tony, you Gob just fuck off

  • HappyDance904

    They don’t want to hear “evidence based” but they will be the first one to bitch out and try to sue a dr for not curing them…

  • teedofftaxpayer

    The only reality that Perkins see is his head is so far up his ass, he sees Donald’s blond hairs.

  • pleasebereasonable1

    Reality….that’s rich.

  • Sleeper Girl

    Thank God I have Tony Perkins to oversee, supervise, chaperone, and run my life for me.

  • IN OTHER NEWS – reports have surfaced that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has spearheaded a despicable anti marriage, anti-transgender letter called “Male and Female” on December 15th – here is a link to my reply (on my rarely-used blog:

    This itself contains a link to the USCCB letter on its site, and is a point-by-point response that exposes them for the monsters they are, who not only prey on children but now confirm that they want to torment and disrespect them as well.

    • JCF

      Thank you SO much, Joann.

      Here’s a taste of this Popoid excrement:

      “It compels people to … face ridicule, marginalization, and other
      forms of retaliation”

      VICTIM-BLAMING at its most EVIL.

      • Thank you for the emphasis on that – I did not fail to notice it. especially since “ridicule, marginalization, and other
        forms of retaliation” is what they want to inflict on trans kids wile calling it “authentic support” – apparently the USCCB’s idea of “authentic support” is to nail transgender children on a cross made from cissexist prejudice, and then claim that the nails themselves provide “authentic support.” Their cruelty cannot be believed or tolerated by a sane society.

  • JCF
  • James

    I hope someone’s filing Tony’s words away so they can bring them back out to bite him if a Dem ever takes the White House again and overturns this change.

  • -M-

    No, they’re censoring perfectly neutral and accurate terminology to impose language right wingers consider political correct.

  • anne marie in philly

    FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU! there have always been and there always will be gay and trans people in the world. FOAD if ya don’t like having to share the air!