Peter Montgomery reports at Right Wing Watch:
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, was elected chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Monday, according to a press release. The USCIRF is a bipartisan commission created in 1998 whose members are appointed by the president and congressional leaders.
When Perkins was appointed to the Commission last year on the recommendation of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Right Wing Watch noted that his appointment was “deeply troubling given the long track record that Perkins and FRC have had in spreading anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.”
It’s also worth noting that the Family Research Council is one of the Religious Right groups that have eagerly worked with the most religiously oppressive regimes—those classified by the USCIRF as among the worst for religious liberty—in order to resist international recognition for the rights of LGBTQ people and to defend governments’ right to enforce “traditional” religious views on gender, sexuality, and family.