“Get Out” of America Preacher Is Longtime Perkins Pastor

Via People for the American Way’s blog Right Wing Watch:

Greenwell Springs Baptist Church pastor Dennis Terry introduced presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins tonight in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a rousing speech railing against liberals and non-Christians and condemning abortion rights, “sexual perversion,” same-sex marriage and secular government. Terry said that America “was founded as a Christian nation” and those that disagree with him should “get out! We don’t worship Buddha, we don’t worship Mohammad, we don’t worship Allah!” Terry, who has a long history of attacks against the gay community, went on to criticize marriage equality for gays and lesbians, and said that the economy can only recover when we “put God back” in government.

You really must watch the video for the full bigot effect:

Turns out, Terry is Perkins’ long-time pastor. From a 2003 article in the Baptist Press, when Perkins was named president of FRC:

Perkins has gained a pro-family reputation in Louisiana with his vocal opposition to gambling and abortion and his authorship of the nation’s first covenant marriage law. His concern about the influence of the homosexual movement led him to found the Louisiana Family Forum in 1998.

He is a member of Greenwell Springs (La.) Baptist Church.

“They could not have chosen a better man,” Perkins’ pastor, Dennis Terry, told Baptist Press. “Tony Perkins is perhaps one of the godliest men I’ve ever known.”

Perkins, who has been a member of the church for approximately three years, occasionally preaches in Terry’s absence.

“He walks the walk,” Terry said. “He talks the talk. He’s just an unbelievable guy. … God’s given him a tremendous gift.”


Sarah Posner, author of God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, covers politics and religion. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The American ProspectThe NationSalon, and other publications. Follow her on TwitterRSS feed Email