Fredrick Clarkson, an expert on the Religious Right, writes: "It turns out that Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council and the organizer of "Justice Sunday," the Christian Right rally in Louisville last weekend, has a seamy history -- that includes a secret deal with white supremacist leader, David Duke."
Clarkson is alluding to an important Max Blumenthal article in The Nation this week.
Blumenthal's article also traces the rise of Perkins, which intersects with the rise of the Republican religious government strategy itself:
"Tony Perkins, Justice Sunday was the fulfillment of a strategy devised more than two decades ago by his political mentor, Woody Jenkins. In May 1981, in the wake of Ronald Reagan's presidential victory, Jenkins and some fifty other conservative activists met at the Northern Virginia home of direct-mail pioneer Richard Viguerie to plot the growth of their movement. The Council for National Policy (CNP), an ultra-secretive, right-wing organization, was the outcome of that meeting. The CNP hooked up theocrats like R.J. Rushdoony, Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell with wealthy movement funders like Amway founder Richard DeVos and beer baron Joseph Coors. As DeVos famously said, the CNP "brings together the doers with the donors."