Rex Tillerson, Establishment Protestant secretary of state

ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson speaks during the IHS CERAWeek 2015 energy conference in Houston

ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson speaks during the IHS CERAWeek 2015 energy conference in Houston, Texas April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Kramer/File Photo – RTX2PIDG

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It is amusing, if you’re into gallows humor, to find Family Research Council Tony Perkins with his knickers in a twist over President-elect Donald Trump’s designating Exxon-Mobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state.

Perkins hates it that, as president of the Boy Scouts from 2010 to 2012, Tillerson successfully pushed for the admission of gay scouts. And that his company contributes to the evil Planned Parenthood.

He also doesn’t like Tillerson being real cozy with Russia, to the point of receiving its Order of Friendship from the hands of Vladimir Putin. Or that he is on record supporting a carbon tax, which I guess constitutes a grave sin against family values.

The truth is, the guy is a classic Establishment Protestant.

Though he comes from Texas, he’s no evangelical. He belongs to the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, a small mainline Protestant body that declined to participate in the merger that created the United Church of Christ in the 1950s on the grounds that this might weaken congregational autonomy. In 2012, he and his wife gave the NACCC between $5,000 and $10,000 to support its mission program.

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