Family Research Council president Tony Perkins argued over the weekend that the increase in mass shootings being seen across America stems strongly from the country’s growing rejection of religion.
But instead of recognizing any of the merits of his argument, the left-wing media plucked one line from his full statement and presented it to their audience out of context to claim Perkins thinks mass shootings are occurring solely because evolution is being taught in schools.
Speaking on “Fox & Friends” early Sunday morning, only hours after the latest mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, what the Southern Baptist pastor actually did is tie the recent rise in mass shootings specifically to “religion and God” being driven from mainstream society and culture by the left.
Source: Fox News
“We have to realize that as a nation we have a problem,” he said. “And the problem is not the absence of laws, it’s an absence of morality. Really the result of a decades-long March through the institutions of America driving religion and God from the public square.”
But this isn’t to say that he believes the solution to mass shootings it to simply deliver more thoughts and prayers. Like members of the left, he seeks more than that. Unlike them, however, he recognizes that restricting the American people’s gun rights won’t resolve the root problem.
“I’m willing, as a former police officer and an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment, I’m willing to sit down with the left to say, ‘I don’t want to hear anymore about your prayers,'” he said. “Well, I agree. Praying alone is not enough. It’s time to act.”
“And it’s not just about having a conversation about restricting those who should not have guns — criminals. But it’s also a discussion of the absence of a moral core in our culture today. I mean, look, we’ve taught our kids that they come about by chance through primordial slime, and then we’re surprised that they treat their fellow Americans like dirt.”
It was that latter line that went viral through the left-wing universe:
Tony Perkins’s brain is primordial slime.
— Ray Hawkins??️? (@Wolfwalk47) September 3, 2019
You’d be hard pressed to come up with a finer specimen of primordial slime than Tony Perkins. But I digress.#EVOLUTION
— (((Jesper Weigner))) (@jespernweigner) September 2, 2019
Tony Perkins is proof we came from primordial slime. He just hasn’t evolved as much as the rest of us have. He’s still slime.
— Susan Lowe ? ❤️??❤️ (@sgtutvols) September 2, 2019
Bet on it – a bucket of primordial slime has a higher IQ than Tony Perkins.
— Live Bullshit Free Or Die (aka A L Katz) (@LiveBSFree) September 2, 2019
The only primordial slime in the room is Perkins himself
— Sundwoman (@sundlisaj) September 2, 2019
— JonAndJoeInIndy ??️?? (@JonAndJoeInIndy) September 1, 2019
Because people like this presumably only pay attention to demonstrably left-wing mainstream media sources, Perkins’ actual arguments were, it would appear, never explained to them.
“It’s time that we talk about the result of the left’s systemic march through our institutions driving religious expression from the public square,” he continued Sunday on FNC. “I think we have to go back to the point where we instill in these children, at least give them the opportunity to know they’re created in the image of God. Therefore they have inherent value.”
“As the first president of the United States said, don’t think that we can have morality without religion. We’ve driven religion from our public life, and we’re shocked that we no longer have morality and we no longer value human life.”
Near the end of his second term in office, then-President George Washington delivered a farewell address in which he said bluntly that “national morality” cannot exist without religion.
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports,” he said. “In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity.”
“Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
Read the full address here.
an excerpt from George Washington’s Farewell Address on the role of religion in government: pic.twitter.com/o47ZnSLhUz
— Kate Fields (@fieldskate15) March 20, 2016
— Kevin Podeweltz (@kpod05) September 3, 2019
None of this was reported by the left-wing outlets that went after Perkins, including Law & Crime, The Daily Beast and HuffPost, Crooks And Liars. #Journalism.
Some of the outlets also ignored the subsequent remarks made by Pastor Corey Brooks.
“Well, I agree a lot with what Tony just said, the fact that morality is at a very low in America right now,” he said after Perkins had finished speaking. “We have to do everything we can to make sure we turn America back toward God.”
“It’s unfortunate that in so many institutions God has been forced out of the equation. And as a result, you see individuals throughout America who have emptiness, whether you’re dealing with a kid in Texas or a kid on the block in Chicago. A lot of these young people have emptiness inside. They’re needing attention, affirmation and acceptance. And until we get that settled, no matter how many laws we do, no matter how restrictive we make it. Chicago has some of the most restrictive gun laws, yet we still have a high surge of violence. That is because we’re lacking in morality.”
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