Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk responded to an ad featuring Ron Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, advocating for an atheist group, that first aired during the Democratic Party October debate on CNN.
In effect, Reagan mocks Christians, saying he is “not afraid of burning in hell,” as he seeks donations for the Freedom From Religion Foundation — the atheist group has made a name for itself challenging issues like Bibles in schools or crosses on public grounds.
That the ad aired during a Democratic debate being par for the course, as far as Kirk is concerned. And though he tweeted about the ad back in October, Kirk shared the tweet on Sunday night for a second time as CNN hosted another debate for the party.
“This is the left,” he tweeted. “They booed God at their convention They want to defund churches that don’t support progressive views And this is the ad that gets the prime spot at the debate— ‘I’m not afraid of burning in hell.'”
“RT if you’re sick of this Godless party,” Kirk added, including the 30-second ad in his tweet.
This is the left
They booed God at their convention
They want to defund churches that don’t support progressive views
And this is the ad that gets the prime spot at the debate—”I’m not afraid of burning in hell”
RT if you’re sick of this Godless party pic.twitter.com/ycyprA0JVv
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 16, 2020
“Hi, I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I’m alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government,” Reagan says in the ad. “That’s why I’m asking you to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation’s largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended.”
“Please support the Freedom From Religion Foundation,” he concludes. “Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell.”
The reference to God being booed was from the 2012 Democratic convention, which was held in Charlotte, N.C. The party was looking to reinstate platform language that recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and included the words “God-given” in a passage on employment.
The moment can be seen below:
As for the reactions, aside from thinking the President Reagan must be rolling over in his grave, there was also a notion to pray for his son, who is clearly lost in this world.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:
Has anyone mentioned to this ass wipe, Ron Reagan, that it’s not freedom from religion, it’s freedom OF religion. There is a drastic difference.
— TRUMP 2020 (@lostmycountry08) March 16, 2020
— John Betts (@JohnFromCranber) March 16, 2020
Ultimately, this is what politics boils down to. It’s about two very different views on religion and family values in our country. I don’t think policies really matter to most people. If you’re a Christian that believes in the traditional family values, you will vote Republican.
— Ryan Jacobs, CSCS (@RyanJacobsFit) March 16, 2020
— John (@John23129485) March 16, 2020
If more folks could really see it as it is. Good vs Evil. Period. Choose a side. There is no middle ground.
— Russian Bot Sniffer (@R70797315) March 16, 2020
Ron Reagan ‘s. Ad is extremely disturbing and sad
— Joy (@Joy17123083) March 16, 2020
That’s….disgusting. His poor father and mother would be heart broken. Glad they aren’t here to see it.
— Truth (@yellowdogfwd) March 16, 2020
President Reagan must be cringing in heaven that his first-born child promotes Godlessness. Sad, Sickening, Shameful. Today is a “National Day of Prayer” – We should include Ron Reagan Jr. on our prayer list. ????
— Debi Lucas (@lucasdebi) March 16, 2020
They don’t call the DNC a Godless party for no reason.
— Dan (@realDannyRay) March 16, 2020