Take away the moral code of most religions and what you are left with is usually nothing more than magical thinking — at least from the point of view of non-believers.
It was difficult to regard the comments made by Tony Perkins — the president of the Family Research Council, a noted right-wing “Christian” organization — in his appearance on Fox News on Sunday as the product of rational thought, but, hey, that’s why faith is required to believe in things that no rational mind can prove to be true.
Perkins was asked about why he thought America was suffering from such a reign of domestic terror, from gun violence and mass shootings in particular.
Being a religious leader, the FRC president didn’t rely on logic and reason to make his point.
That would require looking at the statistics that clearly show that every country that has fewer weapons available to its citizens “miraculously” has much lower rates of gun deaths than the United States — with its sacred gun culture now enshrined in the Second Amendment by its erroneous modern interpretation courtesy of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Instead, Perkins blamed the teaching of evolution in our schools — and the lack of Christianity in the “public square” — for the increase in mass shootings, despite the fact that the U.S. Constitution clearly prohibits the government from having any role in ensuring that any religion is enshrined in the “public square.”
“I mean look, we’ve taught our kids that they come about by chance through primordial slime and we’re surprised that they treat their fellow Americans like dirt,” Perkins said. “It’s time we talk about the result of the left’s systematic march through our institutions, driving religious expression from the public square.”
“It’s tragic and at some point we have to realize we have a problem as a nation, 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,” Perkins continued.
In one sense, evolution does play a role in gun violence. After all, those amphibians who did crawl out of the ocean into the “primordial slime” didn’t have trigger fingers or opposable thumbs, all features developed later in the evolutionary chain according to Darwin’s theory.
However, there isn’t a shred of evidence that the teaching of evolution — or any other theory for that matter — has any effect whatsoever on the rate on gun violence in this country or overseas, unlike the proven correlation between the availability and number of guns and the rate of deaths that they cause.
Without such hard evidence, Mr. Perkins expects you to take his clams on the cause of gun violence on faith. Not unexpectedly, faith is exactly what Perkins makes his living promoting.
That’s another correlation that doesn’t require faith to make.
You can watch Tony Perkins utter his “psycho” comments in the video clip below.
Fox News guest argues teaching evolution causes mass shootings pic.twitter.com/w4MiB6tlj4
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) September 2, 2019
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Original reporting by Nicole Lafond at TalkingPointsMemo.
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