Tony Perkins, an evangelical Christian leader and frequent faith adviser to President Trump’s administration, claimed Sunday that mass shootings are caused by “driving God from the public square,” and specifically by teaching kids about evolution.
“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,” Perkins said, “[which is] really the result of a decades-long march through the institutions of America, driving religion and God from the public square.”
“What do we need to do as a country?” the show’s host asked Perkins.
“I’m willing to sit down with the left who say, ‘I don’t want to hear anymore about your prayers,'” the former police officer replied. “Well, I agree. Praying alone is not enough, it’s time to act. 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.”
“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,” he continued.
Perkins went on to suggest that religion would be more effective than gun control in combating mass shootings across the country.
“I think we have to go back to the point where we instil in these children… at least give them the opportunity to know that they’re created in the image of God, therefore they have inherent value,” he said. “As the first president of the United States said, ‘don’t think 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,” he added.
The evangelical leader did not, however, offer any explanations as to how nations with lower levels of religious adherence manage to avoid mass shooting.
The latest shooting in West Texas is tragic. We need to come together from all sides to have a discussion as to how to end this. But we can’t just discuss the instruments of violence – we must address the inspiration. We need a return to faith & morality.https://t.co/OqoluqSE4j
— Tony Perkins (@tperkins) September 1, 2019