Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council put in an appearance on Trump’s favorite show, Fox and Friends, and blamed mass shootings on Godlessness and the teaching of evolution. That hoary old argument is trotted out to explain virtually every bad thing in the world. It’s amazing what it can explain.
“At some point, we have to realize that we as a nation have a problem,” he continued. “And the problem is not the absence of laws, it’s an absence of morality.”
According to Perkins, the “absence of morality” had been caused by a “decades-long march through the institutions of America, driving religion and God from the public square.”…“We’ve taught our kids they come about through chance through primordial slime and then we’re surprised they treat their fellow Americans like dirt!” he exclaimed. “It’s time we talk about the result of the left’s systematic march through our institutions, driving religious expression from the public square.”…
“We’ve driving religion from our public life and we’re shocked that we no longer have morality and we no longer value human life,” he remarked.
If this were true, one would expect that those who accept evolution as the right explanation for the natural history of life on earth would have much higher crime rates than those who don’t, but there’s absolutely no evidence for that. And it doesn’t explain why we’ve seen violent crime go down steadily for 20 years while we teach evolution in schools. But that’s logic, and if Perkins had any ability to think logically he wouldn’t be making such a stupid argument in the first place.