Watch: Anti-LGBTQ Evangelical Leader Tony Perkins Links Teaching Evolution to Mass Shootings

Wednesday September 4, 2019

The president of the Southern Poverty Law Center designated anti-LGBTQ hate group the Family Research Council is speaking out against children being taught evolution in schools, claiming a link between that and mass shootings, The Hill reports.

Tony Perkins, the head of the evangelical group, said the slew of mass shootings in the United States comes from a "decades-long march" to drive "religion and God from the public square."

Perkins made his argument on Fox News's popular show "Fox & Friends" Sunday — a day after a mass shooting took place in Texas that left eight people dead.

"At some point, we have to realize as a nation that we have a problem," he said. "And the problem is not the absence of laws. It's an absence of morality. It's really the result of a decades-long march through the institutions of America, driving religion and God from the public square."

He went on to say that "thoughts and prayers" would not be enough to end gun violence.

"It's not just about having a conversation about restricting those who should not have guns. But it's also a discussion of the absence of a moral code in our culture," Perkins continued. "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.

"It's time we talk about the result of the left's systematic march through our institutions, driving religious expression from the public square," he added.

Perkins then said that children need to have the "opportunity to know that they're created in the image of God" and "have inherent value."

Perkins and his Family Research Council have long stood against LGBTQ equality. Read more about that here via the SPLC.

Watch the clip of Perkins on "Fox & Friends" below.

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