Iowa Republican national committeewoman Tamara Scott, also the state director of Concerned Women for America and a lobbyist for The Family Leader, said on her radio program last week that the shooting of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white supremacist gunman was not a “racial issue” but instead part of a “targeted assault” on Christianity exemplified by the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage. She also criticized efforts to remove the Confederate flag from state property, saying that the flag is a Benghazi-like “diversion” from the real things dividing America: the media, public schools and rappers.
The Charleston shooting, Scott said, is “being hijacked to a racial issue.” Her interviewee, South Carolina pastor Brad Atkins — the state head of the American Family Association’s American Renewal Project who led the planning of Gov. Nikki Haley’s “The Response” prayer rally last month — agreed, saying the victims “lost their lives primarily not because they were black and the killer was white, but because they were gathered together at the church.”
“There really was no debate” about the flag, Atkins said, up until the “secular media” used it as a distraction from the fact that the shooting actually “happened because of a lack of Christian influence in society”
Scott agreed, saying that the real cultural problems that led to the shooting are “a media that relentlessly pit groups against each other, voters in the elections where they pit voters into blocs against each other, or the education system that consistently creates a class warfare and an envy system in their children at an early age, or rappers with their racist rants about rape and everything else. There are several things that are feeding into this, but it’s not a gun and it’s not a flag.”
She added that until the recent debate, younger generations primarily associated the Confederate flag with the TV show “Dukes of Hazzard”: “For them the flag was a symbol of affection for a fun show and some culture known in the South. The unfortunate thing is this discussion is now creating a divide and a dialogue that would have died out decades ago had we not brought it up again over this. We’re continuing a problem that was actually, literally dying out.”
The Confederate flag, she concluded, is “the same distraction that the supposed video tape was for Benghazi.”
Scott discussed the issue with Atkins again on Tuesday, when she guest hosted conservative talk radio host Jan Mickelson’s program:
Atkins told Scott about another incident at a mostly white church in South Carolina, where a man had entered with a gun while a number of his family members were worshipping, which Scott said “we don’t hear about” in the media “because it can’t be made into a racial issue.”
She repeated her point that the shooting in a black church by a gunman with white supremacist views who specifically stated his desire to start a race war wasn’t as much a “racial issue” as an attack on religion. The Charleston shooting, she said, is “being made into more of a racial issue than it was,” when the shooter “could have gone anywhere – mall, sporting event, anywhere — and shot a race of people, but this was in a house of worship.”
Atkins agreed, lamenting that the shooting has led to an effort to remove the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds: “It’s gotten the issue off what the real issue was and put the focus on what the side issue was in this situation.”
“It’s not the presence of a confederate flag at a capitol,” Scott agreed, “it’s the absence of a Christian faith in a community.”
Scott then accused the Confederate flag’s critics of turning a symbol of “fun” into something divisive.
“Creating this stir about the flag now forces dialogue that I think had died out decades ago,” she said. “It starts the divide all over again in younger generations that otherwise would have had absolutely no ill feelings on this flag. For this generation that I know, it was a symbol of Dukes of Hazzard and fun and a culture of the South. So I hate this dialogue that has started that has created a new generation of divisiveness.”
Agreeing that the Confederate flag is “an issue that really was not an issue” until the current debate, Atkins warned that removing the flag from government property could set a precedent that threatens Christianity.
“It was a symbol that this individual used to promote his hatred toward a group of people,” he explained. “And if we’re not careful, what we’re going to see happen, you’ll take fringe groups like Westboro Baptist Church, who supposedly use the word of God to justify their hatred and animosity toward different groups, and if we’re not careful, groups like that will then in turn cause even the word of God to be used as a symbol of hate.”
Donald Trump found an ally in Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio during his notorious birther crusade back in 2012, and now the Republican presidential candidate will be joining forces with Arpaio once again, this time to justify his infamous remarks that Mexican immigrants are mostly gangsters and rapists.
Trump plans to deliver a speech in Phoenix this week on “illegal immigration and numerous other topics.” Dan Nowicki of the Arizona Republic notes that Arpaio and a local GOP leader will both be making appearances at the event.
Surely teaming up with Arpaio will help Trump’s plan to win the Latino vote, as the sheriff has a horrific record on issues like immigration, racial profiling, detainmentand upholding basic human rights.
Most recently, he tapped a child sex offender to work as an armed guard for schools and confessed to having “violated several federal court orders resulting from a long-running racial-profiling suit.”
The sheriff, who has been cited by the Justice Department for violating the First Amendment rights of his critics, recently alleged that criticism of Trump’s comments on immigration undermines his “freedom of speech.”
Last week, Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., held a town hall meeting in Kennesaw, Georgia, to discuss constituent concerns and recent events in the nation, including the Charleston massacre and the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling.
Loudermilk refused to answer a question on whether he would take down the Confederate flag from state buildings in Georgia, instead choosing to focus on the shooting's significance for the Christian community. The congressman called the tragedy “an attack on the freedom of religion,” joining a long line of GOP pundits who have tied the shooting to the Religious Right’s claims of anti-Christian persecution rather than to its clear racist motives.
“Where did this massacre take place? In the church,” Loudermilk said, later adding, “It’s an attack on rights, they’re all attacks on rights.”
The representative also touched on the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision, criticizing the justices for allegedly overstepping their constitutional boundaries. He joked that he used the word "decision" loosely, asking attendees, “Do you know what the actual term for what they did was? An opinion.”
“Hey, it was the Supreme Court’s opinion that Dred Scott and slavery was okay, did they get that right?” Loudermilk continued, echoing similar arguments made by anti-gay activists and politicians including Alan Keyes, Steve King, and Bryan Fischer.
“They get things wrong, sometimes their opinion is wrong,” Loudermilk said. After comparing marriage equality to slavery, Loudermilk left the crowd with an optimistic sentiment: “We can overcome these things.”
Ann Coulter, author of “Adios, America!,” appeared on the “Joyce Kaufman Show” on Monday to offer her advice to the current Republican presidential candidates to “drive up the white vote” rather than trying to expand their base.
Kaufman, a fellow far-right, anti-immigrant pundit, voiced her fear that Texas is “holding on by a thread.”
“I wrote about that in the book,” Coulter responded. The reason “why Texas is different than California,” she said, is that white voters in Texas “voted 80 percent for Mitt Romney,” while whites in California “split their vote.”
Because Latino voters in Texas and California compromise the “exact same percentage” of the population and both “block vote for the Democrats,” it is the unity of white Texans that makes the difference, Coulter said.
“That’s what Republicans gotta learn. Drive up the white vote; that’s your base,” she concluded.
Yesterday on his “America’s Survival” webcast, conservative pundit Cliff Kincaid spoke to Matthew Kidd of the Foundation for Moral Law, the right-wing legal group founded by Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. Kidd said that Congress should consider impeaching Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan for taking part in the Supreme Court same-sex marriage cases, arguing that they should have recused themselves because they both officiated same-sex couples’ weddings.
Later in the program, Kincaid said that Congress should compel Ginsburg and Kagan to testify before congressional impeachment hearings, adding that Justice Antonin Scalia should also be questioned so he can warn the nation about how the marriage ruling threatens democracy.
“Wouldn’t it be great to have some hearings and put these people on the grilling seat, and by that I mean Kagan and Ginsburg, and find out how on earth they can justify breaking their code of ethics and breaking the law,” Kincaid said. “I think the situation is so serious, a constitutional crisis, I’ve never seen anything like this. With a president you can force him to resign, they tried to impeach Nixon and of course he had to resign. With the Supreme Court, we’ve got to try the impeachment route and it’s so blatant in this case.”
Kincaid previously wrote that Kagan shouldn’t have heard the case because she’s a “known lesbian.”
Linda Harvey of Mission America is so upset that Hillary Clinton wrote a heartwarming message to a gay boy featured on the Humans of New York Facebook page that she thinks Clinton should be called out for breaking the law on “child corruption.”
“No one is officially calling Hillary’s encouragement of homosexual identity and feelings in an eight-year-old child corruption, which is still a crime in most states,” the Religious Right activist said. “But they should be.”
Harvey said that the boy, who told Humans of New York that “I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me,” is “pre-occupied with same sex attractions and depraved identities” because he is probably a survivor of abuse.
While Harvey has absolutely no evidence of this, she claims that anyone who doesn’t suspect child abuse is just trying to suppress the truth! In fact, Harvey manages to blame Clinton: “In her world, it takes a village to raise a child– and it’s apparently critical that the ‘village’ be full of helpful drag queens and consultative child predators.”
An eight-year-old boy declares he “is” homosexual and is worried about his future. And of course, this is New York, so a photographer magically appears to document his pre-pre-adolescent angst.
He should calm down. The wannabe first female president of the recently Constitution-free United States of America, Hillary Clinton, quickly declared her support. She will make sure this “gay” second-grader is protected and enabled in the future to march naked in as many pride parades as he wants. This is America and by golly, it’s the land of the free–and easy.
Hillary has always been truly concerned about children, you see. In her world, it takes a village to raise a child– and it’s apparently critical that the “village” be full of helpful drag queens and consultative child predators.
This vulnerable boy, who might otherwise be collecting frogs, playing cub baseball, and calling girls “yucky,” is instead pre-occupied with same sex attractions and depraved identities– and just where did he pick this up? This is not typical child behavior and these are inappropriate child concerns. Is it possible these “feelings” reflect the twisted desires of adults in his life whose approval he covets, like many impressionable elementary school children?
When counselors see premature sexual preoccupation in children, many immediately suspect early sexual involvement of some type. But official opinion is unlikely to go there now after Obergefell v. Hodges, because that would mean such an identity and the sexual conduct that so quickly follows are not inborn, are not a destiny, are often not inherited but developed in children– unwillingly–and that perhaps the historical and biblical depiction of this conduct is accurate.
No one is officially calling Hillary’s encouragement of homosexual identity and feelings in an eight-year-old child corruption, which is still a crime in most states. But they should be.
She’s not alone in her unverifiable discovery of innate “gay”-ness. Just last week, the editors of USA Today wrote this:
“Modern science has concluded that sexual orientation, like race, is genetically determined and the court held that it deserves the same constitutional protection afforded to other immutable characteristics.”
Say again? What “science”? Quote us chapter and verse. They won’t because they can’t. It doesn’t exist.
So what does cause homosexual feelings? The elephant in the room for many people is child molestation. But America’s major medical groups are now populated with colleagues who profess to be homosexual. How during cocktail party chatter do you ask, “So, who was it who molested you and caused you to develop ‘gay’ feelings? Your older brother? The neighbor teen down the street?”
No, no one is willing to really uncover this subject for true debate in spite of the overwhelming evidence (think, Catholic Church adolescent-boy molestation scandal and cover-up– read the book Goodbye, Good Men by Michael Rose).
Hillary Clinton is their perfect candidate– lawless, corrupt and phony to the core. We must bring forward a far better alternative because we owe it to our precious children.
We recently reported that the Oath Keepers, an antigovernment militia group, and James David Manning, the Harlem pastor who likes to say that “Jesus would stone homos," were planning to team up over the Fourth of July weekend for their second annual event in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to “prove that racism is being manufactured by liberals and not practiced by conservatives.”
Although Oath Keepers members were involved in last year’s event, this year they were honored with the presence of the group’s founder, Stewart Rhodes, who gave a brief speech on July 4th alleging that liberals want to divide Americans by race and prompt another civil war.
But the real fireworks seemed to have come on the second day of the event, July 5, which was filmed by conservative activist Wiley Drake, who is credited as the cofounder of the “Racial Reconciliation of the Races” event.
Manning was introduced by Rhonda Herrington, a member of his ATLAH church congregation. Herrington recalled a visit to Pensacola, Florida, to protest the trial of creationist tax-dodger Kent Hovind, and was shocked to see that the city had become a “sodomite heaven,” which she blamed on “manufactured” hurricanes meant to “get rid of the Americans.” She also took aim at Rev. Al Sharpton, who she blamed for “doing race riots” and “church shootings” with money funneled from George Soros through President Obama.
As she was leaving the stage, a member of the audience yelled, “Sodomites, go to Hell!” Manning, taking the stage, then asked everyone to stand and join him in yelling, “Sodomites, go to Hell!”
Manning continued on this theme throughout his sermon, saying, “The other day before leaving here, we had on our announcement board that all fags, all lesbos, all fag churches that burn in lust for human waste will burn in Hell as human waste.”
“We’re going to keep on preaching and teaching that fags, lesbos, sodomites, and all other hell-raisers are going directly to Hell,” he said, “and I pray that God will let me sit someplace where I can send them to Hell.”
Manning went on to say that all of the biblical revelations he has had since President Obama took office have come true, including the fact that the president is the “son of Satan.”
Pat Robertson saw the silver lining in the violent atrocities perpetrated by the so-called Islamic State, telling “700 Club” viewers today that “maybe the best thing that ever happened to the world is for these crazies in ISIS to keep on beheading people and doing some of these extreme things.”
His remarks followed a Christian Broadcasting Network report about accounts of ISIS members leaving the terrorist group and converting to Christianity.
Robertson, who last year revealed his excitement that the terrorist group is bringing about the Last Days, explained that once more Muslims and others realize that ISIS is the true face of Islam, they will leave the religion.
Janet Porter, the right-wing conspiracy theorist and creator of the anti-gay film “Light Wins,” reveals today that her prayers reversed the results of the 2000 presidential election to ensure that President Bush was the victor in Florida.
Since her prayers got Bush elected president, Porter explains, her prayers can also reverse the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality.
Porter is urging Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to demand that the Supreme Court rehear the marriage case, but this time without the presence of Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whom Porter believes should have recused themselves because they had officiated at the weddings of same-sex couples.
“[I]f God can change the outcome of a presidential election,” Porter explains, “he can change the outcome of a Supreme Court ruling.”
In the 2000 Presidential election, between George W. Bush and Al Gore, I lived in a place called Broward County, Florida. When they declared the state of Florida–and the election–for Al Gore, I, like so many others, got down on my knees and asked for something that had never been done before. I asked for God to change the outcome of the election. You know what happened: He answered that “ridiculous” prayer. And if God can change the outcome of a presidential election, He can change the outcome of a Supreme Court ruling. Ask Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to file a motion for rehearing the marriage case at: 800-282-0515 . Then, pray to the God of the impossible.
Franklin Graham has a warning for President Obama: Watch out for God’s wrath!
On his Facebook page yesterday, Graham wrote that the White House’s decision to celebrate LGBT Pride month and the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision with rainbow colors may incite a lightning strike from an angry God.
Graham previously warned that Obama’s support for marriage equality is ushering in the End Times:
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio defended his fellow anti-immigrant birther Donald Trump last week, saying that Trump didn’t mean “to say anything derogatory” about “all the great people from Mexico” when he said of Mexican immigrants, “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.”
Arpaio told radio host Aaron Klein, in an interview later excerpted in WorldNetDaily, that criticism of Trump and his loss of corporate allies after he made the comments were violations of his “freedom of speech.”
“Well, first of all, I thought we had freedom of speech in this country, and he’s running for president, he has a right to voice his opinion,” Arpaio said. “He did talk about the birth certificate in the past, I’ve been working on that. So, I don’t know, I guess you’ve got to be politically correct when you run for office. But once again, I don’t believe he meant to say anything derogatory about all the people, all the great people from Mexico.”
Gun Owners of America’s Larry Pratt, who said earlier this year that “the Second Amendment was designed for people just like” President Obama and his fellow Democrats, repeated the sentiment yesterday, saying that the only thing currently saving America is that President Obama knows that “if he goes too far” he’ll face an armed revolt.
Pratt told Houston-based radio host Sam Malone that if Obama doesn’t implement any “gun grabs” before he leaves office, “it won’t be for want of trying.”
“It’s a constant struggle with this guy because he’s convinced that you and I with a gun are a danger,” he said. “But you know what, we probably are, because given the fact that this president we have is lawless, he rules illegally, he makes things up that are totally unconstitutional, totally illegal, well, we had a Second Amendment precisely because of that kind of attitude. It’s to deter that sort of mentality from fully being implemented. And I think that’s what’s probably saving the United States right now from Obama, is that he knows that if he goes too far it’s not going to end well.”
Herb Titus, the Christian Reconstructionist, “biblical birther" and longtime brother-in-arms of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, is urging conservative Christian public officials to deny marriage licenses to gay couples in defiance of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, rather than simply resign from their positions and abandon “civil society to the heathen and to the Enemy.”
Titus told Alaska GOP politician Joe Miller in a radio interview posted online over the weekend that thanks to a Supreme Court majority that embraces a “postmodern worldview,” Americans are adrift at sea.
“Instead of writing law, they write poetry, they write philosophy, they write sociology and psychology,” he said of the Supreme Court justices. “We no longer have any fixed principled by which to measure what is right and wrong, what is constitutional, what’s not constitutional. We’re basically at sea in a ship which is manned by nine people, and you don’t have much to say about anything anymore because they’re in control of the ship and the storm is out to sea and you can’t get off the ship.”
When Miller asked if there is now a “confrontation” between this postmodern worldview and people who believe in “immutable, natural law,” Titus agreed, saying, “It’s a very small minority of people who have any sense whatsoever of the law of Nature and of Nature’s God, that is the law as revealed by God in Nature and in the Holy Scriptures.”
He blasted public officials who are implementing marriage equality laws or resigning from their posts rather than follow the law, saying that those officials should instead say, “I’m going to stay in this job and I’m not going to issue marriage licenses and if you come after me, you can come after me. I’m going to take a stand.”
Christians, he lamented, have “abandoned civil society to the heathen and to the Enemy” and will soon be “thrown in jail” and otherwise “persecuted” because of it.
Later in the interview, Titus warned that if conservative Christians give up on trying to shape government to biblical specifications, they will end up like the Amish, with special protections for their religion but “no influence in the greater society”
“God didn’t call us to just be in a closed-off, religious community, God called us to exercise dominion,” he said.
He repeated that public officials who disagree with marriage equality should defy the law and “make people remove us from office, if that’s what it’s going to take you, ‘you can remove me, but I’m not going to just ask you to give me a special privilege, or resign and will no longer function in a civil capacity.’ What that does, I think, is basically sounds the bugle of retreat.”
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore sat down with anti-choice activist Randall Terry yesterday to make his case that states should defy the Supreme Court’s decision striking down same-sex marriage bans, with the two pointing to the Nuremberg trials following World War II to justify such defiance.
Both gay marriage and the war crimes committed by the Nazis violate “higher law,” Moore said. He also invoked the Vietnam War to claim that people who recognize the decision on marriage equality are no different from people who commit war crimes and say they are just “following orders.”
Terry pressed Moore on whether states should secede from the union over the issue of gay marriage, but Moore only went so far as to say that state officials should not “obey an unlawful order.”
“I think it is going to destroy the nation,” Moore said. “We’re supposed to be a free people and if this carries out the way I think it’s going to carry out, it’s going to be very doubtful.”
In an interview with WorldNetDaily last week, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, an emerging Tea Party hero who has been courted by Gov. Scott Walker, said that the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality might be a “catalyst” for a conservative movement to resist President Obama’s “socialist agenda,” but added that he wasn’t sure what could stop it “short of a Lexington-Concord type moment.”
The “Alinskyite” Obama, Clarke told WND, has “created all this division, stirring up racial animosity in our cities, rich against poor in the Occupy movement, and now it’s this religious divide” with gay marriage. “We had a Civil War. We see a great divide forming again,” he said.
He said that he hoped the marriage ruling would be a “catalyst” for conservatives to “defy this stuff,” lamenting, “[W]ho would have thought that in the 21 century homosexuality would come out of the closet and churches would be forced to go into the closet?”
“After a big decision like this, people scream and holler, ‘This is bad for the country,’ and then we just acquiesce,” Clarke said. “I believe one of these decisions might just be a catalyst to not just say we don’t like it but to actually do something, to defy this stuff.
“And that’s what churches are supposed to do is resist. And if the court comes back and says you don’t have a right to exercise your religion, then they’re going to have to decide what to do next. … But who would have thought that in the 21 century homosexuality would come out of the closet and churches would be forced to go into the closet?”
The Constitution is being “obliterated,” and “our democratic way of life is being transformed into a socialist agenda, and I don’t know what it’s going to take short of a Lexington-Concord type moment,” Clarke said.
“We had a Civil War. We see a great divide forming again. That’s a part of the landscape that has come from Obama; he’s an Alinskyite, and he knows you have to create a critical mass. So they’ve created all this division, stirring up racial animosity in our cities, rich against poor in the Occupy movement, and now it’s this religious divide. That’s why I keep telling people gay marriage is not the issue; you’re missing it. You have to peel back the layers and look at this transformation. It happens subtly right before your eyes, and you’ll miss it.”
Clarke said division in the conservative movement also aids the left.
“They will have to band together and decide what they’re going to do, but I think the first act is defiance,” he said. “Justices Alito, Scalia, Roberts, Thomas said this is unconstitutional. I’m going with that, and what these four justices said went against the language of these five oligarchs. Amend the Constitution if we don’t like it because we’ve done it, what, 27 times?”
Yesterday, anti-choice activist Randall Terry posted an interview with Roy Moore, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and a leader in the conservative movement to defy the federal courts on marriage equality.
Moore told Terry that religious “persecution is just beginning” because Americans will be “forced to accept evil” and “condone sodomy,” which the two agreed will lead to a massive and possibly violent backlash. “I hope we don’t have a war, I hope we don’t have conflicts but we definitely need to recognize that same-sex marriage is something that has not existed on a government level,” Moore added.
After Moore said that the founding fathers would be “incensed” at the court’s decision, Terry claimed that if the founders rebelled against the British over taxes, they would have certainly also led a revolution over an attempt to “make the colonies into Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Later in the program, Moore alleged that the Supreme Court, like King George III before it, is a tyrannical force trampling on freedom. When Terry pushed Moore to reveal whether he believed that there should be an anti-gay revolution, Moore only said that 2015 is just like 1776.
Moore also advised governors to defy the Supreme Court’s ruling because it “doesn’t follow the Constitution,” while Terry urged governors to declare that “this decision is from Hell, literally from Hell, and tell the justices take it back to Hell where it came from.”
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a rising star in the Republican Party who has helped to craft the party’s immigration and voting rights policies, said in a recent interview that his biggest concern about marriage equality is the prospect of gay couples adopting children, which he said is “certainly not good for the kids.”
Joe Miller, the failed Alaska GOP senate candidate and Kobach’s Yale Law School classmate, spoke with the Kansas official on his radio program in an interview posted online last week.
Kobach told Miller that the implications on religious liberty of the Supreme Court’s decision striking down gay marriage bans would be “not good.”
“Although the decision may not be used as a direct precedent for infringing upon the rights of us, of people of faith, to speak freely,” he said, “I think it’ll be used as kind of supporting law when the next thing comes down the pike, which will be probably an attack on the 501(c)3 status of churches that don’t affirm gay marriage, you might see some attacks on free speech by members of the cloth of any faith. I don’t know which is going to come first, but I think all of these things are now very real possibilities moving forward.”
“Of course, one thing that I really cared about in this whole gay marriage dispute over the last decade is adopted kids,” he added. “Now we have a situation where gay couples are adopting on the same terms and must be allowed to adopt on the same legal terms as heterosexual couples and, you know, that’s certainly not good for the kids. So, so many things are going to be following from this.”
Miller responded by citing a toilet paper ad in praise of single moms, saying, “It’s a world upside down, elites are trying to impose a different value system on this country, they’ve had a large degree of success and they certainly have a willing hand in the Supreme Court in their efforts.”
UPDATE: D'Souza changed the Facebook post to read: "Even if the #ConfederateFlag was edited into this Hillary photo, WHAT is going on with those glasses and that hairdo?"
D’Souza isn’t the only conservative to post the picture, despite the fact that it’s fake.
You can see the real image here:
Immediately after a white gunman killed nine worshippers at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, last month, Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America started laying blame on the church’s slain pastor, who was also a state senator, for supporting gun control and not allowing concealed weapons in his church.
In an interview with Armed America Radio that was posted online last week, Pratt doubled down, claiming that the shooter, Dylann Roof, targeted a church “populated by liberals” and pastored by “Mr. Anti-Gun” because he knew his victims would be unarmed.
“Since this particular church was pastored by a state senator who was Mr. Anti-Gun,” he said, “then it became pretty obvious that yep, that was a gun-free zone, a bunch of liberal Democrats in there, and the dirtbag that struck, I think knew exactly what he was doing. There’d be plenty of black churches that he could have gone into, and he probably could have met effective resistance, but he went to one where it would be known to be populated by liberals, and then he had open season.”
Pratt made a similar argument about the 2011 mass shooting in Tucson that critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, claiming that the shooter “didn’t find any resistance” because Giffords is a Democrat.