Fox Nation host: Public schools have put the country on the verge of civil war

Todd Starnes: “Our public school system is being used as the engine to drive this social change”

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Citation From the September 10 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends

LISA BOOTHE (GUEST CO-HOST): So obviously Culture Jihad, that is a stark name. Why did you choose that, you know, particularly heading into 9/11 here?

TODD STARNES (FOX NATION HOST): Oh, yeah. It's a provocative name for a provocative time in the country, quite frankly. And we've got to start talking about these issues. My hat is off to Dave Chappelle. He's actually talking about what we need to talk about in this country, the attacks on free speech, the attacks on our fundamental rights here. We're talking about efforts to destroy artwork that people find offensive, banning books like Little House on the Prairie and To Kill a Mockingbird.

We're talking about, you know, taking away monuments and paintings depicting our founding fathers. These are very precarious times for our country, and we've got to start that conversation.

BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): So you think President Trump, even though he's not known -- he's won over the white evangelical voter. He's not known as the most religious person personally, but you think he's done a lot to push back on this trend.

STARNES: I believe this president has saved the nation. You know, President Obama promised to fundamentally transform America. And he delivered on that campaign promise. And so President Trump has been undoing a lot of the damage that was done. He has stood up for religious liberty. He's a pro-life president, probably the most pro-life president we've had in American history. And he's done a great job of pushing back. I write about this in the book and we lay all of this out, including issues like Trump derangement syndrome.

BOOTHE: Well, and you talk about how we're on the verge of a civil war. How bad is it?

STARNES: It's pretty bad. Especially when you look at the issues that divide us. And look at the polling data. My concern is not what happens over the next two years, it's what's happening over the next 10 years. You see, our public school system is being used as the engine to drive this social change. When you look at the polling data, it's all there.

Just a couple weeks ago -- you guys were talking about this on Fox & Friends -- a majority of younger Americans, Generation Z, Millennials, don't believe that religion and patriotism are all that important to their lives anymore. So we're seeing this shift happen really almost in a stealth way. And that's why I decided to write this book, is to put all the data together so that folks can see what's happening in their country and they can do something about it.