After Las Vegas massacre, Laura Ingraham laments "secular humanism and progressivism" supplanting "virtue"
Ingraham: "I also think we should remember that we've done a lot to kick Christianity, God, to the curb in our society in the way we treat each other, in some government policy, in our schools"
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From the October 3 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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LAURA INGRAHAM: There are some things -- again, it's not a satisfying response, there are some things you cannot stop. We say, well, is there a government solution to every human problem? I would say no. And I think we also should think about what we do on a daily basis as individuals to each other. I also think we should remember that we've done a lot to kick Christianity, God, to the curb in our society in the way we treat each other, in some government policy, in our schools. We can talk a lot about climate change and all these wonderful things in school, but we can't say a simple prayer, even have a moment of silence in a lot of schools today. That's just not good. We have to get back to the basics in human society, and I think our country is -- it's hurting in a lot of ways, and people on the left are upset. People on the right are upset.
AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): You mentioned religion. We all have our cross to bear, right? We all are sinners, and we fall short. This guy, his brother said, did not have religion in his life. You wear your cross. I heard you last night say you went to St. Patrick’s to pray. There were a lot of people there lighting candles and praying. And then I heard you say Big & Rich, when they sang on stage “God Bless America” an hour before some of [the concertgoers] were killed to go meet God, that you said that was such a gift to their families, and I agree with you.
INGRAHAM: It was.
EARHARDT: The president yesterday was consoling our nation, and it is so nice to hear our president quoting scripture. Because I think I agree with you, we need to go back to that as families, because I feel sorry for this guy, I know that's awful to say, because he didn't have God.
INGRAHAM: I know. It was some kind of deep vacuum, and without a moral center in our lives and, again, we're all sinners. We all fall. Without that moral center, what do you compare your behavior to?
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): I don't know. I see a lot of people that don't go to church, never crack the Bible, who are some of the best people, and they don't seem to yearn for anything. I know what you're saying about going for religion, and that's great, but there's a lot of people out there watching that aren'tvery religious, you know? And they say that --
INGRAHAM: Well, how has that worked out for us as a country? I mean, all I would say is how has it worked out for us as a country where secular, humanism, and progressivism has supplanted the understanding that without virtue, there is no real freedom. Freedom without virtue is chaos.
KILMEADE: But there's a lot of people that don't go to church, and they don't open up fire.
INGRAHAM: Obviously. People seize on that comment and say "Oh, they’re saying that people who aren’t religious --" that’s not what we’re saying. We're talking about this individual. We don't know what motivated him. We're talking about in society as large, there is a vacuum in public life where everyone's afraid to say what the truth is. The truth is there is evil in the world and the absence of a moral and virtual -- virtue center, lots of bad things can happen. Not always, but sometimes.