Role of religion in the gun control debate
Did Sen. Feinstein blur line between church and state?
- Duration 6:42
- Date Jan 25, 2013
Did Sen. Feinstein blur line between church and state?
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New questions about whether god is about to join the gun control debate.
After democratic senator Dianne Feinstein invites a clergyman to speak -- -- news conference where she rolled out her assault weapons ban proposal.
Reverend Gary Hall the dean of the Washington National Cathedral.
Urging worshippers yesterday.
To unite in favor of gun control -- As people of faith we have the moral obligation to stand with and for.
The victims of gun violence and to work to end it I believe that the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby.
Especially when we stand together as people of all -- across the religious landscape of America.
I don't want to take away someone's hunting rifle.
But I can no longer justify a society that allows people other than military.
To own weapons like these.
Or that permits -- the sale of high capacity magazines.
Designed with the purpose of simply killing as many people as quickly as possible.
Now Ben Shapiro a syndicated columnist he's the editor at large for -- -- news as well.
And he is the author of bullies -- the less culture of fear and intimidation.
Silence is America Ben good to see you thanks for coming up.
I think sadly.
This is an eye opener.
You know it's not the first time we've heard clergy get involved in political debates but -- and he -- flat out and said.
This is not a political issue it's a religious issue we who followed Jesus have to stand against guns.
-- you know he he can say whatever he wants the fact is it is Dianne Feinstein and Democrats are trotting him out to make this this basic argument which is that.
If you oppose their gun control agenda it's not because you.
Really want to find a different way that doesn't you know wrecked the rights 300 million Americans to prevent things like sandy -- it because you're bad person.
It's because you don't care about what happened in standing -- when he opposes the gun lobby to the cross lobby the implication is.
-- you were a morally deficient human being if you don't support his political agenda in this thug tactics.
Has been the element that's -- that the left has been pushing.
For weeks now months now everybody from President Bush to -- from President Obama.
Down all the way to -- through the left media they've been pushing the idea that there is something wrong with us that we don't care if kids get killed if we don't agree with their gun control agenda as opposed to let's have a reasonable discussion about how to prevent things like -- -- President Obama say explicitly that the the reason we're seeing lines around the block to get -- the gun stores now is because.
People who believe in gun rights are -- -- up -- years trying to gin up their own ratings trying to gin up their own revenues and that's the reason and then we saw him.
When he when he called for gun control flanked by young children who had written to the White House or his parents -- encourage them to do so but.
It was a question of whether that was appropriate and whether that was a message to people who don't feel as he does that you are somehow against these children are not in favor of their safety.
-- unfortunately this is what the left has been -- over and over the gun control debate is just the latest symptom of this on the debt ceiling stuff what they say is that if we disagree with and it's because we only like rich people and hate poor people.
On the gun control debate they keep trotting out children as -- we should be taking policy prescriptions from seven year old to you know be used to be in this country.
The -- president of the United States said -- dealing with this issue because for example my thirteen year old daughter cares about nuclear disarmament we left them.
We laughed at that we left them out of the public's fear Jimmy Carter comes to mind when President Obama walks out there with a bunch of seven year old says I'm doing it because these seven year -- They care about gun control.
Give me a break I mean it will if we're taking our policy prescriptions from kids who can't spell either policy or prescription we have a problem this.
The -- there reverend Jerry Hall he -- hit that national if I mean I'm not a lot reviewers noticed that this isn't national icon.
And he comes out and says look I was -- religion in the sixties by an activist anti war anti segregation chaplains.
Who were raring to make a scene and he believes he can -- to say this is from the Washington -- post he says.
That message fueled a generation of progressive religion and activism progressive religion activism and he wants to get that going again today saying what he wants to do.
Is -- guerrilla theater I mean is that what what the future holds for us when we go to church on Sunday.
You know I think that it does because the left continues to politicize everything and if you if you look at what they say about the religious right not a religious person on the -- action I'm not Christian.
But the left says that people like me people are you know observing Christians those people are the American Taliban but then -- -- happy to trot out people like this -- to push their political position because he happens to be on their side -- not only that we are against the gospels -- against the Bible or against common human decency.
If we don't sign off on Dianne feinstein's nonsensical -- -- that wouldn't have stopped to singled up.
-- -- and yet we have seen clergy take positions on what our.
Both religious and political issues before -- -- -- obamacare was passed we had.
Block priest come on the show and rabbis for that matter into and talk about how they believe that it.
And there still are talking Betancourt how they believe it infringes on the religious freedoms because it forces them are religious organizations to cover.
Contraception and other items that they object to morally and religiously.
And we've obviously seen -- from the -- talk about.
Pro life written and well they clearly believe that abortion is murder and so -- so there.
Are some issues that have a foot in both camps.
They did this doesn't happen to be one of them this is a case where we all want to prevent people from getting killed innocent people from getting killed.
But the problem is that it's only the left that says our policy prescriptions.
Are better than yours morally.
-- that -- -- your end goal is not the same as -- they say -- -- does not include saving lives are -- only includes preserving gun rights at the expense of human life and that's not that that's a character assassination argument not a political and if they really want to get something done in Washington if they really want the American people to go along with their agenda they should stop demagoguing and -- or there's something wrong with us -- were evil if we disagree with them about how to preserve -- -- the lives of people like kids attending.
You know I I think about that one family.
What's her little Christina green who was killed in the same shooting massacre that took so that that.
-- to Gabby Giffords being shot.
And her father came on this broadcast shortly thereafter it is right after.
And he is not as big gun control -- but his wife it's so it's in the same family with suffering the same tragedy.
Concerned about the lives of children but they just had legitimate disagreements on the issues and where to go from and -- even this even this.
The reverend Gary Hall he also acknowledges that even clergy is divided on this issue -- yet.
We quite a pick that up if you -- you yesterday Ben thanks for being here.
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