In this week’s episode of “Politicians Say The Darndest Things”, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) argues that the legalization of abortion has contributed to the rise in school shootings. Cramer made his remarks while giving a commencement speech at the University of Mary on May 4. He condemned a TV anchor who was fired after accidentally swearing on air and then became an Internet sensation, as well as the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision:
Just in the last several days, a Bismarck news anchor mistakenly uttered vulgarity on live television. He’s been heralded by celebrities from New York to California as some sort of pop icon. His bosses have been called goons because they fired him. We learned this week that the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to rape, and advocated that military personnel and colluding chaplains who proselytize should be court-marshalled.
Forty years ago, the United States Supreme Court sanctioned abortion on demand. And we wonder why our culture sees school shootings so often.
From Think Progress:
Cramer’s link between recent school shootings and a 40 year-old Supreme Court decision is certainly an unusual take on what causes events to transpire, but his attempt to present abortion as more dangerous to society than weakly regulated access to firearms is far from unique. Indeed, in five states, it is significantly harder to obtain an abortion than it is to purchase a gun.
The congressman’s statement appears to be part of a broader theory about how bad things are happening in the United States because people have turned away from Cramer’s version of Christianity. At another point in the speech, he claims that “[i]nnocent people in New York have airplanes flown into their places of work, and marathoners in Boston are victims of bombs, yet Christianity is singled out as bigotry in our public institutions because politicians and academics lack the courage to speak truth. We’ve normalized perversion and perverted God’s natural law to the point where the only thing not tolerated anymore is a stand for truth.”
He added that he expected to face criticism for his remarks, stating, “I was asked recently by a reporter if I’m afraid that some people would attack me if I speak like this. And I said, ‘No, I’m not afraid they will, I’m quite certain they will.”