Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in an August speech said the U.S. asked for “shootings and killings” because the country has “taken God out of everything.”
In an Aug. 24 speech to Citizen Impact USA, a Christian conservative group, Moore also lamented the lack of prayer in public schools and city council meetings.
“You wonder why we’re having shootings, and killings here in 2017? Because we’ve asked for it,” he said. “We’ve taken God out of everything. We’ve taken prayer out of school, we’ve taken prayer out of council meetings.”
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The video of Moore’s speech was posted to YouTube on Aug. 25 by Studio 25 Productions. CNN first reported the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice’s comments.
The August remarks were not Moore’s first suggesting that secularism is responsible for tragedies and violence in the U.S.
During a speech to a church congregation in February, Moore suggested that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks could have been a punishment from God for what Moore said is a nationwide movement away from religion.
Moore, a staunch conservative, is set to face Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe biggest political upsets of the decade State ‘certificate of need’ laws need to go GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE (R-Ala.) in the state’s Republican Senate runoff on Sept. 26.
He topped Strange in the state’s primary last month, but neither candidate won a majority of the vote, prompting a runoff election. Strange is backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE (R-Ky.), as well as President Trump.
Trump’s former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, however, is supporting Moore in the race.