Conservatives were left stunned that, for once, they were in agreement with New York City Mayor Eric Adams as the anti-gun, plant-based, diet-pushing, elitist Democrat weighed in on prayer in schools.
Throughout his tenure as mayor, Adams has repeatedly demonstrated himself to be out of touch with average citizens through actions like dismissing subway safety concerns while hobnobbing with celebrities.
So, when he stood in front of a gathering of religious leaders at New York City’s annual Interfaith Breakfast Tuesday and proclaimed society’s problems were a result of cultural decay not solved by government action, but caused by it, many were left cautiously optimistic about the message.
Instead of reiterating the tired claim that the Second Amendment is at fault for increased gun violence, Adams suggested, “When we took prayers out of schools, guns came into schools.”
“We say over and over again, we need to build a world that’s better for our children,” hizzoner reminded before correcting, “No, we need to build children that’s better for our world.”
“Don’t tell me about no separation of church and state,” Adams went on as he decried the favored talking point from the left used to misrepresent a letter President Thomas Jefferson sent to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802 meant to assure the protection of church from state founded on Judeo-Christian principles. “State is the body. Church is the heart. You take the heart out of the body, the body dies.”
“I can’t separate my belief because I’m an elected official,” the mayor aptly noted. “When I walk, I walk with God. When I talk, I talk with God. When I put policies in place, I put them in with a God-like approach to them. That’s who I am.”
“I am still a child of God and will always be a child of God and I won’t apologize about being a child of God. It is not going to happen,” he declared.
Conservative commentators like Charlie Kirk, Steve Deace, and Michael Knowles all voiced surprise at hearing those remarks from a source like Adams, with the latter opining, “You’re seeing some rays of hope here creeping in, which is that people are beginning to realize maybe that was a mistake. Maybe when you create a national policy turning your country away from God, maybe that’s not going to work out so great.”
Of course, those who tout secularism in schools were primarily offended because they have made the state their religion such as New York Civil Liberties Union leader Donna Lieberman who argued, “We are a nation and a city of many faiths and no faith. In order for our government to truly represent us, it must not favor any belief over another, including non-belief.”
At the same time, her organization continued to make the false claim that the Constitution requires the separation of church and state.
In order for our government to truly represent us, it must not favor any belief over another, including non-belief.
On matters of faith, the Mayor is entitled to his own beliefs. On the Constitution, he must uphold his oath. pic.twitter.com/jbXbLwoPkE
— NYCLU (@NYCLU) February 28, 2023
Taking a neutral stance on a particular religion that Adams, a Christian, might favor as he promoted God and prayer in schools, his spokesman Fabien Levy emailed Fox News Digital Wednesday with a statement decrying anyone who tried to use the mayor’s statements to “hijack the narrative.”
“As the mayor said before an interfaith group comprised of hundreds of representatives from a multitude of religions, you can’t remove the heart from the body. The policies we make as an administration are rooted in the mayor’s belief in his creator. The mayor personally believes all of our faiths would ensure we are humane to one another,” Levy wrote. “While everyone in the room immediately understood what the mayor meant, it’s unfortunate that some have attempted to hijack the narrative in an effort to misrepresent the mayor’s comments.”
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