Peters Offers a “Clarification”

Last week we posted a press release from Roberts Peters in which he linked gay marriage and the recent spate of mass shootings to a single cause – namely the decline in the influence of Christianity in our culture.

Sensing that such a claim was going to be meet a rather hostile reaction, Peters attempted to clarify his point by saying that “it most certainly is not my intention to blame the epidemic of mass murders on the gay rights movement.”

Of course, if you have to write something like that in that first place, it’s a good sign that you know that you are making a rather controversial statement. And so it was no surprise that Peters’ press release generated a lot of negative coverage.

And so he is back with a follow-up statement attempting to clarify his point once again:

In an MIM Release dated April 9, Morality in Media President Bob Peters commented on the above stating, among other things, that the push for “gay marriage” and the epidemic of mass murders had a common root — namely, that “increasingly we live in a ‘post-Christian’ society, where Judeo-Christian faith and values have less and less influence.” Mr. Peters’ comments generated a number of negative responses from gays and others, which prompted the following additional comments:

“In retrospect, I should have included the other lead story that appeared on the front page of the NY Times on April 4. That story reported on our nation’s rapidly growing unemployment problem, which can also be explained in good measure by the precipitous decline in morality. Among other things, the current economic crisis is a result of arrogance, blind ambition, deceit, dishonesty, envy, foolishness, greed, irresponsibility, lack of integrity, recklessness, etc.

Peters is intent on making his point clear and so he has also thrown in some twenty-plus year-old quotes from gay activists to bolster his point:

To put it another way, the success of the ‘gay rights movement’ is inversely proportional to the degree of influence that the historic Christian faith and morality have on American society. This is not to say that the ‘gay rights movement’ is the primary cause of our nation’s moral decline. But if Christianity has been integral to the success of this nation, then the success of the ‘gay rights movement’ is not a good sign.

Of course, this only ends up reinforcing the very point he was trying to clarify since he is claiming that gay rights can only succeed by undermining the influence of the Christian faith … and since the lessening of the influence of Christian faith in America is what Peters says is responsible for the recent shootings (and the economic crisis) all he has done is expand his original point to make is sound as if he is saying that gay marriage is responsible for mass murder and unemployment.

And then, for good measure, he throws in a comparison to Nazi Germany:

I do think that without the positive influence of Christianity we would not have become a great nation, and common sense ought to inform us that we will not remain the same nation without that influence … I would also add that Nazi Germany was not a great nation because it was in no way good.

Perhaps he should have just quit while he was behind.