(TheConservativeNews.org) – Social media was abuzz after New York City Mayor Eric Adams argued that removing prayer from our schools led to a rise in gun violence.
Adams’ pointed comments were made during the annual Interfaith Breakfast in Manhattan.
The mayor argued that prayers from any faith could combat so many problems in the city, including domestic violence and homelessness.
He also noted it could have an effect on our schools.
“When we took prayers out of schools, guns came into schools,” Adams said, earning applause from those in attendance.
Mayor Eric Adams seemingly anticipated the backlash he’d receive from godless liberals citing the ‘separation of church and state.’
“Don’t tell me about no separation of church and state. State is the body. Church is the heart,” he insisted. “You take the heart out of the body, the body dies.”
“I can’t separate my belief because I’m an elected official. 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,” said Adams. “That’s who I am.”
The Supreme Court’s landmark 1971 ruling in Lemon v. Kurtzman established a legal test for gauging church-state separation under the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.
However, the separation of church and state is something that was never intended to remove religion from schools but is nonetheless cited in even the most mundane things atheists find offensive.
As former Senator Rick Santorum once wrote, “The idea of strict or absolute separation of church and state is not and never was the American model.”
The schools especially have abandoned God, abandoned prayer, abandoned morals, and abandoned rules, as Eric Adams outlines, in an attempt to placate children and parents. It’s been to their own detriment.
Eric Adams’ remarks on prayer in schools made some furious.
Anti-gun activist Fred Guttenberg, who tragically lost his 14-year-old daughter Jaime Guttenberg in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, called Adams’ prayer comments “dumb and dangerous.”
“Mayor, before you comment like this again, perhaps we should talk,” Guttenberg said.
Americans United tweeted out their disgust for Adams’ alleged “ill-considered comments about separation of church and state” adding the mayor “doesn’t seem to understand the proper role religion plays in public education.”
One critic referred to Adams’ speech as an “insane rant” while another suggested the notion that prayer belongs in our schools is “dangerous.”
A spokesman for Adams slammed critics for taking his comments extremely out of context.
“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.”