As the nation mourns the loss of 9 Americans who were slaughtered Wednesday night by a 21-year-old gunman as they sat inside a Charleston, S.C. church, Fox News contributor Erick Erickson is exploiting the tragedy by claiming Americans can no longer distinguish “normal from crazy and evil from good,” citing society’s acceptance of transgender people like Caitlyn Jenner.
On the June 18 edition of The Erick Erickson Show, and in an accompanying blog post on RedState.com headlined, “The Conversation We Won’t Have,” Erickson denounced the “political” conversation in the wake of the attack that killed nine people, and criticized what he called “cries from the left” about racism and gun laws. He lamented that “as a nation, when these things happen, we never have the conversation about real evil. We also never have the conversation about mental health:”
In his blog post, Erickson blames society’s acceptance of transgender people like Caitlyn Jenner as evidence of people’s reluctantance to discuss things like the nature of evil and mental health issues:
As a nation, when these things happen, we never have the conversation about real evil. We also never have the conversation about mental health. For that matter, we don’t have honest conversations about why some kid in Minnesota or Alabama would want to go join ISIS and kill their fellow citizens or why some kid would want to join neo-nazis or a gang.
Instead, we descend into partisan conversations where everything is political and neither side can concede or acknowledge the other’s points. Everyone and everything gets blamed while ignoring the actual person who killed.
I realize now why that is. I realize why we will never have the conversation we should have.
A society that looks at a 65 year old male Olympian and, with a straight face, declares him a her and “a new normal” cannot have a conversation about mental health or evil because that society no longer distinguishes normal from crazy and evil from good. Our American society has a mental illness — overwhelming narcissism and delusion — and so cannot recognize what crazy or evil looks like.
Among those participating in that effort is right-wing minister and former political candidate E.W. Jackson, who yesterday told radio host John Fredericks the nation shouldn’t “jump to conclusions” that the shooting was “some sort of racial hate crime” because it happened at a largely African-American church, and the alleged killer had documented ties to white supremacist groups. Instead, Jackson said, the deadly attack may have resulted from the “growing hostility and antipathy to Christianity and what this stands for, the biblical worldview about sexual morality and other things” — a hostility, he said, embraced by President Obama and motivated by (who else?) gay activists.
By the way, earlier in the week, prior to the Charleston tragedy, Jackson had called Jenner “insane.”