Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. (FRC.org)
In response to a New York Timescommentary claiming that evangelical Christians -- who allegedly deny science and "critical thinking" -- are "haunting" the Trump administration's battle against the coronavirus, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said The Times was "reprehensible" for printing "this hateful, bigoted rant ... at a time of a national crisis when people are dying."
On Fox News on Friday, host Shannon Bream asked Tony Perkins, "I want to read a little bit from the piece. It starts out saying Donald Trump rose to power with the determined assistance of a movement that denies science, bashes government, and prioritizes loyalty over professional expertise. In the current crisis, we are all reaping what that movement has sown. Tony?"
The FRC president said, "Shannon, it's reprehensible that the New York Times would allow this hateful, bigoted rant in their paper at a time of a national crisis when people are dying. It appears that they cannot put politics aside to work for the well-being of the nation."
"I mean, they're more interested in criticizing President Trump and his supporters than they are in containing the coronavirus," he said. "It's sad, quite frankly, that this is how they respond to the president and to his supporters."
Bream then said, " Well, The Conversationalist had a very similar piece talking about this theme, saying, 'For the most part, the American press remains deferential to authoritarian Christians.' Their term. 'That needs to change if we have any hope of stemming the influence of the radical right-wing Christians Trump has surrounded himself with. As has become clear, they threaten not only our human rights, but also our public health.'