According to Alabama Secretary of State and Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Merrill, the country is in a moral crisis thanks to the “homosexual activities” and “wife swap shows” that currently dominate entertainment television.
Speaking at a town hall event this past weekend, Merrill lamented what he sees as America’s cultural decline and the loss of wholesome TV shows. Speaking later to AL.com, he reaffirmed his comments.
“The foundational principles which we have grown up as a nation are no more,” Merrill said. “There’s no more TV shows like ‘Gunsmoke’ or ‘Bonanza’ or ‘The Virginian’ or ‘I Love Lucy’ or ‘Andy Griffith.’ [I] said people are too interested in homosexual activities. They’re too interested in the wife swap TV shows and the shows that are not morally uplifting. That’s the problem.”
When pressed further, Merrill declared that he “meant what I said.”
“People are too interested in anything that is not uplifting, edifying,” he clarified. “They’re too busy being preoccupied with homosexual activities and the wife swap shows.”
He added that there are no longer shows that are based on “biblical foundations” and that “promote family and culture with a father, a mother and children based on biblical teachings and biblical principles on which our nation was founded.”
Merrill reportedly declined to give any examples of what he meant by “homosexual activities.”
Merrill’s town hall comments were first reported by the Yellow Hammer News, which also cited comments he directed towards Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), where he accused them of trying to advance a “socialist agenda.”
“We have to push back against what they’re doing because they will continue to tear down the basic foundational principles of our country and what has made our country great today,” he said.
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