America was founded by Christians.
This is apparently a profoundly controversial statement today.
North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest spoke to Cornerstone Church in Salisbury a few weeks ago. The Raleigh News & Observer seemingly became aware of his comments once the leftist activist outfit ThinkProgress published the church's video.
And Democrats pounced.
Here's how the N&O framed ThinkProgress' manufactured outrage:
Forest, a Republican, is expected to challenge Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper in 2020.
“God doesn’t want us to divide our state,” Forest said. “He doesn’t want us to divide our nation. He wants us to bring people together and live in the world like the Acts 2 church did. And yet no other nation, my friends, has ever survived the diversity and multiculturalism that America faces today, because of a lack of assimilation, because of this division, and because of this identity politics.”
“No other nation has ever survived this. But no other nation has ever been founded on the principles of Jesus Christ, that begin the redemption and reconciliation through the atoning blood of our savior,” he continued.
Those comments came during a speech that otherwise focused on the need for unity and “healing.”
Think Progress noted that disparaging comments about “multiculturalism” are sometimes used bywhite nationalists, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that tracks hate groups.
So, a leftist activist organization that smears conservatives AMAZINGLY hears concern over multiculturalism as a racist dog whistle.
Democrat Senator Jeff Jackson raced to amplify the implicit smear - that Forest is a racist:
However, if you actually listen to the speech, you'll hear familiar Christian themes of peace, forgiveness, service to others, and uniting for purposes of good over evil.
Forest concludes his by imploring his fellow Christians to love their neighbors, and how doing so will change the world.
A message that was entirely missed.