Pastor Sam Morris
of the Old Paths Baptist Church warned his congregation that Sunday's sermon "will not be pleasant" before launching into a tirade
about how the removal of Christian values from American classrooms was to blame for the wave of mass shootings that has plagued the United States in recent decades.
"We get all up in arms about 20 children being shot in a day care but we don't give one good-glory rip about the 4,000 that were removed violently from the wombs of their mothers the same day," Morris railed, referring to the thousands of abortions performed daily across the nation.
"I believe they use children and Christmas and all that to pull on our heart strings about gun control," he continued. "That's what it's all about."
Morris blasted equal rights as "equal immorality" and said that Americans should expect more mass shootings in the future because they have "kicked God out of schools."
"Why do you still send your kids to the government schools?" Morris asked. "What's behind this shooting that we saw on December 14 in Newtown, Connecticut and the other ones like it? Well, number one, deception... I got news for you. When you kicked God out of schools, you're going to be judged for that."
Morris said that the "humanism" taught in schools today instilled Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza
with the belief that he was God and could "just go blow away anybody he wants."
"When I got in high school, man, I started learning all this kingdom, phylum stuff, all this junk about evolution," Morris continued. "And I want to tell you what evolution teaches-- here's the bottom line-- that you're an animal. That's what it teaches. So, you're an animal, you can act like an animal. Amen."
Morris did not elaborate on which species of animals besides human beings commit mass murder.
"So here you are, you're an animal, and you're a god," the pastor continued. "So, what are we going to teach you about in school? Well, we can teach you about sex, we can teach you how to rebel [against] your parents, we can teach you how to be a homo! But we're definitely not going to teach you about the word of God. Amen."
Morris also suggested that gun control actually causes more gun massacres.
"The first thing we start yelling about in America is gun control," he said. "No one's even thought about the fact that these shootings only happened at places where guns are banned. Have you noticed that? They have never had a mass shooting at a gun show, where you can find over a thousand loaded guns at one time."
Although Pastor Morris may only represent a relatively small congregation in some obscure corner of Tennessee, the sentiments expressed in his sermon have also been expressed by more prominent Christian figures, even national politicians.
Bryan Fischer, a director at the American Family Association
, a Tupelo, Mississippi-based anti-gay organization designated a hate group
by the Southern Poverty Law Center, raised eyebrows and ire
when he said that God did not protect the Newtown school shooting victims because prayer has been banned in public schools.
Perennial Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee echoed Fischer's views. "We ask why there is violence in our schools but we have systematically removed God from our schools," Huckabee opined
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) concurred with Pastor Morris' assertion that more guns were the solution to the problem of mass shootings.
"Every mass killing of more than three people in recent history has been in a place where guns were prohibited," Gohmert said, parroting comments he made
in the wake of July's Colorado movie theater massacre.
Shooters choose the places they do, Gohmert said, because "they know no one will be armed."