Hatred of Christianity Is ‘One of the Animating Forces on the Other Side’: Tucker Carlson

Religious faith, and Christianity in particular, is “a natural check” on the power sought by those across the aisle from Republicans, says Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who believes that hatred of Christianity is one of the driving motivators of “the other side.”

“Hostility to faith, but to Christianity, traditional Christianity in particular, is really one of the animating forces on the other side,” said Carlson in a speech he gave Friday, July 15, at The FAMiLY Leadership Summit in Des Moines, Iowa. “I know that there are Christian leaders who pretend otherwise, but they’re not telling the truth.”

Carlson continued, “Anyone who sincerely believes in God, an actual God, probably not going to hand unlimited power to any person, right? So religious faith is a natural check on their power. That’s true always and everywhere. And Christianity, specifically, is that. So if you’re a Christian conservative, holy smokes, you on a gut level feel threatened. And I feel it too.”

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The FAMiLY Leadership Summit was put on by The FAMiLY Leader (TFL), a group whose mission is to “strengthen families, by inspiring Christ-like leadership in the home, the church, and the government.” The organization started in 1996 as the Iowa Family Policy Center “through Dr. James Dobson’s vision of local organizations in each of America’s 50 states advocating for righteous, God-honoring public policy.” Over the years, the group has expanded its priorities beyond public policies toward supporting the church in promoting godly leaders in different areas of society.

Tucker Carlson, who has spent his career in media and currently hosts Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” was a featured speaker at The FAMiLY Leadership Summit alongside Dr. Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas. Other speakers included various church leaders, as well as Iowa’s governor, Kim Reynolds.

Carlson believes that the 2024 presidential election offers Republicans a unique opportunity to leverage their power as voters. “However high the dissatisfaction Republican voters have for their own leaders, the other side is so menacing, so scary at this point,” he said, that members of that side are impossible to support. They have “fully embraced delusion, extremely high levels of aggression.”

The news host stated that it is obvious President Biden will not run again. And even though people have suspicions as to who will run as the next Republican candidate for president, there will be a “mad scramble for power” as the next presidential campaign begins following the midterm elections this November. At this point, voters will “have all the power.”

Voters should leverage this power, said Carlson, by asking for candidates who focus on issues that are truly important. For example, he believes Russia’s war in Ukraine is not nearly as important as the soaring cost of fuel. Other issues Carlson mentioned as not being of primary importance include trans swimmers and climate change.

What should be a top priority in people’s lives, he said, are their families. “Children are the main source of joy and meaning in the human life. Period,” said Carlson. The one main idea Republican leaders should focus on is: “Can your children grow up in a country pretty much like the one you grew up in?”

Carlson contrasted the importance of children with the importance of a job, characterizing work as being a necessary part of life, as well as a punishment from God. Christians believe Adam and Eve were “sentenced” to work in the garden, said Carlson. “It was not an award.” Notably, the first chapters of the biblical book of Genesis recount God commissioning the man and the woman with tasks in the world before sin entered it.

Carlson also encouraged his audience to support politicians who do not care what the New York Times thinks and who care about beauty. He referenced the biblical idea of judging a tree by its fruit and said that good worldviews produce beauty and bad ones produce ugliness. To support his point, Carlson argued that U.S. architecture has steadily gotten worse since 1945, implying that a decline in architectural beauty is connected to a decline in American ideas.

Carlson rooted the idea of beauty in nature, arguing that because beauty comes from God’s creation, we should aim to be as close as we can to God’s creation. He also mocked people who are confused about their gender, calling gender identity the “last thing that needs positive affirmation.”