NC Lt. Gov. charges Left pushes big government with ‘religious fervor’

by WorldTribune Staff, April 20, 2018

The Left believes government should be the guiding force of American society, and preaches that message with “religious fervor,” North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest said.

Democrats in North Carolina’s State Senate promptly called the remarks “disappointing”. Gov. Roy Cooper is a Democrat, but Republicans control the North Carolina General Asembly.

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest: “Name the issue today, the fervor has reached a religious pitch in America.”

“You see it on issues like climate change or the #MeToo movement or Black Lives Matter or gun control,” Forest said earlier this month at the Civitas think tank’s Conservative Leadership Conference.

“Name the issue today, the fervor has reached a religious pitch in America. Why? Because it really is the religion of the Left,” Forest said.

The Left “are hopeless,” Forest added. “They truly do believe that, but for the government, but for the work they do, there’s no hope for America. So, it’s a dangerous place to be.”

“Before we can change government, we must change men’s hearts,” he said.

“Why would we help our neighbors if government is going to do it for us? Why would we help the poor if government’s going to do it for us? Why would we feed the hungry, help the sick, take care of mom and grandma in their old age if government’s going to do it for us?”

The U.S. Constitution and founding documents were crafted through a “God-ordained framework,” Forest said.

Democratic State Sens. Paul Lowe Jr. and Mike Woodard released a statement in response to Forest’s comments.

“Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest’s comments are deeply disappointing and only serve to insult, belittle and divide people of faith, no matter their political beliefs,” Lowe and Woodard said in the statement.

“As devout Christians, our faith has helped guide every area of our lives, including public service, calling us to help the poorest and most disadvantaged among us. Faith in God should be a source of hope, not a weapon to belittle political rivals and divide Americans.”

See Forest’s address to the Civitas conference here.

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