Gov. Greg Abbott, in an interview on Outnumbered Overtime on Fox News, sought to put the church shooting in Sutherland Springs in historical context Monday, saying evil has been with us from the Bible to the Middle Ages to Hitler.
Abbott’s response came in answer to a question from host Harris Faulkner, who said, “Governor, you know, we’re at a point right now where we are seeing things happen in our nation … and as I hear you in your spiritual healing words I want to ask the question. What do we say to each other about this? Because we can’t get political at this time. We got to figure something out.”
“We do,” Abbott replied. “Part of that, I’d call it a two-step process, is putting this in context.”
“Remember, even though we are facing these severe tragedies whether it be what happened in Sutherland Springs, or what happened in Las Vegas, or what happened in New York last week or what happened in London earlier this year, we have acts of evil that are taking place and because they are close in time to us right now we think this is something heavy right now, but put this in the context of history,” Abbott said.
“Look at what happened with Hitler during the horrific events during that era, and Mussolini and go back in time before that to the earlier ages, the Middle Ages, when people committed horrific crimes, and when you go back through the history of the Bible, there was evil that took place from earliest stages of the Bible to post-New Testament, so evil is something that has permeated this world. And that force of evil must be combated with the force of good that is offered by God and it is so heartwarming to see the people of this community turn to God, turn to hope, turn to the promise of good overcoming evil.”