Akin: 'At The Heart Of Liberalism Is Really A Hatred Of God'
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) is drawing fire for claiming a "hatred of God" informs liberal beliefs.
The comments, first reported by liberal website Right Wing Watch, came during a radio interview with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins last week, as Akin and Perkins discussed NBC's decision to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance aired during its coverage of the U.S. Open Championship.
Steve Taylor, communications director for Akin, contextualized the comments, which have roiled commentators on left-leaning websites.
"He was characterizing what he believes is a difference between two schools of thought: liberalism and conservative ideology," Taylor told HuffPost. "He believes that conservative ideology holds that our rights come from God and that it is the responsibility of governments to help secure and protect those rights, and alternatively, liberalismholds that our rights come from government or governments."
by Lucia Graves