- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Alabama Secretary of State and Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Merrill said during a local GOP event that pop culture is slowly chipping away at the country’s moral fabric, partly because of the “homosexual activities” and “wife-swapping” that’s glorified on television.

Mr. Merrill, who announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate last week, made the comments Saturday during the monthly Dekalb County Republican Breakfast Club meeting after attendees asked him about the apparent “shift” in the country’s culture in recent years, Yellowhammer News reported.

“[T]hat’s what we’ve allowed to happen,” Mr. Merrill answered. “How have we allowed it to happen? There are no more good TV shows on like ‘Gunsmoke,’ ‘Bonanza,’ ‘The Virginian,’ ‘Andy Griffith,’ ‘I Love Lucy.’ We don’t have those shows anymore.

“We’re too interested in homosexual activities,” he continued. “We’re too interested in seeing how this family’s finding a way to mess on this family or to see how people are trying to date on TV, or having wife-swapping on TV. That’s what we watch. When we push back against that, and we quit allowing it to be in our homes — that’s how those changes have occurred because we’ve allowed them to slowly but surely come into our lives.”

Mr. Merrill defended his comments during an interview with AL.com, arguing that Americans had become obsessed with entertainment that isn’t “morally uplifting.”

“The foundational principles which we have grown up as a nation are no more,” the secretary of state said. “People are too interested in anything that is not uplifting, edifying. They’re too busy being preoccupied with homosexual activities and the wife-swap shows.”

Mr. Merrill further lamented that there is a lack of TV shows “that promote family and culture with a father, a mother and children based on biblical teachings and biblical principles on which our nation was founded.”

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