Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson urged America on Monday to take a look at its culture after the Florida school shooting, arguing that “people suffer” when faith is taken out of the public square.
Watson appeared on Fox News to discuss a Facebook post he made after the shooting in Parkland, Florida. In that post, the NFL player urged Americans to “take an honest assessment of our culture in its totality and how it relates to this tragedy and others like it.”
In his interview with Fox, Watson gave a moving testimony about the importance of faith and culture in helping to prevent these tragedies.
“Every time there’s an instance like this, something really horrific, we talk about respecting life,” Watson told Martha MacCallum. “And while that’s very important, we have to look at our culture as a whole. We incarcerate our young men at alarming rates, vote for things that create the disintegration of the family, murder 60 million of our unborn since Roe v. Wade — we’re really a culture that gravitates toward violence.”
Watson asserted that the shooter must be held accountable for his actions, but also argued that questions need to be raised about how our culture could breed the hate and violence that leads to such shootings.
“When you take faith out of the public arena, when you take God out of there, people suffer,” he said. “Whether you are Christian or not, those principles really carry us through.”
“For me, I look at this young man and know there are a lot of people like him suffering. How can I reach out to him and share the love? How can I listen to him? Because of the culture we are in, we are not paying attention to who is around us. I am willing to communicate with others so they feel like they are isolated,” Watson concluded.