Fox News host Bill O’Reilly argued on Thursday that secularism was a contributing factor to the shooting deaths of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, as well as other mass shooting attacks.
“Individuals in this country now, I believe, are tending away from spirituality and into the secular-progressive ‘It’s all about me,'” he told Fox contributor Keith Ablow. “And when you combine that with a mental illness, you have what you had in Virginia yesterday.”
Both O’Reilly and Ablow declined to include Islamic extremists like Islamic State in their arguments, with the Factor host calling their beliefs “a perversion of Islam.” However, O’Reilly argued that a lack of spiritual beliefs leaves a person without loyalties or purpose, outside of their own gratification.
Psychotherapist Karen Ruskin pushed back on O’Reilly’s argument, saying there have been cases where people who kill themselves or others do so despite having spiritual beliefs.
“Spirituality or non-spirituality does not mean you are mentally healthy or not mentally healthy,” she said. O’Reilly cut her off, however, asking for specific cases. He did not mention that — despite his protests at the time — Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik identified himself as “100 percent Christian” when he killed 76 people in 2011.
He also failed to account for conservative Christian Scott Roeder, who shot and killed George Tiller outside of his women’s health clinic in Wichita in 2009. Jared Loughner, who killed six people while severely injuring then-Sen. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) just two years ago, was also reportedly associated with Christian anti-abortion groups. And Vester Flanagan, who killed Ward and Parker, said in his “manifesto” that Jehovah told him to act.
While self-identified Christians have been responsible for several terror attacks, O’Reilly insisted that almost every killer on which he has reported on during his career has been a “nihilist.”
Watch the discussion, as posted online, below.
WATCH: ‘Incredible tornado’ caught on tape by storm chaser
Shocking video was posted to Twitter on Friday by a storm chaser in Canada.
"A tornado has touched down in southwestern Manitoba near Virden," the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports. "The funnel cloud was documented and posted to social media by several people in the area, including storm chaser Aaron Jayjack, who shot video of himself standing in front of the twister as it touched down."
Authorities warned golf ball-sized hail was likely.
"This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation," the government warned. "Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. If you hear a roaring sound or see a funnel cloud, swirling debris near the ground, flying debris, or any threatening weather approaching, take shelter immediately."
‘Honestly, I think Trump wants to lose’: Bedminster press conference panned as campaign ‘self-sabotage’
President Donald Trump made lots of promises at a Friday evening press conference, but did not take any action.
The president made the comments from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, where he arrived on Thursday for an extended weekend.
He held the press conference while allowing members of his private club to serve as an audience for his speech, which was announced by the White House but frequently veered into partisan electoral politics. Members were seen without masks and not social distancing, potentially in violation of New Jersey regulations.
Trump's comments came after White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin "did not make any progress" in negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
WATCH: Bedminster members cheer when Trump praises them for refusing to social distance
Donald Trump received loud applause from the members at his private club who had gathered as an audience for his presidential address.
Trump was asked why the audience at Bedminster Golf Club was not social distancing, with many seen without maks.
The leader of the free world replied that the event -- officially announced by the White House -- was a political rally and a peaceful protest.
The audience cheered his comments, as he complained about fake news.