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Don Lemon Said that Four Blacks Who Tortured a White Man Were ‘Not Evil’

“Hereupon, the beasts, enraged at the humbug, fell upon him tooth and claw.”1

A live-streaming Facebook posting of four blacks torturing a special needs white man has gotten universal attention. The outcry of what happened was so visceral that liberals had to declare it a “hate crime,” a designation that heretofore only applied to those from legislatively designated minority groups who have been assaulted in the commission of a crime.

“Chicago police earlier on Thursday said they don’t believe the attack was racially motivated despite the suspects yelling ‘F*** Donald Trump!’ and ‘F*** white people!’ Instead, they believe the 18-year-old victim was a target because of his special needs.” (The Blaze)

To protect the special status of hate crime laws, minority advocates are reluctant to apply the specialized legislation to whites and heterosexuals. To me, a crime is a crime, whether a person did it out of hate, greed, or revenge. If the goal is equality before the law, then all hate crime legislation should be done away with since some victims are treated differently from other victims. But that’s a topic for another day.

The following exchange took place between Don Lemon, who is black and a homosexual, and Matt Lewis:

“You just try to wrap your head around evil,” Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller told Lemon on Wednesday night. “That’s what this is. It’s evil. It’s brutality. It’s man’s inhumanity to man.”

But Lemon took issue with that assessment.

“I don’t think it’s evil. I don’t think it’s evil,” Lemon responded. “I think these are young people, and I think they have bad home training.” (The Blaze)

I have a different take on what happened to this young man that exposes the weak moral underbelly of modern-day social theory built on the unchallengeable claim that nothing can be explained if you don’t believe in something-from-nothing evolution. In a previous article, I noted that Harvard Professor and former Clinton Treasury Secretary Larry Summers ridiculed “creationism” as being worse than voodoo. If we are not endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, as Declaration of Independence states, then who or what has or will endow us with these rights? A right given can be taken away.

Read more: “Liberal Claims Trump’s Economic Policies are akin to “Creationism.”

Once God is removed from the discussion, there is no way to account for either good or evil. One group of evolved meat machines vying for superiority over other meat machines is the necessary outcome of forward evolutionary progress. There’s not outside moral judge to say either yay or nay. “Nature, red in tooth and claw” is doing what it does best, advance the species without regard to feeling or outrage.

Try teaching anything in a government school that questions the operating assumptions of evolutionary theory. Try getting a job in a major or even a minor university if you believe that God created the world and everything in it.

If you don’t believe in God and contend that we’ve evolved from the primordial soup and got where we are today because of survival of the fittest, then Don Lemon is right, but not for the reason he stated, “bad home training.” These four meat machines didn’t do anything evil. They are living out the unassailable ramifications of evolution.

When someone tells me that he’s an atheist, I ask him if he’s a consistent atheist. Most aren’t. A consistent atheist would shake off all sentimentality. The beating of a human is no different from a pack of wolves weeding out the runt to keep the gene pool strong.

Evolution strips humans of any dignity and the need to consider the rights of others. Barbara Reynolds, a former columnist for USA Today, echoes these sentiments in the following article:

“Prohibiting the teaching of creationism in favor of evolution creates an atheistic, belligerent tone that might explain why our kids sometimes perform like Godzilla instead of children made in the image of God.

“While evolution teaches that we are accidents or freaks of nature, creationism shows humankind as the offspring of a divine Creator. There are rules to follow which govern not only our time on Earth, but also our afterlife.

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“If evolution is forced on our kids, we shouldn’t be perplexed when they beat on their chests or, worse yet, beat on each other and their teachers.”2

Reynolds’ comments are reminiscent of what C.S. Lewis wrote: “We make men without chests and we expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and we are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”3 We strip men and women of the certainty that they are created in the image of God, and we are surprised when they act like the beasts of the field.

The beasts of the field have been roaming the streets of America for some time. “In Chicago, two boys C one 12, one 13 C are sentenced to prison after dropping a 5-year-old out of a 14th-story window because he wouldn’t steal candy for them. In New York, two teenage boys and a young woman lock up a 13-year-old girl, repeatedly rape and torture her, then hang her up in a closet by her heels before she manages to escape.”4

I deas have consequences. Bad ideas have bad consequences.


  1. “The Hagerstown Mail,” 1837. 

  2. Barbara Reynolds, “If your kids go ape in school, you’ll know why,” USA Today (August 27, 1993), 11A. 

  3. C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man (New York: Macmillan, [1947] 1972), 35. 

  4. David Gergen, “Taming Teenage Wolf Packs,” U.S. News & World Report (March 25, 1996), 68. 

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Gary DeMar

Gary DeMar was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and Reformed Theological Seminary (1979). He has served as researcher and writer at the Christian Worldview ministry American Vision since 1980 and President since 1984. Today he serves as Senior Fellow at American Vision where he lectures, researches, and writes on various worldview issues. Gary is the author of 30 books on a variety of topics – from "America’s Christian History" and "God and Government" to "Thinking Straight in a Crooked World" to "Last Days Madness." Gary has been interviewed by Time magazine, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, the BBC, and Sean Hannity. He has done numerous radio and television interviews, including the “Bible Answer Man,” hosted by Hank Hanegraaff and “Today’s Issues” with Tim Wildmon and Marvin Sanders. Newspaper interviews with Gary have appeared in the Washington Times, Toledo (Ohio) Blade, the Sacramento Bee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marietta Daily Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Chicago Tribune.

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