(TotalConservative.com) – At the annual Interfaith Breakfast in Manhattan on Tuesday morning, New York City Mayor Eric Adams claims that when prayers were removed from schools in the U.S., guns moved in to replace them culturally.

Addressing the audience of religious leaders at the annual event and discussing the role that religious people can play in solving some of society’s problems, Adams said that “when we took prayers out of schools, guns came into schools,” which was met by applause. School-sponsored prayer was banned in 1962 by the Engel v. Vitale Supreme Court ruling.

Adams, who identifies as a Christian, also addressed those who may raise the issue of separation of church and state, saying that the state “is the body” while the “church is the heart” and that “the body dies” when “you take the heart out.”

Although Adams is a Democrat, he’s obviously a moderate one, as some of his positions may well be considered more traditionally conservative, despite the gun control position he seems to be taking here. Aside from his expressed religious views, Adams has also made various public statements in defense of police officers and against defunding their departments, pushing back on fellow Democrats wishing to do so.

During Tuesday’s speech, Adams said he cannot separate his religious beliefs from his position as an elected official. “When I walk, I walk with God,” he stated. “When I talk, I talk with God.” He also said when he puts policies in place, he puts them in “with a God-like approach.”

Perhaps that’s how the NYC mayor views his policies on attempting to house and feed the nearly 50,000 migrants who have inundated the city over the last year, but it’s doubtful many residents see it that way as the situation is putting a strain on the city’s resources.

Adams, who spent the coldest night of the year at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal shelter with the migrants after the Watson Hotel incident, is still waiting for the federal government to step in and assist with the crisis.

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