Sunday, March 3, 2013

What kind of gun would Jesus carry?

From The Post-Gazette-

In the aftermath of the Newtown shootings, it occurred to me that Christian voices have been awfully silent on the issue of guns. Initially there was a flurry of religious commentary laying the blame for the Newtown shootings on something other than guns, as though guns were also innocent victims of Adam Lanza's evil intent.

Mike Huckabee said the shootings occurred because God had been removed from our schools, suggesting that the failure of public schools to provide a good religious foundation for Lanza was at fault.

A radio personality named Bryan Fischer took it a step further, saying that God didn't protect the children because prayer is not allowed in schools, suggesting that God is so angry about this that the children had to pay the price.

Fred Phelps, pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketing soldiers' funerals and blaming all of society's ills on acceptance of gays and lesbians, tweeted that "God sent the shooter." Apparently, Mr. Phelps believes the Christian God is an angry God, one who required the sacrifice of children to appease him.

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