Christian radio host on Florida shooting: No prayer in schools ‘leaves students vulnerable’

According to current reports, 17 people were killed this Wednesday when 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz walked into a high school in Parkland, Florida and began shooting. Cruz, who is now in custody, is a former student at the school and was reportedly expelled for disciplinary reasons.

On social media, the debate over gun control is already back in full force. The argument as always splits down the usual lines: More gun regulation is needed; more gun regulation won’t solve the problem, etc. Then there’s always the ‘thoughts and prayers’ trope. According to RedState’s Ben Howe, the claim that thoughts and prayers is actually presented as a solution by conservatives is a fallacy.

“The chief fallacy is the idea that offering thoughts and prayers was ever presented as the solution,” Howe tweeted this Wednesday. “It is addressed to those suffering. It’s just saying ’empathy.’ Can we not get mad at expressions of empathy? Can we retain some of our humanity? Please?”

It’s a fair point. And yet, there are people who are literally offering prayer as the solution to school shootings. Enter extremist Christian radio host Bryan Fischer.

In his first tweet addressing the Florida shooting this Wednesday, Fischer wondered “why don’t we pray in schools BEFORE these shootings happen instead of waiting until we have dead students?”

“Why does somebody have to die before even start talking about prayer?” he asked. “This is the 19th school shooting this year. What do we have to lose?”

He then once again demonstrated his consistent misrepresentation of the separation between church and state. In short, Judeo-Christian prayer should be allowed at public schools.

In sum, Fischer believes that the lack of established prayer in public schools is what’s making children “vulnerable to violence.” I’d refute this stupid logic, but Twitter did a much better job than I possibly could.

Sarcasm. ^^

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Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.