By Mary Washington
Televangelist Jim Bakker has tried to put a bright spin on the recent Texas church massacre. According to Bakker, all 26 victims were accepted into heaven.
“I don’t think we should shed any tears of this incident, because it got these good Christian folks straight into heaven and they don’t have to suffer any longer here on Earth,” said Bakker on his television show. “Plus, the shooting got people praying again, so that’s a positive thing.”
This is just one of several insensitive comments from conservatives about the Texas shooting, which was carried out by former Airman Devin Kelley.
Hans Fiene, a pastor and columnist with the Federalist, also shared Bakker’s views. He also claimed that God had used the shooting to send the victims to heaven.
“Just like those who put Christ to death, and just like those who have brought violence to believers in every generation, this man only succeeded in being the means through which God delivered his children from this evil world into an eternity of righteousness and peace,” said Fiene.
“FOX & Friends” weighed in with an equally ridiculous comment.
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt said they were “positives” to come out of the shooting.
“We were saying there’s no other place we would want to go other than church, because I’m there asking for forgiveness. I feel very close to Christ when I’m there. So, I’m trying to look at some positives here and know that those people are with the lord now and experiencing eternity and no more suffering, no more sadness anymore,” said Earhardt.
Stewart Rhodes, founder of the far-right militia the Oath Keepers, tried to paint the shooting as the first in a series of left-wing terrorist attacks, according to Right Wing Watch.
“We may see hardcore leftists become discouraged by the failure of Nov 4 then decide to go full on Weather Underground style terrorist and target conservatives and anyone else they see as being on the political right,” said Rhodes.