“Sitting Ducks” and a God On Strike

I’m not going to spend much time reading, much less writing about, idiotic or infuriating reactions–particular on Twitter, where uninhibited stupidity is never far away–to the Connecticut massacre. But one infuriating idiot–our old friend Brian Fischer of the American Family Association–distinguished himself from the get-go with a mocking comment about schools being “gun-free zones” that made children “sitting ducks.” This earned Fischer a Jehovian denunciation from that most articulate denouncer, Charles Pierce, which I won’t quote here (beyond his initial description of Fischer as “the most bloodthirsty schmuck of the year”)because this is a family-friendly blog–but you should read it.

Fischer, though, wasn’t through: he followed up with a tweet attributing the killings to a protest by Almighty God against liberalism:

We’ve spent 50 years kicking God out of our public schools, then wonder why he’s not around when we need him.

This, you may recall, echoes the sentiments expressed by that great Christian statesman Louie Gohmert after the Aurora massacre, which led me to label him a “blasphemer.”

Fischer’s taunt may be even worse. I don’t know what sort of “Christian” thinks God would go on strike in a particular locale because public policy won’t permit one set of believers to impose their religious rituals on everyone else. But it displays a theological understanding as primitive as Fischer’s politics.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.