“Plenty of Guns At My Home School”

No, I won’t write about every stupid and blasphemous utterance by a Christian Right figure made in response to the Newtown massacre. But some really stand out, including this one noted by Frank Schaeffer (who knows his Christian Right as well as anyone around) at Alternet, attributed to Pastor Sam Morris of the Old Paths Baptist Church of Fayetteville, Tennessee:

Why do you still send your kids to the governmental schools?…What’s behind this shooting that we saw on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Connecticut and the other one’s like it? What’s going on. Well, number one, deception… I got news for you, when you kicked God out of schools, you’re going to be judged for that….They think homeschoolers are a bunch of crazies, man. But I’m going to tell you something, I’ve never seen a police officer or a metal detector at a home school. Never. Amen. Now, there’s plenty of guns at my home school. Amen. I guarantee you we’re not going to have a mass shooting at any of the schools that are represented in this building today. I guarantee you, if there is a shooting, it won’t last very long. Amen. I guarantee you there’s at least six or seven guns in this place right now. Amen.

Now a lot of liberals would read this and chalk it up to “Christianity” or supernaturalism generally. But I tend to identify with Schaeffer’s specifically Christian reaction:

Who hates Jesus? It isn’t the so-called new atheists like Richard Dawkins. It’s the Christian leaders bent on taking Christianity down with them into their private hell of stupidity. With friends like these Jesus needs no enemies.

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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.