Christian magazine slams Texas lieutenant governor for ‘logically indefensible’ and ‘disturbing’ claim that lack of prayer sparked El Paso terrorist attack
Whenever a major tragedy occurs in the United States — be it a hurricane, tornado or mass shooting — religious extremists often come out of the woodwork and insist that the tragedy was some type of warning from God. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, appearing on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” after a terrorist attack in El Paso that left 22 people dead, insisted that the shooting was a warning from God — and is being slammed by a Christian magazine for his nonsense.
Patrick told the “Fox and Friends” hosts, “As long as we continue to only praise God and look at God on a Sunday morning and kick him out of the town square at our schools the other six days of the week, what do we expect?” The far-right Republican didn’t blame white nationalism or racism — he blamed a lack of piety. But Matthew Martin-Ellis, in an August 12 article for The Relevant, finds Patrick’s comments both appalling and ridiculous.
“The disturbing implication of Patrick’s statement is that God is somehow sending, allowing or refraining from stopping these mass shootings as a way of hitting back for the lack of prayer in schools,” Martin-Ellis writes. “We’ve seen this notion dragged out as a distraction from time to time.”
The writer denounces Patrick’s argument as “logically indefensible,” adding that it “just doesn’t make sense.”
Martin-Ellis asserted, “The very premise is flawed, not least of all because, generally speaking, economically advanced and democratically focused nations tend not to include prayer in their schools — the United Kingdom being, on paper, an exception, but in practice, non-practicing. Yet while the United States is not the only country to exclude prayer from its curriculum, it is the only western country with so many mass shootings.”
The writer concludes his piece by stressing that God doesn’t need mass shootings to get his message across.
“We do not need to wonder if God is trying to tell us something about our classroom activities in between the lines of a white supremacist terrorist’s manifesto,” Martin-Ellis stresses. “He speaks to us in better ways than that.”