I’m not sure if Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt was attempting to comfort the grieving families of those who lost loved ones in the Texas church massacre over the weekend, or if she were extolling her own faith and preferences, or if she just, as a matter of fact, enjoys shoving her whole entire foot down her mouth.
Earhardt expressed Monday that the victims of the First Baptist Church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, had gone to the right place, and were close to God, at the time of their deaths.
“We’ve been reporting this shouldn’t happen in a church,” Earhardt said during an interview with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican. “But I was downstairs talking with some people that work here that we all talk about our faith and we share the same beliefs. We were saying there’s no other place we would want to go other than church.”
Because there is a “right” or “preferred” time and place to be brutally killed. But Earhardt wasn’t done yet.
“I’m there asking for forgiveness,” she added. “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.”
Abbott did give a nod to the faith of the victims and that of their loved ones, saying that “their faith in God was unwavering,” as demonstrated by a vigil that he attended.
The governor also agreed that there was a “necessity for us to come together under one God to purge evil and to rely upon the love that God provides.”
Of course, there is nothing wrong with leaning on one’s faith, if that’s what gets you through crises, but I think in this scenario, just as much as Texas may need prayer, Texas (and the United States in general) also needs legislators who are willing to look at why someone who did not have a license to carry was able to wreak havoc on a place of worship in the first place.