The morning after the deadliest church shooting in modern US history, Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt said there is “no other place” she would rather be during a violent attack than inside a place of worship.
In response to the 26 church service attendees who lost their lives yesterday, Earhardt said:
“We’ve been reporting this shouldn’t happen in a church. 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 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.”
To summarize, Earhardt’s eyebrow-raising statement suggests that a church is the best place to lose your life at because she feels closest to God while there. The Fox News host voiced these thoughts in an interview with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who responded to her by saying America must “come together under one God to purge evil and to rely upon the love that God provides.”
The conservative opinion website The Federalist published a piece this morning echoing a similar narrative, as a contributor for the site argued the Christians who lost their lives actually had prayers answered. The piece was written in response to the gun-control advocates who have argued that “thoughts and prayers” are not enough.
“When those saints of First Baptist Church were murdered yesterday, God wasn’t ignoring their prayers. He was answering them,” wrote Hans Fiene, a Lutheran pastor. He went on to argue that the prayers for deliverance by the Christians inside the church were answered by God, as they are now eternally freed from earthly evils — which is a reference to the “deliver us from evil” line in The Lord’s Prayer.
Update: Ainsley Earhardt has released the following statement:
“As any Christian would understand, I feel church is sacred. For me, it is the place I worship, where I learn about God and feel closest to Him each week. I meant no disrespect, as I have continuously said, the Texas families are in my thoughts and prayers. And, anyone who truly knows my heart, knows that about me. But, I do believe there can be positives in death. Christians believe death is when they enter into the afterlife – a place without pain, suffering and away from the evil that takes place on earth like we saw this past weekend. I know one day I will take my last breath and if I am in His “house” when that happens, I pray my family can find a bit of solace and peace knowing that is where I saw Jesus for the first time. I pray for those families and the parents, children and loved ones who will be changed forever. I hope they cling to God during such a difficult time.”
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