A far right-wing anti-gay pundit has said 20 young schoolchildren died because God is ‘no longer welcome’ in the classroom.
Referring to the tragic event in Connecticut on Friday (14 December), American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer said it could have been prevented if a prayer for ‘Christian values’ started each school day.
Speaking on his radio show Focal Point, Fischer said: ‘You know the question is going to come up, “where was God? I thought God cared about the little children. Where was God when all this went down?”
‘Here’s the bottom line: God is not going to go where he’s not wanted.’
He said for 50 years ‘liberals’ have been telling ‘God to get lost’ and ‘out of our public school system’.
‘I think God would say to us, “Hey, I’ll be glad to protect your children but you got to invite me back into your world first. I’m not going to go where I’m not wanted. I am a gentleman”,’ Fischer said.
‘Back when we had prayer, the Bible and the Ten Commandments in schools, we did not need guns.’
Fellow right-wing pundit Mike Huckabee agreed, asking on Fox News whether it is a ‘surprise’ when carnage in schools happens when you do not arm children with ‘God’s words’.
On Twitter today (15 December), Fischer compared the incident with gay marriage, as Connecticut is one of nine states to legalize equality for same-sex couples.
‘To say the state should not define marriage is to sacrifice the well-being of children. Can't let that happen w/o a fight,’ he said.
President Barack Obama has urged ‘meaningful action’ against gun crime in the US after the Connecticut shooting left seven adults, and 20 children between the ages of five and 10, dead.
The suspected gunman, widely identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, is among the dead. Before going to the school he had killed his mother at their home.
‘As a country we have been through this too many times,’ Obama said.
‘We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.’
It is the third mass gun murder in the United States in 2012, with the first at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado in July and the second in August at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.