During an interview with Texas Governor Greg Abbott Monday, a Fox News host said there was a bright side to Sunday’s mass shooting at a South Texas church where 26 people were killed.
Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt said on Monday that the victims of the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX were in the best possible place to be shot.
Being shot and killed in a church, she said, meant they were “close to Christ” when they died.
“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,” Earhardt said. “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,” Earhardt said. “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.”
Gunman Devin Kelley, 26, opened fire on the small congregation, killing at least 26 people and injuring many more. Most of the victims, including children, were inside the house of worship when they were shot. Instead of talking about how to prevent these tragedies or pushing Governor Abbott on whether he will pursue gun law reforms to make it harder for such crimes to be committed, Fox took the “thoughts and prayers” narrative to a whole new level — at least they died in church.
It must be nice for Earhardt and other Fox staffers of faith to sit in their studio, far from the bloodshed unleashed upon a small, unsuspecting congregation, and say it could have been worse for those victims to die elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Abbott himself was content to discuss the “necessity for us to come together under one god to purge evil” and comment on the unwavering faith of a community torn to shreds in minutes — but never once mention taking concrete steps to stop these tragedies from occurring in the first place.
Below is a clip of the segment, captured by Raw Story: