Just hours after the horrific shooting in Connecticut, Bryan Fischer had the gall to claim that since we no longer require prayer in schools, God took his hand off Sandy Hook Elementary School because he wasn't wanted. Well, Fischer spent yesterday doubling down on this disgustingly callous claim.
Today on his radio show, Focal Point, Fischer claimed that ever since Engel v. Vitale and Abington School District v. Schempp, our "moral capital" has been sucked dry--so therefore, there's nothing to protect us from the devil. He also claimed that ever since 1962, there's been a "vacuum" in our schools--and evil has stepped into that vacuum. See for yourself.
Fischer then kept digging in a post at his blog, Rightly Concerned. He claimed that the shooting took place because we've told God we don't want him.
God submits himself to the law of faith, and will not go where he is not wanted. He will not force us to put with him if we don’t want him around. It may be that his protective presence is being removed from our land and from our schools because he has been told repeatedly that his protective presence is not wanted.All I have to say is to repeat the same question I asked on Friday, one I repeated directly to Fischer on Twitter on Saturday--would you have the guts to say this to one of the parents whose kids were shot to pieces on Friday?
We have, as a culture, systematically booted God from our public schools for over five decades.. In 1962, the Supreme Court issued a diktat that American schools could no longer seek his help and protection. In 1963, the Supreme Court issued a second diktat prohibiting the reading of his Word in our public schools. And in 1980, the Supreme Court issued a third diktat prohibiting the display or teaching of the Ten Commandments, God’s abiding and transcendent moral standard for human conduct.
So God is no longer prayed to, his counsel is no longer sought and his standards are no longer respected. Is it any wonder that he might not be around when we need him? If we have spent 50 years telling him to get lost, it should not come as a surprise that we eventually begin to feel the absence of his powerful presence.