Allen, TX's Rep. Defends 'Prayers' After Mass Shooting Because 'Almighty God'—And People Were Not Having It
Allen, Texas' Congressman Keith Self claims those who think 'prayers' aren't enough after a mass shooting don't believe in an 'almighty God.'
After a tragic mass shooting in his district on Tuesday in which a gunman killed 8 people—including children—Texas Republican Representative Keith Self called for prayers for those affected by the tragedy.
Self had one heck of a response to the idea thoughts and prayer's aren't enough, though.
When told by a CNN host that many people feel prayers aren't enough, Self said those people don't believe in "an almighty God."
You can watch the moment here:
\u201cReid: Many people argue that prayers aren't cutting it.\nSelf: Well, those are people that don't believe in an almighty god who has, who is absolutely in control of our lives.\u201d— Acyn (@Acyn) 1683416275
CNN host Paula Reid told Self:
"Many people argue that prayers aren't cutting it."
The Texas Republican replied:
"Those are people that don’t believe in an almighty God who is absolutely in control of our lives.”
“I’m a Christian. I believe that he is."
"Prayers are important, and they are powerful in the families who are devastated right now."
Many people voiced their disapproval of Self's words on Twitter, with some even using his own Christian holy book to point out his errors.
\u201c@Acyn What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?\n\n- James 2:14\u201d— Acyn (@Acyn) 1683416275
\u201c@Acyn James 2:17 (NIV): "In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."\n\n@RepKeithSelf It is through a combination of prayer and action that believers can demonstrate their faith and bring about positive change in the world.\u201d— Acyn (@Acyn) 1683416275
Others questioned his apparent assertion God intended for mass shootings to happen.
\u201cKeith Self, when questioned that Americans want more than thoughts and prayers, claimed that\u2019s because we \u201cdon\u2019t believe in almighty god, who is absolutely in control of our lives.\u201d What the f**k kind of answer is that? Wouldn\u2019t this god choose a child\u2019s life over a gun??\u201d— Marlene Robertson (@Marlene Robertson) 1683578710
\u201c@Acyn Self said that his almighty god unequivocally wanted those adults & children murdered. Then, he blames a lack of access to mental health care. If god is in total control of life, then god must want all these deaths according to Rep Self. Nobody wants or deserves a god like that\u201d— Acyn (@Acyn) 1683416275
\u201cWatching Rep Keith Self on CNN talk about the shooting in his district. He\u2019s got no answers but prayer and anchor isn\u2019t letting him get away w/it. What a clown; Texas has the weakest men in the USA for GOP.\u201d— NoelCaslerComedy\ud83c\udf19 (@NoelCaslerComedy\ud83c\udf19) 1683416151
\u201cMSNBC: Since republican Greg Abbott became governor of Texas, the rate of mass murders has gone up 100%. His work since being in office, he has made it easier to get guns in Texas. \nTell Abbott and Rep. Keith Self, what they can do with their prayers. \n\n#DemVoice1\u201d— Debbie \ud83d\udfe6\ud83d\udfe7 (@Debbie \ud83d\udfe6\ud83d\udfe7) 1683578571
At least Self is consistent.
He made a Facebook post offering prayers for the victims just after news of the mass shooting was announced.
It is obvious thoughts and prayers aren't fixing the problem of mass shootings.
Something else must be done. But if a majority of our lawmakers believe as Self claims to—that an almighty God is in charge of all of our lives and therefore must be dictating these shootings should happen—it is going to be a long and difficult road to affect any real change.