Three children and three teachers were killed by a gunman at a Christian grade school near Nashville, Tennessee, Monday. Some journalists, columnists, and entertainers turned their anger on Christians and conservatives who ban drag shows for children.
Mike Wise, a left-wing sports writer, seemed to agree with a tweet sympathizing with the transgender shooter. Police say he was a victim of “intolerant…brainwashing” by “religious doctrine.”
Audrey Hale’s actions are not condoned. However, I can understand the outrage of those who oppose an intolerant state that brainwashes its children through religious indoctrination. “The truth is that this human was still identified as the child who attended that school and carried that pain into adulthood,” Kat Amarco, a Twitter user, wrote.
“This is as real and deep as it gets.” Wise replied, “Thank you.”
David Pakman, a progressive talk show host, mocked Christian schools for not “praying sufficiently.”
It is not surprising that a Christian school would suffer mass shootings, as the lack of prayer is frequently blamed for such terrible events. It is possible that they didn’t pray enough or correctly, even though it was a Christian school. In a now-deleted Twitter, he asked.
Shannon Watts, a gun control activist from Moms Demand Action, also appeared to blame victims in her tweet.
“If prayers were all that mattered, there wouldn’t be a mass shooting at schools where they pray. Do your F—ing Job,” she tweeted.
Lee Aronsohn, a television show writer, laughed at the state’s ban on drag shows while mocking prayer.
He tweeted, “Dead and Maimed Children = Thoughts and Prayers, Drag Queen Story Hour = Imppassioned Condemnation, Priority Legislation
Dead, Maimed Children = Thoughts & Prayers™
Drag Queen Story Hour = Impassioned Condemnation and Priority Legislation
The thing is, If we gave an assault rifle to every drag queen the GOP would make Story Hour a national holiday.
— Lee Aronsohn (@BennyAce) March 27, 2023
Terry Moran, an ABC News journalist, was accused of accusing Christians and Republicans of blaming Christians after he pointed out how Tennessee banned transgender medical treatment for minors and a law that prohibited adult entertainment (male and female impersonators) after a series of drag show controversy in that state.
With a rhetorical wink and nudge, ABC senior national correspondent Terry Moran blames Tennessee Republicans and Christians for six of their own being murdered today by a transgender former student pic.twitter.com/od1qEP7gAj
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) March 27, 2023
Others were not happy with Tennessee’s ban on drag shows and gender surgery for children.
Newsweek tweeted: “Drag shows, gender-affirming care, and minors’ rights were prohibited in Tennessee this month. However, assault weapons are legal.”
Drag shows and gender-affirming care for minors were banned in Tennessee this month, while assault weapons remain legal. https://t.co/Pw0k0vPPEw
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) March 27, 2023
Padma Lakshmi, a model and television host for “Top Chef”, complained that “Drag shows” and “gender-affirming healthcare is what’s banned in Tennessee.”
But drag shows and gender affirming healthcare are what get banned in Tennessee. https://t.co/pf3EPOKq9n
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) March 27, 2023
Alejandra Caraballo, a Harvard law professor, and civil rights lawyer mocked that Tennessee had protected children from the “horribles of drag” and gender-affirming care. They can now be shot at school with an AR-15.
Brian Tyler Cohen, a YouTube talk-show host, agreed that the tragedy in Nashville had caused three children to be killed. He also noted, “Remember that Tennessee Republicans have wasted their time in office banging drag shows under pretenses of keeping kids safe.”
Thank god Tennessee protected the children from the so-called horrors of drag and gender affirming care so they can be shot up at school by an AR-15 instead. https://t.co/AH0Zh8ghgQ
— Alejandra Caraballo (@Esqueer_) March 27, 2023