“A transgender pastor from North Dakota has compared the treatment of Nashville shooter Audrey Hale to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ less than a week after the twisted killer murdered six people, including three nine-year-old children,” The Daily Mail reports.
From The Daily Mail, “Wild moment transgender North Dakota pastor claims Nashville school shooter has been treated like Jesus being CRUCIFIED… after gunman shot dead six including two children”:
Micah Louwagie, who goes by they/them pronouns, was recently installed as the pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Fargo and delivered their first Easter-themed sermon to a small congregation on April 2.
Officials are yet to release a motive for the slaying of victims Hallie Scruggs, William Kinney, Evelyn Dieckhaus, all 9, and headmistress Dr. Katherine Koonce, 60, substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, and chef Mike Hill, 61 when Hale opened fire last week at The Covenant School.
Footage of the sermon shows Louwagie reading the Biblical account of the crucifixion followed immediately by the massacre at The Covenant School in Nashville.
‘Instead of focusing on ways this could’ve been prevented, such as gun control, a significant number of people have turned their attention to the shooter’s identity,’ the pastor said.
‘Instead of focusing on the number one cause of child death in this country is now gunshot wounds.
‘Some folks have tried to focus on eradicating trans people as a solution, because they have been waiting, just waiting for an opportunity such as this. They’ve been waiting for a reason, any reason to stoke their hatred.’
The pastor goes on to slam ‘allies’ who abandon or ‘betray’ transgender people likening that to Jesus’ disciples who fled when he was arrested.
‘Marginalized folks, those of us with the least amount of privilege and power, they need those who have more privilege and power than they do to physically place their bodies between them and the people, powers and institutions that are literally killing them,’ Louwagie said in the shocking sermon.
As they continued to speak to the small congregation, the pastor went on to compare the Pharisees’ treatment of Jesus to politicians who make laws against drag shows and transgender players in sports – which has become a hot-button issue across America.
‘Those leaders were looking for any excuse, valid or not, to crucify Jesus and they found that reason,’ Louwagie said. (Envolve)