On Friday’s convocation at Liberty University Jerry Falwell Jr. spoke out against the San Bernardino shootings with some very controversial language–and it’s creating a vigorous debate between church leaders.
“If some of those people in the community center had had what I’ve got in my back pocket right now… is it illegal to pull it out? I don’t know. Anyway. I’ve always thought that if more good people had conceal and carry permits then we could end those Muslims before they walked in,” Falwell said.
He then encouraged students to take the free conceal and carry class at the college so that more Christians were prepared to fight. “Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here,” he added.
Falwell later clarified in a tweet that he was referring to radical Islamic extremists.
The convocation clip is going viral and it’s being shared on news networks across the nation. However, many Christian leaders are reacting to the clip with frustration.
In an article on the Religion News Service, Shane Claiborne wrote, “As I listened to the words of Mr. Falwell, I could not help asking, ‘Are we worshipping the same Jesus?’ The Jesus I worship did not carry a gun. He carried a cross. Jesus did not tell us to kill our enemies. He told us to love them.”
What’s your reaction to the clip? Did Falwell Jr. cross a line? Is this rhetoric helpful or hurtful to the church?