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Arkansas clergy members say thoughts and prayers after school shooting should be followed by action

By Francisca Jones

This article was published February 24, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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People participate in a candlelight vigil Monday in memory of the 17 students and faculty members who were killed in the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Feb. 15.

People light candles at a makeshift memorial on Sunday outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and faculty were killed in Feb....

Four days after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed, many faith leaders around the state who addressed the event with their congregations or led prayer efforts for those involved also delivered a strong political message.

People light candles at a makeshift memorial on Sunday outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and faculty were killed in Feb....

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BOLTAR says... February 24, 2018 at 8:46 a.m.

Nothing else fails like prayer alone.

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mrcharles says... February 24, 2018 at 10:53 a.m.

Well my neighbour prayed and her mother passed her drivers test and found her car keys. She may be up for a cash prize from the tempelton simpletons.

Guess we can rule out Catholic prayer as pope hat wearer after pope prays for peace but war and earthquakes keep happening. Could Trump then be the anti-anointed one ...his daughter did marry a new.

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Popsmith says... February 24, 2018 at 12:21 p.m.

If the clergy were doing their job, we wouldn't have this "moral decay".

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Whippersnapper says... February 24, 2018 at 12:42 p.m.

If only these clergy would teach their flocks and others not to hate and covet, then they wouldn't steal and kill. Oh, but we can't blame the people doing the killing, we have to blame the guns. Somebody might get upset if we said people are to blame for their choices, because the past 80 years have been about teaching the American people that they are not responsible for themselves and their families and their choices, the government is responsible for everyone.

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Tallcoach says... February 24, 2018 at 12:55 p.m.

If you want to protect school children, then do it at the school with screening, cameras, locked doors, and armed personnel properly trained. And this doesn't include arming teachers and administrators unless as trained backups. The Israelis know how to do it. Our church provides police and trained church members to protect our congregation.

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DoubleBlind says... February 24, 2018 at 1:42 p.m.

Tallcoach - Do you have ANY idea of the BREATHTAKING hypocrisy of your comment?! Protecting children shouldn’t be limited to while they’re in school and it shouldn’t be through ‘hardening’ schools. It should at least include keeping killing machines out of the hands of people who intend to harm them. And your statement with regard to Israel is appalling. Israel’s IDF is the largest terrorist organization in the world, fully funded by American taxpayers; their entire agenda is to eradicate Palestinians via genocide. No wonder your congregation packs heat. They all support terrorism abroad AND at home making them despicable targets.

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MaxCady says... February 24, 2018 at 2:03 p.m.

Thoughts and prayers is as trite and cliched as closure after a family member is murdered.

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RBear says... February 24, 2018 at 2:12 p.m.

Tallcoach you are WAY behind in the conversation. I wrote about that lie about Israeli schools the day after the shooting. In fact, the Israeli government calls the information spread a bunch of misinformation. Go back and look as gun laws in Israel and then tell me we are talking apples to apples. Also, there's nothing different in Israeli schools than what you saw the Parkland school.
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With regards to all your other measures, tell me where we'll come up with the funding for them. I've got an idea and have shared it numerous times. Let's TAX assault weapons annually to pay for the extra expenses of school security required because of the weapons.

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mrcharles says... February 24, 2018 at 4:04 p.m.

WHOPPER , yeah blame the clergy for the nonsense they teach, I say that is correct. Both the OT and NT contain horrible stuff, and no wonder some people can get their mind warped . Just be a turd and then say whoops, I am sorry and believe , or is it believe and baptism, oh well only your immortal soul is at stake. dont teach about moral life, as of you do works or a random act of kindness, it mean what fox shovels out every day. Just believe in what is unseen and hoped for. Lots of kinds wish for hot rod cars and puppies.

Their families,........ what does the one of the one of the one say about families. As to neighbors, perhaps crumbs and dogs make a good fairy tale, oh waist it has been used up.

The government is responsible for the systems that protect its citizens. Why worry about war if you die by guns here, or die of lack of medical care. Just look at them there socialist countries who think we have gone mad.... well it is hard to control the conservatives as they live by the law of the jungle.

I will take that long and dreary walk down the aisle of the place that those who they say are all sinners set silently , and make myself belief in supernatural stuff if all deity houses will have their inhabitants wish upon a star and then there is no more war and/or gun slaughters and/or children dying by the thousands in terror and their parents , like that great thug David [ what an example of a low life] , rolling around on the ground with grief [ of course after the innocent child died by divine command {unique form of punishment for the entity who sinned},David got up and went about his business] , many praying to the wrong deity , with the luck of the draw they were born in the wrong place.

Whooper this is not the slaughter of the amalakites by swords upon divine command, this is the slaughter of children by guns, so I guess I will blame the gun, as it was sure not by divine command--- well Uncle Joe said dont be so sure as of course everything is a mystery and part of the divine plan we just dont know, but just know enough to call an entity who watches these horrors with arms crossed [ after g-d was created in our image] instead of a nose wiggle which would stop the death.

question for all deity system primates, ..the child of David that died, who would it blame for its death....right, not a gun. But then some pray to the perpetrator. At least whooper you did not attack the protesting children.

The rabbi comments failed to include the divine command to kill children from his belief system so I say unfair his comments.

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wildblueyonder says... February 24, 2018 at 5:48 p.m.

mrcharles, you take great pride in your blasphemous remarks, don't you/ You think you're humorous when in fact you're a fool.

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