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Trans pastor claims treatment of Audrey Hale comparable to Jesus
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
- Transgender pastor Micah Louwagie has likened the treatment of Nashville shooter Audrey Hale to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ
- Hale opened fire at The Covenant School killing six people – three staff and three nine-year-old students, before the twisted murderer was gunned down
- Footage of Louwagie making the controversial claims appeared in an April 2 sermon from the St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Fargo, North Dakota
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.
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.
Transgender pastor Micah Louwagie has likened the treatment of Nashville shooter Audrey Hale to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ
Audrey Hale, 28, had detailed writings plotting her sick attack months before she butchered three kids and three adults at The Covenant School last week
‘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 sport – 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.
As part of the controversial sermon, Louwagie appeared to also draw comparison between the treatment of trans people in the United States with the Holocaust and Japanese internment camps.
‘It’s baffling to me that someone’s existence can be so threatening, that people decide they need to be controlled that they need to have laws made against them or even worse that the people that they find to be so threatening, should die.
Louwagie, who goes by they/them pronouns, was recently installed as the pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Fargo (pictured), and delivered their first Easter-themed sermon to a small congregation on April 2
The pastor (pictured) went on to compare the Pharisees’ treatment of Jesus to politicians who make laws against drag shows and transgender players in sport
Footage on YouTube shows Louwagie delivering a sermon in Texas
‘There are a significant number of people who have deemed that the fact that the Nashville shooter happened to be a trans person, so it’s been reported is just the excuse they need to call for the eradication of trans folks.
‘Rather than focusing on the fact that we have a serious gun violence problem that continues to go unaddressed, rather than focusing on the fact that six people six more people are dead, rather than focusing on the fact that those staff and children should have been safe in that school or focusing on the fact that children do not feel safe in their own schools, rather than focusing on any of this they have decided they need to cause more harm.
‘This isn’t a new phenomenon it’s been happening in this country for many, many years: the Holocaust, the Japanese internment camps of the 1940s, segregation forcibly changing indigenous people to residential schools, migrants being held in cages, the list goes on,’ they said.
DailyMail.com has contacted St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for comment.
The Nashville school shooter had planned the massacre for months in advanced and studied other mass murderers before killing six people, police have said.
Hale, 28, had detailed writings plotting her sick attack months before she butchered three kids and three adults at The Covenant School last week.
Cops also revealed on Monday that she fired 152 rounds from two assault rifles and a handgun during the vile shooting that rocked the US.
State Governor Bill Lee addressed the state on Monday and proposed having an armed guard stationed at every school in the state.
‘There was no excuse to not have a guard at every school,’ Lee said. He estimated the budget to employ and train guards would cost $140 million.
Hale, 28, had fired 152 rounds from two an assault rifle and a handgun during the vile shooting that rocked the US. Pictured: Hale before transitioning to male
Officials haven’t released a motive for the slaying of victims Hale killed. Pictured: Students evacuating from The Covenant School on March 27
A statement from Metropolitan Nashville Police department said: ‘The ongoing investigation into the March 27 murders of six persons inside The Covenant School continues to show, from all information currently available, that killer Audrey Hale acted totally alone.
‘In the collective writings by Hale found in her vehicle in the school parking lot, and others later found in the bedroom of her home, she documented, in journals, her planning over a period of months to commit mass murder at The Covenant School.
‘The writings remain under careful review by the MNPD and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia.
‘The motive for Hale’s actions has not been established and remains under investigation by the Homicide Unit in consultation with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit.
‘It is known that Hale considered the actions of other mass murderers.
‘The investigation shows that Hale fired a total of 152 rounds (126 5.56 rifle rounds and 26 nine millimeter rounds) from the time she shot her way into the school until she was killed by police.
‘Two officers fired on Hale. Officer Rex Engelbert discharged a total of four 5.56 rounds from his rifle; Officer Michael Collazo discharged a total of four rounds from his department-issued nine millimeter pistol.
‘Scores of police personnel from a number of components responded to the Covenant call last Monday.
‘The department’s Professional Wellness Section is conducting critical incident debriefings, including daily wellness checks, for involved personnel.
‘The MNPD’s Homicide Unit is leading the investigation into the murders of the six victims. The Cold Case Unit is working with the TBI in the investigation of the fatal police shooting of Hale.’
The governor also revealed other plans to dedicate $8 million toward mental health services in schools.
Hale, who was transgender born female, used the names Audrey and Aiden but her preferred pronouns were he/him according to a LinkedIn page
Police recovered these three weapons from the scene and later revealed she fired 152 rounds
FBI agents and Nashville Metropolitan Police Officers were seen removing more rifles from the Hale household on last Monday
A spokesperson for the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department revealed that Officers Rex Engelbart (pictured left) and Michael Collazo (pictured right) were the members of the team who fired at Hale, ultimately killing her
Hale, who was transgender born female, used the names Audrey and Aiden but her preferred pronouns were he/him according to a LinkedIn page.
Police confirmed on Tuesday that she had previously attended the school in Nashville, Tennessee, but her motive for the shooting is unclear.
Police Chief John Drake added that Hale had been suffering from an ’emotional disorder’ at the time of the shooting.
Hale has been described as having ‘high-functioning’ autism, but police revealed she also was under doctors’ care.
Her parents – Norma and Ronald Hale – knew that she had a weapon at one time, but told her to sell it because they thought she couldn’t be trusted with it.
Instead, she hid her stockpile and added to it, buying seven different weapons in total from five local stores.
Chief Drake added: ‘Law enforcement knew nothing about the treatment, and it is apparent that she should not own weapons”.
Authorities also confirmed that Hale’s mother, Norma, had asked her what was in a red backpack she was carrying on the morning of the murders but she dismissed her question.
Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9, was one of the victims shot by transgender shooter Audrey Hale, 28, after she opened fire at the private Christian school on Monday
Tributes have flooded in for a second victim, Will Kinney, (pictured) who was shot and killed along with Hallie Scruggs, both 9, in the massacre
Hallie Scruggs, 9, was killed in the shooting and is pictured with her father, a pastor at the church, Chad Scruggs
Katherine Koonce, head of school (left), and Cynthia Peak, a substitute teacher (right) were among those shot dead by Audrey Hale
The daughter of Mike Hill (pictured), who had worked at the school for more than a decade, said that she ‘never thought’ he would be killed in a mass shooting
Before traveling to the school, the killer sent a haunting final message to Averianna Patton on Instagram
Patton immediately called the cops to report the messages but it was already too late. By the time she called, Audrey had begun shooting children at the small, church school
Before bursting into the school, the killer sent a haunting final message to Averianna Patton on Instagram. The two played basketball together in middle school.
At 9.57am, 16 minutes before cops were first notified to the shooting, Audrey wrote: ‘So basically that post I made on here about you, that was basically a suicide note.
‘I’m planning to die today. THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!! You’ll probably hear about me on the news after I die.
‘This is my last goodbye. I love you. ‘See you again in another life.’
Patton immediately called the cops to report the messages but it was already too late.
TIMELINE OF NASHVILLE SCHOOL SHOOTING
9:30am – Metro Police Chief John Drake confirmed that Audrey Hale, 28, left her parents property with a red bag. She was questioned by her mother about the bag but dismissed the question.
9:53am — Hale arrives at the Covenant School in her Honda Fit. She is seen in surveillance footage driving around the parking lot, going out of frame and parking at about 9:55 a.m.
9:57am – Hale sends a goodbye message on Instagram to Averianna Patton. The message said: ‘This is my last goodbye. I love you. See you again in another life.’ She then responds, telling Hale that she has so much more to live for.
Hale replies again, saying one day, ‘this will make more sense’ but ‘something bad is about to happen.’
10:03am – Averianna Patton calls the suicide prevention hotline to try to report the messages that she has been sent by Hale. They tell her to contact the local sheriff’s department.
10:10am – Hale approaches a side entrance to the private Christian school and shoots through the glass doors to gain entry with her two AR-style rifles and a handgun.
10:12am – Patton makes an emotional call to 911 asking them to check on Hale after the disturbing messages. She is told that there is not much officers can do without an address for her.
10:13am – First shots-fired call to 911.
10:14am – Hale walks through a school hallway and walks around the property for several minutes. She then passes the children’s ministry before firing shots at 10:21 a.m. and then walking out of the video frame.
10:24am – The first Metro Police officers arrive on the scene, with Officer Englebert unlocking the door and entering the school. The five-member tactical unit enters the school and starts its search for the shooter.
10:27am – The team of officers encounters the shooter on the second-floor atrium. Police said Hale had been firing through a window at arriving officers. Englebert, alongside Officer Michael Collazo, shot and killed Hale.
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