The director of issues analysis of a conservative fundamentalist Christian organization on Thursday asserted that the terrorists who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 were actually "the agents of God's wrath" because they prompted "God Bless America" to be sung at Major League Baseball games and that is "one of the reasons we haven't been hit since 9/11."
Reflecting on recent super storm Hurricane Sandy, the American Family Associations' Bryan Fischer told his radio listeners that disasters were a "form of judgment on a nation."
"Because the point is, God will often use a military adversary -- like we ran into on 9/11 -- God will often use a military adversary to chasten and humble his people for their sin and bring them to a place of repentance," Fischer explained. "I think this is what was going on on 9/11, the larger issues that God had. The jihadist on 9/11 were the agents of God's wrath in order to get our attention as a people."
"Have we learned? I don't know. I think we've learned in part," he continued. "One of the things we've done is we've gone to prayer at the seventh inning of every Major League Baseball game in Los Angeles, in New York and during the playoffs, and we pray, 'God Bless America... Guide us through the night with a light from above.'"
"That's not something that happened before 9/11. So, that's one of the outcomes of 9/11. You have tens of thousands of baseball fans converting arenas into centers for intercessory prayer, for God to watch over, bless and guide the United States of America. And I think one of the reasons we haven't been hit since 9/11 is that we learned that lesson."
Following the attacks Sept. 11, 2011 attacks, Commissioner Bud Selig requested that every team replace "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" with "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch. A memo from Selig the following years gave teams discretion about whether or not to play the prayerful song. Currently it is sung at every home game for the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. Other ballclubs reserve it for Sunday games, post season and other special occasions.
Watch this video of American Family Association's Focal Point, broadcast Nov. 16, 2012.
(h/t: Right Wing Watch)