Indiana Sheriff Says Only Way To Stop Kids Being Murdered Is Prayer In School

An Indiana community is struggling for answers after a 14-year-old boy was shot to death, but don’t expect help from the local sheriff, as he believes that without prayer in schools, this sort of thing is inevitable.

At a “beer summit” attended by Elkhart County residents and politicians, city officials offered suggestions for how to stem the tide of crime that culminated in the young boy’s murder. Most of them were practical: redoubling efforts to secure firearms in the home. Greater community outreach. Increased patrols in troubled areas.

When it came time for Sheriff Brad Rogers to give his insights, he decided that a crime like a boy’s murder could only have been prevented if children were getting more God in school, so don’t look at him.

“You take God and prayer out of schools and you take discipline away from parents and teachers and you want the Sheriff to solve it? No. This is a community problem.”

Contrary to Rogers’ assertion, looking to the Sheriff to “solve it” is precisely what sheriffs are paid to do. Unfortunately, that isn’t how Rogers sees it.

Ironically, Rogers has branded himself as a “constitutional” sheriff, modeled after “America’s Toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio, an octogenarian conservative sheriff in Arizona. His love of the constitution appears to cover the Second Amendment, but stop just short of the First, however, because separation of church and state have no place in his idea of a model society.

In between posts about upcoming events and crime statistics, his Sheriff’s Office Facebook page likes to mention biblical passages and (lately) anti-Hillary Clinton links.

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” – John 1:29

Posted by Brad Rogers on Sunday, April 5, 2015

Rogers is also active in the “states rights” movement and has a long, long history with unilaterally deciding what laws are and aren’t his problem. He even made the journey to Cliven Bundy’s ranch on a “peacekeeping mission” last year to support the rancher from the “tyranny” of having to pay grazing fees for his use of federal land to feed his cattle. The two seemed to hit it off. In fact, in the now-infamous interview in which Bundy suggested black people may have been better off as slaves, standing beside him for part of the rambling speech was Rogers.

When citizens of Elkhart County suggested a sheriff actively supporting a rancher who refused to follow federal law was sort of a bad look, Rogers grew indignant, saying at the time:

“I will continue to fight against tyranny at all levels, and for all people (including liberals) and will be the proactive constitutional sheriff most Elkhart County citizens expect.”

What Elkhart County citizens can expect is paying for a sheriff who not only doesn’t believe stopping crime is under his purview, but that it literally can’t be done without divine intervention. In other words, he’s getting paid to do a job he doesn’t even believe is really necessary.


Feature image via The Elkhart Truth