Pastor Shirley Broussard Tells City Council God May Have Allowed Seal Beach Massacre: Report

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A Long Beach pastor reportedly told an aghast Seal Beach City Council this week that the October 2011 massacre in that city--the largest mass shooting in Orange County history--may have been allowed by God.

Shirley Broussard is quoted as saying the Almighty could have turned a blind eye to the Salon Meritage horrors due to the city's lax attitude toward the homeless.

Scott Evans Dekraai was indicted by the Orange County grand jury in January 2012 for the Oct. 12, 2011, slayings of eight people, including his ex-wife and son's mother, and for nearly killing a ninth victim. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has said he will seek the death penalty for Dekraai, who is alleged to have confessed but pleaded not guilty at his initial arraignment and at a second hearing following the indictment.

Los Alamitos Patch, which covered Monday's City Council meeting, reports Broussard remarked during public comments that police and fire personnel "were not able to get to that cry in time, but I had to wonder if you had listened to the cry of the poor, and the message of servicing the poor, would God have not allowed that to take place in this city?

"I believe that you stand guilty of not opening your heart and not opening your general fund," Broussard is said to have continued, adding, "Every person has a responsibility to look out for those who do not have."

The Weekly was unable to review minutes and video from the council meeting because the Seal Beach city clerk has not posted them yet.

Broussard is not affiliated with a church but the Swarm and Associates nonprofit that for years has advocated for a homeless shelter in Seal Beach, only to be opposed by residents. She was reported by Patch to be strongly rebuked for her comments by City Councilman and former mayor Michael Levitt, who is quoted after the meeting saying, "You are an abomination to God" and "That woman has no place speaking in public."

Levitt goes on to say in the report that he would not have allowed Broussard to continue speaking had he been leading the meeting, and that her words were "absolutely" an insult to the Salon Meritage victims, their families and to anyone who believes in God, who, he added, wouldn't kill a group of people "because we didn't pay for housing."

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serbialaw1
serbialaw1

I'm guessing that she is mad because Seal Beach hasn't opened up its coffers sufficiently to enrich her.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Usually it is the Religious Right making these kind of statements, but here it comes from the Religious Left.

Kenyon Banks
Kenyon Banks

"Power" fears equal and/or greater power. Note the ones who vilify prophets vs. the ones who listen to them.

Nathan Byrd
Nathan Byrd

God is using Seal Beach as a warning to Newport Beach, giving them a chance (in His mercy) to repent and change their ways. For He longeth that all jurisdictions pass reasonable regulations for the accommodation of vagrants. (And if not, he'll open a giant sinkhole and take everyone down, vagrants included.) ;-)

Laura Evans Ross
Laura Evans Ross

Newport beach has outlawed vagrancy; where is their punishment?? It's a non sequitur and an insensitive one at that.

Noah Flaum
Noah Flaum

if there is a God as defined in the Bible then he DID allow the massacre to happen, as well as many others.

Michael Mastagni
Michael Mastagni

That woman is no pastor...idiot, insensitive clod maybe!

Nathan Byrd
Nathan Byrd

Same way mistreating the poor and neglected relates to Babylonian captivity and similar, I'm assuming.

desalvio
desalvio

Pastor Bruissard better get used to wearing heavily insulated clothing. When she dies and discovers where she is going, she will need it.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

@Laura - It doesn't relate directly. Broussard never claimed that the city's lack of caring for the homeless CAUSED the massacre. Just that, by allowing the homeless to continue to suffer, God allowed the city of Seal Beach to suffer, as well. She's not saying the massacre was right, or justified, but rather that, had the city made an effort to protect the homeless, God might have also protected the city (and the salon specifically) from an armed madman (someone under Satan's control, intending to cause death and destruction, which is what Satan's goal is, to use the phraseology). What Broussard said really isn't anything new - prophets of all types of religious traditions worldwide have been saying the same kinds of things for centuries. Just to give an example, 2 Chronicles 7:14 is a very well known Biblical passage in the African American church (from which Broussard comes), and it's often used to relate many current issues, homelessness being only one, that plague modern society. I would venture a guess that that passage (or others like it) is probably what motivated her rebuke to the city council. What Broussard said was harsh, no doubt - but it would appear that her anger is a righteous anger, rooted in a desire to please God by doing what Jesus taught us in Matthew 25: 31-46. Righteous anger is valid because it is rooted in love. Broussard is angry (and so should we be) because the Seal Beach City Council is refusing (or at best, dragging its feet) to provide assistance and care to "the least of these."

Laura Evans Ross
Laura Evans Ross

but also... how does the treatment of the homeless relate to a divorcee's psychotic break and the murder of his estranged wife and innocent bystanders??

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Still, good on her for ruffling their feathers. Speaking truth to power is necessary, but power often HATES hearing the truth. They prefer the comfortable lie instead.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

I'm curious as to why she was even talking to them about this. I get that she's an advocate for the homeless (and that's laudable), and I get her point in a Biblical context (most prophets throughout history have said some controversial things and been vilified for it), but wow, now she's pretty much guaranteed they won't do anything to help the homeless now.

Richard Suckel
Richard Suckel

Had to be a teabager jesus freak instrument of god?

Frank Marco Manzi
Frank Marco Manzi

An Other Confused Person, it is the Devil, Who Has control on Earth! Many People fall under His Spell! May Be, this Pastor is slipping under His control in saying such an absurd thing!

Peyton Farquhar
Peyton Farquhar

That's impossible. I was having tea with Jesus this afternoon and he told me that Shirley Broussard is nutballs crazy.

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