Former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, now a Fox News regular, said this week that the students returning to school in Parkland, Florida, after the mass shooting that claimed 17 lives, need "a belief in God and Jesus Christ".
The remarks came within the larger context of honoring the late Rev. Billy Graham.
During an interview on Fox News, Chaffetz was asked about what it meant for lawmakers to take a pause from their day to reflect and honor the life of the late evangelist Billy Graham.
Chaffetz said he was “proud” to see people honoring Graham, adding that Graham impacted millions of lives.
“We need more good news, more good message, more of the good word reaching out to America,” Chaffetz said on Fox News.
“I think of those kids who went back to school today after that horrific shooting, and they need something more. They need a belief in God and Jesus Christ. I think that would help. And this is a historic moment.”