“A Mississippi meteorologist broke down on air while reporting the news of an emerging tornado that swept through the region killing at least 26 people.
Matt Laubhan, the chief meteorologist for local network WTVA, appeared to struggle to contain his emotions as he told the viewers that the town of Amory was going to take the direct hit.
‘Oh, man. Dear Jesus, please help them. Amen,’ he prayed, as updates of the tornado’s movements came in.”
It is unconscionable for a meteorologist to break out in prayer during a weather report. Laubhan’s plea to Jesus wasn’t going to alleviate the fears of all the non-Christian and atheist viewers. I can imagine how outraged evangelicals would be if a Muslim meteorologist pleaded with Allah to have mercy on the infidels, or if a Native American weatherman broke out in a dance in an appeal to this deity to alter the course of the tornado away from his town.
Should we cut Laubhan some slack because the tornado was going to take a direct hit on his own community? Hell no! It’s incumbent upon a meteorologist to maintain a professional demeanor, especially during a disaster.
If firefighters break down in tears or in prayer if they respond to a fire in my house, I would demand that they be fired.
Laubhan should summarily be fired, his prayer was an insult to his profession, and to his viewers, Christians, and non-Christians alike.