July 23, 2012

The Religious Right Begins Blaming

And guess where the self appointed guardians of our collective souls find fault for the Aurora shooting?

Yep - our secular society.

We'll start with a sitting member of Congress:
A Republican congressman from Texas says society's fractious relationship with faith may have spurred the "Dark Knight" massacre.

Rep. Louie Gohmert charged Friday that prohibiting prayer in civic places can give rise to such senseless acts of violence as the shooting inside an Aurora, Colo. movie theater that killed at least 12 people and injured at least 58 others.

"What have we done with God," Gohmert told The Heritage Foundation's "Istook Live" radio show, citing prohibitions on religous blessings at public high school graduation ceremonies and off-campus dinners, according to a transcript posted on the legislator's congressional website. "We told him that we don’t want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present."
Then there's former Governor of Arkansas and former presidential candidate and current Fox News commentator, Mike Huckabee:
We don't have a crime problem, a gun problem or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem. And since we've ordered god out of our schools, and communities, the military and public conversations, you know we really shouldn't act so surprised when all hell breaks loose.
And then there's Rick Warren, megachurch pastor:
When students are taught they are no different from animals, they act like it.
Ha! Evolution - that despicable "theory." NOTE: Pastor Warren has since deleted his tweet.

The lesson from this religious fringe: Removing God from public life causes people to act horribly.  And that's something you should fear.


Social Justice NPC Anti-Paladin™ said...

Maybe they should blame targets on a Ad.

EdHeath said...

HTTT - hunh? Who "they" - Gommert, Huckabee and Warren? "targets on a ad" Are you referring to "Blood libel" Palin? Or the chain department store in East Liberty and their incessant television advertising? Or some other voice in your head whispering to you?

As for Dayvoe's post, "Removing God from public life causes people to act horribly" - which God? Allah? Vishnu? Odin? Buddha (OK, Buddha is not a God, and Buddhism is only sort of a religion, kind of like the Unitarian Universalists)?

When did society have a less fractious relationship with faith in the recent past? Maybe the 1950's when Charles Starkweather killed 11 people? Maybe Starkweather could have got more, if he had access to an AR-15 with a hundred round magazine.

Which is what we should really be talking about.

The Expatriate said...

Praying to God or claiming the lack of God as a cause of a problem is simply a way of avoiding taking meaningful action.