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Christian Right on Newtown Massacre: Blame the Gays

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Wednesday Dec 19, 2012
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Well, that didn’t take long!

Christian conservative leaders around the country have reacted to the horrific shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary by blaming the event on the "lack of God" in American, which many attribute to the acceptance of LGBT rights.

Focus on the Family leader and founder James Dobson linked the horrific Newtown, Conn., shooting to gay rights in America on his "Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk" radio program. The powerful right-winge evangelical Christian claimed to have inside knowledge that God "has allowed judgment to fall upon us" because the country has accepted marriage equality and abortion.

Right Wing Watch reports his words as follows:

"Our country really does seem in complete disarray. I’m not talking politically, I’m not talking about the result of the November sixth election; I am saying that something has gone wrong in America and that we have turned our back on God. I mean millions of people have decided that God doesn’t exist, or he’s irrelevant to me and we have killed fifty-four million babies and the institution of marriage is right on the verge of a complete redefinition. Believe me, that is going to have consequences too."

Right Wing Watch calls Dobson "perhaps the most influential right-wing Christian leader in the country, with a huge and loyal following that he can reach easily through an impressive media empire."

Dobson isn’t the only Christian conservative to blame same-sex marriage for the tragic event. Salon reports that former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, on his Fox News show told viewers, "It’s the fact that people sue a city so we aren’t confronted with a manger scene or Christmas carol ... Churches and Christian-owned businesses are told to surrender their values under the edict of government orders to provide tax-funded abortion pills."

’We get all up in arms about 20 children being shot in a day care but we don’t give one good-glory rip about the 4,000 that were removed violently from the wombs of their mothers’

He later took to his website and wrote that Lanza killed over 20 children because some families have same-sex parents: "We dismiss the notion of natural law and the notion that there are moral absolutes and seemed amazed when some kids make it their own morality to kill innocent children. We diminish and even hold in contempt the natural family of a father and mother creating and then responsibly raising the next generation and then express dismay that kids feel no real connection to their families or even the concept of a family."

Perhaps this is a not-unexpected reaction from the man responsible for "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" to support the fast food franchise owner’s stance against marriage equality as something that would bring ruination on the nation.

According to the Raw Story, a Tennessee pastor named Sam Morris made these remark during his sermon on Sunday:

"We get all up in arms about 20 children being shot in a day care but we don’t give one good-glory rip about the 4,000 that were removed violently from the wombs of their mothers. I believe they use children and Christmas and all that to pull on our heart strings about gun control. That’s what it’s all about."

He also pointed his finger at public schools and said that children are taught about evolution, sex and "how to be a homo." (Please check your local school curricula for that one!)

Pastor Pat McEwen, another right-wing leader, wrote about Newtown: "We violently removed the fear of Almighty God from the hearts of our children. We expelled God from school and banished Him from the schoolyard. He was replaced with metal detectors, condoms, policemen, anti-bullying policies, No-gun zones, and violence of unprecedented order."

Yet another self-appointed spokesman for the Big Guy Upstairs, Bryan Fischer, said on his radio program that God didn’t prevent the children and teachers from being murdered because is a "gentleman" who doesn’t go where he’s not wanted. Since the nation no longer honors God, his might shield is weakening, the man of faith told listeners.

And finally, Dave Buehner, a homeschooling advocate, said that people shouldn’t be surprised at such shootings if they support same-sex marriage as yet another "rebellion against God."

Comments

  • gdhamf, 2012-12-19 05:01:44

    Ok folks, once again, if you want your children to share your values then you should probably try to PARENT your kids. Take control and deal with YOUR family and leave mine alone. Stop blaming society and start being responsible for your kids behavior, Maybe we can stop some of the violence in our society.


  • DerekJA, 2012-12-19 07:39:04

    More & more, daily I loath religions & their fanatical nut cases, trying to DICTATE the very misguided & baseless beliefs.Let’s just be honest here. The REAL reason for their fear of more people leaving their tirany, is simple because it means less $$$ in their collection plates. Also, clearly being CONTROL FREAKS, they see that they are losing said contol.Seriiusly. Each Government should just remove their religion status when they spue hate of any kind. No more free tax ride. Then see how fast they change their attitudes.


  • Parker, 2012-12-19 08:47:38

    People want someone to blame so they can feel better. It’s harder to fear an unknown than it is easy to pick something already hated and use God to justify a horrifically flawed rational. P


  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-12-19 11:34:31

    I wonder if this kid had festering resentment from being a youngster at this school and being bullied. The older brother should be a wealth of information about his siblings issues in that family. What a heartbreaking situation.


  • cc, 2012-12-19 12:16:12

    These religious nut wings need to be put in the same room with the Taliban and let them go at each other.


  • WayGay, 2012-12-19 13:20:26

    Anyone- ANYONE- who could use this horrifying tragedy and say this is God’s will dishonors each of the victims of this crime. Toes poor children and their teaches are dead because a mad man had access to an assault weapon. Guns kill people. God doesn’t.


  • GT, 2012-12-19 17:57:50

    These people are no better than those shit-for- brains from the westboro babtist church. I wish they would pull their heads out of their Ass and deal in facts.


  • Anonymous, 2012-12-20 10:44:50

    Wao how stupid can some people be.GOD LOVES EVERYONE HE DOES NOT KILL


  • Channing Martinez, 2012-12-20 11:40:17

    I question the stance of this article...considering that edge claims to be a news source lgbtq people, I wonder about the legitimacy of that ploy by writing article that seem to romanticize hate against gays rather than actually talking upfront about a stance against the right wing conservatives. We don’t need another article to tell us the story of the right wing, while also romanticizing their politics. We need articles that promote our way of thinking, that promote our politics, and that promote our rights through effectively laying down the arguments to make conservatives look like fools Channing L Martinez


  • Wayne M., 2012-12-21 22:30:51

    What these pseudo-Christian groups are doing is cruelly exploiting the suffering of an innocent community and the slaughter of innocent people to push their agenda of discrimination and hate. They are deliberately causing and promoting harm and show no understanding of cause and effect. The violence that took place in Connecticut a week ago is not a result of God’s judgment on LGBT people or women who have abortions or people voting for the reelection of President Obama. It is the result of guns being made too easily available in a society that has allowed violence in movies, television and video games to also become too easily available, resulting in a desensitization to violence in general.


  • Anonymous, 2012-12-28 09:47:18

    God loves all of us, regardless.


  • Anonymous, 2013-01-14 01:34:12

    Well...they know they can’t blame black people and they certainly will not blame themselves. They are losing membership and relevance as people discover the most vocal of their group are most rediculous. They should blame it on hate, lack of education and a supportive social network.


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