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September 23, 2012

Colorado Shooting Blamed On Gays, Liberals| News | Towleroad

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 13:58

Colorado Shooting Blamed On Gays, Liberals| News | Towleroad.

Colorado Shooting Blamed On Gays, Liberals

Fred_Jackson_American_Family_AssociationIt was going to happen eventually: the Colorado massacre has now been pinned on the gays.

The pinning was done by Fred Jackson, of the American Family Association, on his radio show yesterday. Thanks to RightWingWatch for the transcription:

I think the sources of this is [sic] multifaceted but you can put it all I think under the heading of rebellion to God, a rejection of the God of the Bible. I think along with an education system that has produced our lawyers, our politicians, more teachers, more professors, all of that sort of thing, is our churches, mainline churches. We’ve been dealing Teddy and I know the AFA Journal has been dealing with denominations that no longer believe in the God of the Bible, they no longer believe that Jesus is the only way of salvation, they teach that God is OK with homosexuality, this is just increasing more and more. It is mankind shaking its fist at the authority of God.

Happily, it’s not just the gays responsible for James Holmes’s midnight movie massacre — it’s everyone who doesn’t share Fred Jackson’s exact set of values:

In the community there were community standards that reflected biblical principles, whether people knew it or not, the standard in the community was based on Scripture. In that short period of time, roughly forty years, we have seen such a transformation in values in our communities, whether it’s rural or whether it’s big city. I have to think that all of this, whether it’s the Hollywood movies, whether it’s what we see on the internets, whether it’s liberal bias in the media, whether it’s our politicians changing public policy, I think all of those somehow have fit together — and I have to say also churches who are leaving the authority of Scripture and losing their fear of God — all of those things have seem to have come together to give us these kinds of incidents.

Jackson’s rant is an example of the “No True Scotsman” fallacy, and it evinces a peculiar kind of historical blindness. Even if Jackson’s assertion — that the advance of social liberalism is responsible for Holmes’s killing spree — happened to be true, which it isn’t, wouldn’t it follow that Jackson’s own, “Scripture-based” conception of morality was responsible for the atrocities perpetrated before we had “Hollywood movies,” the “internets,” “liberal bias in the media,” and pro-gay churches? The massacre in Rosewood, slavery, the extermination of Native Americans, and so forth? What does he make of the fact that, in strictly statistical terms, we’re now living in an era far less violent and oppressive than any in human history?

The blame game is difficult to play. There are no rules, and there are seldom winners. Marilyn Manson’s 13-year-old essay on the Columbine massacre remains relevant, and more sensible than most of the scribbling yet done on the subject of Colorado’s latest tragedy:

When it comes down to who’s to blame for the high school murders in Littleton, Colorado, throw a rock and you’ll hit someone who’s guilty. We’re the people who sit back and tolerate children owning guns, and we’re the ones who tune in and watch the up-to-the-minute details of what they do with them. I think it’s terrible when anyone dies, especially if it is someone you know and love. But what is more offensive is that when these tragedies happen, most people don’t really care any more than they would about the season finale of Friends or The Real World. I was dumbfounded as I watched the media snake right in, not missing a teardrop, interviewing the parents of dead children, televising the funerals. Then came the witch hunt.

Man’s greatest fear is chaos. It was unthinkable that these kids did not have a simple black-and-white reason for their actions. And so a scapegoat was needed.

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  1. There never seems to be a shortage of these guys ready and willing to put forth their version of reality and the truth. Amazing how they seem to
    come out of the woodwork whenever there is some sort of disaster that happens. I wonder why we have not heard of these guys making their
    ‘moment of truth’ statements about the Concordia disaster. Maybe they don’t do water disasters, huh?

    Hello Carlitos. What stuns me is the always pick the most recent disasters to lay blame on the “Gay people”. But we have been around for ever and often as an acceptable part of society. So what about all those disasters and why has the world not ended yet. Hugs

    Comment by carlitos — September 23, 2012 @ 14:42

  2. It’s bad that any person that wants tp make themselves out as martyrs are also the ones that when these terrible things happen, always like to blame others. In the Bible we are learned that ‘he who art without sin, should cast the first stone’ & ‘look at yourself before you look apon others differently’. Some of us are terminally ill and meds are keeping us alive, you won’t see or hear me blaming anyone for it, stuff will happen it’s how we handle it that counts. Fact: people who take the Holy Book too literally (it’s full of symbolic guidelines) are also the ones that discriminate & will defend hate crimes as a rite of passage to Heaven. Think again, crime is still crime and murder still murder, it all comes back to the miracle of life. Respect others, gay/straight/Christian/Muslim, etc and then you can get His respect. Jesus was wise enough then and He still is now, remember we are all someones chidren, this whole world can be ashamed because we don’t have the compassion he had especially for lost souls.

    Hello Buks and welcome. I am glad to have your comment. You made a lot of great points. Be well and best wishes. Hugs

    Comment by Buks Fourie — September 23, 2012 @ 20:21

  3. Hi Scottie;

    I was driving home from seeing the folks yesterday and heard one of these types pounding away. It occured to me that folks like this talk about “the God of the Bible” and yet, we as a people have changed drastically since the days when those books were written. We are more worldly, having news of the minute from places throughout the world, and the way we see others has changed over the centuries. But, going further than that, the way a person of faith worships God has changed as the opportunity to actually read the Bible for oneself is actually a “recent” phenomenon.
    In Biblical times, the things we call “acts of God” or “acts of nature”, such as storms, floods, earthquakes, tidal waves, blizzards, droughts, locusts, etc. were actually placed upon God’s doing. Now, if you ask a preacher why the earth shook, he is apt to give you a scientific answer rather than “God is angry”. Does all this mean God doesn’t exist since we know why we have earthquakes now? Or, does it means that we have grown a bit and our understanding of what we see as God is not so physically represented? If this is the case, isn’t it a bit silly to expect people to return to an understanding of God as in Biblical times?
    What is truly sad, though, is that this person spends all his energy being angry and lashing out at others. If he was truly of a mind to be Christ like, he would seek to heal those who hurt, to feed those that hunger, to clothe those who are cold, and to love those that are anywhere near him. Much like Buks said above – no matter the words of such people, it is their actions that define them.

    Hugs to you, my friend.

    Hello Randy. Very well said. And thanks for the hugs, I am starting my work week today and will need them. Hugs

    Comment by randy — September 24, 2012 @ 20:16

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