Evangelical Leaders Blame the Obvious Culprits in Aurora Shooting: Liberals

In the wake of the horrific attack in Aurora, Evangelical Christian leaders quickly moved to pin blame for the incident. No, they did not cite Jesus’ teachings on violence. Instead, they looked to blame the obvious culprits — liberalism and secularism.

On the “AFA Today” radio show, Fred Jackson, head of the American Family Association, put the blame everywhere but on shooter James Holmes:

I have to think that all of this,†whether itís the Hollywood movies, whether itís what we see on the internets, whether itís liberal bias in the media, whether itís our politicians changing public policy, I think all of those somehow have fit together ó and I have to say also churches who are leaving the authority of Scripture and losing their fear of God ó all of those things have seem to have come together to give us these kinds of incidents.

Jerry Newcombe, a spokesperson for Truth In Action Ministries, agreed with the sentiment. In a column in Perspectives, Newcombe blamed the separation of church and state for the shooting.

I can’t help but feel that to some extent, we’re reaping what we’ve been sowing as a society. We said to God, “Get out of the public arena.” Lawsuit after lawsuit, often by misguided “civil libertarians,” have chased away any fear of God in the land — at least in the hearts of millions.

Newcombe repeated the statement on “AFA Today,” and added that victims of the attack would end up in Hell unless they were suitably Christian — and that if victims were Christian, their death wasn’t that bad, really:

If a Christian dies early, if a Christian dies young, it seems tragic, but really it is not tragic because they are going to a wonderful place…on the other hand, if a person doesnít know Jesus Christ…if they knowingly rejected Jesus Christ, then, basically, they are going to a terrible place.

The statements dovetailed with statements made by Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, who called the shooting an attack on “Judeo-Christian beliefs.”

It’s not uncommon for conservative Christian leaders to blame liberals and non-Christians when disaster strikes. Former House Majority Leader and current inmate Tom DeLay, R-Texas, blamed the 1999 school shooting in Littleton, Colo., on “school systems [that] teach our children that they are nothing but glorified apes who have evolutionized [sic]†out of some primordial mud.” Rev. Pat Robertson blamed the Haitian earthquake on a claimed “pact with the Devil” that Hatians agreed to in exchange for victory in a revolution against slaveholders.

Perhaps the most famous example of Evangelical Christian blame over a horrific attack came after the 9/11 attacks, when Rev. Jerry Falwell, appearing on Robertson’s television show, blamed every liberal group for the attack, while largely ignoring al Qaeda:

But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad.†I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way — all of them who have tried to secularize America — I point the finger in their face and say “you helped this happen.”

After Falwell managed to blame the worst terror attack in American history on people who had absolutely nothing to do with it, perhaps no statement from right-wing Christian leaders should be surprising. Jackson, Newcombe, and Gohmert are just carrying on a grand Evangelical tradition of showing contempt for liberals and non-Christians, whether it makes any sense or not.

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LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

Richard Zane Smith

yes ,as you know Christians interpret the Bible VERY differently. It is one problem with human beings. Everyone reads and are convinced they are hearing from God. Unfortunately, there is a sense from evangelicalism that Israel MUST be supported unconditionally politically and even any acts of aggression or else they feel they might find themselves fighting "on the wrong side" of God. Political Evangelical Christian Leaders CAN have a very dangerous bias,when they are convinced their political actions are endorsed by Heaven.

Harley Williams
Harley W.4 years ago

The war in Armageddon scenario is only held by a portion of Christian churches in the United States. They tend to be loudmouths so the get heard a lot.
I see many politicians trying to make hay out of this one person’s action for their own use. That religious leaders follow their actions makes me sick.

Richard Zane Smith

Mitchell D,
I'm not worried about "end times"(the whole history of Christianity and even before have declared itself to be the "end times")
Holding to a belief in an inevitable Armageddon,a WAR to dwarf all wars in the middle east
can become a self fulfilling prophecy, especially if world leaders believe its "Gods Will" or its "inevitable."

pam w.
pam w.4 years ago

RATS! I certainly don't fear their god....so.....I must be at fault, all right.

Couldn't be the result of an insane person who needs meds....nope!

GOTTA be these "godless evolutionized libruls."

Mitchell D.
Mitchell D.4 years ago

P.S.: These are the same people who "know" we are in The End Times, another man made delusion. Church people thought that the world would end at year 1000, A.D., the Millerites, of upstate N.Y. "knew" the world would end in 1844, that clown in Tennessee "knew" the world would end on May 21, 2011. Neither will it end on Dec. 21, 2012!
Eden, perhaps with that name you, especially, can't be blamed for buying into the mythology, but there you are.

Mitchell D.
Mitchell D.4 years ago

These people are simply living in a deluded state of reality, basing their lives on spin-offs of ancient mythology, all created by the mind of mankind trying, rather understandably, to make sense of the world.
So, they come up with,, or came across, a scenario, and then worship it!
See "Hamlet's Mill, " by Georgio de Santanilla and Hertha von Dechend, for a fascinating essay on this concept of ancient mythology and its connection to organized religion. Santanilla was the Chairman of the Department of the Philosophy of Science, at M.I.T.

Pat B.
Pat B.4 years ago

What kind of god do you people worship? If it was human it would be in treatment for aggression issues. If it was in Texas it would be on death row. Why do you worship something that randomly kills one group of people to punish another? Your god sounds like a spoiled, five year old brat having temper tantrums when he doesn't get what he wants. Is the idea supposed to be that you worship it because you're terrified of a narcissistic tyrant who kills some poor schmuck because they want to see a movie? That's sick and pathetic.