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GOP Rep: Aurora Shooting an Attack on ‘Judeo-Christian Beliefs’

GOP Rep: Aurora Shooting an Attack on ‘Judeo-Christian Beliefs’

 

The smoke from the horrific attack on a Colorado movie theater has barely cleared, and the motives of the shooter are far from clear. But Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, knows why 12 people were killed early Friday morning.

During an interview on the “Istook Live!” radio show, Gohmert said, “You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of a derelict takes place.”

“Some of us happen to believe that when our founders talked about guarding our virtue and freedom, that that was important,” Gohmert said, according to a report in the Huffington Post. “Whether itís John Adams saying our Constitution was made only for moral and religious people [...] Ben Franklin, only a virtuous people are capable of freedom, as nations become corrupt and vicious they have more need of masters. We have been at war with the very pillars, the very foundation of this country.”

Show host and former Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., clarified that the shooter’s motivation is unknown. Gohmert agreed, but said that the shootings could have been avoided if the country had turned to God.

“People say [...] ‘where was God in all of this?” Gohmert asked.†”We’ve threatened high school graduation participations, if they use God’s name, they’re going to be jailed [...] I mean that kind of stuff. Where was God? What have we done with God? We don’t want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present.”

Gohmert also wondered aloud why nobody in the audience shot back at the assailant.

“Was there nobody that was carrying a gun that could have stopped this guy more quickly?” he asked.

Like most states in the Mountain West, Colorado has very liberal gun laws, including legal concealed and open carry of handguns.

Gohmert is no stranger to controversy. The extremely conservative Republican is a darling of the Tea Party. He’s warned of terrorists sneaking into the U.S. to have babies who could grow up to attack the United States, and compared an escrow fund set up to pay people affected by the BP Gulf oil spill to policies undertaken by the Nazis. Just this week, Gohmert joined Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., in calling for an investigation into Muslim infiltration of the State Department.

Still, these remarks will likely be ill-received; in the wake of a tragedy, few people want to see finger-pointing. Especially by someone claiming that God would allow 12 people to die out of pique.

 

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10:47AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

How?

5:04PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Thank you.

5:03PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Thank you.

7:11PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

A green star to you Sandi for that wonderful presentation that challenges all of us to abandon fantasy and embrace rational critical thinking and feeling. Yes feeling too. Many would pose that the creator cannot be reached by intellect alone. Your post has demonstrated that it is not just rational though that dispels the myths.

Thank you for a thoughtful and thought provoking post.

6:44PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

cont..

Why is it that I still seem deaf to the pleadings of amputees who would like their fingers, arms or legs back, to those who have physically lost eyes or ears, to the horribly burned and to all others who ail from patently visible and currently incurable maladies? Why is it that, at the very same time, I am very receptive to the prayers of those whose condition is uncertain, internal and vulnerable to miraculous claims?

Take five minutes to make two lists; one of those ailments I will miraculously cure and the other of those I will not. You will quickly find it coincides perfectly with those conditions medical science (or the human body itself) can defeat and those we cannot. Why do you think that is? It is almost as my miracles are created out of medical ambiguity isn’t it?

No, my human friends. I am afraid I do not exist. I do not read your minds (or “hear your prayers” as you like to call it) and you are not going to achieve immortality (or “eternal life” as you like to call it) no matter how many commandments from Iron Age Palestine you choose to “keep”. Move on and enjoy the few years you have. You were all dead for the last 13,700,000,000 years and it wasn’t that least bit uncomfortable now, was it?

God

6:43PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

cont...

Of course, none of these incidents really are "miracles.” When the totality of facts are taken into account, "miracles" turn out to be nothing more than believers who are desperate for some sign of my existence ignoring the downside of a set of facts, focusing solely on the upside and calling the quarantined "good" a miracle from me or one of the other sky-fairies. A CEO might as well ignore the liability side of his balance sheet and declare it a “miracle” that his company just doubled in value.

Another annoying habit my “miracles” seem to have is that they always seem to tag along, just behind medical science, like an annoying kid brother who won’t go away. Until the mid nineties, those with AIDS who prayed for a miracle were never granted one. Medical science finds a way to permanently suppress the disease, and all of a sudden I start to perform miracles with AIDS patients. No polio patient ever received a miracle until the Salk vaccine and I routinely ignored cancer patients until chemotherapy and radiation treatments were developed. Suddenly, prayers to me from cancer patients are regularly “answered.”

Why is it that I still seem deaf to the pleadings of amputees who would like their fingers, arms or legs back, to those who have physically lost eyes or ears, to the horribly burned and to all others who ail from patently visible and currently incurable maladies? Why is it that, at the very same time, I am very rec

6:42PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

cont...

Why is it always that believers have to construct my miracles out of perfectly explicable natural events?

This happens every time there is a tragedy or near tragedy of any kind, anywhere in the world and in all cultures. Captain "Sully" Sullenberger pilots a distressed plane to land safely on the Hudson River in New York City with no deaths, and it's a miracle from God; a young girl is found in India, totally terrorized, but alive after being abducted and ra.ped for a week, and it’s a miracle from my competi.tor Rama (or Vishnu or Shiva) that she is returned to her parents; or a family in Northern Pakistan survives an errant American missile attack, and it’s a miracle from Allah.

What all these self-serving proclamations of miraculous intervention always ignore is the downside of the incidents. The fact that the passengers and crew of Flight 1549 were terrorized and the plane destroyed, that 11 innocent people are dead in Aurora, that the girl was held for seven days, ra.ped and sod.omized and will be traumatized for the rest of her life, or that a number of innocent civilians were killed by the missile.

Of course, none of these incidents really are "miracles.” When the totality of facts are taken into account, "miracles" turn out to be nothing more than believers who are desperate for some sign of my existence ignoring the downside of a set of facts, focusing solely on the upside and calling the quarantined "good" a miracle from me or on

6:40PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

From the comment section on CNN's website: It is brilliant

Dear Christians:

God here. I thought I would take the time to personally explain my absence in the Aurora shootings. While I was at it, I thought I would also explain my absence during every murder, massacre and crime that has ever taken place in World history, and in every war, in every famine, drought and flood.

You see, I do not exist. I never have. Did it really make sense to you that I would create an entire Universe with billions of billions of planets and wait about 13,700,000,000 years just so I could focus on a few Jews from Palestine about 2,000 years ago while ignoring the rest of the 200,000,000 people on the planet at the time? Did I make those few Jews or did those few Jews make me?

Further, do you really think I would sit back and do nothing while Nazis killed 6 million of my “chosen people,” but find it important enough to intervene and turn water into wine to stop some hosts being embarrassed at a wedding in Cana? Why did I seem to be so active in the Middle East for a brief period about 2,000 years ago, but totally absent everywhere else on the planet and for the rest of recorded history? Did I make the Jews or did the Jews make me?

So, you really think my periodic miracles prove my existence hey? Then why not something inarguable and unambiguous, like a huge crucifix in the sky, or my face on the moon? Why is it always that believers have to construct my miracles out of p

11:32PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

I hope somebody shoots Gohmert, really. Ugh. I don't see how this is an attack on Christians, at all.

4:54PM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

There are times when politicians will do anything to cover-up the truth. One of the largest banking scandals in the world is likely linked to the Aurora murders - right out of a movie! See the latest post on www.deadlyclear.com featuring Eliot Spitzer's Viewpoint and read on to the end..

."Most important to note about James Holmes (Colorado shooter), however, this report says, is that his father, Robert Holmes, was said to have been scheduled to testify within the next few weeks before a US Senate panel on the largest bank fraud scandal in world history that is currently unfolding and threatens to destabilize and destroy the Western banking system. Robert Holmes, whose “blueblood” family links go back to the Mayflower, is known throughout the global banking community as being the creator of one of the most sophisticated computer algorithms ever developed and is credited with developing predictive models for financial services; credit and fraud risk models, first and third party application fraud models and internet/online banking fraud models." www.deadlyclear.com

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