There is no end to the insanity that America’s brand of religious extremists will go these days. They have no shame and jump on any opportunity to present themselves as persecuted even when an event had nothing to do with them. The event I am talking about was the horrendous tragedy that took place in Aurora, Colorado when a psychopath entered a movie theatre where the new Batman film “The Dark Night Rises” was being shown.
Within days of this massacre, where innocent lives were gunned down, “Christian leaders and politicians” stepped up to the mic and began spewing their own brand of crazy. From former Republican presidential candidate, Baptist minister turned FOX entertainer, Mike Huckabee who said this:
“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.” ~ Huckabee
According to them this tragedy and others like it happen because Huckabee’s version of Christianity has been blocked from proselytizing to students, or inserting their Holy War agenda into our powerful military. When making this statement, did Huckabee know that this kid was raised Christian in the Penasquitos Lutheran Church in San Diego, California which preaches Huckabee’s version of faith? Apparently not since Huckabee claims that a lack of faith and exposure to Christianity is the root of the violence problem, not the availability of weapons and ammunition. That a severely disturbed psychopath who plotted to enter a public building armed with intent to kill is really the result of America being a secular nation rather than a theocracy. The truth is always inconvenient when you are trying to spin reality.
Elliot Friar wrote about Huckabee’s brand of faith. Here is an excerpt…
“The argument that god has been forced out of schools isn’t factual either. There are many different religions that are practiced throughout our country, and children can practice them freely. But, no particular higher being is taught in our public schools to respect our citizens’ rights for freedom of religion.
You speak of god as in we all have one god. This may be news to you, but your god may not be the same as someone else’s god. Like I’ve already said, Americans have the freedom to practice any religion of their choice.
And, what makes your god the answer to aggression, hatred and violence in our country, or any god for that matter? The tragic shooting at the midnight showing of “The Dark Night Rises” didn’t occur because James Holmes was affected by an ordered absence of god in his life. The true catalyst of the mass shooting was the availability of guns.” ~ policymic.com
Crazy is as Crazy Does
Huckabee may be riding in a different rail car, but he shares the same crazy train as the whacked out Westboro Baptists who are also claiming the tragedy as a victory for God…”thank[ing] God” for the shooter. I don’t have the stomach to paste the whole video – but here is the link. If you can endure it, listen to the first minute and you will hear all you need to hear.
It is disgusting how these opportunists so naturally leech onto tragedy and stake the claim that their God is good. And if anyone criticizes them it is simply that everyone is out to get them; that they are persecuted Christians and that we are all under the spell and power of Satan.
Here is recent email sent to us at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation blaming us for the Aurora, Colorado shooting, further evidence that there is no bottom to their “well” of crazy…
Subject: Warning To Stop, Mr. Weinstein
Date: July 22, 2012 11:47:01 PM MDT
To: Information Weinstein <email@example.com>
Mr. Mikey Weintein, I am an American and a college graduate. I have a wife and children. I just finished reading your book. I am very active in my church, We are all believers in the truth that Jesus Christ as the sole Lord and Savior of fallen mankind. (John 14:6) The men in my church have been closely observing the fiendish activity of your Military Religioius Freedom Foundatiuon for some time now. We have seen the negative messages sent to you and your family and the MRFF.
This e-mail will contain no misspellings or grammatical errors or profanity as you often receive in your so-called hate mail. As you can see I am an educated man with a profession requiring intelligence. This communciation will, however, beg you to disband immediately your black foundation as it is both unGodly, unChristian and unAmerican.
I know that you do not believe that satan is real. But he is and you and your wife and children and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and all of those who support it are either willing or ignorant slaves to the Dark One. We do not yet know which but we will find out soon. It doen’t really matter as you are all responsible for the evil you spread by trying to drive Christianity out of the armed services.
All of you, especially you, Mr. Weinstein, as the charismatic and clever ring leader must stop your wickedness immediately and suit up to fight off your Master who is satan. (Ephesians 6:11) You have opened wide the door to the devil by denying America’s Chrisitan priorities of State. Your blasphemous “success” has grown steadily more dangerous as you rush so hard to work to deny Christ his rightful presence and prominence in our nation’s military. You have opened the door wide, wide, wide Mr. Weinstein for your ecstatic master, satan.
Last Friday he [Satan] bought a ticket to see the Batman movie in Colorado. Courtesy of you and your fellow travelers of pro-abortion, no guns allowed, judges get to decide everything and muslims are as good as Christians. And gays are “born that way”. And the U.S. is a “secular” nation where Christianity is just another “religion option” for our troops and the lost peoples of the many countries they are fighting in. How ignorant you are. Can you not see that if you take away Jesus there is a void which will happily be filled, and is filled, by satan? The blood of that movie theater is on all of your hands. Cease and desist, Mr Weinstein. Let Christ replace satan in your still beating heart. (Matthew 7:8)
This self-righteous “patriotic Christian” is a Dominionist who has drunk the Kool-Ade of Christian Nationalism and supremacy. I guarantee you that Mike Huckabee has an audience full of them. There are millions like him in America – the “right kind of Christian”. Don’t believe me? Just ask them. They are delighted to tell you that they are the “chosen” and the rest of us are expendable – just like the callous disregard for the lives lost in this latest tragedy.
Before ending this post, consider all of this when reading the buzz from multiple sources that Mike Huckabee is on the “short list” of possiblities for the Vice Presidential spot on a Romney for President ticket. Think about the people that are giddy over that possiblity like conservative political operatives close to Huckabee, Hogan Gidley, and criminals of the Religious Right days like Ralph Reed…
“The growing buzz about Huckabee within segments of Romney World delights social-conservative leaders and Huckabee allies, who have long hoped that Romney would reach out to the GOP’s evangelical voters with the veep selection. “If he’s not on the short list, somebody ought to put him there,” says Hogan Gidley, a former adviser to Huckabee. “He’d bring excitement to a ticket that’s lacking that, to some degree, right now. Beyond that, he’d bring a huge grassroots organization, and, to put it simply, the South.”
Veteran conservative activist Ralph Reed agrees. “Huckabee would be an outstanding and inspired choice,” he says. “He has tremendous support among evangelicals and conservatives, and he knows how to frame issues in a way that makes it clear he has core convictions and he does it in a winsome way.” ~ Outside the Beltway by Doug Mataconis
Setting the gun control debate aside for a whole different post, I am certain that God had nothing to do with this massacre. And the fact that this kid grew up as a member of a Lutheran church in the San Diego area does not make me jump to the conclusion that he was brainwashed to view Batman as evil. I would be punching my own ticket on the same crazy train. ~ About the Author, Leah L. Burton.
Activist, Researcher, Writer against extremism of any kind. An advocate of Separation of Church & State and everyone’s right to have freedom of faith or non-faith.