Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Fundamentalist, surprising no one, work their angles

And to the surprise of no one (as Michael Keegan also points out here), the fundamentalist are laying blame for the shootings in CT.  Just as the NRA has pushed out the Pearl River story to suggest the cause was too few guns, Dobson, Huckabee, Westboro Baptist, et. al. are blaming gays, liberals, and all their usual suspects.

Some selected quotes:
"Focus on the Family founder James Dobson said Monday that the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary resulted from America turning its back on God, joining other conservative Christian leaders in assigning blame for Friday's Connecticut shootings. Speaking to listeners of his "Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk" program, Dobson said God "has allowed judgment to fall upon us."
"Mike Huckabee appeared on Fox News to complain about school prayer. "We ask why there is violence in our schools but we have systematically removed God from our schools," he said."
"Members of the Westboro Baptist Church say that America is being punished for its acceptance of gays and lesbians. In recent days, Phelps family members have sent tweets about the Connecticut shooting that have said "God sent the shooter.""
"Sunday, Rev. Sam Morris of Old Paths Baptist in Tennessee suggested that America should be more concerned with 4,000 abortions rather than with "20 children being shot in a day care." He goes on to accuse the public school system of teaching children on "how to be a homo.""
It's easy for many of us to ignore these folks, we may cringe when they say these things.  Some may even laugh them off and ask where these guys are when great things happen?  Is their god hedging his bets and rewarding us for our efforts?  But, I think they deserve some consideration because they, as I tried to point out in the previous post on the NRA, are simply doing basic propaganda.  Scare the hell out of their followers, convince them they alone know why this tragedy happened, tell them they can only get the truth from "their media", blame the "others" ... and their flock increases, their influence increases, their power increases.  They're not interested in a rational conversation or a reasonable, logical look at the issues... they're interested in themselves.  They are self-righteous narcissist and their sole mission is exploiting this tragedy for their own gain.  And for them it's all about timing, when many are asking why or how something this sad, this terrible could happen the fundamentalist have easy answers.

The great challenge is that fundamentalism makes governance and progress for our nation, and our world, harder...

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