There’s no shortage of idiots looking to cash in on the dreadful Aurora shooting – on both sides of the fence. Those using it to immediately call for stricter gun control are – in my humble opinion – just as bad as those blaming it on liberals, godlessness, public school education and – you might need to sit down for this one – a secret plot hatched by Obama to drive through gun control legislation, which will allow the UN to come and take away your guns.
However, I think a special place should be reserved in hell for those who bring religion into the equation. Especially those who put their own version of religion on it.
Such a person is Rick Warren – another of these fundie “holy men,” getting rich by fleecing the flock of his mega church. Now, I hadn’t heard of this scumbag before, but apparently he gave the invocation at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Like the moron I described in my post below, Warren isn’t above blaming secularism for the shooting. In fact, he goes as far as to blame the teaching of evolution.
When students are taught they are no different from animals, they act like it.
The really sad thing is that Warren isn’t alone in this kind of fucked up thinking. After the Columbine shootings, another Texan (seriously, can’t the US’s Deep South just secede for once and for all and become their own backwards, inbred theocracy?) Republican Congressman Tom DeLay went on to say:
Our school systems teach the children that they are nothing but glorified apes who are evolutionized [sic] out of some primordial soup.
Given that DeLay was later sentenced to three years in prison for illegally plotting to funnel corporate contributions to Texas legislative candidates and one has to question the moral grounding this man presumably “created in the image of God” has.
And that’s my point. I don’t think that anybody is taught that they are “just an animal.” Yes, we are part of the family of mammals, called Homo sapiens. But we are so much more. We are the very pinnacle of what evolution has to offer… although some may say that given our treatment of the planet, that might not be such a good thing. We are the result of billions of years of nature mucking about, fiddling around and tweaking.
We are animated star dust, for fuck’s sake! Awesome!
And that is a beautiful thing, something to be celebrated.
But not for people like DeLay and Warren. They have a strange worldview that life only has meaning, if they believe in some invisible Sky Daddy. The same Sky Daddy who apparently orders hits on innocent cinema goers, because not enough people are worshiping him.
It’s the same mindset that asks stupid questions like “If you don’t believe in God, where do your morals come from?” It’s a mindset that can’t seem to grasp that even without Sky Daddy watching them, people aren’t running around raping, pillaging and burning. It’s scarier, because you get the impression that fear of Sky Daddy is the only thing that’s stopping these people from raping, pillaging and burning.
That they choose to live a life ruled by fear and devoid of the celebration of life… speaks volumes about the state of mind of these people.
That said, and just to prove I’m not biased, I’d also like to highlight the moron over at “Debunking Christianity” who claims that Holmes’ rampages is due to the teachings of Christianity. This idiot is every bit as reprehensible as those I’ve mentioned above.