Earlier today Taylor wrote about Charlotte Allen’s blaming women for Sandy Hook, an example of what Taylor calls an “anti-feminist throw back.” That provides the perfect background for the Queer Talk post I’d planned.
When it comes to blaming-natural-and-human-made-catastrophes-on-every-one-who-doesn’t-define-Christianity-exactly-the-way-I-do, the “religious right” has several favorite targets, each defined, of course, by the assumption that their definitions are exactly what God has in mind.
A few examples of such blaming, beginning with Jeremy Hooper at Good As You: (emphasis added throughout post)
The vehemently anti-LGBT Joseph Farah joins Bryan Fischer, Mike Huckabee, and James Dobson (for now) in telling America that it didn’t pray hard enough to stop Sandy Hook:
‘Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decisions that removed prayer from the public schools of America. Just look what has happened since. It’s not that God is exacting punishment on America as a result. He is giving America over to the desires of its wicked heart. …
It’s not that America’s highest court chose neutrality with respect to religion, as Justice Potter Stewart, the lone dissent on one of those key cases wrote. It’s that the court chose ‘the establishment of a religion of secularism.’ …
No amount of gun control can save us from ourselves. In fact, it can only quicken the judgment that is already upon us.
Bad secularists, bad people who “removed prayers from public schools,” and, apparently, gun control in itself, “quicken” the “judgment.”
Um, not to be all literal or anything, but wouldn’t a theoretical elimination of all guns (or bullets) absolutely prevent the same from happening? I mean, I know it’s not going to happen and all, because (a) our national cache is stocked with hundreds of years of firearms; and (b) fried chicken sandwiches, hetero-only marriages, and bullets are sacrosanct here in the U.S.
As Cooper says, total elimination of guns isn’t going to happen. But people like Farah provide a “godly” affirmation of the argument that any gun control means “They’re gonna take our guns away!”
John Aravosis writes Sandy Hook caused by gays, says #1 GOP religious right leader James Dobson:
Dobson, … talking about the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre:
‘Our country really does seem in complete disarray. …
I mean millions of people have decided that God doesn’t exist, or he’s irrelevant to me and we have killed fifty-four million babies and the institution of marriage is right on the verge of a complete redefinition. Believe me, that is going to have consequences too.
The “consequences,” of course, are things like mass murders. And hurricanes, floods, tornados. The judgment Dobson and others are so certain is the explanation for horrific things happening come by way of natural and human-contrived events. As Aravosis continues:
So when James Dobson talks about how gay couples getting married, among other things, caused God to let children be shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary, and when former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee appears to suggest that the dead children’s parents and school are in some way responsible for a gun-nut mass-murdering their children because the school didn’t start the day with prayer, or because they taught the first graders about evolution, all I can have is pity on some men who are either too old, too hateful, or too stupid to realize what a complete ass they’ve become.
At Think Progress, Zack Ford shared his thoughts about the statements by Dobson and others.
It’s not surprising that these conservatives are championing their own self-fulfilling prophesies. They are clinging to values that are becoming increasingly obsolete, so in order to convince themselves that those points of view still have relevance, they attach meaning to every disaster that occurs, be it a shooting or a hurricane. As Hemant Mehta has pointed out, religious venues are no safer from such tragedies, so the exception Huckabee, Fischer, Dobson, and others anoint for themselves is a mere fabrication of superiority.
Thinking of what following the advice of Farah, Fischer, Huckabee, Dobson, etc., I envision public schools with all adults armed, locked and loaded, as they lead their students in morning prayer. I’m sure that’s just what Jesus has in mind.
(Bigotry Wrapped in Prayer via WipeOutHomophobiaFB)