After the mass shooting that claimed the lives of a dozen victims in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado last week, churches throughout the city offered their support to the community. The motives were compassion and the Christian faith.
But religious right figures were quick to attribute the crime to every social issue that complain about year-round, blaming the suspect's actions on the theory of evolution, secularism, liberal churches, homosexuality and abortion; "brain dead" liberals who have turned away from God; and the lack of God from the public square.
On the heals of a rebuke by Sen. John McCain for Reps. Michele Bachmann (MN), Trent Franks (AZ), Louie Gohmert (TX), Thomas Rooney (FL) and Lynn Westmoreland (GA)'s allegations that Muslim-Americans were infiltrating the federal government on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood, Rep. Gohmert suggested that the shooting was linked to "ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs." After widespread criticism, Gohmert apologized and said that his remarks were taken out of context. Before his apology, Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association noted, "Rep. Louis Gohmert truly tortures logic when he concludes that this violence had something to do with perceived attacks on majority faith in America. At a time when families are mourning in the wake of this tragedy, Gohmert used it as an opportunity to push a religious agenda. In the aftermath of this terrible event, we hope that communities can work together, using reason, to prevent such tragedies in the future. Rep. Gohmert’s overt religious pandering has no place in the wake of tragedy like this."
In our poll this week, we ask what you think of remarks by some of the religious right and their politicians in the aftermath of the Colorado murders. Our poll is not scientific and obviously cannot cover every single opinion — so your comments are welcome.
While our polling software tracks IPs to void double voting, your personal identity will remain completely anonymous. The poll will remain open until the early morning of Sunday, July 29, 2012.
Thanks for your opinion!
What do you think about the religious right saying the CO shootings resulted from liberalism, secularism, homosexuality, the theory of evolution, abortion and/or not enough God in the public square?
- God or the lack thereof has nothing to do with the tragedy. The religious right tosses compassion out the window as it politicizes every tragedy. (89%, 62 Votes)
- Crimes like this could be the result of a departure from our strong Christian foundations, but I don't agree with how the religious right has responded. (7%, 5 Votes)
- The religious leaders are right. We are seeing the price of secularism and godlessness in our society. (4%, 3 Votes)
- No opinion. (0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 70