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This week's poll:  What do you think of the religious right's remarks after the CO theater shooting?

This week's poll: What do you think of the religious right's remarks after the CO theater shooting?

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. (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 70

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  • Rob S

    Well, I have an opinion that's not listed. My opinion is that the "religious right" is always wrong when speaking of God. Yep.

    • Deborah_B

      I think the religious right has created more atheists than the so-called "militant atheists," quite frankly. There were plenty of faith groups that offered help and condolence, with no political agenda, and these seem more Christian to me than the religious right.

  • Rob S

    And I'm not an Atheist.

  • Tragedies like the Colorado shootings are always the misguided religious fools opportunity to spread their god nonsense. However, because their opinions are mostly rooted in fear, we can actually have compassion for them.

  • The shooting in Colorado is the result of a humqn being who snapped. Let's make no mis-take…human beings snap, period! With all due compassion for the victims and their survivors, I don't see any god to blame.

  • Shlomoh Sherman

    This has nothing to do with the so-called Religious Right. An overwhelming majority of ordinary Americans believe in stuff like this. When the airplanes hit the Towers in 2001, many nonthinking people attributed it to human anti-God behavior. People just don't want to grow up and take responsibilities for their thoughts or the logical outcome of the thoughts. There's nothing that we can do. Emotionally, people like to remain children. The Religious Right does not create atheists. It creates anger that sometimes comes out as militant atheism. Militant, angry atheism is as bad as Evangelical passion and creates more bad will than anything positive. It's we nontheists who have to act like adults, not tantrumatic kids. So people think that God punishes the innocent by a nasty gunman shooting children. That's the real measure of how this country is in danger.

    • Militant, angy atheist

      "Militant, angry atheism" doesn't fly planes into buildings and bomb family planning clinics. Militant, angy atheism doesn't protest military funerals or launch federal investigations on people just because of their beliefs. Not as bad.

  • Dc

    We can not blame this on God! We can blame it on a Sociaty that has pushed God aside, a country that has pushed the God that blessed the greatest nation on earth aside. We are now reaping the benefits or lack there of, of a Loving God who has removed the blessings and protection from this great nation.

  • Shlomoh Sherman

    and because I am an American who believes that in America you have the right to believe what you want to as long as you don't force others to believe it. And Mr Dc, you are incorrect. America unfortunately is a more religious country today than in our parents's day. 83% of America believes in angels and demons and more than that believe in hell.

    • Shlomoh Sherman

      Bill Maher said, "Americans need conspiracy theories for the same reason they need God. They need reasons for unreasonable events

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