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Gohmert Blames ‘Attacks on Judeo-Christian Beliefs’ for Colorado Massacre

By Leah Nelson on July 20, 2012 - 4:44 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Christian Right

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said last night’s shooting in a Colorado movie theater is linked to “attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs,” the Huffington Post reports.

Speaking this morning with radio host Ernest Istook, a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation and former Colorado congressman, Gohmert said, “You know what really gets me, a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this.”

At least 59 people were injured and 12 killed when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater packed with fans attending the premiere of the new Batman movie last night in Aurora, Colo.

Police have identified the suspect as James Holmes, a 24-year-old from San Diego who last month withdrew from a PhD program in neurosciences at the University of Colorado. He was arrested near the scene of the crime, and is thought by police to have acted alone.

A motive has not yet been identified – but that hasn’t stopped Gohmert and others from speculating about what caused the rampage.

“Some of us happen to believe that when our founders talked about guarding our virtue and freedom, that that was important,” Gohmert told Istook. “Whether it’s John Adams saying our Constitution was made only for moral and religious people … Ben Franklin, only a virtuous people are capable of freedom, as nations become corrupt and vicious they have more need of masters … We have been at war with the very pillars, the very foundation of this country.”

Seeming to suggest that secularism had caused God to turn away from America, Gohmert continued, “People say … where was God in all of this? … We’ve threatened high school graduation participations, if they use God’s name, they’re going to be jailed … I mean that kind of stuff. Where was God? What have we done with God? We don’t want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present.”

He also blamed the tragedy on the fact no one in the theater shot back. “It does make me wonder, with all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carrying a gun that could have stopped this guy more quickly?”

Gohmert, who yesterday suggested that Muslim Brotherhood agents have infiltrated the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has a history of making inflammatory statements.

In June, he described the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which is designed to protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination, as part of an alleged “war on religion” by the Obama administration. During a 2006 conference run by the hardline antigay group Vision America, he boasted about refusing to sign an American Bar Association code of conduct when he was a Texas judge because it banned “prejudice on the basis of sexual orientation.”

And in August 2010, he memorably took to the floor of Congress to warn of a supposed plot to bring pregnant Muslim women to the United States to have babies who could return here in 20 to 30 years as terrorists with American citizenship and passports. Challenged later by the news media, he could produce no evidence of any plot.

Gohmert isn’t the only rightwing personality who has exploited the Colorado theater tragedy to make a political point.

Bryan Fischer, spokesman for the anti-gay hate group American Family Association (AFA), in a column blamed the Colorado massacre – as well as adultery, divorce, cohabitation, domestic abuse, child abuse, murder, school violence and falling SAT scores – on a 1962 Supreme Court decision prohibiting school prayer and a 1980 Supreme Court decision barring the display of the Ten Commandment in public school classrooms.

“So these black-robed miscreants said we cannot permit potential mass murderers like James Holmes to read or meditate on God’s prohibition ‘Thou shall not murder’ as a part of their education, because someone like him just might be inclined to ‘venerate and obey’ it and not go on a midnight shooting rampage leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake,” Fischer wrote. “No, we can’t be having that, now, can we?”

Meanwhile, bloggers at The New Civil Rights Movement report, Margie Phelps of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church (of “God Hates Fags” fame), said the massacre was God’s punishment for a gay pride parade that took place in Denver over a month ago. “DIRECT result of filthy fag pride parade in Colo,” she tweeted this morning.

  • Reynardine

    Evidently, Holmes (not Sherlock) sent a sheaf of his writings to a psychiatrist at his place of learning, and I assume the Quilted Accommodations experts are studying the material now. I will wager whatever the rationale they find, it won’t validate Rep. Gohmert’s “diagnosis”.

  • Reynardine

    Sam, that clears things up considerably. A Silver Tankie lapel pin for you!

  • Erika

    no sword and no desire to have a sword – not really my style.

    however, i do have a butterfly tatoo :)

    in case of hammerhead attacks, i have a ferocious terrier and a softball bat :)

  • Sam Molloy

    Concerned, I also think semiautomatic rifles of any kind are not good for home defense. I don’t want an “assault rifle” at all. I think the NRA would be more mainstream and more effective if they would compromise on things like oversized clips, and ridicule the antigovernment military wannabes more. I do not shoot prairie dogs or bunny rabbits. I am a member because they fight for my right to defend myself against the thugs and maniacs that the SPLC also fights, after the victim is killed or hurt badly. We are fundamentally on the same side here.

  • CoralSea

    Joseph — having children — they are the ultimate weapon! Kudos on that. Tomahawks are great — I used to date a man who was accomplished at throwing them and won competitions at various Revolutionary War re-enactment events he used frequent. I also have knives to go with my swords.

    Reynardine — Yes — I am a regular at the local Ren Faire and am planning to go again next weekend (season pass, you know). I have been known to sport barbarian attire there.

    I also have to say that I was rather said that, back in 2000, none of the Y2K stuff (demise of civilization, malfunctioning burglar alarms) happened, because I had been planning, back then, to don my barbarian-wear and pillage several local jewelry stores. Didn’t get a chance, though. (Sigh). I suppose it was just as well….

    Does Erika have a sword? I would think she would have one (or be daydreaming about having one).

  • Joseph

    CoralSea, I love it.

    I have swords, guns, tomahawks, knives, a pair of Riddick Ulaks, and plastic things that don’t go off in metal detectors; and two, count them two, children. Oh man there goes the neighborhood.

  • Reynardine

    Coral, you one of those Recreation people (Renaissance, etc)

  • CoralSea

    Reynardine –

    I have several other swords including a larger, longer-bladed broad sword (a replica). It is a bit too heavy and long to swing easily inside a modern house (as opposed to a great hall somewhere), and I don’t like to bang up the walls, so I prefer my Viking sword, which has a nice heft to it and is enough shorter as far as the blade goes so that it works better for me (I’m 5’4″).

    I also have a nice bronze war axe with a raven head sculpted opposite the nice, crescent-shaped chopping head. This is also a fearsome weapon, although probably not as visually terrifying as the Viking sword in the hands of the nude, fat, tattooed, red-haired woman.

    So if a hammerhead ever actually physically invades, I’ll be ready!

  • Reynardine

    Coral Sea, used to use six-pound broadsword blunts some twenty-five years back (member of Royal Chessmen) but never owned a broadsword. Have a Solingen bayonet/sword and a very old one with a slim, double-curved blade, a small hiltguard, and real parry cuts. Would love to know what it is (not so heavy as yatagan, but suspect Near Eastern, Anatolian, or Caucasian origin). Also, like any Floridian, machetes.

    No tattoos and no woad. And now, to brace for another week of Hammerhead competition.

  • CoralSea

    Reynardine — the tattoos aren’t in Woad — but they are all Celtic knotwork and zoomorphic designs (except for a butterfly on my leg). My sword is a reproduction Viking sword with a nice, Damascus steel blade, so I guess I present a bit of a mixed metaphor — not that home invaders would know, though, so it’s all good!

  • Reynardine

    Ruslan, that guy is just trying for another Hammerhead award. What a glory hog.

  • Concerned Citizen

    I do have some thoughts on the subject. !, It’s time to make it clear to ALL the gun nuts out there, that multiple firing weapons are not acceptable for defense against intruders and others who wishes to harm us. I From watching the news. I come to believe this guy (holmes) may have some right wight connection, and lastly the NRA haven’t done a good job in defending the 2nd Admendment. instead they have an anything goes and a free for all attitudes for guns.

  • Reynardine

    For reasons I don’t understand, it appears to be Monday. Well, when morning is broken, caffeine is the glue. Let’s see who goes off the rails thiis week.

  • Stefanie

    I’m so ashamed to be from Texas right now, luckily not all Texans think that way especially myself. I mean what does religion have to do with a tragedy such as this? Nothing at all! I hope my state votes this nut-job out of office

  • JCF

    [Spare us the paranoia, Evan. Muslims are good, bad and ugly....just like the rest of us.]

    Funny, I could have sworn the “attack” was hot lead on innocent movie-goers. I’ve got a bad Congressman (Lungren). But what a disgrace to have Gohmert (or Bachmann)!

  • Reynardine

    Evan, quit being so greedy for Hammerhead awards. They’ll clutter up shelves that ought to be devoted to books, so you can learn something. That’s my pear of wisdom for you. The next one is likely to be a coconut at hurricane speed (yep, I’ve seen ‘em).

  • Reynardine

    Coral Sea, I now have an image of you that evokes Boudiicca. Those tattoos aren’t blue woad?…

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Well, he’s not totally crazy.

    Almost all the major muslim advocacy groups in N. America are MB fronts”

    Evidence?

  • Sam Molloy

    CoralSea, I think his AR 15 was not fully auto, as in machine gun, but was one trigger pull, one shot, or Semi-Auto. His huge clip actually did not feed correctly, causing the gun to jam. A .223 is a .223, and the basic gun is the same as rifles sold for hunting and protection from wild boars and the like. I am an NRA member but agree that the big clips are unnecessarily dangerous. They also make the gun’s weight distribution different, causing it to kick differently as it becomes lighter, so I don’t even see their value for the target shooting hobby. The NRA’s stance is that no gun law is obeyed by criminals. I’d say your sword makes a pretty good home defense weapon also.

  • Erika

    While its becoming more and more obvious that this was a random attack by a random nutcase since normal people do not think that they are fictional characters – which means that attributing any motive at all to the shootings is basically impossible – I’m still trying to figure out what part of the Bible this nut of a Congressman thinks is about Batman.

  • CoralSea

    I do think that it was a shame that Congressman Gohmert wasn’t at the screening in Aurora — had he been their, someone may have been able to use him as a human shield. As a Christian, I would think he would have been more than willing to oblige — so long as the people he was shielding were Christians of the right stripe.

    Also, this horrible incident certainly does demonstrate why the assault weapon ban, which was allowed to lapse, was a good idea. If he’d had a smaller magazine and had to manually fire the shots, more people may have made it safely out of the theatre.

    More guns for everyone — yes, definitely the answer, except that, living near Chicago, we get to see up close and personal that many of the people who end up getting hit are simply “collateral damage” a block away, so I don’t really think that MORE gunplay is going to make things better. Although it may be true that “guns don’t kill people; people kill people,” and “you can kill someone with a baseball bat,” assault weapons are ridiculously over the top, and as for the “baseball bat mislead,” yes — you can certainly kill someone with one — but if you swing and miss, you aren’t going to kill a toddler playing on the front steps of his or her house two blocks away.

    Full disclosure: I personally own a sword that I have available in the unlikely event that I ever face home invaders. Lest you think that isn’t fearsome enough — and that the miscreants can simply shoot me — I think that probably won’t happen. I sleep sans pajamas, I have tattoos, and I’m not thin. I am of the belief that the shock value of seeing some middle aged, tubby, tattooed, nude woman with red hair rushing at them screaming with sword upraised will be off-putting, to say the least!

    Other full disclosure — I have no problem with owning guns for hunting or even for home defense (although a handgun is rather inadequate for that — shotgun is better). I don’t even have a problem with concealed carry for some people who have a good reason to do so — and are adequately trained. I do have a problem with assault weapons and idiots who buy handguns without thinking through completely how they are going to avoid getting shot with their own gun by their spouse or an intruder (common outcome) and without having one of the stupid neighbor kids gain access to it, think it’s a toy, and shoot himself/herself or someone else (we grew up around guns and understood they were not to be played with or pointed at ANYBODY).

  • M. Bright

    It’s a shame that America’s press, in direct proportion to the seriousness of the issue, literally runs to the most opportunistic and imbecilic politicians, pundits, loudmouth nobodies or just plain out and out creeps and reports whatever utterance they come up with as if it was the word of God and the more reprehensible the utterance the better.

    This guy’s blather cheapens the occasion and tends to ruin any possibility of the country engaging in a serious debate over issues, be it untreated schizophrenics with guns, health care, whatever.

    In a just society, these “journalists” would be whacked over the head with a rolled up newspaper, just like a dog that makes a mess on the carpet, because that’s exactly what they’re doing to the American psyche 24/7.

  • The Real Sporer

    While not a theory to which I subscribe you are surely aware that the concept that God. or gods punish the wicked nations and peoples of the world is a mainstream belief of at least four of the world’s major religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism)? Gohmert and Fishcher were doing no more than expressing the religous beliefs of about half the world’s population.

    As for Westboro Babtist Church, c’mon, could you find a more unattractive strawman? Those nutbags speak for no one but themselves (about 80 in number) and then not well for themselves. Don’t you consider them the cost of the First Amendment, like the New Black Panther Party?

  • DrMJG

    I have nothing to really say other than such comments as Gohmert’s are as un-Christian as it gets.

  • Supersonic250

    ….Yeah, the guy was calling himself the “Joker.” As the SPLC’s resident comic book geek, I have to say… The Joker in the comic kills EVERYONE, regardless of creed, religion, gender, or whatever. If this guy was following the character’s lead, he’s an equal opportunity killer, and this Gohmert moron is cashing in on a senseless tragedy and needs to be punched in the mouth…. repeatedly.

  • Reynardine

    How predictable!

  • Linnea

    Every time I look at Louie Gohmert, all I can think is, “100,000 sperm and you were the fastest?!”

  • Dan Zabetakis

    Just goes to demonstrate Hitchen’s principle: “Religion poisons everything”.

    Regardless of your reaction to the Colordao shootings, be it shock, horror, resignation, or a desire to act; all that is irrelevant to a religionist. No, the correct response is hatred of gays, of the government, other religions, secularists, atheists, etc.

    Is there no good thing that religion can’t ruin? No bad thing that religion can’t make worse?

  • Evan

    Gohmert, who yesterday suggested that Muslim Brotherhood agents have infiltrated the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,

    Well, he’s not totally crazy.

    Almost all the major muslim advocacy groups in N. America are MB fronts

  • Erika

    I thought that according to Rush Limbaugh and Fox News that the new Batman movie was a liberal plot to defeat Mitt Romney.

    Why now this guy is saying that the Batman movie is Christian – or maybe the movie theatre shwoing the insidious anti Romney and obviously Hollywood elitist propaganda was Christian – since obviously it seems to be an attack on the movie and movie theatre. Unless it was just a random attack by a random nutcase.

  • http://Twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Typical and predictable. So much noise, so little intelligence.