Tragedy in Aurora

Last week during a midnight premier of batman twelve people were shot and killed when a man opened fire with an automatic rifle. I’ll refrain from adding further summary of the shooting itself because I’m sure everyone has watched the news enough to get an idea of what happened.

I’m going to make this very clear to you. It makes me sick when people use events like this to forward their political ideas. People like Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel saying things like

Let me be clear: Am I comparing this incredibly wicked, illegal mass murder at Aurora’s Century Theatre to the incredibly wicked, legal mass murder committed at Planned Parenthoods across the country each day? Absolutely — and you can quote me on it.

But that’s just a crazy Christian fringe group right? Maybe that would be a way out, but you would have to do a lot of fancy wordsmithing to explain away people like well respected (although I can’t figure out why) Pastor Rick Warren who blames the teaching of evolution in schools. I’ll say that again. Rick Warren is pinning the death of these twelve individuals on the teaching of a well known scientific fact in our classrooms. The day of the shooting Warren tweeted this:

When students are taught they are no different than animals they act like it.

How fucking sick do you have to be to hijack a tragedy like this to suit your own agenda??

And who do you think is the worst offender in politicizing this event? A Jewish Rabbi? A Catholic Priest? Worse. An elected official. Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) appeared on a radio show the morning of the shooting, not 12 hours after and made claims that the shooting could have been avoided if the country placed a higher value in god.

Fuck you, congressman. Fuck you.

And where are the atheist groups politicizing this event? Where are the people saying that this happened because we don’t have enough church-state separation, or because we have to say “under god” in our pledge? They’re silent. They’re showing respect. They’re keeping the victims’ families in their thoughts and they’re not shitting on the memories of their loved ones by trying to make these deaths serve their purpose. They’re showing basic human decency.

What happened in Aurora was truly terrible and my heart goes out to the families of the victims.


~ by Arsirion on July 26, 2012.

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