Attention Lunatic AtheistsThe nation’s two ruling ideologies and the mass media which dutifully obey and propagate them are still trying to get a grip on the Tucson shooting a few days ago. That they would be much better served by getting a grip on themselves — rather than the shooting — seems beside the point right now. Everyone and his brother and his second cousin’s best friend’s college roommate has a theory as to why Jared Lee Loughner shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed and wounded a lot of other people. It goes without saying that most all of the resulting bullshit has had little, if anything, to do with the shooter or the shooting, and everything to do with propping up one’s own ideological stand.

As one would expect, then, it’s finally come down to folks in the Religious Right blaming the shooting on atheism. You see, it was a lack of God in Loughner’s life that forced him to shoot. This comes from a Rightist radio-guest booking service called Special Guests (WebCite cached article):

Author Ted Shoebat, the son of a former Muslim terrorist says that the biggest motive may be what wasn’t in the life of Jared Loughner — God. Shoebat has made the case repeatedly that moral equivalency is an attempt to make gray things that are black and white. “It’s actually very simple,” Shoebat says, “When God is not in your life, evil will seek to fill the void.”

I guess the millions of atheists in the US are all murderers at heart. One wonders, then, why massacres aren’t far more common than they are?

Honestly, I’d never heard of Ted Batshit Shoebat. Special Guests helps out by offering his CV:

Theodore (Ted) Shoebat is the son of Walid Shoebat, a former PLO terrorist. At age 16, Ted released his first book In Satan’s Footsteps, which has been followed up with, For God or For Tyranny, available now. Ted grew up in the U.S., in Northern California, attending the public school system. Because of his conservative and religious upbringing, he often struggled with his teachers and fellow students. He personally witnessed Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the schools and his defense of Israel and the Jewish people made him a victim of ridicule and mockery.

At such a young age, Ted was inspired due to challenges and frustrations he faced from public schools he attended. Not only was he bombarded with criticism for his conservative and religious beliefs, but they also attempted to squelch his expression by labeling him with a psychological condition known as Asberger’s [sic] syndrome.

Note that Asperger’s syndrome is not a fictitious malady cooked up in order to wickedly persecute devout fundamentalist Christians, as Special Guests and Ted Batshit Shoebat would have you believe. It’s very real. It would have been much better to have had treatment for that problem, rather than fall into the delusion of the Christian martyr complex … but hey, there’s no accounting for irrationality among ferocious religionists, is there?

This Shoebat guy may not be an influential part of the Religious Right, but the mantra that atheists are all murders-at-heart is not new or even unusual, and many R.R. groups have leveled this accusation at non-believers, e.g. Answers in Genesis, as I blogged almost two years ago.

Oh, and, it’s nice to see this Shoebat fellow isn’t letting the fact that he doesn’t know Loughner at all, dissuade him from declaring what the killer thinks and believes. Never mind that no one in the universe has the slightest clue what’s on Loughner’s mind, either. It’s by no means certain he is truly an atheist, or something else. (It’s likely that not even Loughner understands his own thinking.)

Hat tip: Religion Dispatches.

Photo credit: Chairman Meow.

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  • Aw hell… I'm an atheist, a 2nd Amendment supporter, a firearms owner, a concealed carry licensee, an x-smoker, an ailurophile, and a proponent of restricted calories/restricted carbohydrate lifestyles. Oh, and did I mention that I'm a biker AND I attended Catholic schools for 11 years of my childhood? Sheesh! Everything bad in the world is my fault.

    MUAHAHAHA! 🙂

  • DC Damned

    And the funniest thing is, the civil war was from the current right-wingers beliefs.