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little angel / tzunghaor, via Open Clip Art LibraryThe massacre in Aurora CO late last week continues to draw religious impulses out of people. Their responses range from asking themselves where God was while a young man was slaughtering people[1], to spewing pious rage over irreligion causing the massacre, to putting up memorial crosses as a display of public piety[2], to seeing an angel over the theater in which the shooting took place. KMGH-TV in Denver offers this story accompanying a photo which — some say shows precisely that (WebCite cached article):

A 7NEWS viewer snapped a photo that shows what she said is an angel in the clouds above the vigil site for the theater rampage victims.

Tellingly, the article concludes by inviting commenters to report whether or not they see this angel. At the risk of pointing out the obvious: If you have to ask people if they can see this “angel” … then — sorry to say — it’s probably not there!

Here’s the picture in question, I invite you to be your own judge:

'Angel' in clouds above Century 16 theater, Aurora CO / Crystal Fuller, via KMGH-TV

‘Angel’ in clouds above Century 16 theater, Aurora CO / Crystal Fuller, via KMGH-TV

I certainly don’t see anything like an angel in this picture. Yes, there are some clouds in a “spray” arrangement above the theater, but honestly, it looks more like a dreaded “funnel cloud” formation, than an “angel.”

And even if this truly were an angel, looking down on the prayer vigil … one wonders why there’d have been a supernatural intervention at that moment, rather than during the shooting itself. That angel could have showed up and used his/her/its awesome angelic power to prevent shooter James Holmes from blowing away a whole bunch of people. Showing up only after the fact seems just a little bit “too little, too late,” don’t you think?

Look, I get that people love to see things like this at times when their emotions are frayed. Really, I do understand it. But I’m not sure it’s really worth anyone’s time to try to see this supposed “angel.”

Photo credit, top: tzunghaor, via Open Clip Art Library.

Photo credit, middle: Crystal Fuller, via KMGH-TV.

[1] No one would have to ask or answer such an absurd question, if not for the widespread yet irrational notion that God is both omnipotent and benevolent. In a universe which God supposedly created and which nevertheless has evil in it, this combination of traits in a deity is a logical impossibility.

[2] Unfortunately for Christians with such impulses, their own Jesus explicitly and clearly forbid his followers ever to express their piety in public. They really need to start obeying the founder of their own religion, and stop pulling this kind of crap all the time.

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Police are seen outside a Century 16 movie theater where as many as 12 people were killed and dozens more injured in a shooting during a midnight showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises,' in Aurora, Colo., July 20, 2012. Author: Edecio Martinez. Credit: AP Photo/Ed Andrieski. Via CBS News.By now you’ve heard about the shooting last night/early this morning in Aurora CO. I knew some sanctimoniously-enraged Religious Rightist would find a way to blame it on irreligion, but I honestly didn’t think it would take only a few hours. But as CBS News reports, Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert did precisely that (WebCite cached article):

In a radio interview Friday morning, Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas associated the Colorado mass shooting that’s left at least 12 people dead to “attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs.”…

Host Ernest Istook asked Gohmert, “What is your experience with the way that we have too many twisted minds in our society?”…

The congressman continued, “And what really gets me as a Christian is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs and then some senseless crazy act of a derelict takes place.”

There you have it. According to Gohmert, this shooting happened because “Judeo-Christian beliefs” have somehow been “attacked.” At the moment, no one really knows what drove the accused killer to do it … but Louie-boy is unaware of that. He — and he alone — in all the universe has managed to determine accused killer James Holmes’s motive! Oh, and he added this militant little quip:

Gohmert also wondered during the interview, “With all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carrying a gun that could have stopped this guy more quickly?”

Apparently Louie-boy thinks many more bullets flying in many more directions in the crowded setting of a theater complex packed to the gills with Dark Knight Rises premiere moviegoers, would have been a good idea. I honestly don’t know how that works … but apparently Gohmert does.

What a fucking moron this guy is. Louie-boy’s militant religiosity has robbed him of his brains. Not that it’s entirely surprising … the Religious Right long ago lost its collective mind, and has been wallowing in insanity and idiocy for years.

Update: Yesterday’s incident near the Empire State Building in New York City should serve as a warning to Gohmert and the many other Wild West-loving gun-freaks who think a shootout would have been a good idea: All nine of the people wounded there, were hit by police firing back at the gunman (cached). During the Aurora shooting, Holmes had body armor on, which means the number of bystanders endangered would have been that much higher. What a fucking moron Gohmert is.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, via CBS News.

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