I suppose it was inevitable that the recent round of mass killings would spark some statement like this one. But despite it being to predictable, it needs to be pointed out, because it exposes the moral bankruptcy of the Religious Right.

This particular claim comes from Bob Peters of Morality in Media, a Religious Right group primarily devoted to ending pornography:

The underlying problem is that increasingly we live in a ‘post-Christian’ society, where Judeo-Christian faith and values have less and less influence. Among other things, Judaism and Christianity taught that murder was wrong and that included murder motivated by anger, hatred and revenge. Both religions also taught that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves and to forgive others.

Curiously, that philosophy appears not to have been taught by Christianity in the past … with things like the suppression of heresies having occurred all through the Middle Ages, and even sectarian warfare between Christians such as during the Thirty Years War. But I digress:

This secular value system is also reflected in the ‘sexual revolution,’ which is the driving force behind the push for ‘gay marriage;’ and the Iowa Supreme Court decision is another indication that despite all the damage this revolution has caused to children, adults, family life and society (think abortion, divorce, pornography, rape, sexual abuse of children, sexually transmitted diseases, trafficking in women and children, unwed teen mothers and more), it continues to advance relentlessly.

Peters’s complaint, then, is basically your run-of-the-mill whine about the “relentless creep” of secularism breeding amorality all over the place. Nothing new here, except that he tries to link gay marriage to mass violence. Having said this, Peters immediately backs off from his own position, like a sniveling coward:

It most certainly is not my intention to blame the epidemic of mass murders on the gay rights movement! It is my intention to point out that the success of the sexual revolution is inversely proportional to the decline in morality; and it is the decline of morality (and the faith that so often under girds it) that is the underlying cause of our modern day epidemic of mass murders.

See how weaselly the guy is? He wants to say that gay marriage causes mass murders, but doesn’t really want to say it, probably for fear of the backlash … so he makes that claim, then immediately retracts it, hoping no one will notice that he made the claim in the first place!

I hate to break it to you, Bob, but for thousands of years, people have complained that bad things happen because of a “decline in morals,” which really means that there have been things going on that they don’t like.

Again there is nothing new in Peters’s whine. I expect other Religious Right figures to make similar statements. The point is that this is a desperate tactic meant to touch on raw nerves; these people are using sensational events as fodder for their own views.

Nice people, huh?

Late addition: There’s been another shooting, this time on the campus of a community college in Michigan (see the CNN story). I wonder if Bob Peters will try to attribute this one to secularism and pornography, too.

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