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Crush the Godless Liberals: All of America's Problems are Due to Godlessness and Godless Liberals / Image © Austin Cline, Licensed to About; Original Poster: National ArchivesThe number of Christians using the Newtown massacre (which happened only two days ago) to promote their fierce, dour religionism, is growing by leaps and bounds. I’ve chronicled a few examples of this already, but there are more. And I expect they will continue to come in. Here’s a selection:

  • Charisma News (cached):

    Rather than waiting until the aftermath of a Columbine, Virginia Tech or Newtown school shooting to pray, can we please put prayer back into schools on Monday morning?

  • Theologian John Piper (cached):

    Which means that the murders of Newtown are a warning to me — and you. Not a warning to see our schools as defenseless, but to see our souls as depraved. To see our need for a Savior. To humble ourselves in repentance for the God-diminishing bitterness of our hearts. To turn to Christ in desperate need, and to treasure his forgiveness, his transforming, and his friendship.

  • Theologian R. Albert Mohler (cached):

    The sinfulness of sin is never more clearly revealed than when we look into the heart of a crime like this and see the hatred toward God that precedes the murderous hatred he poured out on his little victims.

    The twentieth century forced us to see the ovens of the Nazi death camps, the killing fields of Cambodia, the inhumanity of the Soviet gulags, and the failure of the world to stop such atrocities before they happened. We cannot talk of our times without reference to Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin, Pol Pot and Charles Manson, Idi Amin and Ted Bundy.

  • CBN’s David Brody (cached):

    Guess what folks? Huckabee and Fischer are not alone. There are millions of evangelicals who believe the same thing. This is not heartless. It’s based on the biblical principle of reaping and sowing. Not that these little children sowed anything but are our schools left unprotected because of the past actions of our nation when it comes to removing God from our public schools?

I particularly love how Mohler found it necessary to throw in references to Hitler, Stalin, Manson and Pol Pot. What a lovely, compassionate touch!

Photo credit: Austin Cline, Licensed to About.

Hat tip: Friendly Atheist (re: Piper & Mohler); Religion Dispatches (Re: Brody).

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Christine O'Donnell (CNN)As if the freak-show which is the Christine O’Donnell Senate candidacy couldn’t get any freakier … she comes out with a new stream of idiotic blather. The latest example of her mindless religious inanity was reported by CNN’s Political Ticker blog (WebCite cached article):

In a recent interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Christine O’Donnell listed both God and Gloria Steinem as sources of inspiration and influence when times get tough on the campaign trail. …

She continued that her success in politics can be directly tied to prayer: “The day that we saw a spike in the polls was a day that some people had a prayer meeting for me that morning for this campaign so I believe that prayer plays a direct role in this campaign and I always ask please pray for the campaign; please pray for our staff; please pray specifically that the eyes of the voters be opened.”

That’s right. O’Donnell thinks that, when asked in the form of prayerful requests, God cranks up her poll numbers.

Oh, and in an effort to compare herself with Jesus — whom Christians believe died for everyone — the hyperreligious-lunatic-for-Senate claimed that running for office was like “dying”:

O’Donnell then delved into faith stating, “God is the reason that I’m running. If I didn’t believe that there were a cause greater than myself worth fighting for, if I didn’t believe that it takes a complete dying of self to make things right in this election cycle I would not be running and when you die to yourself you rely on a power greater than yourself so prayer is what’s gotten us all through.”

I hardly know what to say about this walking train-wreck any more. Really.

Photo credit: CNN.

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In the face of criticism of his insulting comments about the earthquake in Haiti, Marion “Pat” Robertson has chosen not to back down. Instead, he’s digging in and defending those ignorant, idiotic comments. His own CBN Web site has this page defending him, (WebCite cached article):

On today’s The 700 Club, during a segment about the devastation, suffering and humanitarian effort that is needed in Haiti, Dr. Robertson also spoke about Haiti’s history. His comments were based on the widely-discussed 1791 slave rebellion led by Boukman Dutty at Bois Caiman, where the slaves allegedly made a famous pact with the devil in exchange for victory over the French. This history, combined with the horrible state of the country, has led countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed. (Emphasis mine.)

I’m not sure who Patty counts as a “scholar” or “religious figure,” but I can say that no serious credentialed historian believes the “curse” story that Patty based his spew on. If anyone knows differently, please post it as a comment here, and I will write a blog entry on the matter.

What would be much better for all concerned … including Patty and CBN … would be for him simply to grow up, “man up,” admit his own ignorance, and apologize for having blathered on about something he knew nothing about.

But you know he won’t, because he’s a Christian and “a man of God”; he cannot possibly have been wrong, and is only being criticized because of the “painful truth” of what he said (as I blogged earlier).

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