Fundamentalist Christian Uses Colorado Shootings for Political Gain
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This post, written by Steven Reynolds, originally appeared on The All Spin Zone
Tony Perkins takes off on secular media again, this time blaming the secular media for the tragic shootings in Colorado. Nevermind that the shooter was protected all his life from the secular media by being homeschooled in a "very, very religious" household. No, Tony doesn't like the facts much here, he's more after political gain.
First, let me direct you to Daniel DeRito's excellent piece on Matthew Murray, the shooter in the Colorado tragedies last week. Daniel's piece does not explain or excuse the tragedy, and it does not exploit the tragedy either. It is merely an illumination of the mind of Matthew Murray through his own writings. As such, the piece is intriguing and leads us towards, though certainly not all the way there, understanding the mind of this very troubled young man.
Tony Perkins does not have the kind of integrity as does Daniel DeRito. Tony has taken this horrible tragedy of shooting deaths in Colorado churches and run with it for political advantage, blaming secular culture. Yeah, it's the liberals according to Perkins who caused this young man to go over the edge and start shooting. As The Carpetbagger notes, it is disgusting to see this knee-jerk reaction on the part of Tony Perkins, to immediately exploit a tragedy for political gain. It is also not surprising, as The Carpetbagger also mentions:
I'm not sure what's more twisted -- Perkins seeking to exploit a tragedy to advance his religio-political agenda, or his bizarre belief that the "secular media" is responsible for fomenting hostility towards evangelicals.
In both instances, Perkins, a prominent religious right leader, has the story backwards. Murray, who was obviously suffering from severe mental illnesses, wasn't immersed in the "secular media," he was home-schooled in "a deeply religious Christian household."
Also, it's frustrating to see how predictable far-right activists have become. It seems whenever there's a tragedy involving a young person with a gun, right-wing voices step up to blame the American culture.