Texas politician blames Colorado shooting on godlessness

MEET Louis Buller Gohmert Jr, 49. He’s a Republican wingnut and Baptist Sunday school teacher who claimed that yesterday’s horrific shooting at a Colorado cinema that claimed 12 lives was the result of the forces of godlessness undermining Christianity in the good ol’ USA.

Texas Republican Louis Buller Gohmert, Jr

During a radio interview on The Heritage Foundation’s Istook Live! show, Gohmert was asked why he believes such senseless acts of violence take place.

Gohmert, according to this report, responded by talking about the weakening of Christian values in the country.

You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place.

He added:

Some of us happen to believe that when our founders talked about guarding our virtue and freedom, that that was important. Whether it’s John Adams saying our Constitution was made only for moral and religious people … Ben Franklin, only a virtuous people are capable of freedom, as nations become corrupt and vicious they have more need of masters … We have been at war with the very pillars, the very foundation of this country.

Ernest Istook, the host of the show and a former Oklahoma congressman, jumped in to clarify that nobody knows the motivation of the alleged Aurora gunman, 24-year-old James Holmes, a former neuroscience PhD student at University of Colorado-Denver. Gohmert said that may be true, but suggested the shootings were still “a terrorist act” that could have been avoided if the country placed a higher value on God.

Colorado gunman James Holmes

People say … where was God in all of this? We’ve threatened high school graduation participations, if they use God’s name, they’re going to be jailed … I mean that kind of stuff. Where was God? What have we done with God? We don’t want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present.

Gohmert also said the tragedy could have been lessened if someone else in the movie theater had been carrying a gun and took down the lone shooter.

Hat tip: Ivan & Bill Murray

34 responses to “Texas politician blames Colorado shooting on godlessness”

  1. Buffy says:

    Funny how they’re so silent when some Christian goes and bombs a women’s clinic or a gay night club because s/he’s following God’s Will. Whenever some idiot kills their children and claims they did it because God said so, Christians are quick to declare the person insane, and even to push the No True Scotsman fallacy. But of course whenever a tragedy like this occurs they’re right out there milking it. Fricking parasites.

    Fun fact: Holmes went to Westview High School in California. That’s where Bradley Johnson teaches math, and has loads of God twaddle plastered on his classroom walls.

  2. Angela_K says:

    Gohmert is wrong, surely it is the fault of us gays!

    “Where was God?” Gohmert’s imaginary friend decides not to intervene and save lives again, just like all the natural disasters that claim the lives of thousands; euphemistically called “acts of god”. Bit of a cruel bastard this non-existent god of his.

  3. Ivan says:

    And let us not forget the inevitable supposed role of “Big Gay” (yes, that’s “Big Gay”) in this tragedy:

  4. Ivan says:

    I also love the idea that if several hundred people in a darkened cinema with eyes blinded by tear gas were able to fire off a few rounds then lives would have been saved.

  5. barriejohn says:

    Louie Buller Gohmert: Our gullible theorem

  6. David Anderson says:

    Excuse me Mr Gohmert but are not the majority of “terrorist acts” performed in the name of some gobshite god?

  7. missus_gumby says:

    Two current, and relevant, words:

    George Zimmerman

  8. barriejohn says:

    Let’s give everyone guns and then we’ll all be a lot safer. Infallible logic! One is immediately reminded of the late Charlton Heston:

    The phrase gained newfound popularity on May 20, 2000, when veteran actor and then-NRA president Charlton Heston capped a speech at the 129th NRA convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, by concluding:
    “For the next six months, [Democratic presidential candidate and then-Vice President of the United States Al Gore] is going to smear you as the enemy. He will slander you as gun-toting, knuckle-dragging, bloodthirsty maniacs who stand in the way of a safer America. Will you remain silent? I will not remain silent. If we are going to stop this, then it is vital to every law-abiding gun owner in America to register to vote and show up at the polls on Election Day.”
    Near the end of his remarks, Heston paused to pick up a replica of Sharps buffalo rifle and continued:
    “So, as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, Mr. Gore: ‘From my cold, dead hands!’”
    He repeated the phrase at the end of each NRA convention over which he presided as president of the NRA. When he announced his retirement, he concluded by repeating “From my cold, dead hands.”'ll_give_you_my_gun_when_you_take_it_from_my_cold,_dead_hands

    It just HAD to be Charlotte NC, again, didn’t it?

  9. Matt Westwood says:

    @barriejohn: Charlton Heston, yeah. Figgers.

    As someone else said a few weeks back somewhere: why do people listen to what actors say? Their whole career relies on living imaginary lives in a made-up world, so how come people hang on every word they say as though it makes sense?

  10. Harry says:

    It goes without saying that the gunman went to a school where Christian messages were everywhere.

    Not that it has any real bearing on the case, but the people claiming Christian messages in schools would have prevented the shooting clearly didn’t do any research whatsoever.

  11. barriejohn says:

    Matt: I spent ages searching the vaults of Barriejohn Towers looking for the April 2008 issues of Private Eye, as I was absolutely convinced that E J Thribb’s In Memoriam for Charlton Heston referred to the above-mentioned phrase. Sad to say, my memory is playing tricks on me again, but in connection with what you said you might find this amusing!

    So. Farewell
    Then Charlton Heston,
    Famous film star.

    Yes, you played many
    Great roles
    In your career.

    Moses, El Cid –
    And of course
    Ben Hur.

    But perhaps your greatest
    Role of all was

    Now you will be
    Able to see
    Whether you got it

    El Thribb (17½)

  12. Buffy says:

    Two current, and relevant, words:

    George Zimmerman

    Yes indeed. He shot an unarmed teenager because it was “God’s Plan”.

  13. barriejohn says:

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this report. Maybe I’ll just cry with laughter!

  14. Cris says:

    This politician should not be an office making such statements. I’m embarrassed on his behalf.. Where is the correlation between the religion of the shooter and his actions?

    And for the record; the founding father’s he mentioned did NOT favor or like Christianity.

  15. barriejohn says:

    There are reports that Holmes was an active Christian, so where’s the logic in what Screwy Louie is saying?

  16. Trevor Blake says:

    Mr. Gohmert is claiming his god is so weak that without teacher-led magic spells (prayer) his god cannot perform tricks. What a puny, worthless god. And what a mean, vindictive god to remove protection from innocents without sufficient magic spells cast by strangers.

    “People say we need religion when what they really mean is we need police.” – H L Mencken.

  17. Broga says:

    The suggestion that the creator and ruler of a billion galaxies is concerned that these christian buffoons, temporarily clinging to our tiny piece of rock, don’t flattery him sufficiently indicates their limited thinking. I see that Mr Higgs of Higg’s bosun fame hopes they will now stop referring to “the god particle.” The phrase really came from “that goddamned particle” because they couldn’t find it and it was a joke. The christio-nutters seized on it, of course, and deceitfully used it.

  18. Broga says:

    That should be Professor Higgs. Sorry. I hope Professor Higgs gets the Nobel Prize.

  19. Stonyground says:

    Shouldn’t the Higgs be called ‘the no need for God particle’ instead?

    As for the idiot in the OP, this kind of incident is fairly common in Godly America and really rare in Heathen Europe.

  20. Broga says:

    @Stonyground. The more godly they are the more violent they seem. I don’t suppose there could be a connection with being so easily able to buy guns in the USA and people getting shot. Didn’t James Holmes buy a massive amount of ammunition via the internet.

    I wonder what got inside his head. He seems to have been a very clever man with lots of potential then he loses it. Any politician from Texas should be careful about what causes killing. That State has an infamous record of judicial executions where the evidence is often so weak that they could be called judicial murders. The executed are overwhelmingly non white, poor and ill educated. And the Texas gentle Jesus brigade seem indifferent about the killings.

  21. AgentCormac says:

    Where was god in all this? Nowhere, as usual. Because the there isn’t a god. It really is that simple.

    Bad people do bad things. Bad people get confused by scary stories that somehow seem to vindicate their actions. God is an evil bastard. I’m going to act on his behalf. Religion encourages people with mental health problems to do incredibly stupid things.

    How anybody can think that belief in a sadistic, homophobic, genocidal, misogynistic nightmare of a sky fairy would make the world a better place really does need to get their deluded head examined.

  22. AgentCormac says:

    Where was god in all this? Erm… nowhere, as usual. Because there isn’t a god. It really is that simple. Otherwise he may have considered it worth his while to actually intervene and stop the massacre happening. (Funny how he consistently chooses not to do that, isn’t it?)

    Bad people do bad things. Bad people get confused andy encouraged by scary stories that somehow seem to vindicate their actions. ‘God is an evil bastard. I’m going to act on his behalf.’ Religion encourages people with mental health problems to do incredibly stupid things.

    How anybody can think that belief in a sadistic, homophobic, genocidal, misogynistic nightmare of a sky fairy would make the world a better place really does need to get their deluded head examined.

  23. Matt Westwood says:

    @AgentCormac: Some people, unfortunately, are so subhuman in intelligence, wisdom and morality that the only way you can get them to behave in a civilised way is to convince them that they will suffer if they do the wrong thing. Whether this suffering is to be at the hands of an evil sadistic psychopath after they’ve died, or just at the hands of a whole police-force and criminal system full of evil sadistic psychopaths before they’ve died is the moot point.

  24. AgentCormac says:

    Apologies. Not exactly sure how I manage to submit an (almost) identical post twice!

    Pass the bottle of red, please !

  25. the Woggler says:

    Which party is most opposed to gun control in America? Oh, yes, it’s the fucking god-loving Republicans.

  26. Robster says:

    “Where was God? What have we done with God? We don’t want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present.”Oh hang on, isn’t the god fantasy all powerful and omnipresent? If that’s the case, then the god must be everywhere and aware that his faithful servant was off to the movies with a gun and that his plans were not good. Once again a great example of just how much of a failure the god fantasy is. Jees, couldn’t he have given the gunman a flat tyre or something, or sold out Batman so he would have been forced to go to another movie full of nice happy people? god=Fail.

  27. Matt Westwood says:

    @Robster: Actually, if god was really around, he’d have sent a whole procession of amateur evangelists around to Holmes’s pad while he was wiring it up for destruction, and (through the mysterious ways God works in) the alarm bells would have gone off way before that fateful evening.

  28. Alistair says:

    I wonder what was to blame when Christians were burning witches and heretics, or the Catholic Adolf Hitler was burning Jews in the gas chambers, or the Croation Catholic Pavelic was slitting open the stomachs of pregnant non-Christian women before throwing them over cliff-edges? Certainly not atheism, or secularism, or gay people!

  29. Stuart H. says:

    “People say … where was God in all of this?”
    The god these dimwits dreamed up would be running the gun shop.

  30. Clive Bond says:

    Your Texas politician sounds like a Loonie Tunes guy and hardly warrants the publicity he sought and got. I do question how a deranged student could acquire automatic firearms and tear gas and explosives?? Now that is crazy!

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  32. Marky Mark says:

    So why did gaud choose to inflict so much pain on these innocent families? Because I no longer attend church…
    …if so, than that is a gaud I want nothing to do with.