Republican U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas, infamous for his warning of immigrant “terror babies” says today’s tragic massacre in Aurora, Colorado is the result of “the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs.” Rep. Gohmert, one of the GOP’s more colorful representatives, was speaking on the Heritage Foundation‘s “Istook Live!” show. The Heritage Foundation is an ultra-right wing conservative think tank.
“Gohmert was asked why he believes such senseless acts of violence take place. Gohmert responded by talking about the weakening of Christian values in the country,” the Huffington Post reports:
“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 a derelict takes place,” Gohmert said.
“Some of us happen to believe that when our founders talked about guarding our virtue and freedom, that that was important,” he said. “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.”
“People say … where was God in all of this?” Gohmert said. “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.”
“It does make me wonder, with all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carrying a gun that could have stopped this guy more quickly?” he asked.
Gohmert did rightly state that terrorism isn’t always Islamic fundamentalism terrorism.
Last month, Congressman Gohmert falsely claimed ENDA is part of President Obama’s ongoing war on religion, and falsely claimed ENDA would force Christian schools to hire gays. In April, Rep. Gohmert was the keynote speaker at a Patriots Day Tea Party rally in Boston that featured speakers from two certified anti-gay hate groups.
And last year, Congressman Gohmert falsely claimed Obama’s jobs bill “something nice he’s throwing out for gay folks,” and claims it “takes a shot at traditional, conventional marriage.”
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