Has Roger Ailes instructed his staff to cite lack of "faith" as a reason for the horrific, Connecticut school massacre committed by somebody who might have had a serious mental disorder and who had access to some very efficient weaponry? Reason I'm asking is that it isn't just Mike Huckabee and Fr. Morris who are bringing "faith" into the discussion. During a discussion with Mike Huckabee, even Geraldo Rivera, one of the more rational actors in the Fox studio, got in on the "godless" act with a reference to the apocalypse and the extraordinarily ridiculous statement that "...it is impossible for me to miss the point that were this a faith-based young man he could not have possibly perpetrated this evil." History says otherwise; but in pushing Fox propaganda, who cares about that!?
Last night, during his show, Mike Huckabee spoke with Geraldo Rivera who was in Connecticut. As News Hounds Ellen reported, Huckabee tried to walk back his now infamous comments, made to Neil Cavuto, about godlessness in American life - comments that, according to Huckabee, have resulted in "vile and vicious" attacks, by the "predictable left" against him. What Huckabee didn't mention is that not all of the reaction was from the left. Peter Wehner, of the conservative Jewish magazine, Commentary, accused Huckabee of using "a heartbreaking and inexplicable mass killing to push his conservative social agenda." Wehner finds Huckabee's comments both "flippant and offensive."
After Huckabee's screed, during which he lied about how the HHS is forcing employers to provide "tax payer funded abortion pills" (The mandate does not include actual abortion pills; but rather coverage for emergency contraception which is seen as an abortion drug only by evangelicals and the Catholic Church and not the medical community), Huckabee spoke with Geraldo Rivera who was in Connecticut. And that's where it got a strange.
Rivera started by giving Huckabee "a big, electronic embrace. He continued with "this atrocity was a godless act and that this perpetrator was in every way the devil incarnate here on earth." It got stranger. Hopefully, Rivera was speaking metaphorically when he added that the shooter was "an agent of the apocalypse."
But he saved the best for last: "I'm not a preacher. I have an unusual, as you know, theological background, my Jewish mother, my Catholic father, but "it is impossible for me to miss the point that were this a faith-based young man he could not have possibly perpetrated this evil."
Really? The Texas Tower killer, Charles Whitman was a Catholic altar boy and Eagle Scout. The Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was raised as a Catholic. Abortion clinic bomber Eric Rudolph acted out of religious conviction. Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik identified as a Christian. And then, of course, we have the Crusades, Inquisition, and numerous wars fought by those who were immersed in "faith."
We don't know what prompted Adam Lanza to commit his horrific deed. We do know that this kind of school, workplace, and neighborhood violence is happening all too frequently. The devil isn't a player here. But mental health issues (in the Middle Ages considered the devil's work) and availability of high powered weaponry are. But rather than face the real questions, Fox News is focusing on godlessness of society and lack of faith. We don't know much about Lanza. For all we know, he might have had a faith based background. But here's the question, do Huckabee and Geraldo believe that a Muslim faith-based person wouldn't perpetrate evil? Just saying...
Yet it has just come out that the killer’s mother was an apocalyptic nut who taught her mentally ill son to shoot. Will these clowns take back their words if it comes out they were religious?
Yup. All that person needs is a weapon that can spew out several bullets a second for several minutes.
While I agree on the importance of improving mental health care as part of better health care coverage in general, there’s no denying that an unbalanced person will do far less damage using a knife or a baseball bat (to mention two of the weapons that pro-gun idiots often refer to).
Kids learn that level of arithmetic in Grade 1.
Now, granted these weren’t cases of “mass murder” but if a person’s capable of killing one person, he’s more than capable of killing multiple people in a single incident.
And what about that creep in Guiana ,the one that made all those people drink poisioned Koolaid,that also was a kind caring Christian.There is so much evil and death associated with the churches and the ChristianFaith and chillingly enough in the name of God and Jesus, very very chilling.
I can’t believe it’ll soon be 20 years.