Barber, Staver Blame FFRF for Ferguson

Congratulations to Dan Barker, Annie Laurie Gaylor and the rest of the folks at the Freedom From Religion Foundation. It isn’t every day that you get blamed for violence and unrest that you had nothing to do with, but that’s what Matt Barber and Mat Staver are saying.

Barber asserted that “the greatest solution for reconciliation is in the person of Jesus Christ,” declaring that America must experience a revival in which people turn “toward the founder of the universe and he who is responsible, I don’t care what anybody says, for the founding of this great nation.”

Staver, the head of Liberty Counsel, declared that there would have been unrest in Ferguson regardless of what the grand jury decided because of the lack of state-sponsored religion.

“When we start booting God out of the schools and we boot him out of our communities and we have the silly lawsuits by Freedom From Religion Foundation and others who just want to erase God from the public square,” Staver said, “there’s consequences when we operate in an environment that is godless.”

The Christian right still hasn’t figured out the idea of causation.

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  • peterh

    “there’s consequences when we operate in an environment that is godless.”

    Yep, and those consequences are generally far preferable to the consequences of living in a theocracy.

  • matty1

    Do they just have the one press release blaming booting God out of schools and erasing him from the public square and add in the crisis of the day?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701394965 patrickashton

    Barber asserted that “the greatest solution for reconciliation is in the person of Jesus Christ,”

    Because Christians have such a stellar record of getting along with people with differing viewpoints. Just ask the Irish.

  • Doubting Thomas

    They’re right you know. Back in the good old days when white cops killed black folk, the (white) christians didn’t allow all that “violence and unrest”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523300770 stuartsmith

    “If everyone would just agree with us, we wouldn’t have to attack them!”

  • theguy

    #3

    “Because Christians have such a stellar record of getting along with people with differing viewpoints. Just ask the Irish.”

    Or we could ask the Albigensians. Oh, I guess you can’t anymore.

    The post-Reconstruction South was extremely Christian, but that didn’t do anything to stop slavery-by-another-name from being reestablished.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    If only the people protesting in Ferguson had been members of an ethnic group that is markedly more religious than the American population as a whole (Pew Research). Then things might have been different.

  • Rich Woods

    “toward the founder of the universe and he who is responsible, I don’t care what anybody says, for the founding of this great nation.”

    Is that the same person who is responsible for the founding of the Khmer Rouge and the Third Reich? One day this founder of the universe is going to have to take some responsibility for the things he set in motion.

  • dan4

    @2: Well, it wasn’t a literal press release but in his book The Turning Tide, Pat Robertson actually blamed the early 60’s Supreme Court school prayer decisions for the Watergate scandal (so not kidding).

  • Akira MacKenzie

    Riiiiiight…because atheism is such a popular viewpoint in impoverished African-American neighborhoods.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=153100784 Michael Brew

    No, no, no. It’s not that those who are looting/rioting/etc. aren’t Christian, themselves, it’s that the lack of Jesus in schools and in front of courthouses prevents Baby Jesus from using his Care Bear Stare to stop the Windigos from using the One Ring to summon Cthulu.