A Perfect Storm of Evangelical Idiots “Respond” to the Newtown Massacre

All that was needed to make the national tragedy of the killing of 20 children and 6 adults into an anti-God kick in Jesus’ teeth fest was for the usual suspects who hate Jesus to step up to defame His Name again. Of course I’m talking about the “Christian” leaders who can be counted on to drag the name of Christ through the mud at every profitable fundraising importunity. Christian leaders say that the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was the result of our national falling away from fundamentalist Protestant gullibility.

The idiots — religious village idiots that is — are at it again.  I thought Dobson was dead but I guess not. He’s just retired. He’s still alive enough to act like the zombie-for-Jesus’-younger-dumber-brother he is.(I went on his show 3 times back in the day when I too was part of the religious idiots club.)  Bryan Fischer, the  American Family Association hate host talk-show host, and Franklin-sell-my-soul-to-the-Mormos-because -I-hate-Obama-so-much-Graham (of course), the president and CEO of the tax-exempt Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was not to be outdone.

Dobson commented while speaking to listeners of his Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk program: “I mean millions of people have decided that God doesn’t exist… And a lot of these things are happening around us, and somebody is going to get mad at me for saying what I am about to say right now, but I am going to give you my honest opinion: I think we have turned our back on the scripture and on God almighty and I think he has allowed [this Newtown massacre] judgment to fall upon us. I think that’s what’s going on.”

Bryan Fischer of the American family Association said the victims at Sandy Hook had lost God’s protection because prayer has been prohibited from schools. “The question is going to come up, where was God?,” Fischer said. “I thought God cared about the little children. God protects the little children. Where was God when all this went down. Here’s the bottom line, God is not going to go where he is not wanted… Now we have spent since 1962 — we’re 50 years into this now–we have spent 50 years telling God to get lost, telling God we do not want you in our schools, we don’t want to pray to you in our schools, we do not want to pray to your before football games, we don’t want to pray to you at graduations, we don’t want anybody talking about you in a graduation speech… In 1962 we kicked prayer out of the schools. In 1963 we kicked God’s word out of ours schools. In 1980 we kicked the Ten Commandments out of our schools. We’ve kicked God out of our public school system. And I think God would say to us, ‘Hey, I’ll be glad to protect your children, but you’ve got to invite me back into your world first. I’m not going to go where I’m not wanted. I am a gentlemen.”

Franklin Graham wrote a “response” to the Newtown Massacre and did not mention the word gun.

Graham said more or less blamed the mdia and president Obama in a round about way: “’The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.’ He continued: “In fact, the Bible gives clear testimony to just how evil the human race became. ‘The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord ‘was grieved in His heart’ (Gen. 6:5-6).”Where do we go from here? We might start by looking at what we watch and listen to.” Graham — who has called President Obama a Muslim and not Christian at times — then took a cheap shot saying:  “For example, South Korean rapper sensation Psy, who has gained worldwide acclaim by singing that Americans should be killed ‘slowly and painfully,’ including, ‘daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers’ was featured last weekend at ‘Christmas in Washington,’ a charity concert attended by President Obama. Parents and children are feeding on entertainment that portrays violence whether through lewd television programs, violent movies, offensive music, vulgar video games and anything- goes Internet gaming sites.”

Then Old Paths Baptist Church Pastor Sam Morris (of Tennessee) said: “Why do you still send your kids to the governmental schools?” the pastor asked the congregation. “What’s behind this shooting that we saw on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Connecticut and the other one’s like it? What’s going on. Well, number one, deception… I got news for you, when you kicked God out of schools, you’re going to be judged for that.  He added: “They think homeschoolers are a bunch of crazies, man. But I’m going to tell you something, I’ve never seen a police officer or a medal detector at a home school. Never. Amen. Now, there’s plenty of guns at my home school. Amen. I guarantee you we’re not going to have a mass shooting at any of the schools that are represented in this building today. I guarantee you, if there is a shooting, it won’t last very long. Amen. I guarantee you there’s at least six or seven guns in this place right now. Amen.“So, here you are, you’re an animal and you’re a god! So, what are we going to teach you about in school? Well, we can teach you about sex, we can teach you how to rebel to you parents, we can teach you how to be a homo!”

Who hates Jesus? It isn’t the so-called new atheists like Richard Dawkins. It’s the Christian leaders bent on taking Christianity down with them into their private hell of stupidity. With friends like these Jesus needs no enemies. The re-crucifixion of Jesus by his “followers” continues.

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Frank Schaeffer is a writer and author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back .


About Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer is an American author, film director, screenwriter and public speaker. He is the son of the late theologian and author Francis Schaeffer. He became a Hollywood film director and author, writing several internationally acclaimed novels including And God Said, "Billy!" as well as the Calvin Becker Trilogy depicting life in a fundamentalist mission home-- Portofino, Zermatt, and Saving Grandma.

  • Jeff

    I have always liked what an elder friend of mine who happens to be a minister in the Reformed church said on another occasion like this. If these are the days of grace that Jesus was sent to defer God’s wrath then the, so-called, “punishment now” theory(Dobson) is not only in error, it is poor theology. Thanks Frank.

    • Frank Schaeffer

      Thanks Jeff, and the saddest thing is that the rest of the evangelical establishment keeps so silent about their village idiots. Dobson, Franklin Graham et al would have been read out of the movement long ago if the other leaders had any integrity.

  • SD Jackson

    Where to start unpacking this nonsense. I’m guessing the idiot that gave a shout-out to homeschooling doesn’t know the shooter was homeschooled? That’s a pretty cool gig when you can blame public schools students for not being homeschooled while homeschoolers are shooting up public school students.

    Can someone ask these idiots why there are shootings in Christians schools, Christian universities, Baptists churches and other places God is reported to be allowed to hang out?

    • Frank Schaeffer

      Hi SD, this is all part of the same picture: fact free “facts” from the folks who cling to the 6000 year old earth, and women’s “inferiority.” Facts never intrude. Thanks for reading y post. Best, F

    • Karen K

      Yes, their home-schooling argument is so lame. The killer in the Amish school shooting was also home-schooled…not sure about his “religion-of-choice”, but he wasn’t Amish.

  • Lee

    I happened upon this article through zite and I must say I’m conually amazed by the vitriol on the net. It must be great to live in a world where your so blinded by emotion and disdain for people you don’t see he your as equally pathetic as the people you call idiots.

    I live in a town that once claimed to have more evangelical churches than any town in the country, and you know what? Each if these churches are filled with people and pastors of variouse opinions.

    Reading this article is like reading a book about dogs, learning that one dog on page 54 is vicious, and saying all dogs are vicious monsters. I’m getting sick of the Christians and atheists in this world manufacturing issues for people to get upset over.

    Wow Dobson said god turned his back on us because of the moral culture. Well what do you know the sky is blue and the only people upset are on meds.

    • BabyRaptor

      I couldn’t get anything coherent out of that…Did you have an actual complaint, or are you just here to concern troll?

  • http://covenantoflove.net Derek Ouellette

    Schaeffer, I’m no fundamentalist. Far from it! I’m as horrified by the comments of Dobson and Graham as you are.

    But as we struggle to live out this life as Jesus would, I find it hard to believe that Jesus would have written the post above the way you have. I’m sure he might have written something in response to those guys. But not as you have.

    Your rhetoric discredits you main points in my mind. I respect you, and that’s why I’m disappointed.


    • NoVAmom

      Um, so you’re saying that Schaeffer is “discredited” for quoting lengthy and “horrifying” comments from evangelical leaders? But who really are the sources of unthoughtful and reckless rhetoric? Dobson and Fischer blamed those who don’t believe in God. Graham blamed the president and pop culture. A Tennessee pastor incoherently blamed no prayer, no God-talk and no guns in public schools. It’s really well past the time to call out the Pharisees among the evangelicals.

    • Lock Ledger

      Ditto the above Frank. Strong venom every time I read you.

  • Molly Hollis

    Good piece Frank. What happen in Newtown is truly sad. I praise President Obama for quickly taking charge in appointing VP Biden to put together gun control policies within 30 days. As of this morning, the NRA and GOP still had no real comment regarding assult rifles, because it’s so flippin easy to buy one. I highly doubt the poor parents of these dead children take comfort in listening to the crap being spewed by Franklin Graham or Dr. Dobson. They conveniently take advantage of these terrible events to pontificate their crazy, half-witted beliefs. If I were a parent of Sandy Hook, I would slap them good and hard. This is no time for their b.s.

  • http://patheos.com jason greene

    Sometimes your rhetoric bites and bites hard. Sometimes it is a little over the line. But always it is spot on. I am a christian. I was raised pentecostal/evangelical but I left that movement long ago. I am an “evangelical” in the classical sense. I am a member of the UMC. Thankfully we don’t get the radical craziness as a mainstay in our denomination. The evangelical movement was at one time a beautiful thing but has become vile and ugly. Keep up the good work…

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  • j bohn

    Cataclism happens, like the good book says; satan roams about like a roaring lion seeking to devour us…(my wording, hopefully at least close to the text) To say the God has somehow abandoned a room full of children because we as a nation have turned our back on God, is well, presumption at best, more likely a gross misstatement of the nature of God. What about the kids, their parents? they may have been followers of Christ, we don’t know, But to call these men who said this stuff idiots, is so judgemental and crass, these men are afterall human and prone to error, just like the rest of us, but also deep believing and intelligent people seeking to decipher why something like this would happen.

  • NateW

    Frank, I can see where you’re coming from insofar as these comments are disturbing, but I’m just going to be straight, you sound like an even more blindly hateful Rush Limbaugh. Reading the venom in your posts lately actually makes me feel a little sorrow wondering what it must be like for you to be filled with so much anger that it overflows in divisive vitriol like this. Yes, Jesus spoke in harsh words to those who oppressed and deceived the weak, but he did it to their faces with the goal of bringing about repentance, while you’re speaking in a public forum, with what seems to be a goal of stirring up the same anger you feel in the hearts of others. My brother, for the good of your own conscience, speak the truth you see, by by every means available endeavor to do so in love.

    Bob Dylan said at one point after his “protest” period in the early 60′s that he had finally come to see that every time he spoke saying “he, she, they, or it” he was actually speaking of no one but himself. How we speak of, value, and treat others is no more than a mirror image of our own beliefs about How God would speak value, and treat us. The image of God that we carry around in our hearts, that is, how we truly believe He stands in relation towards ourselves, is unavoidably and precisely reflected in how we speak of and treat other people. Whatever I truly believe God demands of me I will unavoidable demand of others.

    What demands has Christ placed on us? What threats has he levied against us? You rage against those who speak of God as if he were violent, angry, and petty, but your words here seem to echo from a part of you that secretly believes him to be exactly that.

    I love you Brother and I am with you in your fight against the dire evil that these men’s words carry, but forgive the men themselves, take compassion on them, believing that they know not what they do, and rest in the peace that you are likewise forgiven.

    May we all be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. “for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

  • M Smith

    Interesting that so many of the comments were more concerned with the author’s tone than with the subject. People can address each other as “brother” till the sun rises in the west; such insipid reactions to a moral outrage are suffocating.