Pat Robertson: Sikh Temple Massacre Happened Because ‘Atheists Hate God’

Almost as certainly as you can expect Westboro Baptist Church to protest the funerals of the Sikhs who died in yesterday’s shootings, you can expect the Christian Right to say something ridiculously stupid. (More than the usual, anyway.)

Cue Pat Robertson, who wonders why someone committed this tragic crime:

“What is it?… Is it satanic? Is it some spiritual thing, people who are atheists, they hate God, they hate the expression of God? And they are angry with the world, angry with themselves, angry with society and they take it out on innocent people who are worshiping God.”

“And whether it’s a Sikh temple or a Baptist church or a Catholic church or a Muslim mosque, whatever it is, I just abhor this kind of violence, and it’s the the kind of thing that we should do something about,” he added. “But what do you do? Well, you talk about the love of God and hope it has some impact.”

Actually, murderer Wade Michael Page was a “neo-Nazi who led a racist white-power band.” Not to mention one of his tattoos may have been a Christian symbol.

Even if he was Christian, though, it’d be crazy to suggest that he represents anyone but himself. But Robertson has no time for nuance like that. He’s happy to blame atheists as a whole.

Oh. And atheists don’t hate god anymore than Pat Robertson hates logic. Just because you don’t believe in something doesn’t mean you hate it.

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