July 21, 2012

Idiot of the Week: Louis Gohmert (R-TX)

Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in.
- Michael Corleone, The Godfather, Part III.

Louis GohmertI haven't written any posts in the long-running idiot of the week series in awhile, and I really hadn't planned on doing so again. Even though I've always intended these posts as tongue-in-cheek ways of highlighting examples of idiocy, there's always been something distasteful about it. There are plenty of atheist blogs where you can find an author happy to condemn everyone who disagrees with them with self-righteous indignation. You don't need another one. And yet, here I am, feeling compelled to write this one.

Soon after the tragic mass murder in a Colorado movie theater, Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) blamed the incident on the rise of secularism in the U.S. Even as he acknowledged that the alleged gunman's motives were not yet clear, Rep. Gohmert characterized the crime as "'a terrorist act' that could have been avoided if the country placed a higher value on [his] God." It appears that there is nothing Christian extremists will not try to blame on atheists and/or secularism.
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.
The American Humanist Association issued an excellent response to Rep. Gohmert.

I'm not sure what else I can say about Rep. Gohmert. His comments were utterly despicable, and I join the American Humanist Association in denouncing them.

In related news, it now appears that mainstream Christian Pastor Rick Warren has decided to enter the fray, suggesting that the teaching of evolution is to blame for the Colorado murders.

H/T to Friendly Atheist

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