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Evangelical radio host blames Colorado shooting on ‘the liberals’ way’

By David Edwards
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 9:41 EDT
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The director of issues analysis of a conservative fundamentalist Christian organization on Monday blamed the massacre that left at least 12 dead in Aurora, Colorado on “the liberals’ way” of teaching evolution in schools instead of prayer and the Ten Commandments.

On his daily radio show, the American Family Associations’s Bryan Fischer pondered whether Pastor Rick Warren was talking about suspected Aurora shooter James Holmes or homosexuals when he tweeted, “When students are taught they are no different from animals, they act like it.”

“If this tweet was connected to the shooting, to this James Holmes, to the one that killed the 12 and wounded the 58 in this theater, it would be appropriate,” Fischer noted. “Because what does evolution teach? What does evolution teach? Evolution teaches that nature is a struggle, it is a battle, that only the fittest survive, that the way you get to increasingly complex forms of life is the strongest species survives.”

“So, this James Holmes, he’s one of the stronger ones,” he added. “He sees himself as evolutionarily advanced just like he was taught in school about Darwin, that this is how natural selection works.”

Fischer continued by suggesting that the shooting was directly connected to liberals who “spent 60 years telling God to get lost.”

“We kicked Him out of our public schools in 1962,” the radio host explained. “You can’t have prayer in public schools. We kicked the Bible out of public schools in 1963. … Then we got rid of the Ten Commandments in 1980.”

“Don’t forget the 6th or 7th Commandment — I lose track of the numbers in there — ‘Thou shalt not murder,’” Fischer said. “What if [James Holmes] had been exposed to that every day in the educational system? What if the Ten Commandments were reinforced: ‘Thou shalt not murder’? What if that had been his daily dose moral instruction and spiritual instruction?”

“Who knows if things could have been different. But we’ve tried it the other way. The point of my column, we’ve tried it the liberals’ way for 60 years now. What do we got? We have massacres in Aurora.”

Watch this video from AFA’s Focal Point via Right Wing Watch, broadcast July 23, 2012.

 
David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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