by Chet Hardin
Been meaning to post this since before the world ended in an alternate Mayan universe. One of our readers, Arval Becker, touched on it in a letter in today's paper:
Dr. James Dobson, with his far-right Christian extremism has finally hit the lowest of the low. This "man of God," as he calls himself, followed former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Bryan Fischer for the American Family Association, laying the blame for the massacre in Newtown, Conn., squarely on the victims by proclaiming that the reason for the senseless killing was because of God being kicked out of schools.
In discussing the Dec. 14 nightmare at Sandy Hook Elementary that claimed 27 lives, Dobson said these words on his radio show Dec. 17 (transcription provided by Right Wing Watch):
Our country really does seem in complete disarray. I'm not talking politically, I'm not talking about the result of the November sixth election; I am saying that something has gone wrong in America and that we have turned our back on God.
I mean millions of people have decided that God doesn't exist, or he's irrelevant to me and we have killed fifty-four million babies and the institution of marriage is right on the verge of a complete redefinition. Believe me, that is going to have consequences too.
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 judgment to fall upon us. I think that's what's going on.
This is an honest question: Can anyone explain to me what the difference is between Dobson's apologetic-but-still-righteous riff and the universally despised ravings of the professional antagonists at Westboro Baptist Church?
Here's how Westboro tied that random and brutal massacre to God's wrath:
Now you’re in a fever for the chase for same sex marriage. Connecticut was one of the first states to come out for same sex marriage. You guys think you can brute force away the standard of God. It’s not gonna happen. You heard it here first. Soon. Soon. Connecticut is gonna look like a tea party. Many more shooters, many more dead are coming.