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AFA: Liberal churches, gays, media responsible for Colorado shooting

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch
Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fred Jackson, the American Family Association’s news director, while discussing the Colorado movie theater shooting on Friday said that liberal Christian churches and liberal media helped contribute to violent incidents by supposedly de-emphasizing the fear of God and the Bible.

During AFA Today, Jackson had on as his guest Jerry Newcombe of Truth in Action Ministries to discuss his column on the AFA’s OneNewsNow, blaming the shooting on a waning fear of God and Hell, and blamed the American Civil Liberties Union for destroying the public school system by supposedly forbidding students from reading the Bible.

“You wonder why all these terrible things are happening to us when there is no fear of God,” Newcombe said.

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Jackson maintained that unlike in the communities of forty years ago, liberals in the media and churches, along with movies and the internet, have “have come together to give us these kinds of incidents.”

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Jackson: In the community there were community standards that reflected biblical principles, whether people knew it or not, the standard in the community was based on Scripture. In that short period of time, roughly forty years, we have seen such a transformation in values in our communities, whether it’s rural or whether it’s big city. I have to think that all of this, whether it’s the Hollywood movies, whether it’s what we see on the internets [sic], whether it’s liberal bias in the media, whether it’s our politicians changing public policy, I think all of those somehow have fit together—and I have to say also churches who are leaving the authority of Scripture and losing their fear of God—all of those things have seem to have come together to give us these kinds of incidents.

Newcombe: I think that’s so true. It’s as if we said to God, publicly or in the public arena, ‘get out, You’re not welcome here anymore’ and it’s as if God removed His protection from our land.

Later in the program, Jackson and co-host Teddy James of AFA Journal said the shooting is a sign of God’s judgment for the failings of the public education system and liberal, mainline Protestant churches that affirm gays and lesbians.

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Jackson: I think the sources of this is [sic] multifaceted but you can put it all I think under the heading of rebellion to God, a rejection of the God of the Bible. I think along with an education system that has produced our lawyers, our politicians, more teachers, more professors, all of that sort of thing, is our churches, mainline churches. We’ve been dealing Teddy and I know the AFA Journal has been dealing with denominations that no longer believe in the God of the Bible, they no longer believe that Jesus is the only way of salvation, they teach that God is OK with homosexuality, this is just increasing more and more. It is mankind shaking its fist at the authority of God.

James: And God will not be silent when he’s mocked, and we need to remember that.

Jackson: We are seeing his judgment. You know, some people talk about ‘God’s judgment must be just around the corner,’ we are seeing it.

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100 more reader comments:

  1. what a blind dumb ass!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:46pm
  2. Please. Give me a break!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:47pm
  3. are you kidding?

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:47pm
  4. huh?

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:47pm
  5. Another sick individual.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:47pm
  6. No, some batshit insane guy with guns was responsible. WTF is wrong with these people?!?

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:48pm
  7. or maybe it is people like him, Fred Jackson, that cause people to go mentally unstable…maybe not to the extend of that tragic shooting. It is organizations like the AFA that pollute people’s lives with this BS. =(

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:48pm
  8. Bull-S–T

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:48pm
  9. Another dumbass moron.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:49pm
  10. When are the fundamentalists going to get tired of using the ignorant fallacy of an “amoral” society being the reason for violence and destruction?

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:49pm
  11. really!!! come on…the word idiot comes to mind…

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:49pm
  12. OMG they are getting crazier and crazier!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:49pm
  13. this guy is CRAZY….gays are NOT to blame for that nutt case shooting all those people…..he needs to crawl back into his cave and stay there.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:49pm
  14. Sure didn’t take long for the hate mongers to start their shit…

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:49pm
  15. SEE??!! Jackson, you are a jackoff! Now, do society a favor will ya? Drop dead, Fred.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:50pm
  16. I am amazed everyday by stupid people.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:50pm
  17. Are these people for REAL?

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:51pm
  18. I want to Punch this Moron Out. He is SO Stupid!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:51pm
  19. someone tell this man to suck it

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:51pm
  20. Dumb fucking idiot, keep believing that. Let everyone see how fucking crazy you are.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:51pm
  21. this an needs to drop dead

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:51pm
  22. you forgot mister, the nazis who’re inhabiting the moon, when Hitler and some of his elite guards escaped after the fall of Berlin, with a Haribu UFO… hmmm… Lunar Nazis i think their name… whatever you’re gonna hear from bigots… :/

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:51pm
  23. Love religous shit that are so clueless that they are ANTI-CHRIST. Jesus taught that Salvation is getting away from their closed minded biggotry and the rules and regulations that religion teaches. Jesus FREED/SAVED PEOPLE from the Old Testament Law…the first thing we hear about Jesus in the Bible he was arguing with the religous leadership. One of his best friends was a prostitute, he saved a woman caught in adultry…this idiot blabbing his mouth would not accept that prostitute in his church nor the woman caught in adultry…they are idiots that are twisted morons that don’t even know what they believe. I am so glad to be SAVED from their STUPIDITY and the STUPIDITY I grew up in!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:51pm
  24. Is this guy like…uh…for REAL???

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:51pm
  25. freax

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:52pm
  26. Outragous!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:52pm
  27. I have to make an admission….I am really, truly extremely predjudiced. Sorry, but it’s the truth and I refuse to apologize for it. Now, the color, race, religious belief, etc don’t bother me, but it’s those damn moronic idotic STUPID people I’m predjudiced against!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:53pm
  28. No, it was people like Wayne LaPierre, the NRA, and the Tea Party that are responsible, as are we all!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:53pm
  29. this made me laugh some groups and people are just very odd at things

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:53pm
  30. Should have been thrown out of the gene pool long ago

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:54pm
  31. Why do we need to FEAR a Christian god? Why do I, as an educator, need to teach the Bible…? Save your religion for church and home and your inner community. There is nothing wrong with religion… however, it should not be mandated that I must practice/teach your religion outside of a literary tool.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:54pm
  32. People like this vote. Do you?

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:54pm
  33. I blaime the conservatives who wont give up assault rifles

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:54pm
  34. did you notice…. the NRA was not responsible

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:54pm
  35. Actually it’s from wearing cloths of two different cloths.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:55pm
  36. Gays??? Seriously???? Oki doki then

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:55pm
  37. Do you know how many families’ lives have just been shredded ’cause of feeble-minded, knuckle-dragging, dumb-fucks like you?? Oh yeah, you are just one HELL of a steward of decency, you cancerous scumglob.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:56pm
  38. This guy is no better than the asshole who opened fire in the theater.. just as dangerous

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:57pm
  39. This is outrages. I can’t believe that some people are so closed minded. To blame anyone but the person who pulled the trigger is insane.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:58pm
  40. this guy is a whack job

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:58pm
  41. this shit happens because you breaders don;t make time to train you offspring right from wrong don’t blame us for your laziness

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:59pm
  42. what a shock, let him speak so others will know he is mad

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:59pm
  43. Unfortunately, when the Christian Right in their disingenuous attempt to “find an answer” offer illogic and outright lies, society actually becomes more endangered and at risk. When they foster untruths and reinforce ignorance–such as they are doing in this case–they increase the mistrust within society, which elevates interpersonal fears, which inevitably and tragically makes resentment and outright hostility toward others much more likely.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:00pm
  44. *sigh* If only we could use our powers for good instead of evil..

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:00pm
  45. I thought he had Mad Cow disease. (Not saying which one.)

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:00pm
  46. Just another stupid person that wants to show us all how stupid they really are.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:00pm
  47. It is ass holes like this that just breeds more hate. Let them call themselves Christians the world knows they are not.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:00pm
  48. what a freak

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:00pm
  49. Well considering the shooter was from a well off family, and a college graduate with high honors.. So obviously he was raised in a more conservative upper class family… Explain that one douche bag.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:00pm
  50. And therefore?

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:00pm
  51. Unfortunately, when the Christian Right in their disingenuous attempt to “find an answer” offer illogic and outright lies, society actually becomes more endangered and at risk. When they foster untruths and reinforce ignorance–such as they are doing in this case–they increase the mistrust within society, which elevates interpersonal fears, which inevitably and tragically makes resentment and outright hostility toward others much more likely.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:02pm
  52. SO. MUCH. BULLSHIT!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:02pm
  53. these people are NUTS…..beyond discussion…..w/o LIBERAL churches this man could not speak w/o approva lfr omthe leadership of HIS church…stifle duffas

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:03pm
  54. Shameful! That’s so ridiculous I’m not even sure how to respond.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:10pm
  55. I’m quite sure the shooter is not a gay liberal Christian.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:10pm
  56. aren’t gays to blame for global warming, the 2004 sunami and the end of the world in Dec. 2012 too ?

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:11pm
  57. this jerk won’t be the only ahole to disrespect the victims and families of this madman by using them as a “cause” to push their hateful agenda.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:12pm
  58. the title is too silly for me to even read it…next the blame will be put on President Obama. or candidate Romney.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:15pm
  59. <<binational couples??

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:16pm
  60. i don’t have less fear of heaven and hell than i ever had. however, my fear of standing in line at a movie theatre has greatly increased…

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:19pm
  61. Wow, another uneducated ass.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:19pm
  62. Anpther hateful son of a bitch using tragedy to spew his venom in the name of God!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:19pm
  63. Instead of following the Christian way of praying for those lost, peace for their families, and healing for those hurt; these Pharisees turn it into an opportunity to slam others and cast blame upon them. Matthew 23:13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces.”

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:20pm
  64. OMG why even listen to crazies like this guy???

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:24pm
  65. So….,if you think about it for a min or two,he mentions,putting the fear of god into people,because of what this bible thing says in it. Actually you should fear the religious nuts that “use” the bible as a tool to install fear,in-order to control people who are weak minded and can’t think for themselves. You think for a min,we all go back to whence we came…., ashes to ashes…dust to dust…, we go back to “Mother Nature” compost…! fertilizer ! Back into the soil…from where we came. Since when…? Should anyone fear…,god? Mother Nature never hated anyone or any thing,she just creates life ! Cruel,small minded people create fear and hatred towards those they do not understand. They use religion to spread there fear and hatred.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:25pm
  66. Why do these morons use their faith to spew this swill. My God LOVES all people.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:36pm
  67. Intolerant people like you are more likely to cause problems than people like me -_-

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:37pm
  68. you sir are a pig and i dont think you know your ass from a hole in the ground!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:41pm
  69. oh fuck off Right wing scum bag.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:42pm
  70. Who is this nut job?

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:47pm
  71. These are the people who thrive on keeping the hate going and dividing people instead of keeping their hateful, bigoted, stupid mouths shut. They are a waste of time and effort in trying to respond to their hateful comments.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:51pm
  72. I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and sh*t a better argument than that.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:55pm
  73. No. It is pure hate that got us there. Probably another Right Wing extremist. I

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3:57pm
  74. Why does he look so mentally…uh…worn?

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 4:08pm
  75. Douchebag. Yeah, gay people are to blame for everything, right fucktard? It’s assholes like you who advocate that people live a life of repression or harass the shit out of those who choose not to that make them eventually explode and decide to kill others.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 4:09pm
  76. Everyone has the right to believe what they want to believe without being attacked. It is incredibly sad that is tragic incident even occurred. I honestly don’t understand the thought process of some people. I believe that we should just love one another. I agree with another certain older man who said “we need to get back love.” Even though his “back to love” doesn’t included same sex unions or freedom to believe what you want. I believe our future can only be stronger has human being in general if we stand behind the good- for all – do that with respect regardless of what others may say – and be heard clearly. Thus avoiding sounding like the people we are attacking. Which is the problem. “Attacking” in all it’s forms needs to stop.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 4:10pm
  77. Oh no not another Idiot from the Moral Majority. You can have him.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 4:15pm
  78. Yesterday, it was the fault of the Muslims, today it’s the fault of gays… the right wing is out of touch of reality.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 4:19pm
  79. His mother should have swallowed him in the alley…just saying.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 4:20pm
  80. These people should just be ignored. They say and do these incendiary things to get attention outside their ever-diminishing circle of “believers.” They really are just a very loud and obnoxious minority who get too much attention from the media.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 4:58pm
  81. and on and on and on and on…

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 5:34pm
  82. Damn what the hell is going on in America? You folks south of the border please keep that crazy shite down there; we dont want it in Canada!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 6:05pm
  83. I was raised in the 70′s (40 years ago) and I remember we had no crime…just like Dick Christian, here, said. Promise! We also had no war, no poverty, no sin of any kind! It was great…

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 6:13pm
  84. Why do Republicans support and defend these uneducated and self righteous hypocrites? Is it because they can relate to stupidity?

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 6:21pm
  85. Seriously? Wtmh???

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 6:27pm
  86. What a way to turn a tragedy into a personal attack on everything you hate. The fact that this and Columbine happened in the same state means that it clearly is the gays? ooooooooooook.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 6:49pm
  87. I agree with Tim Johnson. How do we know, for example, that a supposed “Christian” wasn’t the last person this shooter experienced, and he experienced a judgement because he’s shy and withdrawn, and he felt this judgement, and it was the final straw, and it took him over the edge? Not to say what he did was right — of course, it wasn’t. I agree with Tim Johnson. Well put, Mr. Johnson.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 7:00pm
  88. Um, NO. If anything, it’s the conservative stance on gun legislation (or lack thereof) that is responsible!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 8:06pm
  89. these nuts are our of their minds.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 8:15pm
  90. OH FOR CHRIST’S SAKE
    Can these people just sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up for TWO SECONDS?!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 8:29pm
  91. fuck you idiot

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 8:36pm
  92. WTF??

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 8:53pm
  93. It’s my fault. I don’t trust organized religion and I worship alone, in my way. I take the words of the Bible with a grain of salt because it was written by men, who are inherently fallible. I question authority and the public schools really did a number on me. It’s all my fault.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 9:18pm
  94. Ugh…. SERIOUSLY???????? – When will this, ever end?

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 9:54pm
  95. I’m pretty sure it was a broken and deranged young man with 3,000 rounds of amo, gas ganasters a gas mask, bullet proof vest and an assault rifle.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 11:04pm
  96. To put it simple. The problem with saying that God is punishing because of sin is that Jesus already took any punishiment for anyone who would except him. 1 Corinthians 6: 9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. So basically we are made to be like Adam was before the fall and rule the earth again. So if any punishment comes its not from God (except at the end it you are without christ) It is done by the hands of man and or through the hands of man. Isaiah 54:15 If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me; whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 11:59pm
  97. Wow… did he forget to mention those organizations that promote hate… I think he can’t see the forest for the trees… and he is standing right in it………….

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:46am
  98. what an ass

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 9:43am
  99. How dare this idiot blame the gay community and the liberal churches for the Colorado shooting. The American Family Association should apologise for the remarks this idiot made. Its remarks like this that show just how stupid some people are. He looks empty headed and he just proved he is.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 12:26pm
  100. I didn’t need to hear this BS. Creep.

    Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 1:37pm