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James Dobson: Connecticut shooting is God’s wrath for gay marriage, abortion

KYLE MANTYLA | Right Wing Watch
Monday, December 17, 2012

James Dobson dedicated his radio program this morning to discussing Friday’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut, which he attributed to the fact that God has “allowed judgment to fall upon us” because the nation has turned its back on him by accepting things like abortion and gay marriage:

James Dobson


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.

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Dobson is an evangelical Christian author, psychologist, and founder of Focus on the Family, a Colorodo Springs, Colo.-based organization that opposes LGBT rights.

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  1. Fupid Stucker.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:20pm
  2. whew, that took ‘em some time!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:20pm
  3. Of course, blame it on gays.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:22pm
  4. what an A$$!!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:22pm
  5. reallly???? and the gun activist say its because of those bad guns that jump up and shoot ppl and that we need to get rid of them. nottttttttttttttttttt

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:22pm
  6. What a jerk

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:22pm
  7. Are you frickin’ kidding me?! Too many things wrong with with this :@

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:23pm
  8. actually i think it is because of the thieving tv evangelists who get rich off poor folks sending them money….we use to call them bumbs when they bumbed off ppl

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:23pm
  9. whata fucking retard

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:24pm
  10. Who gives a fuck what that gay bashing thug spews – he incites violence against us so he can beg for gay bashing blood money after 20 children are MURDERED – DO NOT GIVE THAT THUG FREE PUBLIICITY

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:25pm
  11. Well, doesn’t that make PERFECT sense! Give him the Asshat of the year award!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:25pm
  12. James Dobson is a blubbering idiot.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:25pm
  13. God help him. This is the most absurd statement I’ve ever heard.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:25pm
  14. … IDIOT!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:26pm
  15. I honestly hope there’s a special pit in hell for people that claim to know the mind of God, and then use it to spew vitriol instead of compassion.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:26pm
  16. What kind of a god would allow monsters like this to speak for it?

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:26pm
  17. And I thought it was because god isn’t allowed in schools. *rolls eyes*. Come on right wing, pick something to blame this on and stick to it because everyone knows this is not about reforming mental health services or gun laws restricting automatic weapons…dumbass.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:26pm
  18. Its never people like this that die. I agree Jessica, fuck him. Give him no mind, hes a monster.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:27pm
  19. Nasty Man!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:27pm
  20. Yeah, ’cause it’s always OUR fault

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:27pm
  21. Disguistinf and arrogant. This is why our society is so fucked, breeding hate.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:28pm
  22. Keep on talking there bigot!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:28pm
  23. Yeah blame it on gay people you fucking idiot! Gays have rights!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:28pm
  24. If God is angry at all, it is because of Dobson’s, etc. hate & intolerance. But I still do not feel that a loving God, would rain carnage on innocent children over the expansion of love & equality. Dobson is almost as sick as the child murderer.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:28pm
  25. wow people are so stupid. Gays had nothing to do with that and they just want to blame it on someone. Sounds like Hilter when he blamed the bad ecomoy on the jews. STFU you stuipid hypiocrites

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:29pm
  26. and he calls himself a christian (bigot) in a foxhole with blinders

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:29pm
  27. Words just cannot begin to describe my disgust

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:29pm
  28. He is a disgusting human being

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:30pm
  29. It is a shame that they will use any tragedy to try and support their losing agenda.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:30pm
  30. Yeah, that fascist would that–why is it that wicked vile people like this man live to a ripe old age, while innocent children are shot? That looks like a world created and ruled by a loving omnipotent omniscient deity?

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:31pm
  31. OMG those people have to STOP doing that! sorry for my language I think thats BULLSHIT! he have to look back in history Michgan in 1927 or 1924 not sure somewhere there, Michigan school have their last day party but little earlier and on that day of last day there was huge bomb in school killed lot but THAT TIME! there wasnt gay issues or GOD issues.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:32pm
  32. really?? get a life

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:34pm
  33. omg that is absurd.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:36pm
  34. Does this man have a brain? The last I looked at a Bible it said that God loves ALL of us. I do NOT , nor ever can believe, that God would exercise His wrath on His most precious ones, children. If you feel that you must believe in a wrathful God, and I don’t, wouldn.t you think the wrath of God would fall on murderers and hypocrits?

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:36pm
  35. those people have to stop assume it on gay or abortion or gun or what not.. ITS PEOPLE HUMAN that cause it.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:37pm
  36. Religiosity sucks:-(

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:38pm
  37. What a clueless asshole. I think a mentally unstable person with guns is responsible.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:42pm
  38. Disgraceful

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:42pm
  39. If God had a wrath about us Gays. Don’t you think that he would send the shooter after real Gay people and shoot us. If your God hates us sooo much. Why would he kill innocent people.. He knows that and where we are.. Just a thought…

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:42pm
  40. Once again I pray that people will stop using this tragedy for their own personal and political gains! Have a heart for God’s sake!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:43pm
  41. What a sick human being. Another asshat looking to raise more money for himself by exploiting the deaths of children and teachers. Wait till you hve to answer for that, James Dobson. I can’t use the term Dr for you because obviously your doctorate is fraudulent.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:43pm
  42. Things like this are not God’s work… It is the Devil.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:44pm
  43. There what’s wrong with the nation. letting people like this speak for the rest of us. He should be ashamed of himself, let alone call himself a man of the cloth, Its time for the government to say no more. Take his tax exempt status away and pay his fare share !!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:45pm
  44. WTF?

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:45pm
  45. What the hell is wrong with this guy??? Innocent children died due to a mad man not because god hates gay marriage and abortion….when the hell are people like this going to learn that god is love and loves all people gay or not….this makes me sick!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:45pm
  46. OMG…another crazy fool. Their everywherre!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:46pm
  47. Is this idiot for real?

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:47pm
  48. Yeah, the last thing the shooter said before shooting all those kids was “I hate gay marriage and abortion!” Not everything is about gays or abortion, you right-wing, senile, bigotted, old coot!! Makes me sick that, in the face of all this tragedy, all these evangelical bigots can say is “It’s because of “teh gays”!! It’s about mental health and the fact that so much of the budget has been cut that there’s not enough services for the mentally ill anymore. It’s wignuts like these with their “tough love” attitudes that make these guys into killers!! It’s also the bullying that goes on in schools and, yes, even churches that make these guys want to strike out. God didn’t “make” that guy go and shoot those kids!! God didn’t give him access to guns!! His mother (probably a follower of the “tough love” mentality) had NINE guns!! Where was the mental health help for them?? Where was the help for her to deal with his autism and mental health issues??

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:48pm
  49. Well… guns started it… sooo *chick chick* guns will end it!! Lolol

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:49pm
  50. Oh that was only a matter of time.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:51pm
  51. Bigot

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:51pm
  52. If God was angry with gays the first place to be punished for it would be the Vatican

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:52pm
  53. Who said what? – forget it. Just another fool wanting attention.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:53pm
  54. I have a good word definition on what fits well for this guy in a
    Labeling sense: define Bunny boiler.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:53pm
  55. I just got back from this assholes wall and left a shit.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:56pm
  56. What the fuck!! I can’t believe there are people like this still in America.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:57pm
  57. I didn’t know that gays had such power over God that He would cause should horrific things

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:59pm
  58. I would like to know what he calls all the molestations that have gone on in religious schools

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:59pm
  59. Wow, this “doctor” reminds me of some of the filthy trashed spewed forth by the Westboro Baptist Church.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:05pm
  60. Nauseating

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:05pm
  61. Sick or Stupid

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:06pm
  62. I despise this man. He is the reason for so many children’s suffering, mine included. If you read some of his “Christian discipline parenting” books, he comes across as a pedophile encouraging parents to be sadistic to their children. If a god is punishing innocent children for other human’s supposed sins – which obviously isn’t true unless god likes murdering innocents – it is because of the fuck known as James Dobson. It is an oxymornon to say God is killing innocent BORN children of its own voluition because some women aborted fetuses and LGB people now have more civil rights. He is a fine example of STUPIDITY, HATRED, and EVIL.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:06pm
  63. I go to an accepting church and they haven’t told me I’m going to hell.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:08pm
  64. How about its God’s wrath for American tolerance of hatred and bogotry creating second class citizens.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:09pm
  65. Just more bs from this man,nothing new to me.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:10pm
  66. The desyroyer satan comes to deceive and destroy. Dumbodobsens words are being used to destroy the faith of many.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:11pm
  67. Wow ! U mean we don’t need gun control-just GAY control ?… blame it on the straight people, after all its THEM who are making all these gay babies. U can’t fix stupid !

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:14pm
  68. this man is so going to hell

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:15pm
  69. Idiot!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:16pm
  70. Another religious leader that has NO clue as to Real Life!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:19pm
  71. You are a pycho. You have no clues a out religion or even the bible. Shut up……

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:22pm
  72. The audacity!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:26pm
  73. Go to hell chuck, go straight to hell and do not collect any more money you disgusting right wing conservative pig.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:27pm
  74. What do innocent children have to do with gay marriage and abortion?..? Really heartless people are looking to blame something!.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:28pm
  75. Just a thought but if God was going to pass judgement on anyone wouldn’t he do it to those who pass judgement on others as of THEY know what God thinks and wants and no innocent child??? Just a thought….

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:31pm
  76. If there truly IS a god and if he does kill people to punish them, he would kill people like james dobson

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:36pm
  77. fuck this ignorant ass for even thinking God would take the life of an innocent child!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:36pm
  78. Why is it that right wingers ignore that in Matthew 19:11&12 a very real interpretation is Jesus said gays are born that way, but they were willing to accept a bigoted mormon who believes satan is Jesus’ brother, wears magic underwear, believes when he dies he will be a god, worships profit, and until 1978 believed black people will never get into heaven. Sounds extremely hypocritical to me.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:37pm
  79. hes going to hell

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:39pm
  80. Hmmm but not for people divorcing…interesting…

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:48pm
  81. He’s just a bigoted ignorant asshole.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:48pm
  82. Another right wing christian asshole not even acting christian

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:51pm
  83. It’s shit like this fucker, that spread this bullshit in order to create more hate and hostilities that motivate others to do what this sick young man did to innocent youngsters.
    He thinks God approves this kind of hate and violence towards a group of society that have done nothing to him. What Dobson is promoting is just as wrong as the school shootings. I know God is a loving, kind creator, and I cannot accept that God would murder innocent children because James Dobson believes this. It’s not his job to judge others and I guarantee you God does not accept spreading hate in this manner and Dobson will have to answer to God for it. Dobson is promoting the same evil as the goverment in Uganda is against LGBT individuals, the” kill the gays”bill.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:58pm
  84. Focus on the motherfucking family. What utter hypocrisy. If there ever was a benevolent god, he rolls in his grave each time James Dobson speaks.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:59pm
  85. what a motherfucker this guy is he should be shot in the head asshole

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:10pm
  86. this guy needs to be slapped, the shooting had absolutely nothing to do with gay marriage and abortion u frickin weirdo, it was the horrific and unneccesary act of a psycho that should have just taken his own life instead of taking all those innocent peoples lives or gotten some serious help

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:11pm
  87. This man is an idiot!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:24pm
  88. Thanks for making me so powerful!!!!!! I am so gay that I can make so many things happen. I wonder if I can make this man go away!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:25pm
  89. Quit blaming mental sickness and tragedies on being gay and abortions. True Christians don’t judge. Jesus did not judge. Bigotry is a sin, so I guess he is a hypocrite.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:41pm
  90. Fucker, fucker, fucker….He just like all the other crazies will eventually bite the dust, by that I mean, he will be caught at the glory hole….dumb fuck head.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:49pm
  91. Today is definitely Fuchs head Monday.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:51pm
  92. His exact words give Satan his vote to power to misrepresent god like that.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:54pm
  93. I’m so tired of seeing BS like this lesbians and gays are NOT the reason behind Connecticut Shooting. And how dare you sir to bring those innocent children into a war that has Nothing to do with these babies. May God have mercy on you.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:07pm
  94. James Dobson , What a sick individual always looking to blame and always spreading hatred.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:15pm
  95. God made us who we are on this Earth. His judgement will not fall on what he’s done. No, judgement will fall upon ones own works and actions. If it’s his choice to be ingnorant and foolish then so be it. It will be no ones fault but his own when he has to account for what he has done.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:15pm
  96. Hay he just gave us the answer we were looking for, we need to focus all of our gay and transgender energy to see if we can get God to unleash his wrath upon the right wing bigots.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:33pm
  97. Ignorant hatriot!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:35pm
  98. I said it before, these people believe the world is going to end in 4 days, that we co-existed with dinasours and the world was created in 6 days. ASS-CLOWNS are sucking us into their stupidity.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:38pm
  99. Another DESPICABLE FOOL joins the PARADE OF HATE!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:49pm
  100. What an idiot. :-P

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 12:06am
  101. Tommy Salami

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 12:18am
  102. Steven Tullos

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 12:22am
  103. What an idiot

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 12:26am
  104. So why are we giving him recognition?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 12:55am
  105. Sick fucking bastard…he should not have a voice to spread his hate and bigotry….

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 12:58am
  106. To think I used to respect this man. How rightist can it get. What a stupid thing to say putting words in God’s mouth. God is responsible for justice

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 1:02am
  107. What an idiot!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 1:49am
  108. I HAVE TO AGREE, we need to back off and watch these silly monkeys from a safe distance, because they’re so amuzed by throwing their own feces.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 2:24am
  109. I can not believe a man of “God” would say such evil words! God would not punish the innocent children. His comments angers me.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 4:33am
  110. So rediculous=ignoe it

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 4:44am
  111. Ignore

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 4:44am
  112. It’s funny how they always link gay marriage and abortion. It’s like anti-gay arguments aren’t strong enough to stand on their own so they have to link them to things people may feel more emotional about. But they make God sound like a monster who kills children in an angry snit over things.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 5:02am
  113. This guy is crazy. He’s part of the reason why there is so much violence and hate in our country and the world. God won’t forgive him too easily.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 5:21am
  114. James Dobson, the voice of the Devil.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 5:50am
  115. stop giving fundamentalists like this a platform- let them shout their crap into the void.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 6:45am
  116. Anyone who tries to further their agenda by exploiting the senseless murder of twenty small children is beyond disgusting. People like Dobson and members of Westboro baptist church are NOT true christians.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 6:53am
  117. Of course it fucking is. Can we have him removed from the radio hall of fame now?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 6:55am
  118. What an ass-hat.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7:19am
  119. I believe in the first amendment, but the last thing we need in this world is more people like him preaching their form of hatred wrapped in religion. If anyone causes acts of complete insanity its the religious zelats that act in the name of their god.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7:20am
  120. W O W what a nut

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7:42am
  121. They don’t even know what being a true Christian is. God would not do that to innocent children and you are a damn nut to even suggest such a thing. You should be removed from your radio show.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 8:47am
  122. does this guy have any idea of what he is saying. maybe he should read his own bible which is plaqued with killing one and another.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 8:48am
  123. So if guy is using Sandy Hook Elementry tragedy as an excuse for gods wrath against same-sex marriage. you should also use the holocost as gods wrath for the murder of Jesus. where does the hatred end.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 9:05am
  124. There is NO explanation for him, however.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 9:21am
  125. What a mean,rotten God then,I guess.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 9:29am
  126. Douchetard !

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 10:31am
  127. This person deserves no response or comment. IDIOT!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 10:43am
  128. So…now I know who Fred Phelp’s secret Santa is.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 11:49am
  129. Shockingly sick and hurtful, in the name of God. People need to stop publicizing/. paying attention to idiots like this.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 12:00pm
  130. I mean where do they come up with this stuff is there like a B.S. guide or something they all read

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 12:59pm
  131. hey james dobson?…… Go fuck yourself, fucking biggot

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 1:05pm
  132. -_-

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 1:57pm
  133. Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 2:08pm
  134. You’d think that for someone who is eagerly awaiting entrance into heaven, that he would hurry up and MAKE IT SO.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 5:08pm
  135. I really am curious of the fact that these people know what GOD”S wrath is……. Have they spoke to the Burning Bush lately……. Give it a rest…………… Mr. James Dobson….GOD is watching & listening to you also….So I wouldn’t be spouting out lies & Judgments.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 5:43pm