Pastor Rick Warren (Saddleback Church) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) apparently know why psychopaths go into movie theaters and massacre people. Teaching evolution and the "ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs".
Part of what is wrong with country is how we constantly make anyone who believes differently from us the "bad guy". We can't just disagree…we have to blame the "other side" for all the evils of our world. Rep. Gohmert's and Rev. Warren's comments are not a statement of disagreement with a different faith or political view…they are seeking to equate the opposing view with the madness and violence of the Aurora, CO, murders.
We don't even know that much about the shooter yet.
And more to the point, as an atheist I know that the vast majority of atheists abhor violence, just like the vast majority of other people. Atheists do not condone this…we are sickened by it. Horrified. We may not share a belief in divine beings, but we hurt just as much when our fellow human beings are senselessly gunned down.
I recently had a co-worker outright ask me how I could base decisions on right and wrong, being a non-Christian. We were discussing an incident of theft last week, and he point-blank said "well, as far as people like you are concerned, why is that wrong…you don't believe in any basis of rules, after all".
It's assumptions like that which lead to comments like Rev. Warren's and Rep. Gohmert's. The continuing belief that non-believers cannot help but be evil. The assumption that, if you are not Christian, you are by definition evil.
I'd suggest that, if you believe the assertions of Rep. Gohmert and Rev. Warren, you try reading this: http://atheism.about.com/od/atheismmyths/p/AtheistsMorals.htm
Our moral basis is different than that of Christians…but despite centuries of perpetuating the myth that we do not have one, believe me we do. What happened in Aurora, CO, is just as horrifying to us as it is to any rational human being. It goes against the values of mankind…regardless of religion or lack of religion.
Let's place blame where blame belongs…James Holmes, the murder. Whatever motives, reasons, excuses, or justifications he claims, he and he alone chose to take up arms and callously murder his fellow man. The blame lies not with gods, other men, evolution, or any other such scapegoat…it lies with a single man who made a choice.
With that, can we stop using the massacre as a reason to blame and deride those who hold beliefs that are different from ours?