In a statement not unlike those put out by the Westboro Baptist Church, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) recently blamed school shootings on the legalization of abortions and declining Christian values.
Cramer made his comments during the University of Mary commencement speech in early May, when he lambasted the public for supporting a Bismarck news anchor who was fired after accidentally swearing on air during his first day. He also cited the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision as a hallmark example of America’s declining values.
In his speech, Cramer said:
Just in the last several days, a Bismarck news anchor mistakenly uttered vulgarity on live television. He's been heralded by celebrities from New York to California as some sort of pop icon. His bosses have been called goons because they fired him.
We learned this week that the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to rape, and advocated that military personnel and colluding chaplains who proselytize should be court-marshalled.
Forty years ago, the United States Supreme Court sanctioned abortion on demand. And we wonder why our culture sees school shootings so often.
The Congressman also alleged that “the only thing not tolerated anymore is a stand for truth” because America now sees Christianity as bigotry.
Cramer didn’t offer much of a logical argument regarding Roe v. Wade being the cause of school shootings, but his comments do echo the warnings of the “God Hates Fags” group Westboro Baptist Church, which protests (or threatens to protest) funerals of soldiers and high-profile victims of violence, such as Sandy Hook and Boston Marathon victims. The group claims that God hates America for accepting gays, among other ‘non-Christian’ transgressions, and so is punishing the country in the forms of violence, such as school shootings, bombings, and terrorist attacks.
Apparently, America has been misled all along -- it's the abortions, and not the proliferation of dangerous military-grade weapons, that have been causing school shootings all along.