Frank Schaeffer has written an angry piece denouncing the inevitable round of Christian leaders who claim that it was secularism and atheism that caused the Sandy Hook shooting. (Anything but chipping away at gun profits, remember.) It’s a wonderland of fantastical thinking, that’s for sure.
Dobson commented while speaking to listeners of his Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk program: “I mean millions of people have decided that God doesn’t exist… 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 [this Newtown massacre] judgment to fall upon us. I think that’s what’s going on.”
Dobson is the biggest name. Bryan Fischer also went there, but his entire schtick is saying out loud what the Christian right merely says in private, so no surprise. But the rest of the examples are just variations on a theme, including the Washington Post giving Franklin Graham the space to say basically what Dobson was saying, but in more oblique terms, to preserve plausible deniability. (Because bearing false witness is a Christian value now.)