Ex-gay speaker Joseph Sciambra has already been receiving hate mail blaming him (and others like him) for the massacre of 50 people at a gay bar in Orlando. Anderson Cooper blames Florida AG Pam Bondi. An old high school friend of mine blamed Pat Robertson’s network on his Facebook page. I’ve blamed Mohammed (the infamous prophet.) Others, including Bishop Lynch of Florida, have blamed all of Christendom and Islam collectively. Some have blamed the Democratic Party (the shooter was a registered Democrat.) Some have blamed homophobia in general. The president and Hillary Clinton blame guns. Who really is to blame for this atrocity?

So far, there is only one person to blame that we know of. That is the perpetrator Omar Mateen. His wife is possibly also to blame. The human mind has a hard time getting around the idea that one or two people can be responsible for so much death. We tell ourselves that there must be more blame to go around because so much injustice has occurred. We cannot fathom the idea of one person causing so much injustice all by himself. We look for others to cast blame on. It’s only natural.

At the same time, we cannot ignore that this is not an isolated incident. There have been other terror attacks on U.S. soil, the most deadly of which was the attack on the World Trade Center. Something is going on in America that is ugly and dangerous, and the Orlando shooting was just the latest manifestation of this. In this, we can try to determine what ills of society are contributing to the problem. Unfortunately, we are deeply divided on this question. Is it homophobia and guns, as Bishop Lynch would have us believe? Is it the Democratic Party? The Republican Party? Christendom? I submit that the common thread here is the rejection or loss of reason.

The Newtown shooting was due to mental illness. In mental illness, we see the loss of reason. Islamism rejects reason. Pope Benedict XVI courageously pointed this out in his famous speech at Regensburg. As Rick Santorum pointed out in his speech on Islamic fascism at the University of Oklahoma, in Islam “to think is an infidel.” How else can a Muslim kill 50 people in a bar unless he has sacrificed his basic human reason to a god who ostensibly knows better?

In contrast, Christianity embraces reason. Read Pope St. John Paul II’s encyclical Fides et Ratio for the best example of this. Most men are not murderers because man’s basic human reason tells him not to murder others. Christianity’s teaching against murder is, then, in sync with basic human reason. It is because of this that I find appalling the claims that Christianity may somehow be to blame, even in a small measure, for what happened in Orlando. A bishop may say so, but my basic human reason tells me that is nonsense.

I do not hold out much hope that our country will be less divided on these things tomorrow than it was yesterday. It is very sad that we have come to this, particularly given how we came together after the attacks on September 11. We should pray that we can come together on the idea that most of us are not murderers and it requires a loss or rejection of reason to commit murder. If we can just agree to that, I think it will be a big step forward.

 

 

 

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Has someone put a happy pill into Bishop Lynch’s juice? In a blog post, he compares AR-15s to nuclear weapons, calling them “weapons of mass destruction,” and implies that Christians are somehow to blame for the attack in Orlando by a Muslim which killed 50 people and injured 53 people.

From his blog:

Our founding parents had no knowledge of assault rifles which are intended to be weapons of mass destruction. In crafting the second amendment to the Constitution which I affirm, they thought only of the most awkward of pistols and heavy shotguns. I suspect they are turning in their graves if they can but glimpse at what their words now protect. It is long past time to ban the sale of all assault weapons whose use should be available only to the armed forces. If one is truly pro-life, then embrace this issue also and work for the elimination of sales to those who would turn them on innocents.

Second, sadly it is religion, including our own, which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Attacks today on LGBT men and women often plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence. Those women and men who were mowed down early yesterday morning were all made in the image and likeness of God. We teach that. We should believe that. We must stand for that. Without yet knowing who perpetrated the PULSE mass murders, when I saw the Imam come forward at a press conference yesterday morning, I knew that somewhere in the story there would be a search to find religious roots. While deranged people do senseless things, all of us observe, judge and act from some kind of religious background.

What’s he on?

bill_donahueNEW YORK, June 13, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Bill Donohue (photo) comments on the victims’ lobby:

The plight of those who have been sexually abused, especially minors, is a condition eminently worthy of our compassion. Unfortunately, many of those who have professionally taken up the cause of these victims are dishonest activists who are not above lying to advance their interests.

· Last week, NY Assemblywoman Margaret Markey lied about Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, accusing him of bribery.

· In 2012, the director of SNAP, David Clohessy, admitted under oath that he has lied to the press.

· In 2011, Terence McKiernan, founder of BishopAccountability, lied when he told a conference that Cardinal Timothy Dolan was protecting 55 priests.

· Jeffrey–“I’m suing the s*** out of [the] Catholic Church” Anderson–has lied repeatedly about “smoking guns” that never seem to fire, trying to implicate the Vatican in U.S. abuse cases.

· Last month, Yeshiva University lawyer Marci Hamilton lied to the press when she said the bishops pay my salary. She knows full well that the Catholic League is not funded by the bishops.

· Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, whose role was acknowledged in “Spotlight,” twice pressed charges against a priest who was never found guilty of anything: In 2011, he blew up at me for simply questioning him; he was even condemned by the Boston Globe for his recklessness.

· In 2012, author Jason Berry lied when he said that I defended the disgraced priest, Father Marcial Maciel. He knew this was untrue.

In short, we are not dealing with honest champions of the abused. We are dealing with liars who exploit the very persons they claim to help.