The debate surrounding gun control is once again dominating discourse Stateside after the brutal gunning down of two Tv news journalists live on air.
The usual suspects wasted no time in exploiting this atrocity to further their own political agendas and prejudices.
So, what does the Fox say? Now, I know most sensible people would agree that Fox ‘News’ is a wretched little propaganda hole that would only merit a mention were it to actually deviate from its usual M.O. of sowing fear and hate.
However, given Fox is the main source of information for countless American citizens – I can’t help but feel they’ve certainly played their part in influencing some of the disconcerting polling data regarding American attitudes towards atheists. Read and weep at the thought that some consider atheists to be less trustworthy than rapists & murderers in the land of the free.
Let’s take a look at what Mayor of Bullshit Mountain Bill O’Reilly had to say in the aftermath of this horrific crime (via The Examiner):
“Every single murderer over 40 years that I have covered in these circumstances has been either atheistic, agnostic, no religious basis at all.”
O’Reilly continued, claiming that Americans were “tending away” from religion and spirituality.
AlterNet has already gone to the trouble of pointing out a number of examples to falsify O’Reilly’s dubious claims, but what of the shooter in this particular crime?
Sometime after gunning down Allison Parker and Adam Ward live on air, suspect Vester Flanagan found the time to fax a 23 page suicide note and list of grievances to ABC News, before eventually turning his gun on himself, ending his life.
Contained amongst the slew of grievances he’d highlighted about his former colleagues and employers, was this item of note (ABC):
He said Jehovah spoke to him, telling him to act.
I wonder if that’s spiritual enough for Bill O’Reilly.
Needless to say, of all the things Vester Flanagan may have lacked, religion doesn’t appear to be amongst them.
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