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Humanists Denounce Rep. Gohmert's Comments Linking Colorado Shootings to “Attacks on Judeo-Christian Beliefs”

Humanists Denounce Rep. Gohmert's Comments Linking Colorado Shootings to “Attacks on Judeo-Christian Beliefs”

For Immediate Release

Contact: Brian Magee, 202-238-9088, mobile: (202) 681-2425, bmagee@americanhumanist.org

(Washington, DC – July 20, 2012) – Humanists are expressing ire over the comments made today by Rep. Louie Gohmert (Texas) suggesting that last night’s shooting at a Colorado movie theater was linked to “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs.” Gohmert participated in a radio interview on The Heritage Foundation’s “Istook Live!” show and was reported in The Huffington Post.

“Rep. Louis Gohmert truly tortures logic when he concludes that this violence had something to do with perceived attacks on majority faith in America,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “At a time when families are mourning in the wake of this tragedy, Gohmert used it as an opportunity to push a religious agenda.”  

Gohmert suggested the shootings could have been avoided if the country placed a higher value on God when he stated, “We've threatened high school graduation participations, if they use God's name, they're going to be jailed ... I mean that kind of stuff. Where was God? What have we done with God? We don't want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present."

 “Our condolences go out to the victims and families of the Colorado movie theater shooting,” Speckhardt continued. “In the aftermath of this terrible event, we hope that communities can work together, using reason, to prevent such tragedies in the future. Rep. Gohmert’s overt religious pandering has no place in the wake of tragedy like this.”

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The American Humanist Association (www.AmericanHumanist.org) advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, DC, its work is extended through more than 150 local chapters and affiliates across America.  Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.