Can we please just stop the insanity?! Newt Gingrich on “This Week” (via Crooks & Liars):

STEPHANOPOULOS:  How about the broader context?  After Columbine, you gave a speech where you blamed 35 – blamed the shootings on 35 years of liberalism.

You went – you said, “I want to say to the elite of this country, the elite news media, the liberal academic elite, the liberal political elite – I accuse you in Littleton of being afraid to talk about the mess you’ve made and being afraid to take responsibility for the things you have done, and instead foisting on the rest of us pathetic banalities because you don’t have the courage to look at the world you have created.”

Do you stand by that prescription today?

GINGRICH:  Yes, I think the fact is, if you look at the amount of violence we have in games that young people play at 7, 8, 10, 12, 15 years of age, if you look at the dehumanization, if you look at the fact that we refuse to say that we are, in fact, endowed by our creator, that our rights come from God, that if you kill somebody, you’re committing an act of evil.

STEPHANOPOULOS:  But what does that have to do with liberalism?

GINGRICH:  Well, who has created a situation ethics, essentially, zone of not being willing to talk about any of these things.  Let me carry another example.  I strongly supported Imus being dismissed, but I also think the very thing he was dismissed for, which is the use of language which is stunningly degrading of women – the fact, for example, that one of the Halloween costumes this last year was being able to be either a prostitute or a pimp at 10, 11, 12 years of age, buying a costume, and we don’t have any discussion about what’s happened to our culture because while we’re restricting political free speech under McCain-Feingold, we say it’s impossible to restrict vulgar and vicious and anti-human speech.

And I would argue that that’s a major component of what’s happened to our culture in the last 40 years.

Putting a ho or pimp costume on your child is called bad parenting, not liberalism. Jesus. That is so ridiculous. File Newt’s excuse alongside…

* Don and Tim Wildmon at the American Family Association, which said the tragedy was caused by taking God out of the classroom;

* Patriot Pastor Rod Parsley, who believes it was the result of Cho Seung Hui’s sin (“Choosing a world view that excludes God and disregards the value of human life makes the unforgettable scenes from Virginia Tech possible.”)

* or creationist Dr. Grady McMurtry, who thinks that teaching evolution is to blame (“…when the biblical account of creation is taken out of the public arena, human life has no meaning. In contrast, creation teaches that there is a purpose.”)

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding