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And the latest recipient of the LaBarbera Award is…

When I saw this unhinged e-blast from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, I was hoping that Jim Burroway of Box Turtle Bulletin would put the professional “Christian victim” on the short list for the latest LaBarbera Award for saying this about the Colorado shootings:

An Assault On Faith

It is hard not to draw a line between the hostility that is being fomented in our culture from some in the secular media toward Christians and evangelicals in particular and the acts of violence that took place in Colorado yesterday. But I will say no more for now other than that our friends at New Life Church and YWAM are in our thoughts and prayers.

Come on, Tony. Again, what happened there was a tragedy, but it has nothing to do with the evil media (I guess he couldn’t make a connection to The Homosexual Agenda at this time), and everything to do with untreated mental illness, as Jim notes.

It looks like Perkins has been chomping at the bit to pin the blame the Colorado shootings on somebody he doesn’t like. When it comes to culture wars, nobody is safe, and no tragedy is off-limits for exploitation. Here he chose the old familiar bogeyman, “the secular media.” We’re lucky I guess. It could have just as easily been anyone else.

I’m not sure how Perkins found it so easy to “draw a line” between the secular media and Matthew Murray, the Christian-raised guy who actually did the shooting. Unlike the FRC, we won’t imagine any lines where none exist. (Update: The most direct line so far may be mental illness.) And we call on the Family “Research” Council to live up to its name and do a little research before releasing statements that are so patently moronic. Why, they’re beginning to sound like someone else we know…

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