I hesitate to throw stones at fellow-Christians on the Eve of the Feast of the Nativity, so instead I will just ask for a bit of reflection over the following reactions to the Newtown massacre via Brother Benen:

Why are we shocked? We shouldn’t be shocked. This is what happens when a society turns its back on God. [Rev. Franklin Graham]

Millions of people have decided that God doesn’t exist, or he’s irrelevant to me and we have killed fifty-four million babies and the institution of marriage is right on the verge of a complete redefinition. Believe me, that is going to have consequences too.

And a lot of these things are happening around us, and somebody is going to get mad at me for saying what I am about to say right now, but I am going to give you my honest opinion: I think we have turned our back on the Scripture and on God Almighty and I think he has allowed judgment to fall upon us. I think that’s what’s going on.

[James Dobson, Founder, Focus on the Family]

So it’s not just the professional provocateur Brian Fischer who has risked hell-fire by attributing the killings in Newtown to an angry God’s reaction to liberalism. Graham and Dobson are big-time Christian Right leaders, courted by presidential candidates and commanding audiences of many millions.

I hope these perpetually self-righteous gents reconsider these attitudes in the Light from the Manger.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.