Aurora, CO —
Evangelical leaders are blaming liberals, gays and the media for Friday's mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater.
Twenty-four-year-old James Eagan Holmes allegedly shot into the audience during the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises
, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others.
On the American Family Association (AFA) radio show AFA Today
, Fred Jackson and co-host Teddy James blamed the shootings on the lack of prayer in public schools and the nation's increasing support for gay rights.
"I think the sources of this is multifaceted but you can put it all, I think, under the heading of rebellion to God, a rejection of the God of the Bible. ... We've been dealing Teddy and I know the AFA Journal
has been dealing with denominations that no longer believe in the God of the Bible, they no longer believe that Jesus is the only way of salvation, they teach that God is OK with homosexuality, this is just increasing more and more. It is mankind shaking its fist at the authority of God," Jackson said.
Jackson went on to blame Hollywood and the media's "liberal bias" for the massacre.
Jerry Newcombe of Truth in Action said that the tragedy happened because Americans have lost their fear of hell.
"I can't help but feel that to some extent, we're reaping what we've been sowing as a society," he wrote in an op-ed published on OneNewsNow.com. "We said to God, 'Get out of the public arena.' Lawsuit after lawsuit, often by misguided 'civil libertarians,' have chased away any fear of God in the land – at least in the hearts of millions."
On AFA radio, Newcombe said that only the Christian victims are going to heaven.
"If a Christian dies early, if a Christian dies young, it seems tragic, but really it is not tragic because they are going to a wonderful place," he said. "On the other hand … If they knowingly rejected Jesus Christ, then, basically, they are going to a terrible place."