An assassination has occurred in Arizona. A Democratic congresswoman has been shot, and is still struggling for her life. A federal judge is dead, along with some other people. The perpetrator initially appears to fit the profile of a conspiracy nut — his favorite books include Mein Kampf, The Communist Manifesto, and Siddhartha.
I found out about the shooting coming back from a wedding rehearsal, when a fellow elder in our church emailed me that he and I had been held responsible for it by one of our local Intoleristas. The responsibility was assigned to us in this way.
“And yeah, I hold people like Courtney and Wilson responsible — not accountable, but responsible — for this and all other acts of terror whose increase, I’m afraid, is assured in the climate they encourage, revel in, and profit from. No way in hell will I ever stop fighting them.”
The climate that actually encourages this kind of thing is a climate of hyper-politicalization, when absolutely anything is used against your political adversaries, provided you think you can make some points with it, whether or not all parties are able to join together in condemning whatever it is.
In the meantime, responsible Christians ought to pray for the recovery of Congresswoman Giffords, the families of those slain, and that justice for the murderer will be swift.