Right wingers use Charleston shooting to push anti-gay, anti-atheist narrative

Charleston suspected terrorist (Charleston police)

OF COURSE, even though the white domestic terrorist who shot black people in a black church said he was there to kill black people, the only thing Fox News and Republican candidates like Rick Santorum and Lindsey Graham take away from this is that the victims were killed because they were Christians, because “religious liberty is under attack,” not because they were black.

That narrative is the one right wingers are using to justify discrimination against gays and atheists.

There is no evidence the shooter is non-religious or gay, but a lot of evidence he is racist.

So the deaths of nine people are being used to further their anti-gay and anti-atheist narrative. That’s all they see.

Speaking to AM970 radio host Joe Piscopo, Santorum said that it was hard for him to believe that “things like this can happen in America.”

“It’s obviously a crime of hate,” he noted. “We don’t know the rationale, but what other rationale could there be. You’re sort of lost that someone would walk into a Bible study at a church and indiscriminately kill people.”

“This is one of those situation where you have to take a step a back and say — you talk about the importance of prayer at this time, and we’re now seeing assaults on religious liberty we’ve never seen before,” the candidate noted. “So, it’s a time for deeper reflection even beyond this horrible situation.”

In fact, witnesses to the shooting and other reports have indicated that the shooter was a white supremacist who chose the historically black church because he wanted to kill black people.