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Gingrich says liberals and lack of religion sparked Va. tech killings.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has an unusual take on the tragic murder of 32 people at Virginia Tech: He says liberals and godless god·less  
1. Recognizing or worshiping no god.

2. Wicked, impious, or immoral.

godless·ly adv.
 public education are to blame.

Gingrich, who is considering running for the presidency in 2008, was asked about the matter April 22 by ABC News host George Stephanopoulos on the program "This Week."

Stephanopoulos noted that after the 1999 Columbine columbine, in botany
columbine (kŏl`əmbīn), any plant of the genus Aquilegia, temperate-zone perennials of the family Ranunculaceae (buttercup family), popular both as wildflowers and as garden flowers.
 shootings, Gingrich blamed liberalism and "godless" public schools for the massacre. He wanted to know if Gingrich believes similar forces were to blame at Virginia Tech.

Gingrich responded, "Yes. I think the fact is, if you look at the amount of violence we have in games that young people play at 7, 8, 10, 12, 15 years of age, if you look at the dehumanization de·hu·man·ize  
tr.v. de·hu·man·ized, de·hu·man·iz·ing, de·hu·man·iz·es
1. To deprive of human qualities such as individuality, compassion, or civility:
, if you look at the fact that we refuse to say that we are, in fact, endowed by our Creator, that our rights come from God, that if you kill somebody, you're committing an act of evil."

A student at the Blacksburg, Va., college, Seung-Hui Cho, went on a rampage April 16 and gunned down 32 people be fore taking his own life. Cho mailed a package to NBC News containing rambling statements on videotapes during which he compared himself to Moses and Jesus. His motives remain unclear, but mental-health experts say Cho was obviously not of sound mind.

Commentators were quick to point out that Virginia Tech is hardly a religion-free zone. Dozens of religious groups operate on campus. They include: African Christian Fellowship at Virginia Tech, Ambassadors for Christ, Campus Crusade for Christ Campus Crusade for Christ is an interdenominational Christian organization, focusing on evangelism and discipleship in over 190 countries around the world. Its mission is "to win people to Christ, build them in their faith, and send them out to win, build and send others. , Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, Christ Gospel Ministries, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, Episcopal/Anglican Christian Fellowship, Graduate Christian Fellowship, International Christian Fellowship ICF (International Christian Fellowship) is a church movement aimed at young people and charismatic evangelism of the style typical of US Christianity. It began in 1990 in Zürich, Switzerland with ICF Zürich. , Korean Campus Crusade for Christ and New Life Christian Fellowship. Numerous non-Christian groups meet on campus as well.

Gingrich wasn't the only one looking to shift the blame for the massacre away from Cho. The Rev. Donald Wildmon's American Family Association The American Family Association (AFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes conservative Christian values.[1][2][3][4] It was founded in 1977 by Rev.  (AFA AFA

In currencies, this is the abbreviation for the Afghanistan Afghani.

The currency market, also known as the Foreign Exchange market, is the largest financial market in the world, with a daily average volume of over US $1 trillion.
) issued a video blaming the Virginia Tech tragedy on the alleged expulsion of God from public education.

Titled "The Day They Kicked God out of the Schools," the video begins with a voice-over from "Concerned Students" asking God why he did not save the school children at multiple school shootings in recent years. Comes God's reply: "Dear concerned students, 1 am not allowed in schools. Sincerely, God." The AFA is selling the video for $5 apiece.

Not to be outdone out·do  
tr.v. out·did , out·done , out·do·ing, out·does
To do more or better than in performance or action. See Synonyms at excel.
, the Religious Right group Worldview world·view  
n. In both senses also called Weltanschauung.
1. The overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world.

2. A collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group.
 Weekend asserted that Cho was really an Islamic terrorist. No evidence has come to light indicating that Cho was anything but an unhinged young man, but Worldview Weekend, citing a letter from a Messianic rabbi in Newport News, Va., asserts that on the tapes, Cho quoted the Koran. The rabbi cites an unnamed police officer as his source.
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Publication:Church & State
Date:Jun 1, 2007
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