GOP House Candidate: ‘Atheist Agenda’ Caused Sandy Hook Shooting

A Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives once blamed the Sandy Hook school shooting on the “atheist agenda that has permeated every corner of our society.”

Zach Dasher, who is a nephew of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson and recently received the Robinson family’s endorsement, is trying to unseat Rep. Vance McAllister, who became known as the “kissing comgressman” earlier this year. Despite first saying he won’t seek re-election, McAllister has since changed his mind about that.

Dasher made the comments just three days after the Sandy Hook shooting while hosting a podcast titled “Why Did This Happen” on a website he ran.

“He was made in the image of God,” Dasher said of the shooter. “But somewhere along the way he believed what the atheist says. He reduced humanity to nothing more than a collection of atoms, to be discarded like an old banana peel. I guarantee you, now this is my hypothesis, that even saw himself as nothing more than chemicals.”

He also said those who blamed the shooting on loose gun laws or mental illness were missing the point: “To blame the acts of a mass murderer on mental illness, for one, is a slap in the face, I think, to reason. It’s the equivalent of blaming lung cancer on coughing.”

Dasher also blamed the advent of video games and online porn on “postmodernism.”

Interestingly enough, the Robertson family endorsed McAllister for his special election last year. But now that Phil’s nephew is running against the “kissing congressman,” could Duck Dynasty sink the very congressman they endorsed less than a year ago?

[h/t The Hill]

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