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Colorado Shooter Was Adulterous, Abusive Evangelical Obsessed With The Apocalypse, ‘N.Y. Times’ Reports

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Colorado Shooter Was Adulterous, Abusive Evangelical Obsessed With The Apocalypse, ‘N.Y. Times’ Reports

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Robert Lewis Dear, the suspect in Friday’s Planned Parenthood shooting, was a rage-filled, sporadically employed philanderer and drifter who believed that the end of the world was nigh. And as long as he believed in God, he trusted he had a get-out-of-Hell-free card, no matter what violence he advocated or inflicted upon the people in his life, according to an exhaustive, harrowing report published in The New York Times Tuesday.

Among the kernels uncovered from Dear’s sparsely documented life is a sworn affidavit from his second of three wives, given during their 1993 divorce, in which she said of Dear: “As long as he believes he will be saved, he can do whatever he pleases. He is obsessed with the world coming to an end.”

The Times reports:

[I]n court documents and interviews with people who knew Mr. Dear well, a picture emerges of an angry and occasionally violent man who seemed deeply disturbed and deeply contradictory: He was a man of religious conviction who sinned openly, a man who craved both extreme solitude and near-constant female company, a man who successfully wooed women but, some of them say, also abused them. He frequented marijuana websites, then argued with other posters, often through heated religious screeds.

“Turn to JESUS or burn in hell,” he wrote on one site on Oct. 7, 2005. “WAKE UP SINNERS U CANT SAVE YOURSELF U WILL DIE AN WORMS SHALL EAT YOUR FLESH, NOW YOUR SOUL IS GOING SOMEWHERE.”

In explicating Dear’s extreme evangelical Christian views and impassioned anti-abortion comments (referring to violence against abortion providers as “God’s work”), the article confounds recent right-wing attempts to obfuscate his motives. Although Dear was reported to have said “No more baby parts,” echoing comments made by conservatives in Congress and on the campaign trail, Republicans were quick to put distance between their rhetoric and the shooter’s actions.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) even went so far as to suggest that Dear was a “transgendered [sic] leftist activist,” because, Cruz asserted, he had been registered to vote as a woman (a clerical error that Dear had sought to correct, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette).

Via The New York Times

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Sam Reisman

Sam Reisman is the former managing editor at The National Memo, where he still writes the weekly "This Week In Crazy" column. His writing has appeared in Flavorpill, The Huffington Post, Columbia Daily Spectator, and Bwog. He was the publisher of the 2010 edition of Inside New York, an annual guidebook to the city for students and young professionals.

Since 2011, he has co-curated and hosted Peculiar Streams, a showcase for NYC-based writers, musicians, comedians, and filmmakers. He is a staff writer at Mediaite, and blogs at SamReisman.com.

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  1. Paragryne December 1, 2015

    In other words, he’s every stereotype possible.

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  2. Otto Greif December 1, 2015

    James Holmes also smoked weed, so did Eliot Rodger.

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    1. JPHALL December 1, 2015

      And millions of others who will never hurt other people.

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    2. tomtype December 2, 2015

      They also probably also had sips of “demon rum” in the past too.

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      1. Otto Greif December 2, 2015

        “Smoking potent cannabis was linked to 24% of new psychosis cases analysed in a study by King’s College London.

        The research suggests the risk of psychosis is three times higher for users of potent “skunk-like” cannabis than for non-users…Scientists found the risk of psychosis was five times higher for those who use it every day compared with non-users.

        They also concluded the use of hash, a milder form of the drug, was not associated with increased risk of psychosis.”

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        1. tomtype December 2, 2015

          You ever worked with long term alcoholics?
          How about people traumatized by war?
          There are all kinds of triggers for mental problems. I wouldn’t doubt that in the future the may find reading Discus injurious to one’s mental health.

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          1. Otto Greif December 2, 2015

            You seem defensive.

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        2. Hueight December 3, 2015

          Hash is a milder form of cannabis? I guess things have changed since the seventies.

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  3. dtgraham December 1, 2015

    Gee, he sounds like the right wing posters here at the NM. Then again, I guess he can’t be. I think we’re all very aware of the long simmering hatred that transgender socialists have for abortion.

    Geez.

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  4. tomtype December 2, 2015

    I realize there is no direct relationship, but in the middle of the article was an ad with the headline “Stop ISIS Now at the Borders.”
    If you really want to understand ISIS, look closely into this fellow. He holds very similar views that the one big deed will atone for a life of sin. So it doesn’t matter how much yu sin, since God will forgive you when you accomplish that one big deed. More conventional Christianity and Islam say that conversion or adherence should turn the person away from sin. And that God in the last judgement weighs both your good and bad deeds.

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