What influeced Jared Lee Loughner? The media is trying to pin it on “violent rhetoric” from the right, but a friend of his disagrees.
Glenn played audio from an interview with a friend of Jared Loughner, Zach Osler. Osler said, “He did not watch TV, he disliked the news, he didn't listen to political radio, he didn't take sides. He wasn't on the left, he wasn't on the right,” adding, “I really think that this Zeitgeist documentary had a profound impact on Jared Loughner.”
Glenn played some audio from the documentary. Among the quotes?
- “The reality is Jesus was the sole deity of the gnostic Christian sect and like all other pagan gods, he was a mythical figure.”
- “Christianity, along with all other related theologies, is an historical front. These religions now serve to detach the species from the natural world and likewise each other.”
- “The religious myth is one of the most powerful devices ever created and it serves as the psychological soil upon which other myths can flourish.”
Now that’s some pretty horrible rhetoric. Clearly right wing, right? No. Crazy and weird, but not right wing.
And Glenn doesn’t want the documentary to be pulled either, as it would be as wrong to attribute blame to the documentary. “I'm not asking for anybody to be silenced. I'm not asking for any of those things.” Glenn only brings it up because this is someone who knew the shooter saying this probably had an influence over his actions.
“More speech, not less speech. So my agenda is not to shut anybody down. The truth has no agenda. Mine is to tell the truth,” Glenn said.