Posted by: Jim | April 18, 2007

But of Course …

A Christian blames the killings at Virginia Tech on secular philosophies.

No need to even comment.

Thanks to Xtian.net for this one.

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  1. No, Virginia, there isn’t a Santa Claus.

    If you want a handbook on how to commit mass murder and morally justify it, look no further than the Bible, the bloodiest story ever told. Yeah sure, if everyone really lived by the supposed words of Christ, we’d be better off — but nobody does, and Christians in general have a pretty piss-poor record of ‘loving thy neighbor’.

    The reality here is that this Cho guy cracked because evidently he spent his youth in the Bible Belt surrounded by little bigots, probably many of them so-called ‘Christians’, who abused him mercilessly because he was Asian and because he was ‘different’.

    Yeah, the whole thing is a horrible tragedy, and I am sad for the families of the kids who were killed. But before we go down the same old garden path of crying out for ‘justice’ and calling the guy a ‘madman’ or a ‘monster’ and absurdly blaming ‘secularism’, let’s remember who shares the blame here: a culture of intolerance that alienates kids who are ‘different’, and that same culture which glorifies violence as a solution to problems, in the name of entertainment, religious fervor and/or patriotism.

    When I was a kid, I was harassed unendingly because I was short, skinny, nerdy, wore glasses, and was too smart for my own good and too small and scared to defend myself. I was beaten up on a weekly basis, and verbally taunted the rest of the time, for no reason other than that I was an easy target. I can’t count the number of times I fantasized about revenge on those little bastards, and while (thankfully) I managed to grow up without actually acting out my fantasies, I can understand the pain that could cause someone to snap if pushed too far. Back then we suburban kids didn’t grow up desensitized to mass violence the way kids are these days, and nobody brought guns to school. But if they had, I’m sure a few of us ‘different’ kids would have been tempted to use them.

    Virginia Tech, Columbine and the rest of the all-too-frequent nightmares of violence that keep happening around us are the product of a society that cares about life only when it is taken away, and cultivates xenophobic conformism and its resulting alienation as if it were all a big videogame. So don’t be all that surprised when the videogame becomes real.

    You wanna start getting all Biblical here? Then here’s a good quote to remember: that which you sow, you will also reap.

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  2. Amen!


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