Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Trying to make sense of tragedy the wrong way.

Whenever something horrific happens, people naturally try to make sense of it in all sorts of strange ways. And so is it this time again after the recent series of school shootings across America (Pennsylvania, Colorado and Wisconsin).

This one though, which was broadcast on national television (CBS) beats them all (via Think Progress):

This country is in a moral free-fall. For over two generations, the public school system has taught in a moral vacuum, expelling God from the school and from the government, replacing him with evolution, where the strong kill the weak, without moral consequences and life has no inherent value.

We teach there are no absolutes, no right or wrong. And I assure you the murder of innocent children is always wrong, including by abortion. Abortion has diminished the value of children.

Suicide has become an acceptable action and has further emboldened these criminals. And we are seeing an epidemic increase in murder-suicide attacks on our children.

Sadly, our schools are not safe. In fact, we now witness that within our schools. Our children have become a target of terrorists from within the United States.

The man who said those words lost his son in the Columbine shooting. However sad that is, it is even sadder he should have such a twisted perspective. The worst part is that I have heard the same thing from many Conservative Christians before - people I personally know and I think it represents the view of a significant (but still minority) portion of the American Christians.

This is really nothing new though – remember when Rev. Jerry Falwell and Rev. Pat Robertson blamed pagans, abortionists, feminists & gays and lesbians for bringing on the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As Judd remarks on ThinkProgress it is pretty bad that CBS should broadcast such extreme views to millions of people without context or debate.


At 14:36, Anonymous dg said...

Linking this man's statement to the rants of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson is a bit unfair, don't you think? I agree with you that he's off base, but I don't think it's twisted to think that to understand a society's problems one must look at that society's values....

At 17:10, Blogger Joker & Thief said...

I understand and I agree that in some ways, "to understand a society's problems one must look at that society's values". but which values are we talking about? Which one has more to do with the shootings - the teaching of evolution the problem or the availibility of guns? Abortion or violence on TV? Relativism or a controversial war of an administration that more or less condones torture? Who can tell....
Personally, I fail to see how the teaching of evolution is linked to the shcool shooting in the same way I find it difficult to see how gay rights could be linked to 9/11. That's where I draw a parallel between Falwell, Robertson and this man.
To me, it is a "conservative" approach in the true sense of the word. People who do not accept the changes in our society blame those changes for everything else. One blames what one doesn't understand or agree with for everything that goes wrong. Besides, in those particularly cases, it is based on a moral view that I find extremely prejudicial and dangerous. The idea that lies behind that "moral view" is that if you don't have God in your life, you're either dangerous or deserve to be punished. What can of God are we talking about? Do we mean that people who don't believe in God are less moral? I don't think so.


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