The Real Reason for Newtown Shootings

Is this the real reason behind Sandy Hook,” asks the Worldnutdaily. Oh boy, what’s it gonna be this time? A UN plot to take our guns away? A secret Illuminati conspiracy? Nope, much simpler than all that. But it begins with this rather silly statement:

Amid national soul searching in the wake of one of the worst mass shootings in American history, faith leaders say the removal of God from the nation’s schools and communities is at the root of this monstrous tragedy.

And by “faith leaders,” they of course mean “morons.”

Marshall Foster, a Christian historian, founder of the World History Institute and author of the introduction to the newly-republished 1599 Geneva Bible, says he’s sick of the media’s attempt to make excuses for Adam Lanza’s mass murder of school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

In the face of all the “politically correct mumbo jumbo,” Foster says the culprit is “not an imbalance of chemical enzymes in Lanza’s brain; the culprit is Lanza’s sin nature.”

Ah yes, his “sin nature.” But according to Christian theology, we’re all born with that “sin nature” as a result of Eve’s fruity flirtation with the serpent. And yet almost none of us goes on kiling sprees at schools. You think maybe this is just a bit oversimplified?

“So when we look at the tragedy that just took place and we start blaming … we immediately go to guns and other purported causes,” Foster told WND. “We go to some external cause: It’s his psychology, it’s his mother, it’s the divorce. It’s something outside, instead of looking at the real cause, which for thousands of years since the time of Christ, people have understood to be good and evil.”

Except those are descriptions, not causes. People do things that we classify as good or evil; good or evil aren’t things in and of themselves that cause anything to happen. This is distilled stupidity.

Comments

  1. steve oberski says

    In the face of all the “politically correct mumbo jumbo,” Foster says…

    For someone whose raison d’être is “mumbo jumbo”, Foster is flinging poo through the walls of his glass worship hut.

  2. John Hinkle says

    If God is everywhere, then he’s in the schools. If he’s not in the schools, then he’s not one of those omni things, and that spells trouble for Xian theology.
     
    And how exactly did he get removed from the schools? Did the school bouncers come up behind him and grab his collar and belt and shove him out through the swinging doors into the horse muck?

  3. says

    In the face of all the “politically correct mumbo jumbo,” Foster says the culprit is “not an imbalance of chemical enzymes in Lanza’s brain; the culprit is Lanza’s sin nature.”

    Urge to smash things rising…rising…RISING!!!

    Yeah, that’s a really thoughtful assessment of the incident, Foster, you blinkered fuckwit.

    rising….rising…RISING!!!

  4. imrryr says

    the culprit is Lanza’s sin nature

    Well then, that means the culprit is actually God, since He supposedly created everything, including Lanza’s ‘sin nature’.

  5. dingojack says

    I’m sure there will be similar incidents in, just as an example, Australia, same lack of school-lead prayers, same good/evil problem and….. well no.
    Perhaps there’s some other factor that increases the chances of such mass shootings?
    I wonder what that factor could be…?
    Dingo

  6. haitied says

    Oh wow. . . The comments. . . The comments are so much worse. Everything from the praise of the pristine ultra-white, Christian, non-violent society of the 50′s, to “There was a 2nd gunman @ the school”. ., “to that brown muslim president guy stole the election & kills babbys”. . . WTF?!?!?! The sad thing is it’s not mental illness. . . It’s friggin leaned behavior by people who love to make the babbys. Super sadface on this one. I can’t imagine anything worse than that publication or it’s minions, well maybe the fact that this IS the mainstream right. . .

  7. dingojack says

    What did I expect? ‘
    The Whirled Nut Daily echo-chamber thinks that ‘argumentum ad castor’ is a winning proposition, blissfully unaware that facts and figures are at even the laziest researcher’s fingertips thanks to this new-fangled intertoobs thingy.
    @@
    Dingo

  8. says

    In Fundieland, evil is a force, personified by the devil, that does make things happen and influences people’s action. It’s really ironic that fundies hate Dungeons and Dragons so much, because this kind of cartoon villainy where evil does evil things for its own sake fits right in with the themes of most fantasy RPGs.

  9. thisisaturingtest says

    Except those are descriptions, not causes. People do things that we classify as good or evil; good or evil aren’t things in and of themselves that cause anything to happen.

    Ed, that’s about as good a capsule description of the definitional difference between religious thinking and reality-based thinking as I’ve ever seen. Mucho kudos, poundcake! french fries! and all that.

  10. raven says

    God is in charge and everything happens for a reason.

    Satan and the demons did it.

    It’s Obama’s fault, or the UN.

    Not only is xian theology incoherent, it changes often based on convenience and politics.

    This is what happens when there are millions of xian gods, all of them sockpuppets for millions of…xians.

  11. abb3w says

    Given what I’ve been able to make out of the demographics of Newtown (circa 80th percentile Romney leaning of CT reporting areas, gun club member mom; GOP and gun-owner affiliations appear to correlate to religiosity), it seems likely that Lanza’s religious upbringing was more (rather than less) devout than the American average. Correlation isn’t causation, but it’s hard to have causation without correlation.

    I suspect the distinction between “Lanza was evil” and “Lanza was a person who did things that resulted in evil” is something that the deontologically (“rule-based”) religious will find a distinction harder to grasp than the consequentialist inclined.

  12. gshelley says

    the media’s attempt to make excuses for Adam Lanza’s mass murder of school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

    I haven’t seen much, if any of this. Speculation about what might have caused it,, but if that counts as making excuses, so does attributing it to his “sin Nature”

  13. Doug Little says

    OK so now can we move on and try and make it harder for evil to get weapons of mass murder right?… Right?

  14. dan4 says

    “Sin nature?” So this guy is actually saying that it’s NATURAL for Lanza to have done what he did?!

  15. iangould says

    You’d think the Catholic Primary school and the homeschooling by his mum, a stay at home full-time mother and conservative Republican, would have wrestled his sin nature into submission.

  16. kermit. says

    it seems like every time somebody commits evil, somebody like this says that is it “making excuses” to explain it, then goes on to explain it.

    We have free will, which apparently means that we have no reason for our actions, but that sinner made those choices because he/she is a woman / brown / black / deformed / different.

    Don’t make excuses by claiming that the beatings he got made him that way, because other people were beaten and don’t act that way now. But if I had raised him, he’d be a decent Christian man now.

    We have free will, but have all 20,000,000,000 of us (so far) decided to be disobedient. We decide that because we are the children of Adam and Eve, who were guilty of disobedience before they knew the difference between right and wrong. Therefore we freely choose to be naughty…

    Sigh. My mind went ’round these statements until I was dizzy as a kid. When I was 13 and realized that all adults were insane, life got a little easier.

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