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What Caused the Ft. Hood Shooting? Evolution. Obviously.

As always happens after mass shooting incidents, lots of people immediately conclude that it was caused by whatever they were already against and could have been prevented by whatever they were already in favor of. And what caused it? Teaching evolution in schools, of course.

After World Wars I and II, returning soldiers had similar problems manifested in suicides, alcohol and drug abuse, and depression – but no mass shootings. Dr. Alex McFarland with the Center for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at North Greenville University points out that back then Christianity was the core of the community.

McFarland, Alex”I think what’s different in the 21st century versus the post-World War II generation is that there was a Christian mental view,” he shares. “More people went to church, there was a spiritual foundation – and when they were at the very end of their tether, previous generations would turn to God.”

In addition, McFarland says America is now about four decades into a culture of death.

“Veterans had grown up in an America that saw life as being a gift from God,” he says. “Now we’ve cheapened life and we’ve told generations of public school students that there is no creator God, there’s purposeless evolution – and now since 1973, we’ve murdered ten times more human beings than Adolph Hitler through abortion.”

Obviously. How could it possibly be otherwise? Checkmate, atheists.

Comments

  1. busterggi says

    “McFarland says America is now about four decades into a culture of death.”

    Well if anyone knows about a culture of death its a man who considers a corpse on a stick to be the best thing that ever happened to humanity.

  2. blf says

    Obviously. Guns have evolved to shoot further and faster, and the military has evolved into a much larger force. So there are plenty more targets which can be killed more quickly, all thanks to evilution!

  3. steve oberski says

    “Veterans had grown up in an America that saw life as being a gift from God,”

    These would be the veterans returning from WWII that saw over 60 million people killed ?

    Yahweh would approve at this blood sacrifice I’m sure.

  4. eric says

    After World Wars I and II, returning soldiers had similar problems manifested in suicides, alcohol and drug abuse, and depression – but no mass shootings.

    IIRC from Better Angels, the amount of homicides per capita has actually declined in the last 70 years. It appears our “culture of death” is correlated with less shootings, not more.

  5. Chiroptera says

    Well, he has a point. There was absolutely no violence at all, ever, until Darwin came up with evolution.

  6. Larry says

    #4

    Shoot, the Yahweh I know considers 60 million dead just a good start but still pretty much rookie numbers.

  7. Synfandel says

    @1 busterggi wrote: “Well if anyone knows about a culture of death its a man who considers a corpse on a stick to be the best thing that ever happened to humanity.”

    That is so concise and potent it should a haiku.

  8. says

    It’s laughable that we’re referring to “a culture of death” in the same breath as we speak about a SOLDIER who went on a killing spree. What else ARE soldiers but an intentionally created warrior class “culture of death?” Anyone who has been to boot camp understands that they were there to become well-trained killers. Why, then, does anyone find it odd that when s soldier “goes off” about something, he does so in a military fashion using the weapons that he was trained to use? They’re lucky he didn’t choose an M4 rifle with a grenade launcher!

    This idiot views the world through his own prism. I’ll bet there are plenty of others who think it’s god’s retribution for our tolerance of gays in the military or some other such nonsense. It’s all circus and distraction from the real problem: the mental health and well-being of our soldiers is being completely neglected, before, during and after recruitment and service.

  9. scienceavenger says

    What Caused the Ft. Hood Shooting? Obviously a complete lack of good guys with guns on the premises…

  10. Taz says

    If the facts conflict with your mental view then the problem is with your mental view, not the facts.

  11. Sastra says

    Just out of curiosity, I wonder what those who claim that modern day mass shootings are “because we teach evolution in the schools” would say if someone shot up an army base, mall, movie theater, campus, or other public area as a PROTEST against teaching evolution in the schools. Would they suddenly become mum? Or would there still be a chorus of “yes, but you see what it makes people do?”

  12. scienceavenger says

    Wingnut vs wingnut: Brietbart says homicide rates lowest in 50 years:

    “Murder rates are measured by the number of deaths per 100,000 people, which allows comparisons to be made independent of the overall population. In 2011, the U.S. murder rate was 4.8 per 100,000, the lowest since 1963, when the rate was slightly lower at 4.6 per 100,000.”

    So clearly legal abortion has reduced crime.

  13. eric says

    @13 – pretty sure it would be the latter. The neo-puritan reasoning seems to go: when bad people do bad things, its because they were raised in our bohemian culture. When otherwise good people do bad things, its because they were pushed into it by our bohemian culture.

  14. says

    @14:

    They may be right about the raw numbers but the rest of their thinking is similar to what gunzloonz like to use when they claim that we’re SAFER cuz teh GUNZ.

    The reality is a little more complicated

    We have fewer fatalities per 100,000 injuries by gun (and automobile and most other accidents, as well as disease processes) because we have more medical facilities and better equipment, drugs and techniques. It ain’t fucking magic and it sure as shit ain’t from skydaddy.

  15. frankb says

    “Survival of the fittest” obviously means shooting others before they even think of shooting you. Checkmate, evolutionists.

  16. spacejunkie says

    @8
    Darwin’s deadly horde
    Don’t trample innocent lives!
    Praise the corpsicle!

  17. says

    @8:
    A culture of death:
    Change through modified descent,
    Or a tortured corpse?

    Were all these men shot,
    By one who reveres nothing,
    Or by one of faith?

    Is it one who holds
    A perfect world beyond
    Above the material?

    Or is it one who
    Sees the beauty of nature
    And has but one life?

  18. Jeremy Shaffer says

    McFarland, Alex”I think what’s different in the 21st century versus the post-World War II generation is that there was a Christian mental view,” he shares.

    I suppose that’s one possibility. Another is that maybe it was because we actually took care of the soldiers when they came home instead of starting a couple of wars we had no real business starting, with no plan on how to get out of them (probably because that was never goal to begin with), and no concern for the people who wouldn’t or couldn’t fight said wars except as publicity.

    Or maybe dude’s just talking a load of shit.

  19. dingojack says

    What Caused the Ft. Hood Shooting?

    GODDIDIT!

    What? He didn’t?
    But I thought he was the most powerful god ever, he who can do all things and can make all things possible, He who is in charge of the whole universe….
    I guess not, eh?
    Gee — he’s kinda piss-weak then isn’t he?
    Dingo

  20. Dunc says

    Another is that maybe it was because we actually took care of the soldiers when they came home

    Yet another possibility is that the military has become much more effective in training people to kill. I believe the US military spent quite a lot of time and effort on this particular issue after WWII, although my google-fu is failing me this morning…

  21. anubisprime says

    These monumental blowhards try to wrestle, bend, force, crumple and distort all the facts to fit it into a scenario where all blame is aimed at the one thing that frightens them to the very core of their being.

    And they do it at any excuse and in all tragedies, all jeebus sunbeams do, it is a desperation and a fear which compels them to make it up and lie about it with a straight face.

    Every single one of them are betraying their own xianity, in attempting to support it with shovelling and piling up the utter bullshite, they are in fact rotting and chipping away the very foundations they build their ‘faith’ upon, and the more they rot and chip the more the edifice wobbles and the more desperate they get.

    The liars and con artists the scammers and the barking righteous are destroying the ‘golden goose’ it is already damaged irrevocably now they cannot stop the implacable slide down into the bubbling stinking tar pit of historical nonsense, and it will take its innate bigotry, intolerance and hatreds with it.

    Even when fully and rightly regarded as a mythology it is a dull, grey and lifeless tale compared to the real stars in that firmament.
    Ragnarök even outshines the rapture, Genesis and Noah all by its self…

  22. says

    “These monumental blowhards try to wrestle, bend, force, crumple and distort all the facts to fit it into a scenario where all blame is aimed at the one thing that frightens them to the very core of their being”

    Teh GAYmawwied homobuttsecks teachers, teaching EEEEEEEEEEEEbilution in GODLESS gummint’ funded skuuls–funded with the money they stole from MY MEDICARE–where students are expelled for saying the LORD’S prayer while the atheohomocommie students get to drink, smoke and fuck in the classroom? That one thing, or something else?

  23. davidchapman says

    “McFarland, Alex”I think what’s different in the 21st century versus the post-World War II generation is that there was a Christian mental view,” he shares. “More people went to church, there was a spiritual foundation – and when they were at the very end of their tether, previous generations would turn to God.

    13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle.

    15 “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. 16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the Lord in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the Lord’s people. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

    19 “Anyone who has killed someone or touched someone who was killed must stay outside the camp seven days. On the third and seventh days you must purify yourselves and your captives. 20 Purify every garment as well as everything made of leather, goat hair or wood.”

    21 Then Eleazar the priest said to the soldiers who had gone into battle, “This is what is required by the law that the Lord gave Moses: 22 Gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, lead 23 and anything else that can withstand fire must be put through the fire, and then it will be clean. But it must also be purified with the water of cleansing. And whatever cannot withstand fire must be put through that water. 24 On the seventh day wash your clothes and you will be clean. Then you may come into the camp.”

    Numbers 31, New International Version.

    Perhaps the fundamental problem is that the military has forgotten the importance of ritual purification.

  24. eric says

    @21:


    McFarland, Alex”I think what’s different in the 21st century versus the post-World War II generation is that there was a Christian mental view,” he shares.

    I suppose that’s one possibility. Another is that maybe it was because we actually took care of the soldiers when they came home

    Its neither. The real answer is that, as @16 and @26 point out, he’s just plain wrong in thinking the past was less violent. It was more violent. There were more per capita shootings. The perception that it was less violent is due to three factors: less prevalent media coverage, tone of media coverage (i.e., it was less sensational), and the fact that we tend to view the past through rose colored glasses.

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