Everybody has a reaction to yesterday’s shooting

December 15, 2012

Your ears and eyes are likely jammed with images and words about the shooting yesterday in Sandy Hook Connecticut.

You may have heard that the killer’s name was Adam Lanza. He was 20. And not only did he kill his mother (possibly), I read his girlfriend and another friend are missing.

Likely, your Facebook feeds are stuffed with responses.

Of course there are those who blame the video games. The POV shooters. I have a hard time on that one. I wonder about those games desensitizing some people who might be prone to mental illness.

People are blaming that there aren’t enough emphasis on mental illness in this country.

People are citing the meme about far less shooting deaths in other countries with far less belief in God.

Many people are focusing on religious responses on Facebook. You know, I’ll pray for the victims. I’ll pray for the suspect.

Others: gun control. I have one friend who deleted someone for going too far to evangelical land and blaming liberal atheists.

That guy said, “I don’t know what I believe about god, but if that god allowed such things to happen, I’m not sure I could believe in that god.”

I don’t think the guy saw the irony.

I have another friend saying that Obama should have made a stronger stand during his press conference on what he’s going to do to make sure this never happens again.

On my blog, this post is getting mad hits. At the link, I posted a screen cap of a Facebook conversation with a girl who posted that stupid meme,

“Dear God, why do you allow so much violence in our schools? Signed a concerned student.

[BREAK]

“Dear concerned student, I’m not allowed in schools. God.”

Another friend on Facebook ranted about Mike Huckabee and how he is complaining without God in schools, violence is going to happen.

God has no control over an elementary school because, while there might be people who claim Christianity there, one established religion isn’t allowed. So he is killing or allowing the murder of innocent children?

My point is that my non-religious friends are up in arms. My religious friends are up in arms.

Hell, I just did a count for how many pages on Facebook have been started that read, “Adam Lanza [the killer] burn in hell”. There are about 24.

There’s Facebook page, Adam Lanza Connecticut shooter rot in hell.

I realize these are coping mechanisms. But I can’t help but criticize this as tomfoolery and an embarrassment to other believers. But other believers don’t speak up against it, that I hear.

I don’t have kids. Things like what happened yesterday make me wonder if not having kids is generally okay.

If I had to deal with the heartache. The turmoil of even telling a child today about what happened.

That a mass shooting could happen in his or her school. That he or she could be in a situation to fend for his or her life.

Bad things happen to good people.

Evil things happen to children.

My heart breaks thinking about it in a hypothetical situation.

Or you could lie to your children and yourself and not tell them anything. Keep on living in your utopian garden.

There are several frustrating things about this whole catastrophe. And there is little that betrays my understanding of the world more than when someone writes or says, “Thank God my family, my children, my friends are safe.”

As if one person has the magic connection to Jesus to keep this far from them.

As if God went out of his way to keep you from this same pain.

As if some people actually deserved this pain.

There’s one thing you won’t hear, among the people cheering on Adam Lanza’s burning in hell, and that’s: well, at least these children are alive again in heaven.

At least we can bask in the glory that these children are with their maker. That they’ve been healed. They are not in pain, but in glory.

This is one of the reasons I don’t believe.

Because no matter the incident. No matter the death count.

People will yell with certainty that Adam Lanza is burning in hell.

But no one, not until the funerals, will anyone stand in front of the country and say, “These children are better now. Better off. They are wearing silken white robes.”

Because as much as this country wants everyone to believe. And as much as they claim 85% believe.

The atheistic tendencies of people speak louder than they think.

I don’t have the answers. I don’t blame godlessness. I don’t blame god. I can’t blame satan either. I can’t find any proof that those guys exist.

The way I understand religion, I thought Jesus would be the first to offer Adam Lanza salvation.

I thought Jesus would intervene before hand instead of letting his “creation” be trampled by “evil.”

There are answers, though. And those answers could point us to solutions.

And if there is any glory and honor, we’ll fight to make sure this never happens again.

 

****UPDATE*** I was wrong. People are saying that the kids are celebrating in heaven. See here *******


What admirable Christians are writing about Chick-fil-A

August 3, 2012

Okay, okay, I lied. I have to post a link to Matthew Paul Turner’s post called, “5 Reasons Why the Church Failed Yesterday.

I justify it, because I didn’t write it, and it comes from someone attempting to lead the faith pack into an admirable direction. I’ve been following Matthew Paul Turner’s (MPT’s) blog since it was called, “Jesus Needs New PR,” and I’ve consistently gotten the feeling that he’s a guy doing things right.

Just a word, the blog is getting slammed. If you click the link above, you might get an error message or a web site that looks like it came from 1994. Refresh a couple times if that’s the case.

Some admirable bits from MPT’s post:

Many of yesterday’s appreciators were born again Christians, people who, I can only assume, claim to love God, put their trust in Jesus, and have a desire that all people hear and experience the Good News of Christ. That fact alone changes the headline of what happened yesterday.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Chick-Fil-A owners felt loved, made lots of money, and greatly appreciated the somewhat positive press they received all day long. And yes, Mike Huckabee has reason to be proud (dare I say, even cocksure?) of the influence he wields to get Americans to buy chicken. Those CFA cows no doubt love Mike Huckabee!

Jump.

The crowds were so big that you might have thought that Chick-Fil-A was giving away free iPads or Cabbage Patch Dolls or freshly fallen manna from Heaven. And while lots of Christians chose not to participate for various reasons, many did and the Church as whole suffered.

Later when talking about how at the end of the day, a group felt hated by Christians, MPT wrote:

And rather than acknowledging those feelings or trying to understand or engage them in any way, Christians everywhere marched off to their local CFA like it was a cross to bear, a necessity, a battle cry of some sort, the waffle fry’s last stand.

Jump.

By rallying behind CFA, Christians put an issue above people. And it’s impossible to follow Jesus when issues trump people.

And finally:

How many times do we hear Christians say something like, “I don’t hate gay people. I may not agree with their lifestyle. But I don’t hate them… ”

If you were gay, would you believe that? Think about it. Would you feel loved by somebody if they included rules, context, and/or explanations about your lifestyle every time they spoke about how much they don’t hate you? Only when talking about gay people do Christians feel the need to preface their “love” or “non-hate” with some variation of “I don’t agree with your lifestyle, but…” Christians don’t talk about any other group of people like that–only gay people.

Of course the responses range from people supporting MPT to opposing him and his views.

One of the first responses predictably says that Gay people are hurting themselves spiritually and physically, and that’s justification for holding a firm position against them.

Meanwhile, the log in that dude’s own eye is GIGANTIC.

Have you ever been in an argument with a loved one that was ignited by the dumbest fucking trivial reason and it turned into the shitstorm of the century?

Yeah, me neither.

But hypothetically, of course.

This is that dumb argument. And it’s out of control right now.

Once all the dust settles and people remember that people are people. And even think within the framework of their personal worldviews (Christians Christian, Jews Jewish, Muslims, Muslim, Athests Awesome, etc.), we’re all going to realize that the argument was fueled by stubborn, insensitive, ignorant bullshit. We’re going to stand there wondering why this began, why we’re fighting, and why don’t we all share a meal and toast a glass or two.

I, for one, am standing here with my glass raised, waiting for all your dumbasses to pick up the glass that’s already been poured for you.

 


It’s brainwash time … with Mike Huckabee

May 12, 2011

Mike Huckabee has cornered the market on non-biased, historically accurate cartoons!

He says so himself.

What a man!

Did you know Ronald Reagan was the Jesus of the 80s? Well, he was.

He was born of a virgin.

Many wise men came to see him after his birth.

He saved the country and the world from its demise.

He was killed. And he rose again on the third day.

And if you’ll believe that, you’ll believe everything Mike Huckabee has to say about history.

Check out this video (below) and go poke around this web site. You’d think it was a joke, but apparently … it’s not. Check out the video that plays at the bottom of the screen. Their target is most definitely mindless grandparents who have lots of money to throw at their ignorant grandchildren.


Huckabee’s an idiot, claims Obama grew up in Kenya

March 2, 2011

On record, Gov. Mike “Idiot” Huckabee says that President Barack Obama’s worldview was shaped by growing up in Kenya.

From this article in the Telegraph, he says:

“The bust of Winston Churchill, a great insult to the British,” Mr Huckabee said. “But then if you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather. He probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather.”

All this despite that he grew up with his mom in Hawaii and wouldn’t visit Kenya until he was 20.

This is hard to admit, but I read this on Drudge.


Huckabee, Gay marriage is icky

June 22, 2010

From Betty Bowers’ Fan Page:

Mike Huckabee doesn’t approve of gay marriage because the thought of two men or women together is “icky” to him. Honestly, if civil rights were based on whether strangers found something attractive, his whole family would have been in shackles years ago.

http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/huckabee-and-the-gay-marriage-ick-factor.php?ref=fpblg


Mike Huckabee on Jon Stewart

June 19, 2009

Rhetorical question: how come when Mike Huckabee is on Jon Stewart they don’t yell and scream at each other over a diametrically opposed issue as abortion?

I’m quite sure I didn’t like Mike Huckabee that much before this interview. But after watching last night, and then the full version this morning, I have changed my opinion of the man.

Cheers.

Embedding doesn’t seem to work on WordPress. Here’s a link:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-june-18-2009/mike-huckabee


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