For the Millionth Time, Evil Doesn’t DO Anything

One of the most tiresome tropes of the Christian right is how they personify evil. They actually blame things on “evil” as if it was an entity that exists and takes action rather than a description of actions that human beings take. Here’s Gina Loudon doing that with the Charleston shootings.

The experts rushed to be in front of the TV cameras this week to give their opinion on what or who was to blame for the Charleston massacre.

Many shoes were thrown at televisions this week as these experts blamed medication, lack of medication, racism, gridlock in D.C., guns and more for the Charleston deaths. The experts missed the real cause.

Evil is to blame. And the denial of evil is equally to blame…

Those who blame this massacre on anything but evil have their motivations.

The American Medical Association tries to label evil medical so that they can prescribe more medication, when arguably, psychotropics lead to incidents like the Charleston shooting, and many others.

The mental health field attempts to psychologize these tragedies so that they can stay relevant as if talking through someone’s evil will help.

Oh for fuck’s sake, really? Evil is a description, not a thing. We use it to describe someone’s actions when they are destructive, brutal and cruel (and in some other circumstances, of course). It’s an abstraction, not a material thing that is capable of taking action on its own. Such a moronic argument.

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  • laurentweppe

    One of the most tiresome tropes of the Christian right is how they personify evil.

    Wait: are you implying they’re not evil personified?

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    “Evil Doesn’t DO Anything”

    Darn tootin’! I filled my lawnmower with evil. Still won’t run!

  • blf

    Like dark matter, we can detect evil’s apparent effects — librutalism, evilution, an icky uppity one of them in the White House, a tendency to jump motorcycles over big trucks — but it’s awfully hard to catch and bottle any of the actual stuff. Imaginary researchers at the RNC (Reality-Not Corp.) antithink hole, funded by Faux & Kochroach Bros., are busily digging their way to a solution using power shovels.

    It is hard and dangerous work, with all the demons being uncovered and the extension cord being too short. Eventually, and long before either dinnertime or even teh rapture, they will enter the dark and forbidden realm of hades, where lumps of pure evil fall out of the burning air into the pools of boiling shite. A specially-crafted grail of the most holliness water will be lowered into the pit, and a lump of evil will fall into it. The grail will be sealed with the blood of a thousand virgins — volunteers still needed — and carefully returned to the surface, provided, that is, the team learns to stop digging and tie their shoelaces. (With pits of boiling shite below, potty-training is not essential.)

    The sample of evil, carefully housed in the creation coconut-eating-dino barncretin theme park, will prove — PROVE!!!1! — all youse doubters wronger.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Face facts Ed. It is Evil. You try to avoid it, because you know that the only way to fight Evil is to put the Bible back in schools, in government, and in the courts. And also in no way regulate firearms.

  • http://healthvsmedicine.blogspot.com cervantes

    The devil made him do it. That’s what she’s really saying.

  • caseloweraz

    Loudon: Many shoes were thrown at televisions this week as these experts blamed medication, lack of medication, racism, gridlock in D.C., guns and more for the Charleston deaths. The experts missed the real cause.

    She’s right: None of those was the actual cause.

    The real, true, and absolutely accurate cause of Dylann Roof’s rampage is that he was enamored of the gorgeous lady Gina Loudon and acted to protect her.

    In fact, he’s still protecting her because he hasn’t revealed his feelings. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

    This diversion game is so easy to play…

  • http://nigelthebold.com/ Avo, also nigelTheBold

    Many shoes were thrown at televisions this week as these experts blamed medication, lack of medication, racism, gridlock in D.C., guns and more for the Charleston deaths. The experts missed the real cause.

    The American Medical Association tries to label evil medical so that they can prescribe more medication, when arguably, psychotropics lead to incidents like the Charleston shooting, and many others.

    Emphasis mine.

    Sloppy thinking, Gina Loudon’s.

  • eric

    @2: have you thought this through? You drive your car to the station. Plug in the nozzle. Fill it up on the past pain and suffering of millions of squozen dinosaurs, a substance that also destroys the environment when used that way. That’s pretty close to ‘pure liquid evil,’ don’t you think?

  • marcus

    Loudon the dumbfuck: (I was going to call her an idiot but it would have been an insult to idiots.)

    Many shoes were thrown at televisions this week as these experts blamed medication, lack of medication, racism, gridlock in D.C., guns and more for the Charleston deaths. The experts missed the real cause.

    ‘Racism’ even didn’t even make the first on the list FFS!

    I’m surprised these people don’t just auto-asphyxiate because they are too goddamn stupid to remember to draw in another fucking breath.

  • scienceavenger

    Hell, if they can have a war on terror, personifying evil is a piece of cake.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    @8: That might be my problem. I was using the solid form of evil.

    I went to the station, the attendant filled it up with chunks of evil. (Well, the 2nd attendant did. The 1st one touched the evil and turned into a hermit crab.)

  • caseloweraz

    <ahem> I was about to say that it was so much easier to find evil in Time Bandits. But I didn’t make it in time.

  • caseloweraz

    Folks, allow me to present Internet Loon #895.

  • Karen Locke

    Well, then, give Evil its Christian name: Satan. As far as I can tell, Christians blame him for everything that can possibly go wrong, and extol his anti-virtues as a power operating against their deity. I find that just as tiresome as any other way of personifying evil. In my reading of the bible, Satan seems to be the guy in charge of God’s Shitty Little Jobs Department. Need somebody to test people by providing temptation? Get Satan to do it. Need to destroy the life of some guy (Job) on a bar bet? Let Satan do it. Need someone to tempt Christ himself? Hey, Satan, here’s a job for you!

    Right.

    Evil is a description of actions; some people are so proud of their own evil actions (or the evil actions of others) that it’s appropriate to call them evil. It’s sloppy writing, but understood, if you say “evil happened”, when what you mean is “(a) evil thing(s) happened”. But the word should be used as an adjective.

  • bmiller

    Good points!

    One thing we have to be careful about is something similar though. Making statements like “religion does this, religion does that”. Religion is not something that acts. Human beings do this and that, for complex reasons, including ideology and religious belief.

  • djk1

    Antonin Scalia, for one, believes that the devil exists in the real world and is the literal personification of evil. It’s obvious to him, and he’s offended that anybody would doubt it:

    http://www.salon.com/2013/10/07/scalia_i_believe_in_the_devil/

  • freehand

    I don’t know about all of this. I’m OK with using evil as an adjective and a noun (meaning, of course, evil behavior). Can’t we talk about the effects of violence and violent behavior, joy and joyful behavior, seduction and seductive behavior, chaos and chaotic behavior?

    .

    Obviously religious fundamentalists cannot speak on any of these subjects without being absurd. That is no reason to think the concepts can’t be useful for adult conversations.

  • moarscienceplz

    theschwa @#2

    Darn tootin’! I filled my lawnmower with evil. Still won’t run!

    I initially read this as: I filled my lawyer with evil.

    And my though was, “Carrying coals to Newcastle”.

  • moarscienceplz

    Antonin Scalia, for one, believes that the devil exists in the real world and is the literal personification of evil. It’s obvious to him

    Well, when you see the face of Lucifer every time you pass a mirror, it does make unbelief pretty difficult.

  • bmiller

    So…was it “evil” for the hebrews to impale every man, woman and child when they conquered Palestine?

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    The devil made him do it. That’s what she’s really saying.

    Yep. But how do they know God didn’t make him do it? Apparently God is directly responsible for all sorts of shitty things like earthquakes and floods, and he makes or lets bad shit happen in order to ‘test’ christians all the time. How do we know he wasn’t just testing the faith of black christians in South Carolina?

  • jaybee

    The only way to stop a bad guy with evil is by a good guy with evil. Wait…

  • jeroenmetselaar

    For a good understanding how christianity views evil go read Stephen King. Especially Salem’s Lot which deals with exactly this theme.

    It is a logical (fwiw) conclusion from christian theology. Original sin must be something that can live and propagate both within and without us so it becomes a kind of matter.

  • rietpluim

    Did evil? Blame evil!

    Avoid all responsibility!

  • Anri

    If evil isn’t some sort of massively powerful, active, intelligent force, their god looks pretty damn incompetent.

    If they accept that bad things happen contra god’s will just because of human behavior, they have to accept their god as weak, indifferent, or cruel.

    Thus…

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.cain chuck c

    It’s an abstraction, not a material thing that is capable of taking action on its own. Such a moronic argument.

    HA. That’s just what Evil™ WANTS you to think.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    “Evil doesn’t do anything”

    Didn’t he jump the Snake River Canyon in the 1970’s?