Tea Party Nation Blames Teachers for Sandy Hook Tragedy

by Incongruous Circumspection

This post continues my views on the “article”, written by Timothy Birdnow of The Tea Party Nation.

Birdnow makes a tragic mistake here – willingly.

There is the key to our whole cultural disintegration; we refuse to recognize Evil as a transcendent thing. Good and Evil presuppose a God and a Devil…You see it in the schools where children may no longer be corrected. There was a time when teachers actually spanked children; now a teacher is in peril if he verbally chastises a bad kid.

Good and evil does not presuppose a god and a devil.  My children are the children of practicing atheists and completely understood the evil in what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary.  My children do not get spanked and know exactly what is right and wrong in many situations.My little five year old daughter wept for half the night last night for the children of Sandy Hook.  She worried about the shooter coming to her school.  Kristine, my wife, slept with her ALL NIGHT, consoling her at intervals.  She has a brilliant mind and deeply understands what is good and what is not.Why?  Because I taught her from the Bible?  Not remotely.  The Bible is full of murder and genocide, SANCTIONED BY THE VERY GOD THESE PEOPLE PRETEND TO KNOW.  God didn’t order men and women to go and shoot little pieces of metal into children.  No, he ordered them slashed and spliced by sharp metal objects.  He ordered pregnant women to have their bellies split open to prevent people who didn’t give his band of nomads their land from successfully reproducing.  He gloried in children being smashed against rocks.  He ordered the death of adulterers, gay people.  The stoning of rebellious children.  He created the idea of an eternal death, being burned forever, for simply not acknowledging his existence.  All this is only scratching the surface of the very book that Birdnow, et al, say they get their absolute morals from.My children know that the Bible god was an evil being.  How?  Because they know that killing people is very wrong.  Especially if it is just because they disagree with you.  Or…for revenge – like the Bible god.

Teachers understand bullying.  Teachers understand right from wrong.  Teachers understand the value of teaching children to think, rather than telling them to just accept.  To just accept is to roboticly do whatever you have been told, setting up the sorts of scenes like the Salem Witch Trials, the murderous acts of John Calvin, the Inquisition of the Catholic Church, the massacre of millions of Jews during Hitler’s reign, the obliteration of millions of Russians during the years of Stalin and beyond, the Civil War in America, the hundreds of foreign actions we do across the globe, the killing of innocents with drones from the air-conditioned, plush seats of a lab in Nevada.

All of these deaths were done by people who followed orders.  Had human beings been taught to question authority and think for themselves and act on that thinking, might some of these epic tragedies been thwarted?  I suspect so.  Only the future can tell.

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  • http://pslibrary.com/ MrPopularSentiment

    The other day, I was cleaning up and I threw a baby doll into the toy box. My son started crying and screaming, and he ran over to the box, fetched the baby, gave it a hug and a kiss, and then lay it very gently back into the box. Because he has empathy, and he hated the idea that the doll might have been hurt by being roughly thrown.

    My son isn’t quite two yet. He has never been hit, and he has never so much as seen a Bible. My son shows love and kindness because he is treated with love and kindness. My son has empathy because his empathy is nurtured and allowed to grow.

    If these people honestly think that the best way to teach someone that violence is bad is to have a large, strong adult use violence against a small, weak child, they are so completely backwards… All you do is teach your child that violence is fine so long as the perpetrator is larger and more powerful than the victim. All you do is teach kids that “might makes right.” Which, by the way, fits perfectly within the narrative of the Sandy Hook shooting in which an adult gets to prove his manliness and power by hurting small and vulnerable children.

  • texcee

    Would an athiest be offended if I said “Amen”?

  • http://alisoncummins.com Alison Cummins

    Right and wrong, and good and bad, can certainly be understood without reference to a god or a devil.

    “Evil,” though, definitely suggests demons. It’s dehumanizing and removes any obligation to try to understand what happened. “That person was just evil” cuts off further thought and discussion about how we live together as a society the way “goddidit” cuts of further explanation of science.

    Characterizing a person as “evil” gives me the right to visit horrible punishments on them because that person isn’t human the way the rest of us are. When parents murder children it raises an outcry — since the parent committed the most distressing of crimes, the most appropriate response is the most horrible of punishments. No compassion for the parent is required. But people murder their children for different reasons. A psychotic parent who believed the child was possessed by demons does not need the most horrible of punishments, they need to be stabilized on medication … and supervised to make sure they stay stabilized on medication. If that’s not possible, they need the least restrictive method of making sure they don’t hurt more people. Calling them “evil” serves no purpose.

  • Cathy W

    I always kind of liked “So say we all”, from Battlestar Galactica.

  • http://pslibrary.com/ MrPopularSentiment

    I believe that the official atheist saying is: “rAmen” :P

  • Flora Kitty

    Excellent article.

  • http://sgbonella.wordpress.com susan1gb

    Yes, excellent article. Thank you for writing this. I have been far too frustrated to even put many thoughts down on this subject, but this article brings it home.

  • http://belljaimie@ymail.com Jaimie

    I don’t exactly look to Christians for sound judgment. Let’s face it, they believe the earth is six thousand years old, a talking snake in a magic garden, and yes, a genocidal maniac as a good and loving god. A god, mind you, that if you don’t appease, I mean worship according to his exact specifications, will send you to a burning hell for all eternity. Pretty nuts.
    They can cling to their myths and superstitions all they want, just leave the rest of us out of it.

  • http://krwordgazer.blogspot.com krwordgazer

    None of these are prerequisites for being a Christian. Just sayin’.
    And the blog post is definitely correct that all the images of an evil god it mentions come from “scratching the surface” of the Bible. It starts to look different when you allow for a non-surface-only perspective.

  • http://belljaimie@ymail.com Jaimie

    Thanks for your reply. I appreciate your thoughts. I do think you took that out of context though. Actually my perspective comes from a careful reading of the Bible and a basic knowledge of history. Christians radically change the horrible facts into a beautiful fiction. That’s what is called faith. Blind faith is not an acceptable means for knowing truth. It is a deception.
    Believe whatever you want, that is your right, but it’s very, very obvious to those outside your religion that the god of the Bible is not a moral or ethical being.

  • http://krwordgazer.blogspot.com krwordgazer

    Jaime, I don’t want to argue with you. You said “Christians” and then started talking about all these things we supposedly believe. Many, many of us don’t. It’s just that the ones who do are the most vocal and strident.
    My faith is not “blind,” and our definitions of that word are completely different, as is the way we read the Bible– and my way of reading it is “careful” and takes history into account, too.
    All I’m saying is, I don’t like having all these things assumed about me just because I’m a Christian. I don’t make blanket assumptions about atheists, so I’d appreciate it if you’d do the same.

  • Jenny Islander

    I am one of “they.” In order:

    1. No, and this was never an article of doctrine in either the denomination in which I was raised or the denomination in which I am raising my children.
    2. Do you know the function of myth? Most fundamentalists don’t, but it’s a very large, ancient, and important category of human thought.
    3. To borrow a catchphrase, “It’s More Complicated Than That.”

    I will not tar all atheists with the same brush. Please return the courtesy.

  • Bill S

    When this happened, I knew the far right would put their own spin on it. This was the act of a sick person with unauthorized access to some serious weaponry. It is too bad that the sunset provisions of the 1994 assault weapon ban kicked in in 2004 and that Congress could do absolutely nothing to extend it because of the NRA and the now diminished power of groups like the Tea Party.

    Something will be done about it now. It will have nothing to do with bringing back school prayer or anything else that the far right wants. It will be the resumption of sane gun control measures which will be too little, too late for the Sandy Hook school.