The Alleluia that Defeats the Chill of Evil – UPDATE

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A friend of mine sent me this piece from the WSJ on the "rapid descent" of the Aurora shooter, pointing to one paragraph, in particular:On June 25, the Lead Valley Range received Mr. Holmes' online application with answers to basic questions about age, gun ownership and drug use; all seemed normal, said range owner Glenn Rotkovich.Mr. Rotkovich called Mr. Holmes to set up an orientation time, and heard an "incoherent, bizarre" voice-mail message, which he described as "very guttural." … [Read more...]

Aurora Victim: “I do forgive him…”

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A remarkable take-back of power:Within just a few short hours of surgery on his foot Monday, Aurora, CO shooting victim, Pierce O’Farrill tells nationally-syndicated radio host, Todd Schnitt, that he wants to talk to the shooter, James Holmes.In the exclusive “Schnitt Show” interview, O’Farrill, who was shot three times, recalls the horror in vivid detail and says,“I would like to talk to him. I do forgive him.”Mr. O'Farrill is in better shape than other victims, but this reminded me … [Read more...]

What the CO shooting “says about us”

Jack Shafer with a thoughtful piece: . . . attempts at pattern recognition are as inevitable as they are necessary. Philosophers may be capable of throwing the null set at a suburban bloodbath. For the rest of us, attempts at finding causation – however tenuous – helps settle the mind. The shooter did it because he was crazy, we say. He did it because he was evil. He did it because we (or somebody else) made him that way. He did it because guns make it possible. Any explanation that will hel … [Read more...]

Aurora Slaughter and the Enthralled Tribes of America

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ViaHow overly-enthralled we are becoming to our ideological tribes? Enough, perhaps, to wonder if our too-passionate engagement with ideas is poisoning our communal well, and robbing us of our humanity. At a moment when we should be united as a people responding to evil in our midst -- and a mass murder is not a "tragedy", it is evil on legs -- it's disheartening to realize that while the dead were not yet cold, the injured were still dying or being treated, the people who are charged with … [Read more...]


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