Christianity ain't the solution

In response to the Aurora shootings, some prominent Christian leaders seized the opportunity of others’ tragedy to demonize the non-believers.

 “What happened up in Aurora … was the product of pure evil. It was the result of a depraved individual taking his free will to the extreme,”  -Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family

“The Fall released human moral evil into the cosmos, and every single human being is a sinner, tempted by a full range of sinfulness,” he wrote in a commentary. “We cannot afford to be shocked when humans commit grotesque moral evil. It tells us the truth about unbridled human sin.”  -Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“When students are taught they are no different from animals, they act like it.” ~ Rick Warren

There are lots more I could trot out.

There was even an atheist who said it was the fault of Christianity.

PZ is right when he says they’re both wrong.  James Holmes was insane.  Can unwavering religious faith move sane people to kill?  Yes.  A cursory glance at a history book confirms that.  But there was no religious rhetoric with James Holmes, no slaughtering the infidel.  He was just crazy.

But the Christians are the ones saying that more Christianity is the solution.  They’re the ones saying if more people bought into Jesus, this stuff wouldn’t happen.  Yet history is flooded with immorality endorsed by the church later overturned by human progress, and James Holmes himself was a church-going Presbyterian.  So while Christianity may not be at fault for this one, is sure ain’t the solution.

That’s a point I think does need to get made fiercely.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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