Saturday Shock & Sadness: December 15, 2012

Saturday Shock & Sadness: December 15, 2012 December 15, 2012

As you know we usually post a list of news links having to do with fundamentalism, quiverfull, or patriarchal subjects on Saturdays. Not today though.

While the events of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut unfolded many of us could not look away from the media coverage of this tragedy. It seems no place is truly ‘safe’ from violence these days, not even schools filled with innocent kindergartener students or kids in grades one through four.  This type of human slaughter is usually visited upon high schools, not small children.

Some many mothers yesterday could not believe what they were seeing and as a nation many of us were overcome with tears, grief, sadness for the loss of innocent lives.

Many things were said yesterday about this tragedy and most ironically the so-called religious leaders blamed all sorts of things for the shooting.  Mike Huckabee blamed taking ‘God’ out of the classroom while others blamed taking prayer out of school. I’m sure in the hard core fundamentalist community they are busy blaming ‘God’s Judgement’ while crowing that this is another reason that home schooling is safer, God-approved and righteous. Thinking of the blame shifting that will take place once the evangelical media fires up again on  Monday morning makes me sick at heart. Surely Pat Robertson will have some crazy choice words about this tragedy.

Below are listed articles about the impact of what happened along with the words of some of our Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network members take on what happened.

Please feel free to sound off in our comments on your thoughts about what has happened and what needs to happen. Trying to make sense of the senseless here…

The Huffington Post’s Rev. Emily C Heath “Dealing With Grief: Five Things Not to Say and Five Things to Say in a Trauma Involving Children”

Mother Jones “Fuck You CNN: How the Press Got it Wrong in Newtown”

Quest For Meaning on Patheos – “Guns Don’t Kill People” and “The Day After Newtown: Finding Our Way”

The Huffington Post – “Connecticut Elementary School Shooting:  How to Help”

Mother Jones “What Happened in the Newtown  School Shooting”

Thin Places on Patheos – “Where is God When Children are Murdered Down the Road?”

The Huffington Post – “Mike Huckabee: Newtown Shooting No Surprise, We’ve Systematically Removed God From Schools”


NLQ’s SASBN members

TapatiKnife Vs. Gun–No Contest

Incongruous CircumspectionMay God Get the Glory for this Tragedy

Libby AnneTragedies Should Be Calls to Action

SierraColumbine, martyrs, and growing up NRA at the end of the world


Comments open below

NLQ Recommended Reading …

Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich

Quivering Daughters‘ by Hillary McFarland

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce



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  • Rae

    Ah, my previous comment didn’t post! Anyways, someone I follow on Twitter for the fundy-entertainment value tweeted a link to an article by Doug Wilson on the shooting… so of course I had to look at it. Why do I do this to myself?

    Anyways, he started off by saying it’s “not the time” to talk about gun control, or drone strikes, or to compare it to abortion, but he went on to say that what made this tragedy especially horrific is that the parents of the children killed in the attack had children to lose because they hadn’t aborted those children.

    Then he outright said that even WORSE than the tragedy itself was the fact that secular people (media? psychologists? the words he used were “blind seers”) had no explanation for why it had happened, with the implication that if they were his brand of Christianity, they’d have an explanation like he did.

    Then he drew some bizarre comparison between this happening at Christmas and Herod ordering the babies in Jerusalem to be killed… and then I gave up.

  • suzannecalulu

    Yeah, I didn’t find the Doug Wilson piece till after I posted this. Just read it now. Yes, he’s a nut case and his reaction to the shooting is all types of inappropriate –

  • Flower

    The Evangelical commentary on this is appalling as they try to blame the victims, society at large, public schools… while ignoring the greater issues, a total lack of any laws enforcing gun control So Another horrific shooting, and everyone will be shocked and grieved, and in the end we decide our freedom to tote as many assault weapons of wars into schools, libraries, poliitcal rallys… is what’s most important. And then we can just blame it on crazyness, and not that we are enabling as a society an easy way for crazys to mow down anyone in their path with weapons used in war. Nothing changed after Columbine. We wouldn’t even talk about it after a mass shooting in 2009 in Binghamton, N.Y., where a gunman, during citizenship classes on Friday and shot 13 people to death and critically wounded 4 others before killing himself. We wouldn’t talk about it when a congresswoman was shot in the head and nearly killed. Then there were the 2007 Virginia Tech killings. There was the slaughter in the movie theater in Colorady a few months ago. Nor would we think about it when Amish children were killed. There was the shooting/killings at the Sikh temple in New York in August. In Oregon, just three days ago, a man carrying assualt weapons opened fire in a mall in Portland, killing several people. The list goes on and on and on. What well described the lack of action to do anything, all the way to our president who has been silent for years on the issue, is an op ed piece from Gregory Gibson whose son was murdered in a school shooting: ” I came to realize that, in essence, this is the way we in America want things to be. We want our freedom, and we want our firearms, and if we have to endure the occasional school shooting, so be it. A terrible shame, but hey — didn’t some guy in China just do the same thing with a knife?”
    He wrote a book about the shooting after it happened to his family, and published an Op Ed in the New York Times on Friday. So here is the link from the perspective of a dad:

    It’s too horrific — I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose my children to a mass shooting. This time, the list contained 20 6 – 7 year-olds, and about eight adults. Perhaps the fact the children were so young will finally turn the tide of public opinion?

  • A classmate of mine from seminary (we’re the ‘liberal’ Lutherans) posted this on Facebook as an alternative to the Evangelical blame game.
    “Humans don’t have the ability to keep God out of places where God desires to be. The fact that we choose to honor multiple faiths in our public schools does not mean that God is absent nor does it mean that God would choose for such a tragedy to occur to teach some sort of lesson. I believe that God was not absent from
    the tragedy in Connecticut, but I do believe that God was there in the midst of the suffering, choosing to be among the people in their pain and fear and dying. I choose to believe this because this is how God chose to show God’s love to us through Jesus.” – Mark Lepper