Creationist Wisdom #844: Why School Shootings?

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Knoxville News-Sentinel of Knoxville, Tennessee. The letter is titled Put God, respect for life back in schools, and the newspaper has a comments feature.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Richard. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

From April 20, 1999, the date of the mass shooting at Columbine High School, through Feb. 14, 2018, there have been reported shootings in 110 U.S. high schools or middle schools. Not all were mass shootings; most were single injuries or fatalities, and some were in the vicinity of the school. Of those 110, 107 involved government schools. Only three happened in private schools.

That’s a curious fact — if true. But in the US, around 4 million students go to private schools (some of which are non-sectarian), while 50 million go to government schools. The percentages don’t seem too far out of line. What does Richard make of it? He says:

What is in the government schools? Atheism. What is not in the government schools? God.

That’s amazing! But wait — there’s more. Richard tells us:

What do the government schools teach? Evolution. What do the government schools not teach? Creation by God. What else do the government schools teach? Survival of the fittest. What else do the government schools not teach? The sanctity of life. What else do the government schools teach? Diversity. What else do the government schools not teach? We are all God’s children.

Wowie — government schools teach atheism, evolution, survival of the fittest, and diversity. And that’s where most of the shootings are. Richard continues:

The whole nation is rightly shocked and appalled by the killing of 17 innocent people with the best years of their lives ahead of them. But why are we shocked? Because we know it is wrong. But why is it wrong?

Great question — why is it wrong? Richard gives us the answer:

It’s wrong because the consensus of the people in the United States says it is wrong.

Oh. Okay. What’s the problem with that? Richard explains:

Yet the consensus of those same people says it is OK to kill up to 1,000 innocent young people a day by abortion with the best years of their lives ahead of them.

How insightful! There’s much to think about here. He suggests

Maybe it is time for the consensus to not worry so much about taking guns out of the hands of shooters but finding a way to put God’s love and respect for human life back in their hearts.

Yes — that’s the answer! And now we come to the end:

Our young people spend the majority of the time during their formative years in our schools. Why not do them a favor? Teach them the true basis for why it is wrong to kill.

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! The solution to the problem of school shootings is to turn all government schools into bible schools. Why didn’t anyone think of that before?

By the way, we’d like to see Richard’s analysis of why so many people were killed as a result of the Salem witch trials. Were those folks also teaching evolution and atheism?

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21 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #844: Why School Shootings?

  1. Might just work if his god first passes the mental test and then is armed an AR-15 with a big magazine. However, the mental test might be a big barrier.

  2. Michael Fugate

    There have been school shootings as long as there have been guns and schools – nothing to do with evolution or atheism.

  3. Does anyone wonder if Florida Still Holds The Line? He must be very busy these days.

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02434-y

  4. For Richard, and a whole lot of other folks, the bottom line/world view is based on abortion. And somehow, abortion is linked to evolution theory because there is no god involved in the theory. The great, and erroneous, leap of logic is that anyone who accepts evolution has no regard for the life of others. I find it interesting that many who deny evolution and proclaim the sanctity of all life are pro-death penalty, pro-war, anti- human assistance programs, etc.

  5. It would be interesting to know the name of the 3 private schools. If they are all religiously-oriented it would be a sharp thorn in Richard’s sandals.

  6. I would want to know the source of the 110 number anyway. A lot of bad data is floating around.

  7. @Desnes Diev:

    Yes — and how about that shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs,Texas on November 5, 2017? 26 killed; 20 injured. How does that square with Richard’s blaming atheism, evolution, and abortion?

  8. They were closeted Satanists disguised as Christians. It’s obvious.

  9. I hope he gets cancer!!! Then when he tries to get it removed I’m going to accuse him of hypocrisy and murder. A cancer is a free growing entity made up of human DNA, so the group of cells is a human, so aborting it is murder, by his own words.

  10. Richard seems to have forgotten that his deity committed genocide after genocide throughout the OT. Now, a lot of xians don’t think the OT is especially relevant, but without it, and the ludicrous concept of ‘original sin,’ their religion has no reason to exist.

  11. “Yet the consensus of those same people says it is OK to kill up to 1,000 innocent young people a day by abortion with the best years of their lives ahead of them.”

    At the risk of sounding pedantic, all fetuses have both the best and the worst years of their lives ahead of them.

    “What else do the government schools teach? Diversity.”

    Interesting that learning to respect people not like you leads to killing people that are like you.

  12. One cannot apply human standards to God. When God kills, that is not murder. When God takes property, that is not theft. When God punishes for eternity for finite action, (or for Adam’s action, not yours), that is not injustice. And, although this is not mentioned, when God misleads, that is not lying.

  13. Holding The Line In Florida

    @mnbo So far no push back to my teaching in my little corner of the Sunshine State. I expect it is only a matter of time before it occurs, however. But then again, they are expecting me to become one of the armed teachers to be ready to act in case of an active shooter if the current craze for arming us happens. Being an old retired infantry NCO makes me a natural. Object to my teaching Evolution, but re-arm me to watch for wackos. Strange place!

  14. @Holding The Line In Florida:
    If they do choose to arm teachers, teachers should be paid not just “a bit of a bonus” extra. They should be paid two full salaries, because they will be performing two full-time jobs — teacher as well as armed security agent. And not only that, but all teachers should also be receiving combat pay.

    I sure hope it doesn’t come to that. If the idea were carried out nation-wide, the costs would be enormous. You’ve probably seen the estimates that I’ve seen in the news — anywhere from ~$500 million to $1 billion. And that’s just to pay for the weapons and initial training — it doesn’t include extra pay.

  15. I’m curious why there is never any mention of non-lethal defense devices like mace, pepper spray, and tasers? While a gun in well trained hands is possibly the best way to bring down an assailant the risk of collateral damage, tragic misuse, and training requirement makes it the worst possible weapon to defend against a school shooting. In addition rules typically require that the gun remain locked up without ammo… Where is that key or what is that combination again?

  16. @Troy A key or combination is not going to be required as far as I can tell. The teacher is expected to be armed at all times. It’s concealed carry after all.

  17. But I don’t understand. We have been told that people with guns didn’t work, while one person, even unarmed, would have worked.

  18. TomS:
    “But I don’t understand. We have been told that people with guns didn’t work, while one person, even unarmed, would have worked”.

    He probably figures that the assailant would be blinded by the radiant glow emanating from his blond coif — if he didn’t die from laughing watching him try to run, hobbled as he is by those pesky bone spurs.

  19. Any commentary on this one would be superfluous: US gun-blessing ceremony

  20. Eric Lipps

    What is in the government schools? Atheism. What is not in the government schools? God.

    I defy this moron to identify any “government” school in the country in which atheism is taught.

    But perhaps he simply feels that any school without Bibles at all the kids’ desks, a painting of God creating Adam on one wall of each classroom (and the bathrooms) and a huge cross (no stars or crescents, please) on the front of the building must be teaching atheism. Or perhaps just that any school which doesn’t teach about God is teaching atheism by default. Either way, “Richard” is ridiculous.

    Or he would be, if it weren’t that he and millions like him vote (and some of them hold political office).