Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Exploiting Violence for Political Gain

Vjack brings forth an excellent example of Christian morality, in the form of exploiting acts of violence in order to market hate.

It is hard not to draw a line between the hostility that is being fomented in our culture from some in the secular media toward Christians and evangelicals in particular and the acts of violence that took place in Colorado yesterday.

Tony Perkins is advising my (our) neighbors and co-workers that they need to hate and fear me (us) because I am (we are) bringing about the death of innocent Christians through our writings. The requirement, then, is that we shut up and quit writing in the name of realizing a more peaceful society.

Obviously Perkins suffers from a case of moral underdevelopment.

Here's what a moral person would do. He would ask himself, "What would I say if the situation were reversed?" He would ask, "What would I say if somebody who believed in God were to commit some unspeakable violent act, and then some atheist came along and said that all of theism is to blame?"

When he had the answer to this question, then he would know how to react to his own plan of blaming all atheism for the crimes of one individual. He would condemn anybody who would commit such an unjust overgeneralization.

That's what I do. I protest, in unminced words if some atheists were to argue that all of theism is responsible for some theist's terrorist acts.

However, as I said, Perkins is obviously morally underdeveloped - incapable of determining the right thing to do in these types of situations because, wherever he gets his morality, it is a poor and uninstructive source.

Well . . . it is a common characteristic among hate-mongers and bigots that they tend to be found more often on the morally challenged side of the human spectrum.

1 comment:

de LoztChyld said...

I guess we all have to come to terms with the fact that no individual is a full representative of any religion or ideology! On the other hand, we are not fully rational creators, we do have emotions too!

Anyways, I see what you mean...