Sunday, June 19, 2016
Misplacing the blame (On the Orlando shooting)
On 12 June 2016, an attacker killed 50 and wounded about 53 others. This man has admitted an allegiance to the Islamic State. Now, I am not saying all Muslims are terrorist, that's actually quite false. But I've noticed that many in our political leadership are blaming Christians for an attack a Muslim man committed (including some chapters of the ACLU). Some folks are blaming gun owners. It seems we're blaming everyone but the person that committed this atrocity. In the wake of this, we seem to be missing the point that people (Genesis 1:27), that is, human beings that are created in the image and likeness of God, were killed. We take down a confederate flag after a mass shooting in a church (which I feel like people blamed on a flag), but we put up rainbow ones and express our sympathies, not with a flag of the City of Orlando or the State of Florida, but a symbol that many (not all) homosexuals co-opted from Christianity, the sign of the covenant God made with Noah. (Genesis 9:17). So we blame gun-owners. We blame flags. We blame Christians. The only people we don't blame it seems, are the ones that did it. I don't know what would have stopped that. But I can tell you that calling for more gun control after a tragedy seems to disregard the humanity of the people that were killed. Saying Christians caused it is a failure to look at what actually happened. And saying these people were targeted because they were homosexuals, isn't quite accurate either. They were killed because someone wanted to kill them. Feel free to have your opinions, but just be sure to know the facts first. May they all rest in peace.