Tag Archive: Evil

“The great thought, the great concern, the great anxiety of men is to restrict, as much as possible, the limits of their own responsibility.” ~Giosue Borsi

I have been trying for a week now to put my feelings about the profound evil at Sandy Hook Elementary into words, it has NOT been easy. It hit me especially hard as I have a son in Kindergarten and the “security” at his school is remarkably similar to the one where the atrocity occurred. Which by the way, should never be open again. After weeping for those children and teachers and their families and then for my own, I immediately knew what was coming next. The abrogation of responsibility for the demented a-hole who bears it all. ALL. As one of the true geniuses of today, Dennis Prager, put it: “We are lead to believe after almost every massacre that the murderer “snapped” or had mental problems. Why? Because it implies that the murderer was not morally responsible for what he did…the primary reason for gun violence in America is not gun ownership, but the lack of a functioning moral conscience.”

Did you know the deadliest attack against school children in US history was done with dynamite 90 years ago?? Did you know 22 children were stabbed by another demented adult at their elementary school in China last Friday?? The weapons used by these evil men are IRRELEVANT. What is relevant is their willingness to do it. It doesn’t matter if they “snapped” that day or planned it for years, or what their upbringing was like or what grievances they claim, evil is as evil does. It matters not whether they “knew it was wrong”, it’s still wrong! Innocents are murdered when evil is excused.

So what can be done? What is crystal clear is the Police can NEVER help in time. There is story after story about mass attacks being thwarted by…wait for it…good people who are armed and are willing to act with deadly force. Specifically in these cases of gun attacks, the fact is that the only way to stop bad men with guns is good men with guns; preferably deadlier ones. ARM OUR SCHOOLS. I don’t care if that takes the form of ex-military/law enforcement volunteers,  private security firms, arming the administrators at the schools or the teachers themselves. If defending our children is really that important to you, then TAKE ACTION TO KILL THE ATTACKERS BEFORE THEY KILL THE CHILDREN. I know teachers – they are in my immediate family and among my closest friends – if they are not willing to do what is necessary they are not fit for the job and should resign immediately. If you as a teacher (or principal, etc) are not willing to kill an attacker in your school/classroom, GET OUT. We are literally trusting you with our little ones lives – either step up to that reality or find someone who will.

By the way, 3000 more innocent children were murdered yesterday in America (and it will happen again today and tomorrow and every day until abortion is abolished). How are you defending them? Is a child worth protecting solely based on how old they are?? What is our government or our President doing to defend them? Didn’t he cry for the little ones murdered? Didn’t he say it “must end” and we “must change”? Well, the “culture of death” is winning it seems. From mass shootings to abortion to Islamic jihad, they love death more then we love life. Are you willing to change yourself and those around you to leave the culture of death once and for all and fight against it?

One thing that does get to me even among those who agree is the assertion that “the odds of being shot in school are so tiny” etc. But I have the same problem with that statement as I did with the morons who said the same things about terrorism in the wake of 9/11. Yes you are more likely to be struck by lightening or whatever, but the critical variable – MALICIOUS HUMAN INTENT – is missing from accidents, natural disasters, and so on. Bad men with evil intent can literally strike any time and any place. You are not safe in your home, your kids are not safe at school; churches, sporting events, the mall, ALL are intentional targets. So spare me the “odds are” stuff ok?

Which brings up the last point, our Bill of Rights. Some in America would repeal the Constitution entirely – the Progressive dream come true. But they will take what they can get. They have been very successful at eroding the freedom of speech and free exercise of religion (Christianity) clauses in the 1st Amendment, and now will “take aim” at the 2nd Amendment. As is ALWAYS the case, they will frame the debate – nobody else is “allowed” to do that – as something so benign sounding and even philanthropic that NOBODY should even consider opposing it. The simple truth is, the 2nd Amendment is there to guarantee the 1st. Individual rights that come from God, not any government. ALL men are created with the inherent right to believe what they want, practice those beliefs, say what they want, write what they want, and assemble with whomever they want peacefully. Also to come before their government to air their grievances. In other words, this is a nation of individuals and all that entails. Unfortunately, the impulse of mankind recorded throughout history is to become tyrannical and take those God-given (“natural”) rights away from our brethren. Sometimes all at once, but more often one at time, piece by piece. Those who “know better than you” are constantly trying to curtail these things. The right to bear arms is required to keep the United States unique in this dark, oppressive world. The “shining city on a hill” is not just a Reagan quote, it is the Word of God: Matthew 5:14. But it is constantly up to us as individuals to light our own Candle. If we don’t, the light goes out.

FWIW, Does it mean anything in Connecticut that October’s “Super storm” shares the name of the school where the massacre occurred? I don’t know but where is our hate and anger directed more? God help us all if our answer is the weather…



Bad things, Good people

Folio 9 from the codex; beginning of the Gospe...

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How many times have you heard or even said, “Why to bad things happen to good people”? Conceptually, I understand the spirit in which it is asked. It’s another way of saying, “If there really is a loving God, why does he let bad things happen to good people”? It is the inquiry of a small child who doesn’t understand asked to his/her parent. First and foremost, God has already answered this for us if you believe the Bible is His Word: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” – Matt. 5:44-45

God is not only “God” but also your Father. He loves all of His children, good or bad. His sacrifice was for both the just and the unjust (1Pet. 3:18) – He is willing that all come to repentance. The sun comes up every day (or “good things happen”), for both the good and the bad. It rains (or “bad things happen”), on both the good and the bad. Bad things happening to someone says nothing about if they are “good” or not. Accidents happen in this world and people get hurt and die. Evil is a choice made by individuals on a day to day basis, we may or may not encounter evil directly. But good and bad things happen to those people too. So “bad things” will continue to happen to “good people” (as well as the converse) as it has absolutely nothing to do with God or His love.

Now then, to the “letter” of the statement “Why do bad things happen to good people”. What makes a “good person” anyway? To certain parents in the Middle East, for example, seeing their son blow himself up in a bus full of children is the ultimate “good deed”. They believe that he is going straight to heaven with God telling him “well done”. They call him a martyr and will venerate his memory forever. Certainly there can be no arbitrary standard about “goodness”. If there is even such a thing as “good” at all, it is not up to the individual to decide if they are “good”. It is not up to a given society to decide it either, as a society is just a collection of individuals. There has to be a Lawgiver, one who lays out that standard. And if we are to be forgiven for transgressing that standard, that is also, by necessity, only in the hands of that Lawgiver. Those are the rules we play by which establishes the “good”. Not our own rules, not our society’s. As children, our Father has already seen to all of this, and has answered our questions before we ever thought to ask them. Seek, and you will find.

Maybe a future blog about free will vs. destiny? Time will tell… 🙂

Note: originally written 3/28/08

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