Amish slaying: out come the loonies
So by now i’m sure the entire world knows that on Monday this week, milkman Charles Carl Roberts IV walked into the one room schoolhouse in West Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, with a variety of weapons and an intention of violence. After letting all the adults and boys go, he shot 10 little girls (killing 5, leaving 5 in critical condition) and then shot himself.
The event was a tragedy, and like most highly publicised tragedies it has prompted all the loonies to crawl out of the woodworks.
First up was our dear friend Fred Phelps, who threatened to picket the little girls’ funeral and had to be ordered not to by the governor. You remember Fred, a former midweek cuckoo and loon of note. Fred and his church usually picket funerals to point out that god is killing people because he hates gays. Nice piece of work, that guy.
Then Brian Rohrbough, father of one of the children killed in the Columbine High School shooting, comes forward to claim that all this violence is the fault of God being taken out of the schools:
This country is in a moral free-fall. For over two generations, the public school system has taught in a moral vacuum, expelling God from the school and from the government, replacing him with evolution, where the strong kill the weak, without moral consequences and life has no inherent value.
Naturally, Answers in Genesis agreed with him. So, violence in today’s society is all the fault of the move away from religion, and if everyone were christian we’d all be moral and peaceful? Well, let’s look at some facts:
- Charles Carl Roberts was a home schooled christian.
- He also stated in a suicide note that he was angry with God for the death of his premature-born infant nine years earlier.
- US Federal Bureau of Prisons statistics show that 83.7% of prisoners list themselves as following judeo-christian beliefs. Atheists make up only 0.21%.
Go on, pull the other leg, it’s got bells on.