‘Because The Devil Made Him Do It’–The Dark Knight Shootings, Who To Blame? Another Episode Of Scapegoat Theater…

warrenbraindead(Controversy courtesy of Pharyngula)

As many of you have no doubt already heard, some disturbed young man took it upon himself to gear up for war and go on a shooting rampage in a Colorado theater.

James Holmes, Colorado Shooter, Described as ‘Normal’ Christian Boy Amid Mental Health Investigation

James Eagan Holmes has been described as a shy and well-mannered young man by a neighbor, who claims the Colorado shooting suspect was heavily involved in his local Presbyterian church.

My personal response is the same as the Pekka-Eric Auvinen debacle. He was unhinged. Did religion drive him to do it? Of course not, any more than ‘evolutionism’ caused Auvinen to do as he did. My main issue is that religion doesn’t really do much of anything in this world, except give crazy people rationalizations to do what they’re going to do anyways. If we lose religion, that’s one less umbrella to hide under.

There are of course knee-jerk responses, in lieu of all the facts unknown (as of yet). Here’s a risible one:

Satan Rears Himself in Colorado Shootings

A piece I wrote last weekend on Christian businesses prompted a snarling response from a reader who clearly was no follower of the Son of God. “Hail Satan!” it closed.

I thought nothing of the comment, chalking it up to the hostility Christians sometimes face from non-believers. That is, until I saw the news reports of the horrific shootings today at a suburban Denver movie theater.

The suspected triggerman, 24-year-old James Holmes, will be described variously as “troubled” or “unstable” or “detached from reality.” But I am convinced that the young killer was operating under satanic influence. 

Of course, to attribute today’s murder spree in the Rock Mountain State to the supernatural machinations of the evil one is to invite ridicule from those who refuse believe there are demonic forces at work in this fallen world of ours.

But the Scripture warns us that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

An invisible wrestling match? What an image that conjures up. And – who can rear themselves? There’s plenty of folks out there who’d never leave home if they could.

And Onenewsnow, those despicable fearmongering bible-thumpers? Who do they blame? Why, all the usual suspects:

I can’t help but feel that to some extent, we’re reaping what we’ve been sowing as a society. We said to God, “Get out of the public arena.” Lawsuit after lawsuit, often by misguided “civil libertarians,” have chased away any fear of God in the land — at least in the hearts of millions.

The article goes on to echo all the hollow strawmans we’ve heard before – the Founding Fathers said this, nobody believes in hell anymore, and no matter how the language is couched, it boils down to one thing: their invisible, imaginary friend is a raging narcissist and sociopath, who will heap piles of eternal pain on you if you don’t insert your nose right up his imaginary ass and sing muffled hosannas to his intestinal tract. It’d be pathetic, if it weren’t so scary.

On the flip side of the coin, and just as ridiculous, is Debunking Christianity’s take on the mess:

Why James Holmes’ Rampage is the Result of the Teachings of Christianity

It’s ridiculous: there’s no way to tell if Holmes would have done it (or not) had he been of any specific ideological bent. History has had its share of bloodthirsty lunatics. Mussolini was an atheist, Attila the Hun was an animist, Xavier was a Catholic, Torquemada was a Dominican, Charlie Manson a self-proclaimed messiah, Jim Jones another self-proclaimed messiah…the list goes on. What did all those people have in common? They were crazy enough to murder people to achieve their ends. Some were even nuttier than that. 

The breakdown is this: he was a lone loon. It wasn’t video games, or evolution, or religion that prompted him to go bugfuck crazy. It was a chemical imbalance that shorted out his circuits.

Till the next post, then.

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20 Responses to ‘Because The Devil Made Him Do It’–The Dark Knight Shootings, Who To Blame? Another Episode Of Scapegoat Theater…

  1. Rational, Scientific & Anti-Religious, & worried says:

    Well, if he wants to display his chrisitanity…… Let’s Crucify him, till he dies, on Live TV!

  2. infidel753 says:

    As Freud might have said, sometimes a lunatic is just a lunatic.

    Obviously being religious doesn’t reliably make people mass killers, otherwise the planet would be a cemetery. I do think being a megalomaniac mass killer probably makes a person more likely to be religious, though.

  3. ealasaid9 says:

    the planet is a cemetery. . . look at all these wars and mass genocide over the millennium in the Name of a righteous God, whether it be Christianity, Muslim, or Oil.

  4. reyjacobs says:

    Calvinism teaches if you’re elect you will be saved no matter how you live — if you’re non-elect you can’t be saved no matter what.

    So this guy is thinking: “If I’m elect, I can put on body armor and go shoot 70 people and still be saved. If I’m not elect I’m going to hell anyway. So, either way, my actions don’t change my eternal destination, and I’m a psychotic who thinks it would be fun, so I think I will go for it.”

    Sure the guy may be a little deranged to begin with. But its obvious that Calvinism exacerbated the situation. In a religion that taught a decent moral position; You kill people you go to hell, PERIOD. Well, even though a little deranged his thought process would have been more like this: “Gee it sure would be fun to gun down 70 people…but if I did I would go to hell, so I better not.”

  5. Dan Lewis says:

    I concur that the game is rigged and has been for centuries. It there’s trouble it’s either our fault or gawd’s will. If there’s a recovery it’s all gawd’s doing. It’s bad programming for sure. New lines of code need to be written; sooner the better.

  6. Stardust says:

    In a religion that taught a decent moral position; You kill people you go to hell, PERIOD. Well, even though a little deranged his thought process would have been more like this: “Gee it sure would be fun to gun down 70 people…but if I did I would go to hell, so I better not.”

    Using horror story scare tactics never work. Hell is a fictitious place for believers to fantasize about a horrific carrying out of their own revengeful desires. Nothing moral about it at all.

    I think you are making it too complicated when bringing religion or atheism etc into it. This was a guy with a dreary dull life, who didn’t know what direction to take his life and so he decided to make himself into an instant celebrity by shooting up a theater full of people at one of the most popular movies of the summer season. And it worked …people are tuning in, analyzing him, thinking about him, talking about him, publicly grieving, people making this incident about themselves, and a whole big “circus” going on and he is sitting in his cell delighted about all the “fame” he is getting.

  7. MacJew says:

    I suspecct that religion will not be blamed when it goes to trial, but, instead, the film The Dark Knight. In that film, The Joker makes a comment about how when soldiers die, no one worries, but when one little old mayor gets killed everyone goes crazy. I honestly suspect that because Holmes told the police he was The Joker when he was arrested that will be the scapegoat at trial.

  8. naomi666 says:

    Sidenote: did you follow the “door ajar” issue? Two of his neighbors, pissed at being music-bombed with techno-pop from midnight until 1a.m., knocked on his door to demand that he turn the noise off. One said she felt the door move; the other said she tried the door knob and almost pushed the door open but thought better of it. Both exercised unusual caution and left.

    Good call. The boobytraps would have blown them, the other tenants and the whole building sky-high.

    I wonder if their choices were prescient. Had they watch too many horror movies, yelling at the dummies about to encounter a Freddie Kruger. et.al.? Or was it just a common respect for others’ property, giving courtesy to an uncourteous neighbor…

    And was his motive to divert the police response from the theater shooting spree to the bombing scene? I think so, since the music appeared to be on a timer; if I’m not mistaken, the shooting began at 12:39a.m..

    I’ll bet he’s very disappointed that his neighbors didn’t “co-operate”.

  9. Stardust says:

    Hey Naomi…still on the road?
    That is an excellent theory to explain why he turned his apartment into a massive bomb and the music…and explains why he told police about it after his shooting spree.Mission Accomplished for him. Now he is a star in the media circus.

  10. stardust says:

    Then there is this bullcrap. Louie Gohmert: Aurora Shootings Result Of ‘Ongoing Attacks On Judeo-Christian Beliefs’

    “People say … where was God in all of this?” Gohmert said. “We’ve threatened high school graduation participations, if they use God’s name, they’re going to be jailed … I mean that kind of stuff. Where was God? What have we done with God? We don’t want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present.”

    This god is supposed to be all powerful, all-knowing, and in control of everything…kind of hard to imagine a being like this babykilling, genocide committing god pouting and slinking off into a corner because pipsqueak little humans tell him to get lost.

    These god believers have an endless supply of imagination.

  11. stardust says:

    And yet another nutjob…
    Batman Shooting: Mike Huckabee Blames Shooting on Lack of Religion in Schools

    [Huckabee stated]

    “We don’t have a crime problem, a gun problem or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem. And since we’ve ordered god out of our schools, and communities, the military and public conversations, you know we really shouldn’t act so surprised… when all hell breaks loose.”

    And here is the response of commenter Elliot Friar:

    Dear Mr. Mike Huckabee,

    It comes as no surprise to me that you are blaming the “ordered” absence of god in “schools, and communities, the military and public conversations” on the horrific mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Just last September, according to polling firm Public Policy Polling, one in three New Jersey conservatives thought President Obama was or may have been the anti-Christ. So, you’re feeding the extremist flames of your party.

    But unfortunately, the statements you made on your show were baseless. The reason for our gun violence is absolutely not because of god being forced out of our schools, communities, military and public conversations. First off, when was god forced out of our communities? Our entire population has the basic right to practice a religion of their choice. It’s one of many freedoms existing in our country. When was god forced out of our military? The following comes from paragraph 3.1 of “Accommodation of Religious Practices Within the Military Services” from the Department of Defense.

    “A basic principle of our nation is free exercise of religion. The Department of Defense places a high value on the rights of members of the Armed Forces to observe the tenets of their respective religions.”

    That doesn’t really reflect your idea of “ordered” absence of god, does it?

    The argument that god has been forced out of schools isn’t factual either. There are many different religions that are practiced throughout our country, and children can practice them freely. But, no particular higher being is taught in our public schools to respect our citizens’ rights for freedom of religion.

    You speak of god as in we all have one god. This may be news to you, but your god may not be the same as someone else’s god. Like I’ve already said, Americans have the freedom to practice any religion of their choice.

    And, what makes your god the answer to aggression, hatred and violence in our country, or any god for that matter? The tragic shooting at the midnight showing of “The Dark Night Rises” didn’t occur because James Holmes was affected by an ordered absence of god in his life. The true catalyst of the mass shooting was the availability of guns. James Holmes, the name that you won’t say on radio or television, bought four guns legally and thousands bullets. Your party has forever praised the gun. You have fought for weak gun regulation through and through. This is why the shooting happened in a state where thirteen years ago, two teenagers shot many at Columbine High School. I will admit, Democrats haven’t been hard on gun violence at all throughout the past few years. But, can you blame them? They might get shot.

  12. buckeyenonbeliever says:

    Dear Mr. Gohmert, you ask where was god? Where was god in all of this? God was in the same place he always is during any tragedy, during any suffering, during any heinous act committed…………….. in your imagination!!!!!

    After every tragic event, the fundies always attribute the incident to one of two things; either god is passing his judgement on man for turning away from god and his teachings, or my favorite response…….god works in mysterious ways. Your positions suggest your imaginary skyman is either a vengeful prick, or he just doesn’t give a shit about man.

    But my xtrian friends, there is a very rational, logical, and sound reason why terrible things happen without god’s merciful intervention………….. he is a figment of your imagination, a delusion you desire to believe, a warm blanket you require to help you fall asleep at night. So many of you cannot fathom the thought of this being the only life you get and fear swells within, it grabs ahold of your logic, and squeezes any rationality from your brain. Ignorance is indeed bliss for the religionist!!!!

  13. Mark says:

    Stardust said:
    (This was a guy with a dreary dull life, who didn’t know what direction to take his life and so he decided to make himself into an instant celebrity by shooting up a theater full of people)
    Yes…ATTENTION, is what he wants!! And not from you or me, he seeks the attention he will receive for being a famous mass murderer, but from a select group that will forgive him and save his soul…maybe get him institutionalized until we forget, than try to set him free. He will love the letters he will receive boasting for forgiveness and the crowds pleading to not put him to death. He lacks empathy, that has been documented throughout his life and now his manipulative psychopathic personally will truly shine.

    If you haven’t heard yet about the 6-year-old child killed, and how her 13-year-old babysitter was found by police trying to give this child CPR while the child’s mother lay critically wounded a few feet away…it will break your heart as it did mine. In the interview the young babysitter said she will NEVER enter a theater again…this guy knew exactly the type of fear he wanted to leave behind. So why did gaud choose to inflict so much pain on these innocent children and their families? Because I no longer attend church…if so, that is a gaud I want nothing to do with.

    I’m against the death penalty in many cases simply because so many innocent people have been exonerated from death row…caused by a broken judicial that many time rules out proof of innocence because of a good legal argument…this should never happen in a court of justice.
    But if anyone deserves to be put to death, it is this guy Holmes, but we will have to fight his religious supporters who want to save his soul. Search, “Prison Fellowship Ministries” and you’ll know whom I’m talking about

  14. buckeyenonbeliever says:

    An amusing aside all, I followed the link from KA in this post to the Christian Diarist and now find myself banned by the blogger there JP as I had the temerity to disagree with him. My last replies will not be posted on his God is Miraculous post. I even had the nerve to disprove something he claimed by quoting a verse from Matthew. The nerve? Lol. I received the ole I took the verse out of context drivel.

    If anyone wants to have some fun with him………… enjoy!!!!!!

  15. Liz says:

    It has nothing to do with god or attention. This man has a mental illness, a chemical imbalance. and is prob schizophrenic given his age and intelligence “described as a quiet, standoffish, graduate student from San Diego who recently dropped out of a doctoral program at the University of Colorado medical school, where he had done research.

    He graduated with honors from the University of California-Riverside two years ago.”

  16. Stardust says:

    Liz, we know what was reported in the news about his background and can only speculate. In todays world many jump to blame something like this on a chemical imbalance or insanity because it is hard to accept someone could be sane and do something so horrendous. But it could be he was perfectly sane and now playing the insanity game

  17. Stardust says:

    Well, Liz…you may be right. I just read that he had been seeing a psychiatrist recently…and he failed his oral exam for neuroscience in June. Could be he is schizophrenic after all.

  18. Liz says:

    I don’t think that anyone who is sane could do such a horrendous act on another human. Irregardless if they believe in hell (which I don’t believe in BTW)

  19. KA says:

    Ah, I hate to nitpick, but there’s no such word as ‘irregardless’.

  20. Mark says:

    They also say he was indifferent to others since childhood, a trait many psychopaths hold…I’m leaning more toward a psychopath who wanted someone to pay for his failed test results than a schizophrenic at this point.

    And don’t count on his appearance in court as a relation to his mental state…I can guarantee the cops rousted him the whole time they had him causing sleep deprivation as part of their interrogation.

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