Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Fundamentalist intolerance in school shootings


America has a problem when students arm themselves and walk into their school and start killing people. What role does fundamentalist Christianity play in this? At first it would seem to be none. But what if you discover that over and over the students who engaged in this violence were consistently and regularly bullied by other students? What if you heard they were subjected to harassment and antigay taunts by the other students even if they weren't gay? Who in America is telling school kids that such antigay remarks are good and warranted?

Fundamentalists teach that gays are evil and destroying America. Is it any wonder then that kids raised in this environment will often go after students they believe to be gay? In the recent school shooting in Oregon a student shot his principal during an altercation. The kid told police he went there to try to force them to listen to him because he was subjected to regular antigay attacks and no one cared. Students at Columbine admitt that two shooters were regularly victimized by the students and gay slurs were constantly used against them. And this is the case in numerous such shootings.

As this website says: "And kids taught these lessons carry them to school and act on them. And with a thousand verbal knifes they slash away at the self-esteem of the "other". And often, very often, they turn their taunts into physical violence. Day in and day out the student seen as the "other" is attacked and harassed and sometimes they snap and people die. It is not justified to kill over such things but is it unexpected? The fundamentalist may want to blame it on evolution but I think they should look closer to home for some of the answers."

I suggest you read the entire essay.

7 Comments:

Blogger jesse rushyo said...

those heros kicked the tirants ass and they made sure they will never have to deal with it again their fearless and they had a strong will to finally live and they will always live on in the storys and will live THE FUCKING legond forever !!!!R0CK 0N!!!! MARLYN MANSON RU13Z

March 12, 2008

 
Blogger jesse rushyo said...

marlyn manson is the band they listined to and he is a fuckin hero also and everything this mother fuck stands for o and thats kick ass that they bulleid the bulleis aka gave em a taste of their own FUCKING medicine

March 12, 2008

 
Blogger gojustine said...

Before you start making comments like these, you should probably educate yourself. First of all, Eric and Dylan didn't listen to Marilyn Manson. He was just blamed because of his controversial song lyrics. And yes, the two of them did suffer mindless abuse from bullies but what they did was not fearless or strong. Why do you think they killed themselves after they shot up their school? Not very hero-like is it? And giving them a taste of their own medicine? I don't recall any of those bullies every coming to school with a gun and shooting them. So technically, no it wasn't a taste of their own medicine. The Columbine shooters were fucked up kids, and if you think they're heroes maybe you should get some help for yourself.

April 07, 2008

 
Blogger famousteddyZ said...

As a rule, I attempt to limit my involvement in debate with imbeciles over the heroism of pathetic, misanthropic losers, but I found these posts highly compelling. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were losers, pure and simple. Yes, they were bullied in school, but shooting up the entire school was not an act of heroism, it was an act of cowardice. Although violence is never necessary, sometimes a person must stand up for himself. Columbine did little more than prove those bullies right; Dylan and Eric were pathetic, weak, cowardly loners with no friends and no future. Morality is not my strong suit, but I believe in right and wrong. If you feel that those two boys were heros then you may just be a bigger idiot than they were.

April 14, 2008

 
Blogger GodlessZone said...

To be clear it should said that neither this article, nor the one it referred to, said the kids who killed were heroes. Only the first commentator, who was basically incoherent and irrational made that comment at one point. It is not the view of this site or the other one.

April 14, 2008

 
Blogger anastacy said...

wow these guys were far from heros, they where not monsters but defently not heros. would you say the guys from 9/11 where heros because they killed inocent people too. the people that they killed where not the ones that picked on them, then when they found one of the guys they let him live. we all had thoughts about doing this but we never did and cant you see that they really needed help. anyway manson did not aprove of what they did and neather did any of the other bands they listen to. bands say all kinds of things dont mean its true or that we follow.

July 30, 2008

 
Blogger Juhani said...

Information about misanthropy:

http://koti.phnet.fi/petripaavola/misanthropy.html

August 07, 2009

 

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