This is a discussion on Taking advantage of a tragedy instead of actually trying to solve it effectively within the Critical Thinking & Philosophy forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Originally Posted by SuperDevastation Liberals love taking advantage of tragedies to make themselves look good (and to try and make ...
Can't see the vid and what it's about, but it's not just Westboro (the fundies) saying this, I've seen the evangelicals (like James Dobson, Mike Huckabee, and others) blaming our country for this tragedy and our "turning away from God" (because we allow limited abortion rights + same-sex marriage in some states, and because we took prayer out of school decades ago, and because we believe in "evolution"). Joel Rosenberg, an evangelical fiction writer, blamed Jon Stewart and what he represents, as part of the decline of America's morality.
And it's not even the religious conservatives who are hijacking the shooting for their own purposes to lament the decline of Christianity in the USA, last night I saw an article where a female writer was blaming the "feminization of the school system" in our country and saying that if more men were employed at the school and the boys were more aggressive and tougher, the shooter would have been stopped.
I just wish the noise would stop. Let's just focus on the tragedy and get rid of all these tangents, where factions are piggybacking off the main problem to promote their own agendas.
Has the church forgotten the atrocities they have committed through the ages. Oh wait it was done in Gods name so it can't be wrong. Fucking hypocrites! Promoting the love of god whilst condemning the Jews, Muslims and gays. And then there's the 'holy fathers' committing adultery with adolescent boys. I despise the church so very much.
So basically the gist of the argument by these individuals amounts to little more than, "God allowed these children to be murdered because America refuses to allow forced mandatory *Christian* prayer, and *Christian* indoctrination into the school system. It's just an attempt to scare people back into the clutches of religious control. Of course, none of this explains why God allowed two women to get murdered in two separate churches in Pennsylvania within the last few weeks? Surely God is allowed in Church, no?
In my opinion, religious organisations (and this is as opposed to religious/spiritual faith) exist primarily to propogate themselves and grow, by any means possible (that doesn't entail a publically viewable direct contradiction to their espoused faith).
To them, this is an opportunity to score political points, so they'll take it. The sad thing is, some people will believe it.
There is, I suppose, also the issue of they kinda have to address things like this. When you're shilling the notion of an omni-God like they are, you have to justify why such things occurred. And if you can score some political points while you're at it, then so much the better.
Last edited by Geodude; 01-06-2013 at 02:01 PM. Reason: Other idea
This is par for the course for any group or groups with a political agenda. Pretty old tactic, though I don't think they're stupid enough to believe that they'll be convincing anyone new with this rhetoric. Most likely, they're using this as an opportunity to keep those already in their camp more dedicated and thus, politically useful in future (the more problems they can transform into a religious issue, the more religious people they can polarize and rile up enough to form a highly motivated political base).
And they wonder why atheists/non-theists are getting so vehement....it's sickening to watch what the religious do to our culture/politics.