Jesus—An Accessory to Murder?

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The anonymous blogger behind Registered Runaways: his battle cry is for community. For keepers. For safe people to show up. He calls on his readers to roll up their sleeves, trade tales of their bruises, and deny the lie that we’re alone. You can follow him on Twitter at @registeredruna1.

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  1. Thank you, RR, for pointing out what Jesus said regarding those who pray in public. His words seem quite clear to me, but I’ve met few Christians who pay any attention whatsoever to the gospels. As someone said, it’s like Jesus was born so he could be crucifed, and his life means nothing at all. He was pretty darn clear as well about what he thought of proselytizing.

  2. You can always count on some fanatical follower of Jesus, god of peace and love, to make atheism look good in times like this.

  3. I’m not gonna get on the God this and God that or lack of god thing.I’m not going to try to figure why this happen. I am mourning those who died and am filling my days with prayer. My heart goes out to those people. And I’m not going to tarnish their memory but instead, will continue to be prayerful.

  4. So who are you pissed-off at RR, Mike or Jesus? It seems really really clear to me that you don’t blame the murderer (lanza).

    I wish I could say who i fully blame.

  5. I find it very strange that people latch onto statements of men like huckabee as representative of an entire faith and run with it.He is an idiot fringe nut job. Even this author in his sideways article denigrates the immense power faith has over grief. From my own experience it brings comfort and peace to know the tragic loss of a loved one is not a loss forever. Instead they are in the very presence of God, free of pain and sickness in peace and joy. We will be reunited in due time. Who would strip anyone much less a family with a loss of a child, of this powerful faith that makes the unbearable weight of grief bearable? Now would be good time for Atheists to be respectful of the survivors and hold their words

    • Craig: Do not be so quick to judge. If you actually looked at this author’s blog, you would notice that this author is a heartfelt follower of Christ, and has actually written a beautiful set of posts for survivors. This post focuses on those that would seek to use that terrible event as a way to bludgeon others, which happens far too often in our culture, and despite what you may believe, there is sadly a large amount of Christians who say things like this — I have encountered far too many who do exactly what this post condemns. This message is solely needed, especially at a time like this, where we should be respectful of survivors. Christians – and really anyone – who isn’t needs to be called out, and it’s good that the author here did that.

  6. Althought I’m an atheist, for the lack of better termilogy: Amen to your article :) Religion is a always a private and personal choice, even if you have to hide it from hypocrites. No one can control your mind if you don’t let them. Thank you for your healthy views.

  7. I agree that Mike Huckabee’s statement was a tactless, knee-jerk return to ideology and bad theology. I do not have a great deal of sympathy for judgmental Christianity, on the other hand, in the spirit of not being judgmental, I would like to play devil’s advocate, as it were, and add a bit of nuance.

    When Mike Huckabee says that the reason these things happen is because of a lack of prayer in school, I am not sure he is saying that it is a manifestation of the wrath of God– like God sending a plague of locusts, having innocent children attacked as a sort message from above. (This is the kind of thing the Westboro Baptist Church preaches, but they are so out there they horrify even most Fundamentalists.)

    This could be what he means, but many Fundamentalist Evangelicals believe that there is a literal battle between good and evil with angels and devils vying for men’s souls. If Huckabee sees the world in this way, then he would be saying not that God approved of armed massacres but that the devil won out because the soul of the shooter had been lost because he was not given enough religious instruction.

    My suspicion is that Huckabee was decrying what he sees as a lack of moral instruction that he believes would prevent people from behaving in these ways. In other words, it is a lack of a religious foundation that makes our society ill. In a sense, his argument is similar to discussions of the culture of violence that leads people to see murder as the only option. How do we change our culture to make mass shootings unthinkable? I don’t agree with Huckabee’s recipe for a healthy society, but I will give him the benefit of the doubt that he was not saying Jesus wanted these children dead because he was sending a message.

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