The Devil Made Him Do It

A Catholic priest has suggested that Satan may have driven accused killer James Holmes to open fire at a Colorado cinema, continuing the religious debate over a  shooting that claimed 12 lives and wounded 58 more. "Was he demon possessed? Maybe. It happens," the Rev. Dwight Longenecker wrote at the Patheos website, where the Catholic priest from Greenville, S.C., is a columnist.

Religious leaders and public figures have sparked some of the most heated discussions in the wake of the tragedy as they have offered various explanations for the violent outburst and spiritual guidance for dealing with it. Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, a onetime Baptist minister, blamed the nation's "sin problem" for the crime. He echoed the views of Rep.
Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, that the shooting happened because public prayer is not allowed at public schools and so Americans have lost the "protective hand" of God.

I love it when the political and religious professionals try to make public relations hay out of a tragedy. Personally, I find it offensive that these people would use such a monstrous act to try to advance their personal agendas. Maybe I'm being too sensitive. I don't think so.

No, the Aurora tragedy was not God's way of smiting sinners. No, God has not turned His back on us for banning the use of school p.a. systems to advance dogma. Mr. Holmes is quite obviously psychologically damaged but I doubt that a little red demon can take credit for that. And since when is watching a Batman movie a symptom of our "sin problem"? What did those victims do that was so sinful they deserved to be shot?

Obviously these people have a pretty low opinion of our intelligence. They obviously think we are not smart enough to see through their self-serving hype. The scary part is they may be right.

Best always
Brother Ron