When a mass shooter professes atheism or devil worship, posts anti-Christian and pro-abortion screeds online, considers himself a Democrat, etc., the media blame guns. If he’s Muslim, they blame guns and his victims, or say “workplace violence.” If he’s supposedly Christian, anti-abortion, and/or conservative, they blame Christians, abortion opponents and/or conservatives for “hate speech.”
What do all these inconsistent attributions have in common?
They never blame the evil in men’s hearts. They never blame the shooter himself (or herself) for just intending evil.
The foundation of liberalism (in all its forms) is the denial of original sin, promulgated by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. For almost 400 years, people have been soaking in Rousseau’s teaching that people are born good and corrupted by society–without any real explanation of where corruption, then, comes from–that by giving people more education, more money, more this, more that, reforming this institution and getting rid of that one, somehow they can come up with the right formula for “curing” evil.
“We can end terrorism by doing X”
“We can prevent war by Y”
If a behavior, particularly a sexual behavior, *does* seem inborn and not learned, then the liberal insists that behavior must not be wrong.
Russell Kirk sees this as one of the basic lines of demarcation between what constitutions a “conservative” or a “liberal”: whether one believes in some form of “original sin” or one believes in Rousseau’s teaching that evil is learned.
Recently, I learned some background on Rousseau I’d never heard before by watching this Fulton Sheen rerun on EWTN:
When I did the VIRTUS training, something struck me: in the video about sexual predators, the “experts,” psychologists, law enforcement people, and most notably, the clergy, talked about psychology and “reasons” why they thought pedophiles hurt children. Nobody mentioned the Devil. The only ones who actually talked about evil were the convicted child molestors they interviewed: “People try to say this is about love. It isn’t,” they said. “I wanted to do evil. I wanted to hurt these children.”
When I was in school, I forget whether it was the nondenominational school I attended in 6th grade or the Catholic high school, I remember a video featuring a former Satanist who said he set out to break every commandment in the worst way possible to gain admittance into a coven and gain magical powers. An imprisoned would-be school shooter claims he was going to do it because he’s a Satanist, and that he had posted about it on a message board, that Satanists rank themselves and seem power from the Devil by murder. Supposedly at least one of the recent shooters was involved in such a group.
Yet if you talk about the Devil, people claim you’re making excuses, when they’ll gladly blame guns or just about any other external “cause” than the person’s evil intent or demonic influence.
Pray and fast, and fast.