I was reading an article earlier about the Milwaukee shooting, and in the comments were some bringing up the very specific doctrines of the hate groups the shooter and his band are associated with. The point being - this asshole did not shoot up the temple because he thought they were Muslim, but rather, because he knew they were not white and not Christian.
It's a fair point - since that IS the doctrine of most Christian Identity and White Supremacist hate groups. By their beliefs, it's not enough to be just white or just Christian - you must be a white Protestant. Catholic isn't good enough. Mixed race, light-skinned Baptist isn't good enough. You absolutely must be both, or you're contributing to the decline of the USofA.
Do we somehow try to make it sound less savage by suggesting he thought they were Muslims? And what does that say about us as a nation, if we suggest, even on a subliminal level, that it's not AS bad if he thought they were Muslim? Is that suggesting that if they had been Muslim, somehow it would've made more sense or been less tragic? In the effort to make sense of it, are we actually belittling one problem and adding to another?
Answer by 3libras at 1:00 AM on Aug. 9, 2012
Answer by PMSMom10 at 1:02 AM on Aug. 9, 2012
Answer by Dardenella at 1:11 AM on Aug. 9, 2012
of course not. when i hear someone still making the "he probably thought they were Muslim" comment i wonder if the speaker doesnt know the differences between the religions so he/she assumes the shooter didnt either.
also i think the "Muslim" comment makes it easier to understand his hate, not so much agree with it, but thinking since he was a white supremicist he was probably stupid and was convinced that all Muslims were in on 9/11 and are out to kill us all. especially since there are so many Americans who think that way.
Answer by okmanders at 1:31 AM on Aug. 9, 2012
Answer by maecntpntz219 at 2:10 AM on Aug. 9, 2012
Judging a person by the way they look, is not acceptable.
Answer by louise2 at 7:34 AM on Aug. 9, 2012
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Answer by bandgeek521 at 8:45 AM on Aug. 9, 2012
Love that meme, okmanders! I have it on my FB page, too!
There is a culture of fear in this country. Who, exactly, is responsible for it I don't know for sure. Those who aren't WASPS are highly suspect by a certain number of our population. Remember, Pat Robertson, the evangelical putz-almighty, accused atheists of the attack. His message was that it isn't those groups who embrace some sort of deity that are bad, it's immoral, ungodly atheists who are to blame for all evil in this world. We live in a culture of blame, and it's people like him who help perpetuate hate and distrust. He was more encompassing, though, of those who are "good". He included, at least, people of any faith. People like the shooter are at the other end of hate, wanting to rid the world of anyone who isn't white enough or the "right" kind of Christian.
Answer by jsbenkert at 9:08 AM on Aug. 9, 2012