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Oregon school shooter’s journal reveals he was devout Mormon out to kill ‘sinners’

Posted by on Jun. 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM
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Oregon school shooter’s journal reveals he was devout Mormon out to kill ‘sinners’

By David Ferguson
Saturday, June 14, 2014 11:34 EDT

Jared Padgett via screencap

The diary of the 15-year-old Oregon high schooler who shot and killed a classmate and injured a teacher before turning the gun on himself revealed that the teen was a religious fundamentalist who was out to kill “sinners.”

According to the New York Daily News, freshman Jared Padgett was known at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Gresham, OR as being quiet, but was “highly regarded for his spirituality” by church elders.

Padgett walked into Reynolds High School last Tuesday carrying “an AR-15 type rifle, a semi-automatic handgun, ammunition and a large knife,” and opened fire, killing freshman Emilio Hoffman. Portland’s KGW reported that police found the teenager’s journal while searching through the belongings he left behind.

A police source told the TV station that Padgett did not name specific students or teachers in his plans, but was rather on a mission to cleanse the world of “sinners.”

Church elder Earl Milliron said to NBC, ““I just can’t believe it. He was very quiet, very serious about his church.”

Milliron said that Padgett had struggled to reconcile his faith and his parents’ divorce, saying, “It was rather tragic, the breakup of the family, and that took a heavy toll on his dad.”

The LDS church issued a statement on Wednesday that read, in part, “With the entire community, we are shaken and profoundly troubled by this tragedy that has impacted the lives of so many families and individuals. We are praying for all those involved, and hope they will be given the peace they need during this difficult time.”

Padgett’s family issued a statement in the wake of the shooting saying that are “horrified and distraught” by Jared’s actions.

“Our family does not condone and has never promoted violence or hatred toward anyone,” wrote Jared’s father Michael Padgett. “The values that we have taught our children are love in Jesus Christ, compassion, forgiveness, and patience.”

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Bird_on_a_wire
by Bronze Member on Jun. 14, 2014 at 12:36 PM
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Organized religion.  Creating murderers and martyrs since 1 AD.  

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Jun. 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM
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This is a cop out.  His religion does NOT support this at all.  This is a mentally ill kid with serious issues.

Peanutx3
by Silver Member on Jun. 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM
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Religion and mental illness does not mix well.
TappyToes
by Bronze Member on Jun. 14, 2014 at 1:14 PM
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Religious zealots have no understanding of the harm they do !!

Case in point:  My 5 yo daughter in a Baptist kindergarten became withdrawn, pale, nervous.  When asked, would tell us, "no problems".  

At about the 3rd month of kindergarten, I was bathing her in the bathtub and she burst into uncontrollable tears.  When she finally calmed down enough, she said; "Momma, I can't go to heaven with you and Daddy."  I asked why she thought that and she said; "Because I just can't take a bath in Jesus blood."  

One teacher had been extolling the virtues of "being washed in the blood of Jesus" to these 4 & 5 year olds 3 times each week.


We have no IDEA what this kid had been exposed to as "religious teachings".  Churches SHOULD monitor what children are being taught and not assume that a member is doing it right just because they show up all the time.

doomshroom
by Member on Jun. 14, 2014 at 1:20 PM
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Just another example of how someone who is mentally ill can use religion to justify just about anything. Obviously, he felt as if he had the righteousness and authority to condemn "sinners," because, surely, God was on "his side." The religion itself doesn't condone this behavior, but that doesn't change the fact that this kid used his faith to rationalize murder.

Bird_on_a_wire
by Bronze Member on Jun. 14, 2014 at 1:34 PM
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He has the same mindset the the Crusaders and Inquisitors did.  So many horrible things are done in the name of God.  It is all in the way it is taught and received.  

Could he be mentally ill, yes.  But to say it is a cop out, we don't know that.  He could very well have believed that God wanted him to punish all the sinners.  

Quoting numbr1wmn:

This is a cop out.  His religion does NOT support this at all.  This is a mentally ill kid with serious issues.


trippyhippy
by Silver Member on Jun. 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM
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That is quite evident here on CM.

Quoting Peanutx3: Religion and mental illness does not mix well.
Donna6503
by Silver Member on Jun. 14, 2014 at 2:45 PM
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Can you name one non-religious society, a non monotheistic religious, or even a pagan society that was less "savage," "cruel," "unjust" than the Christianity?

Quoting Bird_on_a_wire:

He has the same mindset the the Crusaders and Inquisitors did.  So many horrible things are done in the name of God.  It is all in the way it is taught and received.  

Could he be mentally ill, yes.  But to say it is a cop out, we don't know that.  He could very well have believed that God wanted him to punish all the sinners.  

Quoting numbr1wmn:

This is a cop out.  His religion does NOT support this at all.  This is a mentally ill kid with serious issues.

Donna6503
by Silver Member on Jun. 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM
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Indeed trippy indeed

Quoting trippyhippy: That is quite evident here on CM.

Quoting Peanutx3: Religion and mental illness does not mix well.
Bird_on_a_wire
by Bronze Member on Jun. 14, 2014 at 2:48 PM

To be human is to be cruel.  

I was using God in this particular discussion because that is the God in focus right now.  The same is done in the name of Allah and many other Gods.  

Quoting Donna6503: Can you name one non-religious society, a non monolithic religious, or even a pagan society that was less "savage," "cruel," "unjust" than the Christianity?
Quoting Bird_on_a_wire:

He has the same mindset the the Crusaders and Inquisitors did.  So many horrible things are done in the name of God.  It is all in the way it is taught and received.  

Could he be mentally ill, yes.  But to say it is a cop out, we don't know that.  He could very well have believed that God wanted him to punish all the sinners.  

Quoting numbr1wmn:

This is a cop out.  His religion does NOT support this at all.  This is a mentally ill kid with serious issues.



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