3 Multiple Shootings In 3 Weeks. Can We Talk About America’s Real Religion Now?

On Monday, two things happened that are related to each other.

First, a troubled young man who was going to be served with eviction papers shot and killed two people before he himself was shot and killed.

Second, a  new “reality” show appeared on the scene. ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ is hosted by Gen. Wesley Clark and includes “stars” such as Todd Palin, Terry Crews and Laila Ali. Supposedly the show is designed to honor members of the Armed Forces by putting these stars through sanitized operations.

Ok people, it’s time to start calling out the sins (that’s right I used the word sin) of idolatry [yet again] and jingoism.

How are idolatry and jingoism related? Well…excessive love of guns leads to thinking that any issue, any problem, can be resolved at the end of a gun. On a broader scale, believing that any and all issues or problems can be resolved at the end of a gun becomes believing that any and all issues can be resolved using overwhelming military force. But even more troubling is that this belief leads to belief that having the gun, having the military, somehow makes what you believe to be right—and the only right that there can be.

In my last post, I talked about believing that the gun rights-gun control debate is played out. I still think it is. However that does not mean that we religious liberals cannot talk about guns and patriotism. And how, in the United States, we have replaced the sacred/holy/G-d with guns and jingoism; that love and charity and faith and hope have been superseded by firepower and triumphalism.

3 multiple shootings in 3 weeks. Now is the time to talk about this country’s real religion.

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4 thoughts on “3 Multiple Shootings In 3 Weeks. Can We Talk About America’s Real Religion Now?

  1. It was maybe 40 years ago that H. Rap Brown said that violence is as American as apple pie. Our nation has much growing up to do.

  2. “What sphinx of cement and aluminum bashed open
    their skulls and ate up their brains and imagi-
    nation?
    Moloch! Solitude! Filth! Ugliness! Ashcans and unob-
    tainable dollars! Children screaming under the
    stairways! Boys sobbing in armies! Old men
    weeping in the parks!
    Moloch! Moloch! Nightmare of Moloch! Moloch the
    loveless! Mental Moloch! Moloch the heavy
    judger of men!
    Moloch the incomprehensible prison! Moloch the
    crossbone soulless jailhouse and Congress of
    sorrows! Moloch whose buildings are judgment!
    Moloch the vast stone of war! Moloch the stun-
    ned governments!
    Moloch whose mind is pure machinery! Moloch whose
    blood is running money! Moloch whose fingers
    are ten armies! Moloch whose breast is a canni-
    bal dynamo! Moloch whose ear is a smoking
    tomb!”

    Moloch and Mammon make such a lovely couple, don’t you think?

  3. How are idolatry and jingoism related? Well…excessive love of guns leads to thinking that any issue, any problem, can be resolved at the end of a gun. On a broader scale, believing that any and all issues or problems can be resolved at the end of a gun becomes believing that any and all issues can be resolved using overwhelming military force. But even more troubling is that this belief leads to belief that having the gun, having the military, somehow makes what you believe to be right—and the only right that there can be.

    • How nice that you are quoting me to myself. Did you have a comment, or did you just want to spam my blog? But thanks for stopping by.

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