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April 16, 2007

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Andy Bullock

ugh... I have many thoughts. Maybe the one I'd like to respond with is not appropriate yet. Nevermind. (see my blog for the appropriate one.)

No.

Where were the men? IF the reports are accurate. I don't know specifics. But where were the men? These are not kids going to school, these are adults, young men and women.

Lined up execution style? I don't get it. It just doesn't make sense right now.

WHERE WERE THE MEN?! REAL MEN DON'T LET INNOCENT OTHERS GET KILLED EXECUTION STYLE!!!

Something is not right here. Are we that morally bankrupt that a whole class will idly do what a single deranged jealous maniac wants to fulfill? What is going on here?

you are right John, evil really, REALLY exists. And it seems to have had it's HAY day!

Mandy

Maybe this doesn't have anything to do with your post, but I just went through the 114 pictures that Yahoo has posted from the VT campus. Of that 114, probably (I didn't count) 90 are of students, staff, and families praying. I think this is great, but why does the media bash Christianity until something like this happens, then it becomes the main feature? Granted, just praying in times of crisis does not constitute "Christianity", but as far as the media goes, as far as image goes, those praying will be seen as Christians. Why is President Bush ridiculed for his Christian stance, but he is praised for leaving to pray with the families? All of a sudden, the news and media outlets are talking about all of the places people are "praying for the victims" and where people can go to pray, and "please pray for the victims." I don't understand this double standard. It frustrates me. It's okay to be a christian and pray when someone shoots 33 people,or drives a plane into a building full of people, but for just about anything else, a praying christian is simply an intolerant hypocrite.

John

Mandy, your astute observation is very relevant to this post, because it has to do with the overarching theme of what it means to be a tolerant society. While the postmodern prophets advocate tolerance in theory, in practice it is selectively applied, often to the exclusion of Christian expression.

Of course, as you pointed out, things change when a crisis hits, because beneath all of the rhetorical gymnastics there still exists an often-unacknowledged yearning for our Creator. And we reach out to God when there's no where else to go. As the old adage says, "There are no atheists in foxholes."

Dave

Wow Mandy, what an excellent point.

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