Words have escaped me the past few days as the reality of the most recent school shootings has sunk in. Northern Illinois is my husband’s alma mater and I’ve spent some time consoling him while he wavers between anger, sadness, helplessness and denial. We live about 25 minutes from the campus, we know people who have lost friends and relatives. Sadly, its become a cliche that no one expects school shootings to happen so close to home, and when it does, it’s surreal. Right now, we are a community desperate for answers. And, as is typical when these types of tragedies happen, there is an onslaught of finger pointing at all the usual suspects. If you look at the list below, you should be able to pick out the obvious culprit:
- A. Guns are too accessible
- B. People don’t look out for the warning signs of mental illness
- C. Gay people go to college
- D. Too much TV violence
- E. Video games are destroying our society
Obviously, the answer is C. God doesn’t want gay people to go to college, and he certainly doesn’t want preachers who don’t hate gays to speak at colleges*, so he sent a crazed gunman to shoot up a classroom full of kids taking a gen-ed geology course.
And how do we prevent another massacre? Have Phelps and friends protest the funerals of the victims.
I’ve tried to figure out how marching outside a funeral home with picket signs makes God happy. I’ve tried to figure out how it stops gay people from being. I’ve tried to figure out how it stops bad things from happening in the world. I’ve tried to figure out how anyone can subscribe to this particular brand of crazy. But I’ve stopped trying because I feel my brain getting damaged.
*Their official reason for protesting is that they disagree with a preacher who once spoke at the university.
According to this morning’s Daily Herald, yesterday one village sent a caravan of snowplows to the funeral of one victim.Â They lined the plows along the road so the protest would be out of the mourners’ view.Â It’s a shame Westboro’s importantÂ warning message was unable to reach the friends and family of those slain by the Good Lord.
And if you want a disturbing look into the mindset of these people, check out this article where Phelp’s daughter says that the shootings are her birthday present from God and points out that one female victim had short hair (short hair = promoting a satanic gay agenda?).