As the news of the deadly Las Vegas attack spread, people were grasping at straws seeking as to how and why something like this could happen.
Among the responses to the shooting was knee-jerk reaction to blame Muslims for the attack, blaming liberals “for not respecting God, and just plain of blaming the Nation as a whole for being “wicked.”
One response, however, seems to be crueler than the others- a Mormon twitter user who shall not be named has taken to victim blaming, claiming that those who were killed would still be alive should they have been religious and observing the Sabbath.
As reported by Hemant Metha for Patheos:
It was sent to me from Ryan McKnight, the founder of MormonLeaks. The response was posted on the Facebook page of a practicing Mormon, shared only with his friends, but screenshots of the comment were posted on other pages. I’m not interested in revealing his name or inviting further harassment against him.
The point is that it represents a kind of faith-above-all thinking that blames victims who don’t fall perfectly in line with the rules of a religion.
If the victims in the Las Vegas incident were observing the Sabbath day, they would have been safe.
The idea is that if everyone was observing Sabbath — staying at home, honoring God, studying the gospel — they would have avoided death at the hands of a sniper. It implies that the people attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival were not religious — or at least not religious enough.
Putting the victim-blaming aside for a moment, the man who posted this ignores the obvious: Because of how easy it is for people to acquire weapons that can kill dozens of people in a matter of seconds, these mass shootings can theoretically happen anytime, anywhere. That’s the whole idea of terrorism. This shooting could have happened during the previous two nights of the festival, too.
The solution isn’t to lock ourselves up inside our homes one day of the week, according to the whims of one particular religion. If anything, we need to address our nation’s pathetic gun laws. If the GOP stopped President Obama from restricting who can get their hands on weapons after 20 children were slaughtered at Sandy Hook, there’s no way those same Republicans will do anything sensible now that they have even more power.
Metha brings up the great point when questioning the of the shootings of children attending school during the day, such as the children at Sandy Hook. What is the explanation then? Children can only be held to bear so much responsibility, and surely any moral God would not lay the blame of the murder of a child on the child themselves.
The article continues:
Were the kids who died at Sandy Hook also guilty of not being faithful enough? Were they at school on a day when they should’ve been home? What about the victims of all the other mass shootings that seem to happen every single day?
If it makes you all feel better, you should know that the man who posted this is getting plenty of criticism in his own comments section — and even more on the threads of people discussing his post.
One has to wonder what the motive anyone who has nothing constructive to say about a tragic event gets out of blaming the victim for their own murder. Logically, if one looks at the situation the blame lies only on the perpetrator and America’s lax gun laws, but like many zealous religious people logic just does not resonate.
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(Article By Tasha Sharifa)