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The Problem of Evil

Jack2894 Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 9:59 AM
Les, there is a fundamental problem with your formulation, and it is encapsulated in this quote: "Someone noted that this problem did not exist prior to 1973 when Roe Vs. Wade came down." This is an attempt to inject your personal opinions into the facts. In fact, the largest school killing in American history took place in 1927. Charles Whitman went on his shooting rampage in 1966. In addition, there have been any number of religiously inspired massacres over time. The separation of church and state was intended, in significant part, to avoid that kind of conflict.
LesFalin Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 2:02 PM
OK, Charles Whitman did happen before 1973. A one-time event is a tragedy, but it becomes a problem when a pattern appears. Are you saying the this pattern did not take shape after 1973?
Jack2894 Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 3:20 PM
The numbers do not bear out the contention. One school related attack ocurred in 64,66 and 71. None in 72, 73. two occurred in both 74 and 75, but it went back to zero in 76-81, dropped to 1 a year in 82-84 and to zero in 85-88. Between 89 and 94 there were four total attacks. If a new pattern emerged at any point it was in 98. SInce 98, there have been 9 years with three or more attacks.

No matter what you think, the change can't be correlated with Roe v. Wade.
The notion of the president as comforter-in-chief fits snugly with the notion of political "solutions" -- e.g., gun control -- to essentially moral and theological problems -- e.g., schoolhouse massacres.

In a well-meant message of consolation delivered Sunday at Newtown, President Obama declared that "These tragedies must end. And to end them we must change." He again used the word "change," in gainsaying the idea that America does enough to protect its children. "We are not doing enough," said the president, "and we will have to change."

"Change" what, exactly? That would be the question, wouldn't it? Change the...