Sometimes, bad is just bad. Shooting up a church, for instance. Anyone arguing there is a political angle on this which should be taken seriously is missing the forest for the trees.
Politicizing evil, in the grand scheme of things, diminishes it. Nobody even mildly respectable from the left or right would even stoop to argue the righteousness of murder – in a church no less.
Obviously, there was a lot more going on inside the Knoxville shooter’s head, heart and soul than hatred of liberals. Police said his ex-wife once was a member of that church, that he was having trouble finding a job, and that his food stamps had been cut.
Angry, hateful and deranged people kill Amish school girls and Virginia college students and shoppers at a Nebraska mall. They kill Christians, Jews and Muslims, atheists and humanists, conservative and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, unitarians and trinitarians.
But there’s a whole lotta ugly out there, coming at us from a never-ending parade of stupid. It doesn’t need any encouragement.
“Encouragement” in my view consists in redefining deviancy as politics, which even the intelligent among us are prone to do. Blaming this blog for a shooting in Tennessee, for instance. It just goes to show how twisted people’s perceptions can get.