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Evil.

Sadly, the following things must be said in our time.

  • What the New Zealand shooter did was evil. It cannot be defended, so don’t even try. There is no excuse for killing innocent people.
  • White supremacism is not an acceptable viewpoint for conservatives, libertarians, liberals, moderates, progressives, or any other commonly defined ideology that participates in the public discourse.
  • People whose feelings on immigration, for or against, exist for racially-motivated reasons ought not be listened to. Period.
  • Real Christians do not hate any other group of people such as Muslims, Jews, etcetera.
  • When we hear of an evil act of mass violence, the first reaction we have should not be to anticipate what the “other side” from us politically is going to do to spin it to their advantage.
  • Similarly, when we hear of an evil act of mass violence, we should not rush to judge “the other side” from us politically as the culprits – whether “we” are on the right or the left.
  • Shooters generally defy traditional ideology definitions because their views are composite. It is just as incorrect to simply label him “far-right” as it is to do the opposite and say “no actually, he was far left.” His true ideology was hating “others,” and that trait can be found anywhere on the political spectrum.
  • Large-scale acts of violence should cause a moment of public awareness for parents especially, about how we teach our children about the world, and consider if we are insulating them from hateful views that they may be exposed to in the future.
  • We should pray for and love those who are affected by attacks such as this, whether or not they share our worldview, faith, and background.

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