The Cure for Gun Violence?

Some of you may have already seen the tweet by Franklin Graham (it was referenced in The Friendly Atheist/Patheos), but in case you haven’t …

As a nation we have turned our back on God. #Gunviolence is a result. The only cure? Jesus Christ. That’s what will make a difference.

There are no words …

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15 thoughts on “The Cure for Gun Violence?

  1. You mean as in “”Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Mathew 10:34) … that Jesus?

    No doubt had they been in existence, the quote would have been “… but a Kalashnikov.”

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  2. If Franklin Graham would shut up about Jesus and God being the cure-all for all that ails us, I’d have less of an earache from listening to him. “The best way to silence a wind-bag is to get a huge-ass fan and blow it straight at him every time he opens his mouth.” William Shakespeare to Queen Elizabeth the First, circa 1598

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  3. “Think religion makes societies less violent? Think again.”

    “Those societies today that are the most religious — where faith in God is strong and religious participation is high — tend to have the highest violent crime rates, while those societies in which faith and church attendance are the weakest — the most secular societies — tend to have the lowest.”

    “And those nations with the highest rates of religiosity tend to be the most problem-ridden in terms of high violent crime rates, high infant mortality rates, high poverty rates and high rates of corruption.

    Take homicide. According to the United Nations’ 2011 Global Study on Homicide, of the 10 nations with the highest homicide rates, all are very religious, and many — such as Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador and Brazil — are among the most theistic nations in the world.”

    “Now consider the flip side: peacefulness. According to the nonprofit organization Vision of Humanity, which publishes an annual Global Peace Index, each of the 10 safest and most peaceful nations in the world is also among the most secular, least God-believing in the world. Most of the least safe and peaceful nations, conversely, are extremely religious.

    As professor Stephen Law of the University of London observed: “If a decline in religiosity were the primary cause [of social ills], then we would expect those countries that have seen the greatest decline to have the most serious problems. But that is not the case.”

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  4. Hmm…I thought it was those right-wing bags of mixed nuts that kept going on and on about Guns, God, and Country! They seem to think guns are the answer to gun-violence. Ain’t heard a word about Jesus.

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    • A criticism of the early Christians by the Romans was their pacifism and refusal to arm themselves.

      If Christians wanted to be like the early church they so admire they would get rid of their guns. The irony is that Christians became pro weapons post Constantine in the 4th century when Christians gained political power. This was when the church sacrificed spiritual integrity for political power. Nothing has changed.

      This hypocrisy in right wing American Christians extends to their attitude to money and to politics.

      The early Christians were left wing socialists, poor and pacifist. Let’s benchmark against the policies of Franklin Graham. He supported George Bush’s ill conceived venture in Iraq and we know that worked out well!

      Yet these folk have the gall to see Barak Obama as evil. Oh the irony!

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    • Hello Rusty,

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a link to your post on violence. It was most definitely an interesting read — and a perspective that I wish more (so-called) Christians would take to heart.

      It’s deeply disturbing that so many individuals today are filled with such venomous hatred and aggression (aggravated in depth by one particular presidential candidate) yet they claim to be followers of the Prince of Peace.

      “Put your sword back in its place.” Indeed.

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