Blaming Everything But Evil


Screen Shot 2016-02-14 at 12.11.05 PMLet’s be honest here, this has not been our finest hour as a nation.  Following the horrific shooting in Orlando, I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard the following being blamed for the shooting:

  • Guns
  • Islam
  • Internet
  • Christians
  • Mental Illness
  • FBI Incompetence
  • Islamophobia
  • Homophobia
  • Republicans
  • Democrats
  • Racism
  • Obama
  • Bigotry
  • Trump
  • Law enforcement
  • But, primarily guns.

There is one thing you aren’t hearing either side, Democrat or Republican do is blame an evil person.  The shooter was evil.  His father appears to be just as evil, with connections to the Taliban, which is also evil. They are/were both American citizens, who expressed their contempt of this country.  There are rumors that the CIA is allowing the father to remain in this country because he is a plant, doing their bidding.  What we do know is that, according to his friends, the shooter celebrated on 9/11.  He threatened, at least once, to shoot up the kids in his junior high school.  He was a violent abuser,  according to his first wife.

In other words, he was an evil man.

The problem with our society is that we are not allowed to even consider the fact that there are evil people.  There must be a reason they are evil.  Everything is to blame but the fact that the man was evil.  No matter what, evil is not to be mentioned.


Is it possible if we blame ‘evil’ then we are admitting that there are things beyond our control?  Evil is defined as profoundly immoral and malevolent.  There are some neuroscientists who say that evil does not exist.  Maybe that’s the problem. Psychology comes up with reasons people do things, quite often correct.  There are theological explanations for evil, as well as philosophical ones.  But, like M. Scott Peck, who wrote The People of the Lie, it is far more complicated.

There are people who are evil, and nothing you can do will change them.  The Orlando shooter was evil.  But, people don’t want to discuss evil.  It is too complex and to simple an explanation.  If one admits to evil, then politically and sociologically there can be no scapegoat.   The shooter made a choice.  Almost all of the practitioners of his religion reject violence and hatred.  Almost all Christians reject violence.  So do those who believe nothing.  One must make a conscious choice to do what he did.

He chose to be an evil person.  He chose to kill. No matter what anyone says, he would have killed someone.  He would have done so with or without assault weapons.  They made it easier for him.  Venting on Facebook made it easier.  His religion gave him an excuse.

He had a choice.

He chose evil.

Too bad we just can’t come out and say he was a bad man who made the choice to be evil. But, you can’t make political capital out of admitting that he had choices and made the choice to destroy lives.  Maybe that’s also evil, making political capital out of what he did.