Christian Movie Critic: Massacre Is Simply 'Evil' at Work
by Ted Baehr
July 21, 2012
The shooting at the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" will be blamed on many things.
One reporter who called me Friday morning blamed it on violence in movies. Certainly, violence in movies, television, and video games has had a tremendous impact on society. Numerous studies, capped by the latest from Dartmouth University, show that violence in the media influences susceptible youths to commit acts of violence.
That said, most people are not susceptible. Most are just desensitized or scared.
Another reporter blamed it specifically on the Batman movies. Yet, "The Dark Knight Rises" is nowhere near as violent as the previous movie in the series, and Batman himself tells Catwoman not to shoot to kill in it.
The message of "The Dark Knight Rises" is justice and self-sacrifice. The villains and the killers in the movie are the 'socialist, left-wing, Occupy-Wall-Street, power-to-the-people’ villain Bane and his compatriots, who are clearly shown to be wrong, evil, and bad, and who get their comeuppance.
In any case, it would have been almost impossible for this killer in Colorado to have even seen the new Batman movie before the midnight screening.
Some people will blame it on guns, although countries that have tried hard to crack down on guns, like England, are now finding that knives and head butting are out of control. Thus, it isn’t the head-butting or the knives, but the fact that people are stewing in the juice of their own wickedness, because, as the Bible says, they don’t know the loving God who gave us a way of salvation through Jesus Christ from the wickedness of the human heart.
Some people will blame poverty, or a lack of education. But, James Holmes, the alleged killer, was getting his doctorate in neuroscience and came from an upper middle class family!
People will look at every possible reason — maybe some will postulate whether Holmes was a Democrat and hated the anti-socialist message of the movie.
Actually, none of these reasons answer the question ‘Why?’ The fact is that this is an evil act committed by an evil person, who did not know the truth of Jesus Christ that would set him free from such wickedness. The answer is not more laws, the answer is not to banish movies, nor neuroscience programs, nor weapons that can be used to protect, but rather to get the word of God out. Because "faith comes through hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ" (Romans 10:17).
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Knee Jerks: There's Nothing the Left Won't Exploit
July 22, 2012
After he booby-trapped his apartment with explosives, James Holmes walked into a theater Friday night and opened fire on a crowd waiting to see the first showing of the new Batman movie. He shot scores and murdered a dozen. Holmes acted for reasons unknown, but his actions were pure evil.
His actions also were his alone.
It doesn’t matter if he was bullied as a kid, recently dumped or whatever else anyone comes up with as a possible motive. Nothing “caused” him to do this other than whatever evil lives inside him.
But that hasn’t stopped many progressive liberals in and out of the media from speculating wildly, and seemingly hopefully, as to his motives and his political affiliation. It hasn’t stopped them from using this event as a platform to score political points on the issue of gun control. It’s sickening … and typical.
George Stephanopoulos and Brian Ross of ABC News started the speculation with the following exchange on Good Morning America:
GS to BR: “You found something that might be significant.” (Emphasis added)
BR: “There is a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, ah, page, ah, on the Colorado Tea Party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last year. Now we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes, but this is a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.”
The Jim Holmes Brian Ross “found” is a Hispanic man in his mid-50s, but he was associated with the Tea Party, so the story was simply too good to bother checking the facts. He’s a Tea Partier, therefore …
Ross later corrected his foolishness with a tweet saying “Earlier I reported incorrectly that the shooting suspect might be tied to the Tea Party. I apologize for the mistake.” But we still don’t know why Stephanopoulos thought this information “might be significant.”
What if he were? Does that make every Tea Party member a co-conspirator? Of course not, but that wouldn’t have stopped a lot of media members from reporting it as if it did. They’ve done it before. Who can forget that it was cross-hairs on a map on Sarah Palin’s website that caused psychopathic shooter Jerald Lee Loughner to go on his rampage in Tucson? And who can forget the media reaction when it was discovered he never saw Palin’s website and was, in fact, a Bush-hating anti-war zealot? That’s right … crickets.
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