On Christianity & Guns
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On Christianity & Guns 🧵 As expected, another high-profile mass shooting brings with it a frantic search for a cause. And as usual, there's rarely a single cause for such a tragedy. Let's look at two: religion—specifically, Christianity—and the environment.
Despite its anti-choice packaging, Christianity has long held disdain for most forms of life, be it other animals or "other" people. Dominion theology, based on Genesis 1:28, cuts across many forms of Christianity, though it strikes a particular chord with evangelicals.
A caveat: many Christians perform incredible charitable work and fight for social equality and human rights. This analysis is specific to strains that preach Christian stewardship in civil affairs, which, unfortunately—and intentionally—exude great influence over legislation.
If your foundational philosophy teaches that humans lord over all land and species, and preaches the notion that every human who doesn't believe in your specific faith will rot in eternal damnation, then you've been groomed for violence, be it physical or psychic.
Which leads to the second consideration: the environment. Specifically, how your environment affects every facet of consciousness. Humans are not isolated creatures that congregate and return to their island. We're interdependent with one another and with our surroundings.
Our current environment is filled with apocalyptic imagery stemming from one specific book. This violent sect reads their holy book in the same way SCOTUS reads the Constitution: in a rigid, absolutist manner that does not reflect the time we actually occupy.
The math isn't hard: a holier-than-thou religious mandate in a nation with more guns than citizens is going to produce a radically violent environment. You don't even have to be religious to feel this tension because it affects everyone. As we're seeing, over 310x this year.
This is rather obvious, but the politicians who claim this is a mental health crisis that has nothing to do with guns are the same anti-choice Christians who believe they're instituting a divine mandate. Faith might be illusory but it becomes a powerful catalyst for action.
You cannot separate yourself from your environment, but you can change it. While there's no way to fend off this form of toxic Christianity—and we shouldn't want to if we want to maintain freedom of (and from) religion—then we have to look to legislation. And argue better.
Anti-choice advocates have been working this system for generations to achieve their goals. Is it any surprise they also tend to be the most pro-gun lobby? Of course not. This is their environment, and we have to fight with everything we've got to change it.
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