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Power of Suggestion July 24, 2012

Posted by Ubi Dubium in Rants.
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Shortly after the Aurora shooting Rick Warren said:

When students are taught they are no different from animals, they act like it.

Really.  Uh-huh.

Here’s what I say:

When children are taught that they are fallen sinners, and cannot help but do evil, they will act like it.

And I will add:

When mentally unstable people are able to easily acquire assault weapons and large quantities of ammunition, it often ends badly.

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1. Paul Sunstone - July 25, 2012

I heard Warren has backed off his statement by claiming it was in response to something other than the shooting.

However, even if he did not say it in response to the shooting, it’s still a pretty lame thing to say, for there is no reason to believe it is true. And, as you point out, if that kind of reasoning were true, then it could just as easily be said that teaching kids they are fallen sinners will encourage kids to act like fallen sinners.

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ubi dubium - July 26, 2012

So often I hear these religious types throw out a line like this, and it’s so abundantly clear that they have not thought through the implications of what they said. But then they’re not talking to a group of people who are used to thinking things through, they’re talking to their flock, who are accustomed to believing what they are told.

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Paul Sunstone - July 26, 2012

I didn’t know this, but Rick Warren may have a history of saying stupid things that he later retracts on non-apologetic grounds. At least, that’s how Hemant Mehta characterizes him.

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