Thursday, December 13, 2007

Gothard: Don't blame heavy metal
Bill Gothard called on critics to avoid pointing fingers at heavy metal bands as the cause for Matthew Murray's killing rampage in Colorado. "It's premature to cast blame on any individual for this young man's actions," he said.


Anonymous Naomi said...

"'In every case, (the kid) is listening to rock music,' he said."

And eating, and sleeping, and breathing--better restrict those activities too.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't suppose naomi learned those critical thinking skills under mr. gothard's tutelage, hmmm?

yeah, he's way off the point here. and one thing all divorced couples have in common is that... they were once married. it's so chilling to see that this man is still so hell-bent on selling his ideas (and materials) that he refuses to look any more closely at the truth of humanity than the same ol' "the rock beat made me do it" crap. everyone i know listens to rock, jazz, whatever... and i know no violent criminals.

he is only digging a grave for himself publically on this one... he sounds like a fool. it's tantamount to saying that women are assaulted because their wrists are showing.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

I don't think what the kid was listening to was at fault here. I do think it is a symptom of a larger problem.

The guy in the article who said "We're all out here trying to give the kids some hope." is full of crap. I'm sorry but there's nothing about Death Metal that is full of hope...

Let's look at a few lines from Marilyn Manson songs over the years.

"You stir me into ****, I hate therefore I am"

"I will step on you on my way up
And I will step on you on my way down
I will step on you on my way up
And I will step on you on my way down"

"And I Hate you more than life itself. I even hate you more than i hate myself. I hate, therefor I am. I am, therefor I hate."

Although I wouldn't blame what he did completely on Marilyn Manson I could give you over 50 different ways the Bible and Christianity would encourage someone to show nothing but respect for life, love, and goodwill towards men. Someone please tell me how listening to Marilyn Manson helped keep this guy from killing people?

1:52 AM  
Blogger thatmompodcast said...

This news story is one of the saddest things I have ever read. I pray that it will be a wake-up call to moms and dads everywhere, reminding them that their children ARE precious gifts from the Lord and that they each deserve to be treated with dignity and gentleness.

If you want one X-ATI mom's perspective on this, please read this:

3:45 AM  
Blogger Seabhag said...

The music, in my not so humble opinion, had nothing to do with it. He more than likely (now we'll never know) was experiencing a period in his life where he was seeing what he'd been taught (brainwashed?) was true wasn't matching reality. Having experienced this first hand and the near insanity that goes along with attempting to fit two differing perceptions of reality into your brain at once; I know it's almost mentally impossible to stay sane.

If that is indeed what happened to him, then rock music was only responsible in the aspect of being part of what let him see reality vs the fantasy he'd been taught. Without a point where he was able to fully cast aside the fantasy, or come to ignore reality so that there was only one view of the world running his perceptions; then he was bound to go nuts. Again,this is in my not so humble opinion.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

I think the fact that he got cornholed at church probably had something to do with it...
Oh, and the same thing happened to Marylin Manson by the way, so all in all, I'd say he's handled it pretty well. I know if that had happened to me, I would look to bomb the biggest church I could find.

6:45 PM  

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