by G. Brown
As Americans still struggle to deal with the reality of Sunday’s slaughter that left 59 people dead and 527 injured in the nation’s deadliest shooting spree, others are busy searching who to blame.
Liberals are blaming the NRA and lack of gun control, some are blaming politicians –both logical arguments. One Republican senator is blaming the victims for not “getting small” and avoiding the gunfire. From there, we wade into deep tin-foil territory like conspiracy theorist Alex Jones who blames the massacre on some contrived plot involving O.J. Simpson’s release and the Democrats that’s simply too deep a dive down the rabbit hole to bother you with. And that brings us to televangelist Pat Robertson who blames every person who criticizes Donald Trump for the shooting.
Robertson says, “There is profound disrespect for our president, all across this nation they say terrible things about him.” Robertson is right, people do say terrible things about Trump, but how many of those things are not true? Sure comedians have turned bashing Trump’s orange skin color, his tweet habits and vocabulary–or lack there of—into late night ratings gold, but that’s not disrespect. It’s what comedians do. No, what Robertson seems to imply is that people should not disagree with with Trump, or speak against him. That we should blindly follow and believe everything the President says. That’s how its done in authoritarian regimes which crushes citizens under oppressive rule. There are countries where the government controls what you watch on TV and in theaters. News is censored and only the ruling elite are allowed to access the internet. Men and women are told how to wear their hair, what clothes are permissible. In Equatorial Guinea there are no bookstores or news stand because citizens are discouraged from learning how to write and read. In one country. defending humans rights can lead to your murder, certain types of music is outlawed and violations leads to the persecution of singers and bands, prominent leaders are thrown in jail and any government critic is a traitor—which country is this? Russia. The country that Trump admires because of its leader Putin.
And in some countries like Eritrea , even Robertson is breaking the law by publicly praying and worshiping on TV.
Robertson is representative of why so many millennials and younger generations are pulling away from the church. They see the hypocrisy, the lies, the greed, leaders with ‘do as I say,not as I do’ rhetoric. This isn’t on Jesus–the fault lies in Christians and church folk. Where were all these upstanding TV preachers when people were posting memes comparing Obama to Satan and calling him the “N-word”…or comparing Michelle Obama to an ape and spreading rumors that she used to be a man? No one was saying respect the President then.
Who’s to blame for the shooting in Las Vegas? Stephen Paddock the man who pulled the trigger. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look at gun control, mental illness, unemployment and other laws to protect people. But trying to blame protesting against the national anthem and criticizing the President is a sneaky way of trying to change the narrative and make people blindly obey. Respect is earned and Trump hasn’t earned