“If you’re not Christian, you’re going to die.”13 March, 2009
Back in 1999, two very sick boys killed 12 students and a teacher in Columbine High School in Colorado. One of the girls, Rachel Scott, became a Christian martyr for, supposedly, dying for her faith. From Wikipedia:
Early news reports said that one of the gunmen, after having first shot Rachel in her leg, asked the wounded girl if she still believed in God, and that she had simply answered “You know I do”, provoking a second, fatal shot to her head at point-blank range. Some accounts attributed this version of events to Castaldo, though he later denied telling this story. Despite the controversy surrounding this issue, Rachel’s parents contend in their book, Rachel’s Tears: the Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott, that their daughter was targeted by the killers and died as a martyr for her Christian faith, based on videotapes made by the teenage perpetrators in which they are said to mock Rachel for her beliefs.
This has, of course, been held up, for the past ten years, as an example of the persecution of Christians in America. And it has been used as an excuse for some Christians to persecute those who are insufficiently Christian, or non-Christian, or non-believers. Faux News nitwits like O’Reilly, and right wing politicians like Gingrich, have also suggested (actually, insisted) that it was a result of liberal values. After all, Christians would never do this, right?
From ABC News7 of Denver (this happened December 30, but I just ran across it today):
A 24-year-old ski lift operator who fatally shot the general manager of the Eldora ski area was determined to kill co-workers who weren’t Christian, according to court records obtained Thursday.
The documents, filed Wednesday in Boulder District Court, said witnesses told authorities that Derik Bonestroo walked into a building at work, fired a gun into the ceiling and said: “If you’re not Christian, you’re going to die.”
Luckily, all but one in the room were able to escape. The manager, Mahan, was killed because he was the wrong kind of Christian:
Witnesses said when Bonestroo asked Mahon’s religion, Mahon said “Catholic” and Bonestroo shot him twice: in the chest and head. Mahon is believed to have died instantly. Other employees ran out the back door of the ski employee’s meeting area and fled into the woods, describing an additional four to five shots being fired.
Odd that this did not hit the national news (there may have been a mention, but it did not hit the constant repeat of other murders). Odd that a severely mentally ill man declared, “If you’re not Christian, you’re going to die,” and Fox News (and all the others) ignored it.
Do you suppose they would have ignored it if, say, a Muslim had killed those who did not worship Allah? or an animist had killed those who did not worship the spirits of the trees? or (horrors) if the murderer had been a liberal or an atheist?