And here we go…………..
When the narrative police sprung into action on Monday afternoon, after a woman killed six people at a Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, they weren’t given much to work with.
Because, remember, whenever there’s a mass shooting in America, the narrative must be that conservatives are to blame. If it’s a lunatic white supremacist, that’s easy: They were just putting Republican talking points into action. If it’s a lunatic who’s white but isn’t a declared white supremacist, well, maybe it’s internalized white supremacy. Return to point one.
Was the shooter neither of those? Well, guns, of course, are to blame. But then there’s always the question of motive — and with a Christian school being targeted, that canceled out the whole blame-it-on-the-gun mentality. Things got even worse when it turned out the shooter was a female who identified as transgender. This would ordinarily be a supporter of the narrative, not fodder for it.
So the solution in some quarters, hasty and messy though it may have been, was to blame Christians and conservatives for bringing it upon themselves.
Take Eli Erlick, a transgender activist who, according to the U.K. Daily Mail, has “recently boasted about providing cross-sex hormones to children.” Erlick posted false allegations of abuse at the church that runs the Convent School in Nashville, denounced it as “a right-wing institution” and said without evidence that the shooter suffered “abuse at the school.”
“As we learn more, it’s clear the Nashville Covenant School is a right-wing institution in which Audrey Hale and many others were abused,” Erlick wrote in a tweet.
One user commented on Erlick’s post, saying, “Sounds like you’re excusing it to me.” That comment was included in the Daily Mail’s headline, along with this: “Trans activists demand ban on ‘radical religious schools.’” Erlick argued that wasn’t the case, albeit poorly:
But notice the blame shift: It’s the Christians that are responsible. Erlick tweeted unsubstantiated and false allegations, then suggested abuse at the hands of “a right-wing institution” brought about the shooting. The Christians and the conservatives are responsible for a Christian conservative institution being targeted.
Now, mind you, Erlick and Ripley’s takes were the two most explicit and vile examples of blame-shifting that happened in the wake of the Nashville shooting. They were hardly the only ones.
At ABC News, Terry Moran noted during the network’s coverage of the tragedy that the “state of Tennessee earlier this month passed, and the governor signed, a bill that banned transgender medical care for minors, as well as a law that prohibited adult entertainment, including male and female impersonators, after a series of drag show controversies in that state” involving shows aimed at minors.
Moran went on to say that the shooting was “a highly unusual crime in so many ways, a tragedy that now involves what may be this boiling controversy across the country around transgender health care.”
Meanwhile, when a mass shooter leaves behind a manifesto, calls for its release are usually immediate — and then it’s pored over for any damning details that can add to the narrative. Not this time.
As Newsweek noted, “[c]alls for police to release the ‘manifesto’ that authorities say was written ahead of Monday’s Nashville school shooting has prompted concern among LGBTQ+ groups, who caution against the publication of such a document.”
“It should not be published,” said Jordan Budd, the executive director of Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere, or COLAGE. “The focus should be on how this was able to happen in the first place. There should not be such easy access to deadly weaponry.” Several other LGBT groups expressed similar sentiments.
The narrative police must always win. It can’t be mental illness related to the shooter’s gender dysphoria. It can’t be animus toward Christians or conservatives. It has to be guns — and the Christians and conservatives who brought this upon themselves, if you really want to go all the way.
There is not a person in America who thinks we don’t have a problem with mass murder. The issue is that half of us don’t want to understand it. They don’t want to talk about abstractions like the spiritual, mental and existential crisis America and its citizens are facing. They want an easy answer, and that easy answer better put the blame on the right.
Eli Erlick and Veronica Ripley may have said reprehensible things, but they’re little different than those who know not to say the quiet part out loud. Terry Moran and COLAGE can sand the edges off these vile sentiments to make them sound acceptable. But at heart, they all come from the same wretched impulse, the same odious narrative. source
LGBTQ people are making demands of Christian schools that are simply untenable. To capitulate would mean total compromise of their beliefs. And their ‘beliefs’ come from the Holy Bible which is the foundation of Christianity.
The battle is really between transgenders and God, even though most of them would declare that they are atheists. I believe that these people are secretly God-haters. They shake their fists at God, telling Him that He makes mistakes in assigning genders at birth. They tell him that there are no absolute truths – only relative. That opens up life to be lived however one chooses, regardless of what it does to people – depression, violence, destruction of families and even murder.
Brethren, pray for these people as we pray for protection for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus warned us of these dark days. I think we just could not imagine that it would be this bad.
“Then they will hand you over to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name” (Matthew 24:9).