The Bible & violence
The Bible & violence
Since the Connecticut school shooting, some letter writers and others have blamed school violence in part on what they view as God being “expelled” from school. Claims are made that in doing so, we have not been faithful to the Founding Fathers. By God being expelled, these writers often refer to the removal of mandated Bible readings or prayer in schools. While many recognize a possible link of violence in movies, television shows and video games to violence in society, many fail to acknowledge that violence in the Bible could also foster violence in society.
The violence in the Bible was abhorred by several Founders. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, for instance, denounce the Old Testament God for his cruelty and killings performed on his own or by his orders. Ethan Allen in “Reason: The Only Oracle of Man” took issue with God of the Old Testament. So, too, did Thomas Paine in “The Age of Reason.”
I have no problems with an objective study of the Bible and other Scriptures as literature. But we must also be prepared to deliver ourselves from the evil violence of Scripture as well as that in movies and video games. We might just need to redefine what “God” it is we want in our schools, if any.
The writer is a Mt. Pleasant native and a 1968 Geibel graduate.
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