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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Rush Limbaugh: Secularists Were the Problem at Virginia Tech

Goose the Antithesis:

Maybe there needs to be more religion and prayer at our universities, folks. Maybe there needs to be a sense on college campuses that there's something bigger than the individual. Maybe there's something larger than the professor. Maybe they're not too young to learn that there are many things in life larger than self, and maybe being able to take comfort in a relationship with that which is larger than self ( i.e., God) would have a calming effect on some of these people who go absolutely nuts and lose their sanity. But that's even arguable. But can you imagine the leftists hearing me say this now: More prayer, more religion at our university? "Separation of church and state!" would be the template there. "What are you trying to do? You're trying to force a religion on people!" No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no! You don't understand. You can't possibly because you're irreligious.

Now, the larger context of this quote is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek criticism of those who have been citing Virginia's lack of gun control as a fundamental cause of the Virginia Tech massacre (a criticism which I can appreciate), but there is an earnestness to his example. An earnestness which, it would seem, lacks a comprehension of the correlation between religiosity and violence, particularly in this country.

I've never been a fan of Rush Limbaugh.