Seeking more information about the Oregon shooter, I googled “killing Christians” and came up with this book: Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where Its Not Safe to Believe.
Neither the author of that book (which is about foreign persecutions) nor I ever imagined that would include a place like Roseburg, Oregon.
The man who killed almost a dozen community college students was a self-described satanist, who hated organized religion, claimed to be “spiritual but not religious” on a dating website, and also, strangely enough, identified as a conservative Republican.
At least two survivors have confirmed that the killer specifically asked victims to stand up and say whether or not they were Christians. Those who said “yes” were shot in the head, while those who didn’t answer or said “no” were shot in the legs.
Could the “dehumanizing hatred” displayed by culturally powerful elites that I wrote about here play any part in egging on that disturbed and evil young mind?
Maybe it is time to draw attention to the phenomenon George Yancey documented in his book, So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States?
Maybe 9 dead young martyrs are enough to make that part of the conversation at least?
Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action.