This blog post will probably offend you.
As a frequent habitue of social media, I have read a number of reactions to the Sandy Hook massacre from left, right, and center. I have felt the urge to respond to many of them. In many cases due to their logical fallacies. I chose to respond in a more general way in this blog post in order to process my own emotions and thoughts to this horrific event. Many dear friends and people I hold in high esteem have also made and repeated these remarks. By responding indirectly, I hope they see this is not an ad hominem attack. If you have made any of these statements, please do not take this personally. I understand why you made them - for the same reason I am writing this. I feel your pain and anguish. I have been moved to tears over this event repeatedly. As a passionate educator, this massacre is also an attack on me and the vocation I hold as a sacred calling. We are all struggling to adequately express our soul shattering sorrow. I truly hope that I do not bruise or damage our friendship in the least way.
Full disclosure: In recent years I have undergone an evolution of philosophical change, I have transformed from a deeply conservative religious and political perspective, to quite the opposite end of the spectrum. Long time friends and family have noticed the changes without comment, and I suppose this is my philosophical 'coming out,' if I may borrow the phrase. I say this because it is germane to my reactions. The main impetus for this transformative journey is the cold hard look I took at many of their logical fallacies and, instead of continuing to accept them on faith, applied scientific principles and critical thinking skills to them - and found them wanting. Faith is indeed "the evidence of things not seen," but I have reached a point where I cannot continue on an unseen path. Attempting to follow this path has taken a deep toll on my life. Perhaps at some future date I will share more, but suffice it to say that I wield a cutting discernment when dissecting the logic of any statement of belief.
There have been two polarly opposite, yer equally idiotic, quotes bandied about that I feel the urge to address. The first goes something like this: