By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the tragedy in San Bernardino. However, there is another side to this story, one that isn’t being covered by the news media. Namely, that the gunman was was an outspoken christian.
I know what you might be thinking; who does that even matter? Well, think about it: if the shooter had a Quran in his home, that would be all over the news. Reporters would be tripping over each other to try and find which mosque may have radicalized him. If the man had been an avowed atheist, there would be pundits on air, proclaiming that a lack of a god equals a lack of morals. We’d have to have Richard Dawkins condemning the attack or we’d never hear the end of the “godless atheists” shtick.
Yet this man was Christian. His Facebook page was filled with religious rants. Had those rants been any other religion, they’d be under fire. There would be questions. There would be coverage in the news media.
In this case, not so much.
No, I’m not saying that religion was a factor in this. But what I am saying is that the media loves to jump to conclusions on this; if the gunman in question had been Muslim or atheist or pagan, that would be one of the first things we would have heard. His (non) religious identity would have been directly tied into what he had done. But since he was christian, it isn’t mentioned.
Think about that for a while. And if something similar happens in the future, keep an eye on the media’s reaction to it.