Interesting stuff – 2016-06-19

Here’s what I found interesting this week.

Earlier I blogged about how eager people were to blame the Orlando shooting in the gay nightclub on religious folks and their “bigotry” against gays. I briefly pointed out that the religious factor may have been a red herring considering the shooter was reported to have frequented that very same nightclub as a patron.

One of the shooter’s classmates has confirmed that the shooter was gay.

A man who was in the same 2006 police academy class as Mateen told the Palm Beach Post that Mateen once asked him out romantically and said they had spent time together at gay nightclubs after classes at the Indian River Community College police academy.

Others have reported that the shooter had some anger issues and had made threatening remarks to others on previous occasions (even drawing a knife). So when a gay guy with some serious anger issues opens fire on other homosexuals at a gay nightclub that he frequented, clearly religious bigotry must be the root cause.

Or, more likely, this was just some seriously messed up guy with anger issues who flipped his lid and started killing people he knew (possibly in some sexual capacity at some point) for no coherent reason.

On a religious note, a new Apologetics ministry just started up in Calgary. It’s called Sensus Dei; the website is I have an “inside scoop” on the ministry and it sounds promising. We’ll have to see how it shapes up.

About assisted suicide. The argument is made that there is no purpose in end-of-life suffering. If we suffer, and we are not likely to escape that suffering in this lifetime, then we should be free to get out of this life as quickly as possible.

Well, here’s one example of why it can be beneficial to endure suffering; medical research. This young lady was doomed to a life in a wheelchair due to her Multiple Sclerosis in her late 20’s. According to the assisted suicide push in Canada these days, she should have been allowed to get medical assistance to kill herself.

Instead, she allowed doctors to experiment on her. She used her disease as an opportunity for the medical community to better understand the disease, and experiment with a possible cure.

And they may have discovered a cure! She chose life – a life with suffering, no less – and because of her choice she may just have opened a door to life for countless others with MS. Good for her!

As I argue in my book on suffering, disease gives us the opportunity to better understand the human body, and find cures for what might go wrong with it, but we can only acquire that knowledge if there are enough people with those diseases. But if we just start killing people with diseases, as soon as we find out that they have the disease, then we forfeit the opportunity to learn anything. One person’s suffering might just open the door to many other people escaping suffering without having to resort to killing themselves.

[This one was actually from a while ago, not this week.]

Speaking of suffering, students at Oberlin College are enduring such unspeakable suffering as they try to balance their education and their social justice crusading that they are calling on the school to abolish midterms and any grade below a “C.”

A lot of us worked alongside community members in Cleveland who were protesting, … But we needed to organize on campus as well — it wasn’t sustainable to keep driving 40 minutes away. A lot of us started suffering academically.

In other words, I’m too busy crusading for social justice to study for the exams, but I expect you to give me a passing grade anyway.

I’m just… yeah…

In the wake of the Orlando mass killing many people (especially politicians) are wringing their hands over gun control laws. In the wake of the mass stabbing at the Perpetual Wellness Chinese Medicine Centre in Calgary this week, are those same people wringing their hands over knife control laws?

And because this all happened at a Chinese facility should we suspect that racial bigotry was the “real cause” in much the same manner as religious bigotry must have been the “real cause” behind the Orlando shootings? Also, at least one of the victims was a woman; perhaps sexism is the “real cause.”

Or, once again, maybe this was just some messed up guy who made a horridly bad choice that cost other people their lives.