Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Is Sexism to Blame for the UCSB Shootings

       Reading through recent news of the University of California Santa Barbara one notices the media's often portraying sexism, men's lack of respect, high disregard for women (except for sex of course) as the reason behind the murder of those unfortunate sorority girls. The young college women were gunned down by a madman attacker, Elliot Rodger, who stated through his manifesto that women in general were not providing him any love and attention.  This murderer complained nonchalantly during a self made video that women were always rejecting him and now he promised to get revenge via assassination.
       On television and print the media constantly pounds on the terms "sexist society", "fear", "rapist", "wife abusers". Chants of "women's rights"reverberated, along with constant repeats of "no means no", and the common accusations of men being monsters who lack the ability to control their hormones. After listening to one deeply emotional, and at times hyped response after another. One cannot help but to think: Is it possible that the much of the media and their audience has missed the boat? Is it possible that the horrible crimes done against these women have nothing or at least minimal involvement with sexism?
       One important fact that the feminist noisemakers almost always fail to note is that the killer stabbed three young college male students to death during the beginning of his murder mayhem. He also shot to death another young man while mowing down several other people with his car. His final gunned down victim was a very handsome young man. So even though his heartless speech voiced his anger toward women his actions brought a lot of violence upon men as well.
       The media came closer to hitting the bulls eye when mentioning the fact that Elliot Rodger was socially aloof, he often complained about his lack of ability to obtain sexual relations with women, he filled his life playing violent video games, he comes from divorced parents, the police, though given previous warnings of this man's evil character, failed to make a proper response. Why isn't more attention made to Elliot Rodger's character and upbringing? Let's also mention that his father is the director to a popular but also violent series "The Hunger Games".  Has anyone eve mentioned his dad's line of work and the possible negative influence his job, or entertainment production may of had on his son's character? While browsing through the web one will witness hundreds of examples of this crazy guy's view of life as well as his personal problems and failures.
        Yes, much sexist remarks are made by the author during his rantings in his videos. His obvious view of women as sex objects is demeaning and disrespectful of women but to blame sexism and men's degrading of women on this madman's tirade entirely misses the boat and can produce future consequences. America, the world, has a history of showing, promoting violence, slutty sex, a disregard for life in much of its movies, television dramas, books, cartoons, you name it. Children, while in school, are encouraged to date at a young age and obtain their first kiss. While in middle school some students will go through three or more girlfriends/boyfriends. Some will have had sex with one or more of them during that time. While in high school, students will have another three or more girl or boyfriends. Some will engage in more sexual relationships. Some of these will be one timers with individuals they met during field trips, parties, dance clubs, away sports games, etc. If one has ever attended a party school or had high school friends who were very horny, they will understand. Don't mention college. The first 2-3 weeks of school is often a free for all where all kinds of craziness occurs, action and events that have nothing to do with education. Some of these occurrences sound funny and admittingly was funny at the time committed but after witnessing the angry voices, the early pregnancies, the sad faces, even tears, one quickly learns that there often are heavy consequences for reckless sexual adventure.
       Young children should be focused on God, their parents, family, school, and their future. Popularity, sex, and extracurricular activities should come later. Unfortunately, society has the order going the other way around. Children are more concerned about what their friends think. And at times some of these, though not always intentionally, will not seek out the best alternatives and choices for their buddies. No child should be looking for sex during their middle school and high school years. I know that will sound funny to many individuals but think about Elliot. If he was not so obsessed with sex and about himself being a virgin, he would have had the patience to complete his studies, get a good job, and through hard work and good manners find a nice young lady who could later be his wife. There is nothing wrong with waiting to have sex until marriage but often times the media along with much of society describes such an arrangement as either impossible or weird. God does not call such an arrangement weird but gives it as a command. Marriage [is] honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge Hebrews 13:4. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh Genesis 2:24 .   Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband 1 Corinthians 7:2.
       I know that quoting scripture is not popular for much of the population and I can hear the "do not judge" responses resonating to and fro but just as society often finds itself searching for wisdom and truth from the likes of Buddhism and/or Humanistic teachings much wisdom can be retrieved from the Word of God. From the Word and by reading about the travails of the People of Israel, the plight of Samson, Judas, and Peter, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, even the fall of Adam and Eve one can witness the destruction that can befall man once he or she separates him or herself from God believing to be too strong, too intelligent, too independent to need Him. The murders at UCSB is the latest in many occurrences of in school shootings. People in society are clinging to Ellen Degeneres, gay rights, and yoga while fighting against God and Christianity. Attorneys as well as politicians are trying to rewrite the laws created by our founding fathers in order to make an enemy out of Christianity while placing immoral sex, polygamous relationships, adulterous marriages on America's throne. Some don't know that while taking Jesus Christ of America's throne they are replacing Him with Satan. Some do know but could care less. Which brings back the question: Is sexism to blame for the UCSB shootings? After reading this blog and mentally going through this country's list of events during the past 30 plus years one will discover that the answer to this question is very simple. America's people can preach sexism and women's rights all day all night. Such won't stop people like Elliot Rodger from being loners and behaving callously. America has to look deep within itself and ask itself do we want to change?

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Let Our Girls Go

       Boko Haram has done it again. Repeatedly this nonsense group has harassed both the Christian and non Muslim people of Nigeria. They refused to leave alone people who refuse to attach their lives to the rules and lifestyle of Islam. Unfortunately, people living in the northern half of Nigeria have paid with their own freedom, body, and lives for their choice to not follow Muslim rules and traditions. Now the harassment and terror has highlighted much worldwide attention in a remote northeastern corner of the country, a secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria. On April 14 over 200 Nigerian school girls have been abducted by the fanatic, religious group. And several more have been abducted since then even after promises made by Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck to get those girls back. As of today nobody knows the whereabouts of these girls. The United States of America have made promises to help. They along with the Nigerian leaders even gave stern warnings to Boko Haram of potential consequences but the rebel group leader Abubaker Shekau continues to laugh them off, refusing to take them seriously. He ruefully insists on forcefully marrying these girls off to strangers as if he owns them. The US military managed to send 18 soldiers to Nigeria to provide search and rescue assistance. They along with the British military have sent eavesdropping equipment to search the Sambisa forests where some believe the girls to be hidden. National leaders, including President Obama, his wife Michelle, as well as Hilary Clinton have called out Boko Haram for the release of these girls. US celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Amy Poehler,  Kim Kardashian, and Alicia Keys have publicly insisted that the terrorist group release the innocent students.
       The people of Nigeria have emphatically thrown their leader President Jonathan Goodluck out in front of the world, holding him accountable for his government's seemingly lack of concern for the girls captivity. The people, parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, citizens tired of being harassed for not desiring to follow religious traditions that they feel have no part of them have gone in front of the television cameras and internet videos displaying their weariness and displeasure in their leader's shortage of serious action. Us military leaders have commented on the leader's lack of interest in receiving their help. Countries like France, China, and Britain have also offered their assistance, strangely the Nigerian leader has not responded to them with the eagerness or desperation that a typical person with concern for the safety of his or her own people would respond. What if these were his own children? What kind of picture does his lack of interest portray to the world who is watching? African nations already own a terrible history for their treatment of their own people, especially women. Though it is unfair to judge and associate African countries together as if they are one huge country. As it is, Africa is a continent filled with many different countries that have their own separate rulers, laws, religions, different various languages, and customs. But many people in the world still habitually view the continent as one. In many ways what one African nation does influences the world's opinion of the remaining nations.
       The good news is that all of this present worldwide attention may force the Nigerian government to make an honest effort to rescue these girls. The country may now send serious military power against the Boko Haram force in order to get these girls out of these militant's hands and back into the safety of their families. The Nigerian military may now be motivated to send the necessary force needed to wipe out this terrorist group that has been a brutal bully to Christians and non Muslims living within the country.
      The bad news is that without the world wide attention it is very likely that very minimal action if any would have been taken against Boko Haram. Without the attention of people like Michelle Obama and Hilary Clinton, and the western media it is very likely that these girls would be doomed. Unfortunately President Goodluck resembles a lack of concern Nigerian leaders have for their own people. This is a matter any Nigerian citizen or person very familiar with the country can state easily and at times with a shrug. But the lack of concern has also been an annoyance that is often difficult to ignore. But now with the pressure from all of the evil coming out of fanatic religious groups from the north and the increasing numbers of curious as well concerned citizens from around the globe, Nigerian leaders may be forced to care or else be added to the permanent list of the world's most terrible, inept leaders. Nigeria as a nation may face even more challenges from the world in it's struggle to rise toward becoming a richer more powerful nation. People familiar with Nigeria know very well, the country has tons of talented, rich individuals, spread out all over the world who are making money, building business, powerful ministries, successful medical and psychological practices, even popular well selling music.  Some are even in the west African nation building booming businesses while making boat loads of cash. But as a whole, as a country, Nigeria has often been a disappointment. A nation as rich as this country should be able to discover ways of handling evil like Boko Haram so that such people don't run the country. A group of radical people should not be able to so easily force their religious beliefs on other citizens.
       An obvious route towards a better Nigeria, a gerater country, is that groups like Boko Haram have to go. It is embarrassing that a well known, rich country has a gang of militants running to and fro through throughout the norther border, acting, doing as they please. Nigerian leaders must begin caring truthfully for the well being of their people. Too many leaders behave selfishly, reacting only towards their own wealth and well being, or the well being of those contracted to them via business or blood relations. Hopefully this ruthless capture of innocent women is about to ignite some heroic energy from Nigeria leaders. The world is watching.