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The Columbine Massacre has been in the news recently, due to invesitgators releasing thousands of previously unreleased documents from the investigation. I was reading about Cassie Bernall.
You may have heard about the girl who was asked by the Columbine killers if she believed in God, when she said “yes” they shot her. This incident was the entire basis behind the New York Times best-selling book, “She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall”.
“One of the most gripping stories to come out of the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., is that of Cassie Bernall: when asked by the gunmen whether she believed in God, she answered yes and then was shot point-blank. Hours after the story emerged, Cassie was hailed a martyr by news media and Christian groups around the world.”
The ironic thing is…. (drum roll)
IT NEVER HAPPENED ( Emily Wyant, who sat with Cassie during the shooting confirmed to FBI, amongst other evidence, that Cassie was never asked if she believed in God, she was simply shot)
Now…much like Oprah’s beloved book “A Million Little Pieces” which also later turned out to be a COMPLETE fabrication, this book is being defended..that despite the events described in the book never occuring..it can still serve some purpose. The problem is, Cassie’s story has been used to attack atheists and agnostics. To the people who still believe Cassie’s story…It’s godless Atheist attacking, targeting Christians and killing them. Not only did Cassie’s martyrdom never occur, the killers never even targeted Christians. They did ask a totally different girl (Valeen Schnurr) if she believed in God..she said yes, and the killers spared her.
It’s so interesting to me, how many Christians LOVE persecution and martyrdom. To be a martyr..to die for one’s faith at the hands of unbelievers is venerated, even sought-after. Cassie is now suddenly a saint, an angel. The very symbol of Christianity is suffering, a weak, thin Christ nailed to a pole bleeding to death. Christians even choose as the symbol of their religion a small version of the device used to kill their Lord. Why not wear a whip? Jesus was flogged also..or how about a spear since he was stabbed with one? Maybe a bag of blood to represent his blood? Christian faith centers around guilt, around the idea that we are BORN SINFUL, that somehow God decided to punish BILLIONS of humans for the sins of two people 6,000 years ago. So Christians are taught to always be ashamed, full of guilt etc.
This book should be pulled from the shelves. It’s somewhat disgusting that her martyrdom is now used as a marketing device to recruit people into the Christian faith, when again, it never happened. But since when have Christians ever bothered to double check what they are told to see if it is factual? Many still believe the bible says Three Wise men visited baby Jesus, or that Adam and Eve ate an apple.
Critical thinking skills…disappearing from the masses. People simply swallow all they are told and it never dawns on them to doubt. In fact, many are taught that to doubt is somehow bad.