Scot McKnight has some great insights and reflections on the tragedy in Arizona, political rhetoric and culpability… I don’t agree 100% with Scot, but I think he offers a lot of common sense and wisdom.
The problem is not political rhetoric. Political rhetoric didn’t cause those murders.
We do hear over and over that our political rhetoric is too intense and too inflammatory and “toxic.” That’s true. Without minimizing the inhumanity of some of this rhetoric, when has political rhetoric not been exaggerated? When I was a kid, because I was listening to exaggerated rhetoric, I thought the world was going to fall apart if a Catholic — his name was John F. Kennedy — became President of this (apparently only Protestant Christian) nation. It didn’t.