Revenge of Tolerance: The Politically Incorrect Truth About Columbine

By: Dr. Ted Baehr; ©1999
Were athletes really the targets in Columbine? If so why didn’t the killers go to the gym? Instead they sought out kids who were, for the most part, committed Christians. The same was true in some of the other school shootings. Dr. Baehr explains why the media chose to ignore that for the most part.



Recently, I had the opportunity to sit next to the head of the NBC production team assigned to the Columbine High School Massacre. This producer said that the people on-site from the networks found out something very different from what the New York and Washington bureau headquarters were reporting to the American people.

For one, this producer noted that the 11 victims of Columbine High were strong Christians. The two boys, Harris and Klebold, whom the national media said were looking for athletes, did not go to the obvious place to find athletes—the gym. Some of the national media said the killers were racially motivated, but then why didn’t they seek out and shoot more black students? No, instead, they went to the library and asked Cassie Bernall and many of the others, “Do you believe in God?”—Thus, it appears that the killers targeted evangelical Christians.

Just like Paducah, Kentucky, and some of the other teen school shootings, the focus was on the most Christian youth. As you recall in Paducah, it was a morning prayer meet­ing that was shot up, not football practice.

How come these facts haven’t hit the national news?

The NBC producer said that the bureau chiefs could not process this information, but all the news teams sent to the site of the shootings knew the story.

Is this the product of all the years of media Christian bashing? Is this like the brown shirts and black shirts in Germany who targeted the strong religious communities (both Jewish and Christian)—a fact of history which is almost forgotten now?

Furthermore, or point number two, as the Washington Post has noted, Klebold’s grandfather was a prominent Jewish philanthropist. This fact stands in stark contradiction to media reports alleging that the killers were some kind of lunatic fringe Aryan-racists. The facts don’t fit the picture but they do correspond to some of the other shootings.

If Christians were prone to the eye-for-an-eye politics of envy and if we were to emu­late the politically correct, mass media tendency to bash Christians, we could say this was a conspiracy, but it is not. We could say that this is revenge of the nerds, but it would be just as bad as the opposite stereotype of Christophobic bigotry which has found its way into the news media across the country.

A third point is that the parents of Mr. Harris and Mr. Klebold, according to their neigh­bors, were good parents. The parents did get involved. They did laugh and play with their children. When their children got into trouble, according to the Washington Post, their fathers were there, something that is extremely rare. The Washington Post wrote about the parents in great detail to underline the possibility that this could happen anywhere to any­one.

So, as we try to put together the pieces of this deadly jigsaw puzzle, we reach the most politically incorrect conclusion of all time—that the problem was not their racial heri­tage or their religious convictions or absentee parenting, but old-fashioned sin—a word that can hardly be uttered in our contemporary society.

One commentator mistakenly said these boys were basically good. The Maker’s Manual that we have been given for every child says, however, that, although every child is created in the image of God, they are all infected by the virus of sin. Although it is not politically correct, every parent knows that children don’t have to be taught to lie, to hit each other, to take what belongs to others, and to do things that are WRONG. It is part of their nature to do such evil things. That’s why they have to be taught to be good, to be self-disciplined, to respect others, and a host of other politically incorrect, morally righteous behavior.

They do need the Ten Commandments on the school house wall after all.

Schools ought to stop tolerating perverse and abhorrent behavior, and allowing sin to abound. People need to start understanding the truth of the Maker’s Manual.

By the way, the Maker’s Manual also points out the Answer to sin. It is the only Answer that really works. Not meditation, not holding your breath, not worshipping your ancestors, not religious activities and rituals, but Jesus Christ.

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