What the bombers’ motivations were exactly has yet to be pieced together and may never be fully known. What drives a young man to blow up strangers is most often a volatile cocktail of hormone-saturated ingredients, not always fully transparent to the bomber himself. What is known, however, is that a version of Islam played some role in the Tsarnaev brother’s worldview. This fact is generally regarded as sufficient to count the Boston Marathon bombings as one more grim episode in a long history of religion-related violence. It is common in the secular West to run through a list of such episodes—the Crusades, the Inquisition, Aztec human sacrifices, the European Wars of Religion, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and so on—and conclude that religion has a peculiar tendency to lend itself to violent acts.
Thanks to @fare_fwd for pointing to this article.
The Root of Evil: Does Religion Promote Violence?
Double blog day! This was an editorial piece for the guys over at The New Republic. It turned out rather nicely.
Matt Taylor is worth following. Also, Yay! for left-handed writers.
The kind folks @curatormagazine have posted one of my essays. Warning: it concerns child abductions. Here’s a link: Little Girl Found.
A few years ago in a neighboring town, booming as a safe alternative to my relatively safe city, a man with no criminal record or history drove into the parking lot of a gas station and tried to steal a little girl. The girl’s grandmother intervened and was shot and killed in the process. The man fled the murder into the quiet suburban town and kidnapped another girl from her front yard. As a police chase ensued, the girl leapt from the car, sustaining only minor injuries, and the police killed the man in a shootout…
Also, the brilliant Ms Odradek gave it a pre-read, for which I am deeply grateful.
Little Girl Found
Here: Ryan Culwell. Winter Wheat. It’s beautiful.
And heads up: a full length album comes out next year (hush hush, from the same people that have brought you Jason Isbell’s recent and stunning Southeastern).
Or if you prefer Soundcloud