Dylann Roof is pure evil. If you don’t believe in the concept of evil, look no further than his face for proof to the contrary. Don’t let the national media fool you – he and he alone is to blame for the massacre of nine people at a black Charleston, South Carolina church. There is no need to blame anyone else. None of the rest of us have anything to apologize for. There is no need for any of us to make any lifestyle changes as a result of Roof’s disgusting crime. And it is not the fault of the Confederate flag or "loose" gun laws. Nevertheless, some people, including a state representative, are blaming Fox News and other conservative media outlets for his atrocity. These people are claiming that the messages of “hate” from Fox and the other media outlets influenced Roof’s racist attitudes and might have prompted him to shoot all those people.
But such a claim is ludicrous. Conservative commentators do not endorse violence against anyone, with the possible exception of terrorists who are bent on destroying our way of life. Conservatives oppose President Obama’s agenda and are highly critical of the way he handles his role as Commander in Chief. And, yes, they often criticize his policies in very harsh terms. But such rhetoric is not an expression of hatred, and certainly is not suggestive of violence to anyone. While they are obviously looking forward to January 2017, when Obama will, hopefully, be replaced by a Republican president, they wish him and his supporters no harm.
If someone other than the perpetrator has to be blamed for massacre, why not blame a guy like comedian Bill Maher? This guy expresses nothing but outright contempt for churches and religion. He is constantly spewing venom against religious people. He thinks there is no place for churches and their members in a rational society. He often uses ugly and profane names to describe Christians. Wouldn’t it be plausible to think a psycho case like Dylann Roof might have been exposed at one time or another to some of Maher’s hateful rants against Christianity? Might this have influenced his attitude towards churches? I think it’s a lot more plausible than any theory about Fox News influencing him.